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Return to Mysterious Island 2: Mina's Fate review (PC)
12 December 2009
Excerpt: does enough of the important things right to deliver a unique and slightly nostalgic experience, and is sufficiently different from its older sibling to justify its place on the fence between Sequel and Expansion.
Summary: I know I said a lot of negative things about this game, and I stand by them, but the problem with Return to Mysterious Island 2 is not that it is completely awful. It’s simply bland and dull. While the gameplay is more or less competent, there are little flaws such as the lack of challenge and some puzzles’ monotony which drain any enjoyment which could have been had from the game.
Excerpt: Return to Mysterious Island 2 is the third in the Mysterious Island series of adventure games based loosely on the novel by Jules Verne. As adventure type games go, this one has some pretty difficult puzzles and mini games, which defy the “Age 7+” on the box, and yet it would appear the developers are targeting a younger audience with this game where you get to play as a monkey. That’s right, a monkey! Ook ook!
Excerpt: Taking the tried-and-tested game of poker and making it into something completely different may seem like a bit of a gamble [Oh dear - Ed], but this smart and nifty little puzzler is a welcome additon to the range of games available for your Blackberry phone. It takes a cue from the hundreds of similar block-based titles out there, yet does things slightly different. Instead of bright-coloured blocks you have cards cascading down the screen.
Excerpt: I have to say that I didn’t really like the beginning. I mean we all thought that after that long and more or less difficult adventure, Mina and Jep had finally escaped, only to learn that their helicopter was hit by a piece of lava from the island’s volcano…I found it to be a rough idea on how to make a sequel. A plus might be that the island has changed a little bit due to the eruption in order not to explore the same areas once again.
Pros: Good graphics, clever lack of music, quality cinematic sequences, smart gameplay
Excerpt: Return to Mysterious Island 2: Mina's Fate is the sequel to the original Return to Mysterious Island released by French developer Kheops Studio. The sequel continues the story from where the original game ends. Both games are based on Jules Verne's novel, The Mysterious Island. The game is also part of the Jules Verne Collection (also known as Jules Verne Collector's Edition, previously released by The Adventure Company) that includes Return to Mysterious Island and...
Excerpt: Return To Mysterious Island 2 has a rather deceptive name. You see, Mina (the feisty castaway from the first game) never actually made it off her paradise prison. This sequel picks up exactly where the first one ends, with a rescue copter lifting her and her monkey pal Jep to safety - or so you think. Mere seconds later, a fiery missile brings the copter crashing down into the foamy seas.
Pros: Logical and satisfying, Great atmosphere, Jep now playable
Cons: Not a true 'sequel', No love for dirty monkey
Return to Mysterious Island 2: Mina's Fate by Looney4Labs
26 August 2009
Excerpt: “What’s happening?” Mina The last I saw of Mina, she was jubilantly watching the arrival of a helicopter to rescue her from the confines of Mysterious Island. A boating accident landed her on this isolated and hidden isle some time ago. Cut off from all communication with the outside world, she survived using her wits and benefited from the friendship of a monkey named Jep. But now, finally, she is able to go home.
Conclusion: At the end of the day, Return to Mysterious Island 2 falls a little short of the expectations created by its acclaimed predecessor. For the most part, however, that’s not because of anything the sequel does wrong so much as certain aspects that simply weren’t handled as well as they might.