With the weather being so hot right now, a game that takes us to cold Alaska is absolutely perfect – and that’s exactly where the new Mystery Trackers: Winterpoint Tragedy takes us in the ninth game in the Mystery Trackers series by Elephant Games. And they have Elf the dog back to help us solve the case once more, so I am completely happy.
Story wise, it’s all meant to send some chills down your spine, and not just because it’s set in snowy Alaska: a professor manages to capture a Cold Stalker at his lab, but his entire mission of finding more about this strange alien species goes wrong after the Cold Stalker shapeshifts (yup, they have this power!) and steals a powerful artifact that allows them to control human minds too. Not the best combination, if you are to ask me – so it’s a case that you have to solve with the help of your lovely dog Elf.
The story unfolds nicely as you explore a beautifully rendered Alaska, with snowy mountains and dangers everywhere. As you progress through your adventure, you will get to complete a bunch of classic hidden object games which are a true delight for fans of the genre: you have everything from classic list finds to silhouette, mini-HoS (with your mystery tracker) and morphing objects. The mini games are also varied and pretty challenging, but you can choose to skip them as well if you can’t solve them: they are not impossible though and you should spend the few extra minutes with each of the puzzles in order to get the most from the game.
The graphics, as I have already said, are absolutely beautiful. The color tones are perfect and the artwork is amazing, and you will find yourself – more than once – simply sitting back and enjoying the scenes. You can easily come back to them using the quick jump interactive map. If there is one complaint I can have about graphics is that the animations are a bit slow: that’s something that I’m starting to get pretty tired with in hidden object adventure games and hopefully the developers will start making them less waste-of-time-ish.
The sound manages to round everything else nicely, with decent voice-overs for the characters, completing the story well. Nothing to write home about, but nothing to complain about either.
With various modes of play (including a custom mode to shape the game to your liking), the Mystery Trackers: Winterpoint Tragedy Collector’s Edition also brings some extras in terms of additional goodies: wallpapers, concept art, collectibles and even a new game that allows you to get rid of the Cold Stalkers forever.
All in all, Mystery Trackers: Winterpoint Tragedy manages to deliver everything you’d expect from a game in the popular series: high quality gameplay, good storytelling and an overall experience that will leave you wanting more. And I am sure it’s not the last time we’ll see Elf, so… enjoy!