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Missing: Game of the Year Edition - PC

by Dreamcatcher/Mecca
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
Mature
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)


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  • Ensure Jack and Karen's safe return in this terrifying abduction game
  • Receive clues via e-mail from virtual characters including the maniacal killer
  • Visit various Web sites to obtain valuable info vital to solving the case
  • Analyze video excerpts, photos, soundtracks, and piece together evidence
  • Includes 13th Victim Expansion Pack and bonus CD-ROM with making-of video


Product Details

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  • ASIN: B000922D4U
  • Item Weight: 6.1 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,263 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

While investigating a string of gruesome serial murders committed by a maniacal killer known only as “The Phoenix,” journalist Jack Lorski and his companion Karen Gijman disappear without a trace. Shortly after their disappearance, Jack’s agency receives a disturbing CD-ROM containing footage he captured during his investigation and cryptic information about their abduction with instructions to release it to the public. Help us decipher the CD’s contents quickly so that we can track this madman and ensure Jack and Karen’s safe return.

From the Manufacturer

While investigating a string of gruesome serial murders committed by a maniacal killer known only as "The Phoenix," journalist Jack Lorski and his companion Karen Gijman disappear without a trace. Shortly after their disappearance, Jack’s agency receives a disturbing CD-ROM containing footage he captured during his investigation and cryptic information about their abduction with instructions to release it to the public. Help us decipher the CD’s contents quickly so that we can track this madman and ensure Jack and Karen’s safe return.

Also includes the 13th Victim Expansion Pack and bonus CD-ROM with the making of and behind-the-scenes video.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I don't typically review video games, but the other overall reviewer scores did not do justice to this innovative game. I do love adventure gaming--particularly if it's a dark and disturbing journey. The more wicked, the more macabre--the better. I have enjoyed the traditional point-and-click type of game ("The Beast Within" was my first foray into computer games and will always hold a special place in my heart as one of the absolute best!) They can be a bit corny, they can be a bit repetitive and most of them follow the same formula--but I lean toward this convention because they are the most "movie-like" of games. "Missing" uses some of the same storytelling devices, but provides a new twist (which is rare in this day).

This unique game sets you up as an investigator looking into the disappearance of two reporters and tracking a serial killer. Unlike a point-and-click adventure, however, you are not navigating a character through the action. You and your computer are the action. You receive messages, clues, and puzzles that you must decipher to get the story to unfold and follow the murderer's trail. The video segments used are jaggedly cut and reminiscent of the film "Seven" in motif. You actually communicate with the killer, he taunts you. You receive email from him and other interested parties--it is a fully immersive environment. But it is a smart game, too. You use the Internet to research clues, you need to be logical, you need to think--"Missing" is not a kid's game (rated 17+).

The game also challenges your manual dexterity. Some of the puzzles require you to play rather arbitrary games--some of which are very difficult. While not my favorite part of the game, I always got a huge sense of accomplishment when I finished a particularly nasty challenge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MISSING takes you for a wild ride! January 15, 2007
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
i play all types of games... fps, rts, mmo, puzzle/adventure; and few games have captured my imagination more than Missing. its fantastic fun that will at times frustrate, scare, titilate, shock, and enlighten you. overall, the quality is onpar with the Myst series. i bought the game but didnt start playing it until one night i threw a party at my house and 2 curious friends installed the game and started playing.... it was a pretty rocking party but no later than 10 minutes had gone by before half of us were crowding around the computer to play Missing. its a wonderful blend of interactive play, puzzle solving, and historical research. in the end id estimate it took us about 40 hours to resolve this first installment of the game. my wife just bought me the expansion "Evidence: The LAst Ritual" so im waiting for a free weekend to lock myself away in our study with a pot of coffee hehehe. most people arent aware of it but---BE HAPPY THERE ARE PEOPLE LIKE THE ADVENTURE COMPANY MAKING THESE WONDERFUL GAMES!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missing Is the Most Inventive Interactive Game Ever! December 11, 2005
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If you are looking for a true adventure that requires problem solving skills, this is the game for you. It is so interactive, you feel like you are actually part of the game as you research on the web for clues hidden on websites and you get taunting email from the "serial killer" as well as other characters within the game. It was so immersive and realistic, it was just great! I highly recommend this as it blows other games away. I've not found any other games that come close to this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good game snatched from the jaws of a great game August 10, 2007
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Missing since January racks up buku points for originality and inventiveness, not to mention simple viral marketing strategies. Its not often you see the words "Reward for Information" on a video game box. The Last Ritual (sequel to this) does even better, with what looks like a full-up evidence baggy, complete with chain of custody signatures. But I digress.

The games premise is you are assisting a fictional news organization in tracking down one of their star reporters, Jack Lorski, who went missing while investigating a series of murders, and eventually trailing a serial killer known as The Pheonix. The Pheonix kidnaps Jack and his companion, forces them to make a series of videos, and compiles it into an encoded computer program, and mails it to Jacks employers, who then turn it over to the public for assistance, as the program can not be cracked, only played through.

The Pheonix treats the player as an initiate or disciple, introducing them to his warped vision while touching on many branches of esoteric thought, including alchemy, numerology, demonology, and other realms of philosophy and theology.

The game progress while periodically sending the player e-mails and other interactions, even providing hints if theres enough down time, indicating you're having trouble with a particular puzzle.

There were many drawbacks thoguh. I could not beat many of the stages without a walkthrough, not because they were difficult, but because I literally could not understand what was being written or spoken, which was the pivitol clue to a particular puzzle. Also, some of the puzzles were simplistic, and others were incredibly frustrating. While its good that even the later stages had easy puzzles, the disparity is so great it made me want to grind my teeth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing February 14, 2008
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Very good game, gives you arcade type games. You have to search the internet for clues to solve the puzzles. Some parts of the game seemed too hard, I had to search online for solutions in order to get past sections of it. I would recommend this game if you like time consuming games.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wife n son loved it, great seller
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
the sequel was better :(
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1.0 out of 5 stars WHY IS THIS PRODUCT STILL BEING SOLD????
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Published on January 17, 2011 by Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity: unplayable game
I love adventure games and played over 20 of them, never leaving even one unfinished. From the reviews, I gathered that this game would be an interesting and stimulating new... Read more
Published on January 31, 2008 by Laszlo Hopp
3.0 out of 5 stars Imagined so much more
This is my first computer game and I'm not a video gamer but I expected more. I love the idea that you have to search the internet for clues and such but it's missing something... Read more
Published on January 21, 2008 by elenateresa
3.0 out of 5 stars Too frustrating
This game has a great premise and the puzzles are fun. However, the logistics of the internet and mail is terrible. Read more
Published on December 30, 2007 by Michael D. Zombro
3.0 out of 5 stars No email support for this game.
This was a really fun, different game to play. But don't count on getting the "supposed" emails that they say you will be getting. Read more
Published on September 16, 2007 by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Game does not work
I purchased this game with great anticipation. It sounded like so much fun. I recieved the game and it does not work at all. Read more
Published on May 13, 2007 by Patricia Madonna
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