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Secret Files: Tunguska review

AT A GLANCE
  • The magnifying glass tool
  • Humorous puzzles
  • Detailed backgrounds
  • Laughably bad voice acting
  • Slow pace of plot
  • Disappointing climax

In 1908 a gigantic blast roughly equivalent to the power of a nuclear bomb rocked the area of Tunguska in Siberia, felling trees in an area of over 800 miles.  Although most scientists agree that the blast was the result of a large asteroid or comet, conspiracy theories involving extraterrestrials remain popular to this day, making Tunguska the Roswell of Russia. Although the mysterious premise of Secret Files: Tunguska involving foul play and aliens shows promise, the game itself won't make a big impact on you as you point and click your way through this by-the-book adventure.

You'll step in the shoes of Nina Kalenkov, a young motorcycle mechanic who discovers that her father - a scientist who once studied the Tunguska event - has been kidnapped. As you track down leads to your father's whereabouts, you'll learn more about what really caused the explosion at Tunguska. And no, it wasn't something as boring or logical as an asteroid or comet.



Seasoned adventurers will find themselves right at home with Tunguska's standard point and click control scheme which involves picking up as many items as possible and combining them in unlikely ways to solve unusual problems. Can't figure out how to board the military train that might be holding your father? Just combine a hose with a wall urinal and put a stalking over the valve in the sewers to retrieve the key that the conductor flushed down the toilet.

Tunguska does shake things up a bit with a handy new feature. You can click on the magnifying glass icon at any point to highlight every item in the room that Nina can interact with. This welcome feature cuts out a lot of dead time and helps move the story along.

Unfortunately, even with the aid of the magnifying glass, the pacing of Tunguska's plot still crawls at a snail's pace. The mystery surrounding Nina's father's abduction and the Tunguska event is revealed all at once during the last few minutes of the game and is a major letdown. The voice acting will also grate your ears, with Nina's squeaky teenage voice as Tunguska's worst offender. Couple that with unconvincing performances from the rest of the cast and you'll find yourself skipping through the game's lengthy and frequent dialogues as fast as your right-clicking finger will allow in this good looking, yet derivative adventure title.

More Info

Release date: Oct 30 2006 - PC (US)
Oct 30 2006 - PC
May 23 2008 - DS, Wii (UK)
Available Platforms: PC, DS, Wii
Genre: Adventure
Published by: The Adventure Company
Developed by: Fusionsphere Systems
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Mild Violence, Use of Alcohol, Use of Tobacco, Mild Suggestive Themes
PEGI Rating:
12+

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