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Welcome to a world of danger and suspense in Murder Island: Secret of Tantalus, a thrilling hidden-object adventure. You and 8 former classmates have accepted the same invitation to spend a week on a gorgeous, isolated Greek island for your high school reunion. Upon arrival, you notice that something isn't right. One by one, your old classmates are killed off-all the murders mirroring tragic Greek myths. Unlike high school theatrics, this drama is real... or is it? Discover clues, locate missing objects, and solve dangerously perplexing puzzles to avoid being next on the mysterious killer's list!
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You and your high school friend CJ along with other classmates are invited to a remote Greek Island for a reunion. You don't have an opportunity to smell the roses, though, as your host ends up dead. Apparently being stalked by an unknown assassin, other classmates turn up dead one by one and you are frantic to find a way off the island.
The characters are portrayed by photographs which add authenticity and the voice acting is very good indeed. Sprinkled about the environments are small tiles which you collect as you go. After every twelve tiles you collect you may access a little blurb about Greek mythology and these little pieces of information are very interesting and they help to flesh out the plot, too.
The mini games are above average, and are reasonably hard. The hidden objects are pertinent to the present or to Greek history and their location makes sense, such as sandals and life preservers near the beach. Each hidden environment contains one riddle question such as "dead president?" (a dollar bill.) The riddles add piquancy and fun to the game. You are able to quickly hop from one area to another by pressing a button in a map provided. This is a great feature and saves you from endless tramping back and forth. Murder Island is a solid, enjoyable game which should appeal to just about every casual game player.
The characters aren't especially engaging, and aren't really developed too fully. That's okay-- it's a hidden object game and while the plot moves the play along, it isn't particularly deep or intriguing. The premise of the game-several friends visiting a Greek island for a high school reunion-- seems a little far-fetched at times(I think my last class reunion was held at a Holiday Inn somewhere.) The loose ends are tied up satisfactorily at the end. It is at heart an HOG with mini-puzzles in between scenes, so the plot mattered less to me than satisfactory gameplay.
The hidden object scenes, while not particularly difficult, are engaging and interesting. Objects look like the objects you would expect, and the scenes are large and well-lit enough so that frustration level is kept to a minimum while entertainment value is kept high. While I enjoy murder mysteries and games involving intrigue, I am tired of the overused "haunted house/asylum/ghost/demonic presence themes that have been prevalent in the puzzle-HOGs of the past several years. This game was a refreshing change, offering a genuine murder mystery without graphic gore and devoid of supernatural elements. While I wouldn't recommend it for children, I think it would be perfectly acceptable for teens. I completed the game in about three hours, but skipped some of the mini-puzzles in between scenes. In short, Murder Island:Secret of Tantalus is worth Amazon's very reasonable price.
A neat HOG with beautiful graphics, a scary story, and kept my interest along the way. Would recommend
this one if you like a mix of figuring things out, putting things together to use, and collecting for bonuses.
Not the best, but kept my interest until the end.
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