Mystery Stories: Island of Hope - All Work and No Play?
In Mystery Stories: Island of Hope you will find all the features so valued by hidden object
fans - rich and engaging story, variety of game play and terrific colorful graphics. As
Michelle Deanfield, top New York journalist, you will plunge into the exotic atmosphere of
the Caribbean to investigate mysterious events supposedly connected with ancient Mayan
legends. Add a fascinating love story - and you'll get a hidden object game of really high
Your journey starts when Michelle, who received the vacation as a bonus for a sensational
article on dog food she wrote, departs for the trip she has been longing for.
Michelle is anticipating two weeks of relaxation, and hopes to meet a perfect guy, which
would be just wonderful. But mysterious break-in in the town museum leaves nothing of all
plans and hopes. Our heroine very soon finds herself in the very middle of a whirl of events
all related to some ancient Mayan artifacts and culture. Together with Professor McAllister
and Diego, a really good-looking diving instructor, she devotes all her time to the
investigation, trying to find out the truth and solve the mystery.
That's all that can be said about the story in the beginning. All the rest will be revealed
in the process of playing - and there is much for you to learn. But let us dwell a bit on
the game play.
The basic game play of the game is hidden object. But even here you are offered some new
turns that add significant variety to your game experience and guarantee you will never get
bored while playing. You are offered a choice of game modes: first, you select whether you
wish to play Story or Puzzle mode. Then you will decide whether you prefer Normal mode or
Relax mode, where you get ten times more time for solving each puzzle. On each of hidden
object levels your task is to find all the hidden items in the screen, which is quite
expected in such a game. But the items are not only defined in words or given as
silhouettes, which is the most widespread way of describing necessary objects. But you will
also encounter levels requiring that you find objects corresponding to certain sounds given
instead of instructions. Some screens will darkened and need to be explored with a
flashlight only. In others you get not just single words, but ciphered descriptions. And
some will make you look for each object within a very short period of time.
But, surely, you will also get some aids to facilitate the search process. They are quite plentiful and can be found in every level. You will be offered additional hints, time
bonuses, aids doubling your points for some time, etc. But be careful, for you get time
penalty for too many misclicks. This doesn't matter in the Relax mode, but if play Normal,
you may find it a bit tough.
After each set of hidden object levels you will be offered a mini-game. Those are different
puzzle games, some really unique and challenging. But if you don't wish to play them, you
always have an option to skip such a puzzle and proceed with the main game.
As I already said, Mystery Stories: Island of Hope can boast not only a fascinating story
and diverse game play, but also beautiful visuals. The graphics is absolutely great and it
makes you feel as if you are in the tropics instead of your office or home.
On the whole I would say the game is of genuinely high quality and no doubt deserves your attention.
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