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Return To Mysterious Island

Washing up on our shores this month is another point-and-clicker - Mysterious Island. As shipwrecked lady Mina, stranded on an apparently deserted tropical island, you have to set about discovering where you are and how the hell you're going to get home in this old-school adventure.

Loosely based on a Jules Verne novel, Mysterious Island immediately grabs you with its classic predicament. Being a castaway and having to dig up some food to survive on is something everyone can relate to, especially if you've ever been a student. Also appealing are the nicely drawn environments and sense of mystery your new home exudes.

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Despite the idyllic surroundings, however, this honeymoon doesn't last forever. While you immediately relate to the Robinson Crusoe situation, the solutions to your mundane problems can be extravagant and frustrating, with not enough feedback as to what you're doing wrong and what the hell you're expected to do next. The vast array of items you end up with only compounds the problem, and you'll often resort to that hated practice of randomly combining and using bits of detritus in the hope they'll sort out your dilemma.

The restrictive point-and-click system will always be an issue for most of us ("See that sand over there? Can't go there"), but the price and intriguing scenario mean that this isn't a total waste of time for those who fancy some arcane adventuring.

The verdict

Island of frustration

5.1
Format
PC
Developer
Unknown
Publisher
Unknown
Genre
Puzzle, Sim / Strategy

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