Secret Files Tunguska Review
- There is a silly charm to the serious-headed story
- Nice adaptation of interface to touchscreen
- Large, fully-voiced story with plenty of locations
- Cumbersome voice acting
- Unintuitive puzzles
- Range of options makes trial-and-error feel exhausting
Secret Files Tunguska certainly won’t be for everyone. Fortunately, it sticks close enough to the classic point-and-click adventure tropes that you'll know what you're getting yourself into.
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There is a simple question to ask yourself before playing Secret Files Tunguska: if you wanted to eavesdrop on a conversation, would your first instinct be to sellotape a mobile phone to your target's cat?
If the answer is yes, then Tunguska's puzzles will be second nature. However, if this confluence of events seems unreasonable, and trial-and-error seems like a chore, then this may not the point-and-click adventure for you.
Fortunately, the touchscreen conversion of the original PC game's controls does make randomly pairing items together an intuitive process. Tapping anywhere on the screen sends the heroine Nina to the desired location. A magnifying glass icon highlights any points of interest in the world, and tapping on these allows you to inspect or interact with the object.
The instinctive controls mean that it is only the game's internal logic that stands between you and progress, which is where things start to get problematic. The chains of events required to solve problems seem to borrow heavily from the more tongue-in-cheek puzzles of the old Lucas Arts adventures, which feels odd set against Tunguska's serious tone.
The conspiracy-filled story that sends Nina out searching for her missing father sits poorly against this cartoon logic. Getting a fridge magnet from a young lost girl for fixing her bike tyre is an odd event at best, but the peculiar 5-part process required to use this magnet to get an address feels a little convoluted.
Saying that, while the goofy puzzles may juxtapose the story's tone, it does add to Tunguska’s strange charm. The stilted voice acting and dubious script are at times laughable, but everyone's commitment makes it feel quite endearing.
Secret Files Tunguska is a game popped straight from the classic point-and-click adventure mould, with all of the problems that entails. Which brings us back to the conundrum of the cat and the sellotape. If that puzzle makes sense to you, then Tunguska may be just the game you're looking for. Baffled parties need not apply.
Description[ The award-winning point and click adventure debuts on the App Store, localized into seven different languages and fully optimized for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch! ]
# # # HISTORY MEETS FICTION IN A MYSTERY ADVENTURE PAR EXCELLENCE # # #
When Vladimir Kalenkow, a high-ranking scientist looking into the unexplained Tunguska catastrophe from 1908, goes missing, his daughter Nina and his assistant Max are drawn into a conspiracy of epic proportions. Chased across the globe by the Russian intelligence apparatus and a zealous secret society, the two adventurers solve mysteries in Germany, Russia, Cuba, China and even Antarctica. But the more light they shed on the truth, the more they put themselves in danger!
# # # UNRAVEL ONE OF THE BIGGEST ENGIMAS OF THE 20th CENTURY # # #
Help Nina and Max, the adventurous protagonists of Secret Files Tunguska, to solve a variety of challenging quests and elaborate riddles as the title’s fascinating plot leads you to the most remote corners of the Earth. Travel to exotic locations, explore rich sceneries, engage with interesting characters and collect useful information. Unravel a mystery that remained unsolved for more than a hundred years!
# # # ENJOY AMAZING FEATURES AND A DEEPLY IMMERSIVE ATMOSPHERE # # #
• An interactive mystery thriller for smartphones and tablets
• 12+ hours of suspense-laden playing time
• No micro transactions or in-app purchases
• 2 playable main characters
• Dozens of NPCs with individual background stories
• Lots of demanding quests, riddles and puzzles
• More than a hundred exciting locations
• High-quality graphics with amazing attention to detail
• Full voice acting by popular dubbing actors
• Fully localized into German, English, Russian, Polish, French, Spanish and Italian
• Spot-on touch controls made for mobile
# # # WINNER OF COUNTLESS AWARDS AND ACCOLADES # # #
Secret Files Tunguska has received dozens of honors from games reviewers and jury members alike. Among others, it got a 92 points “Gold” rating from Adventure Europe, a 89 per cent “Gold” award from Game Hunters and a 86 points “Gold” star from Gamaxx. In addition, it has also been named “Game of the Year” by the editorial departments of Gamestar and The Gamer’s Base as well as “Best Adventure of the Year” by the readers of PC Games and Adventure-Treff.
# # # LINKS AND RESSOURCES # # #
• Secret Files website: http://secretfiles.deepsilver.com/en/
• Animation Arts website: http://www.animationarts.de/
• Deep Silver website: http://www.deepsilver.com/
• Deep Silver FISHLABS website: http://www.dsfishlabs.com/
• Secret Files on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/secretfilesgames
# # # SETTINGS & REQUIREMENTS # # #
Secret Files Tunguska requires iOS 7 and runs on iPhone 4S (or newer), iPad 2 (or newer), iPad mini and iPod touch 5G. The game does not contain any in-app purchases or micro transactions. Instead, the initial purchase gives you access to the full array of content and features.