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  • genre adventure / fpp / puzzle
  • download size 1.2 GB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 87 user ratings.
  • release date November 4, 2004
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.6.8 or newer)
  • languages English, French, Italian, German, Spanish
  • developer / publisher Kheops Studio / Anuman Interactive
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • walkthrough
  • manual
  • 10 avatars

What's cool about it:

  • Interactive inventory system allows you to combine items and create new tools.
  • Survival, exploration, discovery, and puzzles, all in a tropical setting.
  • Inspired by the Jules Verne novel “The Mysterious Island”.


Return to Mysterious Island follows Mina, a young woman trying to win the “Jules Verne Trophy”, which is awarded to those who sail around the world solo. Caught in a tremendous storm, she becomes stranded on the shores of a wild and apparently uninhabited island. As she explores her new surroundings, she uncovers artifacts, living spaces, and technologies left behind by the people who came before her to this uncharted island.

Solve a variety of intuitive puzzle challenges and use the various technologies found on the Nautilus to return to civilization. There is no imposed linear order to solve the puzzles and advance in the game. You’ll have multiple choices, depending on the resources you acquire throughout the adventure and the way you want to play. The game also offers photo-realistic pre-rendered graphics, an easy to use point-and-click interface, and a unique inventory system where items can be combined and dismantled for use throughout the game.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Mild Violence., PEGI Rating: 3+

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+ Memory: 1GB of RAM Graphics: 256 MB of video memory, Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.

All user reviews:

User reviews:

An interesting and frustrating experience

Posted on 2012-08-02 19:32:07 byThomasPierson's avatarThomasPierson:

I originally played Return to Mysterious Island as part of an adventure game bundle pack with four or five other titles and it was the weakest of the lot in my opinion. While the visuals are very nice and clear and "pixel hunting" is almost nonexistent it comes off as a game that is just filling a void and going through the motions. The story is lack luster and the characterizationread more is nil. There is no sense of wonder or exploration, just following a linear path from one puzzle area to the next. This is an example of what happens when a game has a great game mechanic and solid visual direction but lacks compelling story or drive.

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Inventory puzzles at their best

Posted on 2012-11-25 16:32:08 byHorhew's avatarHorhew:

I've been playing adventure games for almost 15 years, I've seen 'em all, I've beat 'em all. But never before or after 'Return To Mysterious Island' have I been so thoroughly entertained by inventory puzzles.
All the action takes place -obviously- on a mysterious island, so there is not a lot of diversity in terms of scenery. And due to the constrained nature of the environment,read more the plot is also not to be compared with something epic like 'The Longest Joruney'.
HOWEVER, where the game excels is at putting your mind in full Robinson Crusoe mode, with a dose of MacGyver too. And trust me, it's a LOT of fun. You'll have to create medicine, tools and various low-tech gizmos to advance through the game and I have to say there are some really ingenious combinations.
All in all it is not a masterpiece by any means: it's short and the depth of the plot won't make you hold your breath for too long. But those things aside, for anyone looking to solve some fun puzzles, I would highly recommend this title.

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Posted on 2014-03-14 18:03:23 byJManderley's avatarJManderley:

I have played _many_ adventure games since the invention of the 8-bit computer way back in the 1980's, both text and point-and-click, but I have never played one that is so relaxing and entertaining.
The plot element is basic but extremely absorbing if you get into character, submerging yourself within the concept and the atmosphere of the game.
From an artistic point of viewread more this game is beautiful, with stunning vistas and a 360 degree seamless camera rotation that sets the atmosphere of the game perfectly.
The logic puzzles are reasonably well thought out and there is a very well programmed mechanic for mixing items together in the inventory.
On a final point, the pixel-hunting is minimal, and there are only a few locations where it is critical, but even then it is usually only for bonus items.
If you are feeling down or stressed, I would definitely recommend this game. if you are a hard-core adventurer then this may not be the game for you. Personally I love this game and would give it a full 5... and yes I have played very many other adventure games of this type... I would still give this a 5 for effort, atmosphere and sheer enjoyment.

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