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.
Posted on 2012-08-02 19:32:07 by ThomasPierson:
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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Posted on 2012-11-25 16:32:08 by Horhew:
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 2012-08-02 09:30:51 by cscrieciu0:
I've played this back in the day when it first appeared. I liked a bunch of things about it:
- nicely written characters
- multiple puzzle solving possibilities
- interesting object combinations to form new objects
- good story
I can't really remember the bad, but I would like to re-play it again someday.
5 stars from me!
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