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Secret Files 3 (PC DVD)
- Sequel to the hugely successful Secret Files adventures series
- Story and characters developed by well-known film writers, who have a wealth of experience of working on TV and movie productions
- Hand-crafted visuals and cinematic cut scenes
- Challenging puzzles and riddles, that seamlessly fit into the storyline.
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- Platform: Windows 7
- Media: DVD-ROM
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Nina and Max will return in Secret Files 3. The classic PC point & click adventure features a cinematic story, a variety of locations, and much more.It should be the happiest day of her life, but Nina's anticipation of the upcoming marriage with Max is being clouded by terrible nightmares of an apocalypse. Could this be related to the events that took place in Tunguska? As further incidents transpire and Nina comes across some major secrets, she realizes that she has just stumbled onto a new epic adventure...True to the tradition established by its popular predecessors Secret Files: Tunguska and Secret Files 2, the game combines an exciting story with entertaining gameplay, mental challenges, and beautiful graphics. A writing team supervised by NEOS Film is on board for the series' third installment; having already worked successfully on TV and movie productions, they will help develop the game's plot, drama, and characters.
It should be the happiest day of her life, but Nina’s anticipation of the upcoming marriage with Max is being clouded by terrible nightmares of an apocalypse. Could this be related to the events that took place in Tunguska? As further incidents transpire and Nina comes across some major secrets, she realizes that she has just stumbled onto a new epic adventure
True to the tradition established by its popular predecessors Secret Files: Tunguska and Secret Files 2, the game combines an exciting story with entertaining gameplay, mental challenges, and beautiful graphics. A writing team supervised by NEOS Film is on board for the series' third instalment; having already worked successfully on TV and movie productions, they will help develop the game's plot, drama, and characters.See all Product description
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Secret Files 3 is a 3rd person point & click adventure game. Story + puzzles + inventory items = progress. Here in SF3 we reprise our role once again as Nina Kalenkov. As mysterious circumstances & the kidnap of her soon to be husband (and returning character) Max Gruber, lead her on another adventure of danger & discovery across the globe. Where she meets a range of personalities, has many hard decisions to make & puzzles to solve to get to the bottom of things.
The puzzles are very wide ranging for the most part, that there aren't any that i can recall, were too similar or repetitive. SF3 kept giving me different puzzles to solve, from old classics such as putting a torn letter back together to new ones such as trying to keep track of a character i'm following & more. Now these came in a variety of difficulties, mainly from easy to average, with one or two more demanding ones, but seasoned adventure gamer's will breeze through them. There is a decent amount of inventory items to collect in certain locations & combine occasionally, and once again with some new ideas in regards to interaction with the scenes. Such as climbing by using some items & objects to help climb with etc... Knowing when & where to use items was head scratching & frustrating in a handful of places(as with most PnC games iv'e played ;-)), but keeping at it, i managed to figure it out while slapping my forehead in some places or being really proud of figuring them out in others. We do get to swap between 4 character's for certain bits of the game in places, but this is very, very limited.
Audio wise the game is good, the music is nice & the voice actors try they're best, but the script/direction they are given doesn't allow the characters or any interaction to flow, so it comes across simply like hearing the pages straight off the paper. The story wasn't that enticing, i didn't connect to it that well myself, nice ideas, but i couldn't get into it. Visually the game looks nice, in some occasional close up's it's slightly on a larger visual scale from the previous games, think, The Sims, otherwise it's very good from 3rd person view. There are some RPG style conversational selection moments where we can interact with an NPC, but these, when they do appear a handful of times, are limited from what i experienced, very much one sided affairs with the same outcome. But, some are there to effect the end game roundup in a way, specifically in regards to Nina & Max, but again limited, in that it wasn't a huge game changing effect. The end game roundup itself, is basically a, what are they up to now ? in regards to all the characters we met in game, which was nice. As was the end overview of time played, distance walked etc.... There is an option when you load up the game, to customize your menu after answering 4 multiple choice questions. I didn't tinker with this much, but, it seemed to be echoing Lost Horizon, in regards to the mobile visual appearance of the main menu. Can be changed at any time in options.
Other bits, there is no physical game manual, just a leaflet with some instructions on installation & technical support etc... The manual is only in PDF format, available on disk/game folder. Using the vanilla out the box version (is there a patch?) i found the game to run flawlessly, no crashes or the like. Although i did notice a couple of oversights, but only 2-3 occasions on small things, where German would be spoken or written instead of English. Finally, the game wasn't that long TBH, it took me about 7 hours to complete.
In conclusion, from my review you'll notice an over riding theme of, "occasionally", "limited" or "when they do appear" etc.... That is because SF3 crams a lot of different ideas into the game, and while interesting with a nice variation of puzzles & ideas, sadly it neglects the other core ingredient of the game, by giving us subdued characters/dialogue & a story that isn't the most fascinating. So unless your stuck for an adventure game to play ATM, this is a decent distraction, but otherwise wait for the price to drop significantly & snap it up then to play on a rainy day.
I try not to be a 'whinger' when recommending (or not) adventure games; nothing is perfect for everybody. The star rating here is not, for me, ideal. Personally, I see the game as 'I liked it' but it did not rate 4 stars in the normal scheme of things. I'd give Tunguska 5* and Puritas Cordis 4*, but I enjoyed sf3 and would recommend it particularly to players of the first two games. However, I don't see it as memorable. If you have not played the first two, then buy them first and enjoy some of best games of the genre amongst all the adventure games I have ever played; I've played Tunguska three times already!
I have rarely, if ever, played such games without reference to a walkthrough at some point and this episode was no exception. Some interesting puzzles, pretty graphics; very important for me, and 'live' characters with whom to identify. Regarding the future of the series? the answer to my own question is no, provided that this part leads to a fourth helping with a little more length and depth. Take your time developers and give us another Tunguska please.
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