Secret Files: Tunguska - Nintendo DS

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  • Intuitive stylus based controls, with an additional D-pad options and search ability.
  • Classic point-and-click adventure for Nintendo DS/DSi game systems.
  • Based on the historical 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia in which hundreds of square miles of wilderness was mysteriously leveled under unexplained circumstances.
  • More than 100 highly detailed locations that include atmospheric weather conditions.
  • Spectacular cutscenes with English audio recordings and scrollable background over several screens.

Product Description

Platform: Nintendo DS

Product Description

The adventure Secret Files: Tunguska begins with a baffling kidnapping. Nina Kalenkow's world is turned upside down when she learns that her father, the scientist Vladimir Kalenkow, has vanished without a trace. Since the police can't (or won't?) help, Nina decides to search for clues to her father's whereabouts on her own. On the way, she meets Max Gruber, one of her father's colleagues, who spontaneously offers the attractive young woman his help. The trail leads Nina and Max to a mysterious disaster in the Tunguska region of Siberia in 1908, which Vladimir Kalenkow had been investigating. Does the disappearance of Nina's father have something to do with his previous expeditions to Siberia? The search for an answer leads the two heroes from Berlin around the globe and to the Antarctic, and it soon becomes clear that there are others who are also interested in Nina's father's secrets. After all, there's much more going on than the mere disappearance of an old man

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Secret Files: Tunguska is a single player, point-and-click adventure for Nintendo DS and DSi in which players investigate one of the great real-life scientific mysteries of the 20th century, the obliteration of the Siberian region of Tunguska. Playing as fictional heroine Nina Kalenkow, players utilize Nintendo touch screen controls, as well as additional search options to uncover clues and combinable items in an expansive gameworld that features more than 100 highly detailed locations and scrollable backgrounds across both screens.

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The adventure Secret Files: Tunguska begins with a baffling kidnapping. Nina Kalenkow’s world is turned upside down when she learns that her father, the scientist Vladimir Kalenkow, has vanished without a trace. Since the police can’t (or won’t?) help, Nina decides to search for clues to her father’s whereabouts on her own. On the way, she meets Max Gruber, one of her father’s colleagues, who spontaneously offers the attractive young woman his help.

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The trail leads Nina and Max to a mysterious disaster in the Tunguska region of Siberia in 1908, which Vladimir Kalenkow had been investigating. Does the disappearance of Nina’s father have something to do with his previous expeditions to Siberia? The search for an answer leads the two heroes from Berlin, around the globe and to the Antarctic, and it soon becomes clear that there are others who are also interested in Nina’s father’s secrets. After all, there’s much more going on than the mere disappearance of an old man.

Gameplay
Secret Files: Tunguska is a classic single player, point-and-click adventure game. Players use their choice of the DS/DSi stylus, or the D-pad to move heroine Nina Kalenkow around the gameworld in search of items to move action forward as well as clues to explain the disappearance of her father and the inexplicable and devastating disaster in Tunguska. Once found, select objects can be combined to create more useful items and if players choose, they can utilize the game's magnifying glass tool which will highlight items in the environment that Nina comes in contact with.

Key Game Features

  • Classic point-and-click adventure for Nintendo DS/DSi game systems.
  • Based on the historical 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia in which hundreds of square miles of wilderness was mysteriously leveled under unexplained circumstances.
  • More than 100 highly detailed locations that include atmospheric weather conditions.
  • Spectacular cutscenes with English audio recordings.
  • Intuitive stylus based controls, with an additional D-pad options and search ability.
  • Scrollable background over several screens.
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On-screen commentary and direction by heroine Nina Kalenkow in Secret Files: Tunguska
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Using the magnifying glass focused search option in Secret Files: Tunguska
Focused search options.
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Nina in an outdoor game environment featuring weather effects in Secret Files: Tunguska
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Product Information

Platform:Nintendo DS
ASIN B001E3SFZO
Release date June 30, 2010
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4.0 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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Product Dimensions 5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
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Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
Point and click adventures seem like a perfect fit for the DS, where you can easily click on items using the stylus. Secret Files: Tunguska is a great game in this limited genre on the DS. The interface is smooth and easy to use (it even has a feature to help avoid pixel hunting or missing important items). Graphics are good, and the video cutscenes are fun. The game itself may have you scratching your head at times as to why a particular solution works. (If you get stuck, just start trying to put items in your inventory together or using items on everything in a location.) Fans of puzzly interactive fiction games and those missing the old LucasArts adventures must play this one! And please, designers, give us more point-and-click titles on the DS!
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I pre-ordered this game August of 2009, and it finally was available in the USA just this week. I love this type of game and this one was worth the wait! I don't know how long this game goes on for, I hope not over quickly. If you like games like Syberia and Trace Memories you will like this one.
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Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
I actually got this for my wife as a gift because she really likes adventure games, but after she played it for awhile I tried it out myself and could not put it down! I had a lot of fun figuring out the different puzzles and matching items throughout the game. I personally had a lot more fun with this game than other adventure games like Siberia and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys this genre.
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Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
LucasArts graphic adventures were a genre at their best, and the Broken Sword series is a clear artistic descendant of those games. Secret Files: Tunguska is a clear descendant (I won't say rip-off) of the Broken Sword series (but honestly, it could easily have been a Broken Sword game). The ability to switch between characters on the fly creates some interesting puzzles of the kind I hadn't seen in graphic adventures before, and as with the best graphic adventures you are not merely doing Myst-style dial turners or "enter-the-secret-code-and-open-the-door" yawn-a-thons, but rather using your noggin to solve puzzles with items in your inventory and in the environment. It's not as comedy-focused as Monkey Island or Grim Fandango, but if you are a fan of those games, or Broken Sword, or Trace Memory or Hotel Dusk, don't miss this game.

The DS version is a very good PC-to-handheld port. I haven't played the big-screen version but I found this port head-and-shoulders above the unplayable port of Syberia for the DS (seriously, how did that one make it to publication?). Playing on a small screen means many items in the environment will be hard to see, or so close to each other that you can't distinguish them, so with one press of the shoulder button every clickable item on the screen is highlighted with an icon. Kind of ruins (a small part of) the exploration aspect of these games but it's the best you can do when porting a PC-style adventure to a hand-held.
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Platform for Display: Nintendo DS
I really got into this game. It was mildly challenging for an older player. The plot was cute but a little weird. I am not going to reveal how. See for yourself. The idea of evenually changing the character's perspective should be an added feature for male and female players. Note-check everything out before you leave an area as there may be an item you need later. The idea of combining items to proceed with the plot helps get the brain cells working. I told my mother who is in her 80's "I can't get this girl off this train top!" I eventually realized I had popped to the top too quickly and needed to deal with the captive dog first. She later wanted to know how "I" got off the train. Again, as a psychologist, I am in favor of games that help create new neural connections (we all need that as we age).
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At first I had a bit of a hard time understanding what to do with clues or how to make them work. After I figured that out the flow of the game was enjoyable. The occassional cutscenes had really good graphics & provided a nice flow to the storyline.
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