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After completing and loving playstation titles such as Broken Sword and dicworld I have searched for point and click adventure games which compared and never found anything, however after buying a wii for my children at Christmas I heard about Secret files Tunguska and ordered it straight away, I was definately not disappointed and at times found myself practically fighting with the kids to have a turn on the wii. Having only ever liked these type of games on the PS/PS2 and never being able to get used to them on the PC for example I was worried I would not get into it due to the different type of controller however after only a few minutes that was not a problem. I loved the story line it was interesting and had me hooked after only minutes and it was the first time I like and enjoyed a game as much as broken sword, the characters Nina and Max are easy to get to know and I found it neither too easy or too hard, there is a hint guide available during certain parts of the game when a '?' appears but I did not use it as I find it more satisfying not to. A must try game for all point and click fans and the follow up, 'secret files 2-puritas Cordis' was released on 8th May and in my opinion is just as good, fingers crossed for a third installment in my opinion!
For years I thought the 'Point and Click' (P&C) genre had died, at least on consoles. No longer would I play with the likes of Guybrush Threepwood and try to battle pirates with my wit. Gone are the days of trying to combine dubious items to solve complex problems for a psychopathic rabbit called Max. As a genre P&C suffered because it was old fashioned and slow, you had to think for yourself and the graphics were not flashy enough. However, a hardcore group still exists who love the genre and all its flaws, if they only had consoles were could they get their fix? At last, a reason to actually own a Wii!
When sales began to decrease for traditional P&C adventures, game makers in the genre began to try and add elements such as 3D graphics or try and hide the fact it was a P&C. 'Secret Files - Tunguska' does not do this at all and is a quintessential modern P&C game - the only difference between the gameplay here and that of a similar game in 1994 is the slight 3D look. You play as Nina a woman whose father has gone missing. You must look into his research at the mysterious Tunguska site to uncover his whereabouts. Was the giant crater made by a meteor or aliens?
There are approximately 100 scenes in this game that require you to use the Wii remote to search for clues. Normally there is something or someone in the way of your progress and you must use your brain to discover how to get around them. You can manipulate, pick up, break or combine items to help you in your quest. 'Secret Files' is exceptionally old school in its style as you flail around a lot of the time trying to discover what to do. To aid you the Wii remote will rumble when it goes over a clue - very handy and a great addition to the genre. With a gameplay style so reminiscent of 90s adventures 'Secret Files' will appeal to fans of the genre, but put of those who disliked them back in the day. (3 out of 5)
One area that the 'P&C' thrive is story and character as it is a positive by-product of the slower pace. In fact, many P&C games are essentially interactive novels. I say many, 'Secret Files' is not one of them. I am aware of Tunguska as a place and as a mystery as I am a massive 'X Files' fan and some episodes were set there. Therefore, there was the opportunity for Deep Silver to really apply some quality storylines about aliens. What you get is a poor story about aliens that's incredibly hokey. This is a European game translated into English and you can tell by the caricatures of different characters. Nina is a little bland and the humour of the NPCs (non playing characters) falls flat. There was enough story to get from scene to scene, but it lacked the depth or quality of the best in the genre. (2 out of 5)
With many complicated puzzles to solve the length of this game will depend on the skill of the player. However, as a veteran I was able to play through it almost straight and it took me a good 10 hours + - a good running time for this type of game as any longer and it would have outstayed its welcome. (4 out of 5)
As a fan of High Def gaming reviewing the graphics of any Wii game is a little difficult for me as they look poorer than the 360 or PS3 no matter what. However, the best looking games on the format are those that stylise themselves. Once again, this is something that 'Secret Files' does not do. Deep Silver have tried to make a realistic looking game with a slightly cartoon look to it. The scenes are clear enough and I could pick up all the clues. There is nothing outstanding here, but for the Wii it is perfectly acceptable. (3 out of 5)
With its very old school level design the score here once again is based on a person's enjoyment of the genre. There are varied locations and puzzles all designed to look good. Personally, I think it was a little basic throughout and perhaps not at the top tier for the genre, but good fun and a challenge. (3 out of 5)
Another area that falls foul of 'Secret Files' European heritage is the awful voice acting. Both of the main characters are voiced reasonably, but the co-stars are a mixed bag. Some characters are dull and the same actor plays more than one person and you can tell. It's clear that to translate the game into around 5 languages they had to save money by not getting the best. For a game that is all about talking it's a massive flaw. (2 out of 5)
'Secret Files: Tunguska' is a flawed game; slow, cheap and not that pretty. However, it stays true to the ideals of a classic Point and Click Adventure and for that I enjoyed it. It was like a blast from the past in the way you had to combine items and think through the situations. For the 10 hours + that I played it I enjoyed myself, but I cannot help feeling that it could have been better. This is a three star game for fans of the genre; for none fans it is 2. (3 out of 5)
Maker: Deep Silver RRP £30
Amazon uk £10.96
I am a huge fan of point and click puzzle/adventure games with broken sword being my all time favourite. I stumbled across this in gamestation one day ad decided to buy it with a gift voucher i had recieved. I was hoping for a good point and click for the wii as i was none too impressed with the CSI game that had bee recomended to me. I was certainly not dissapointed, The story to the game is very involving, you really want to find out what happened. The use of items to advance in the game is a little unbelieveable some of the time but more often than not it made logical sence. The puzzles were not too comlex and not too easy so it was good for my brai. Graphically it was very good considering the wiis capiabilitys compared to the high definition consoles. The game was very shory, i managed to complete it in 9 hours in one day but that seems to be quite standard with point and click adventures.
Secret Files: Tunguska is a "point & click" adventure game for the Nintendo Wii (but it also available on the Nintendo DS and on PC). I was really happy to find this game as the "point & click" concept works really well with the Wii and it's controller, the Wii Remote.
"Point & click" graphic adventures on the PC were a follow-on from the text adventures (such as Zork) in the days of the Commodore 64 and now Nintendo have provided them with a brand new platform with the Wii.
If fast and furious games are your thing, then this game probably won't be for you, but if you prefer your games at a more casual pace and pefer to use your brain cells then this game is for you.
The game begins with the motorcycle-riding Nina Kalenkow arriving at her scientist father's (Vladimir Kalenkow) office only to find it in a state of disarray and no sign of her father. With the police unwilling to help, Nina decides to search for her father on her own. Along the way she meets Max, her father's colleague, who helps her out.
Nina finds out that her father was investigating a mysterious explosion in Tunguska, Siberia which happened in 1908. It wasn't just any explosion, it rocked and devastated the area, but what had this got to do with her father's disappearance?
I was impressed with Secret Files: Tunguska's graphics, they are detailed and the movement is slick and clean.
The controls aren't hard to grasp either. Generally you point the Wii Remote at the screen and click. Which button you click depends on what you want to do, for example you may want to examine something or pick it up. You can also attach the Nunchuck to the Remote and use it to move the character about, but I prefer to simply just use the Remote.
I haven't used it yet, but this game has a handy little feature for those needing help with getting through the game - the Snoop Key. This is a puzzle assistant which will highlight the interactive objects on the screen, which is handy if you think you've missed something... although it is cheating just a little bit!
All in all, I think Secret Files: Tunguska is and interesting game and I'm enjoying playing it. If you've played the Broken Sword series of adventure games, then I think this may be one for you too. If you've already played Tunguska, then look out for the sequel, Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis.
One weird thing about the game... The main character seems to have a thing about radiators and I'm not sure why! Maybe I'll find out further on in the game.......