Title: MISSING: An Interactive Thriller - Episode One
Genre: Adventure, Indie
Release Date: 25 May, 2015
It's a small dilema whether to recommend "MISSING: An Interactive Thriller - Episode One". It's essentially a hidden object game with FMV and some mini games. It does everything to a good standard and the puzzles are mostly easily solvable. I had one puzzle that caused me some minor grief, the rest were set at a casual level.
The problem arises in how actually short the game is and the achievements are very easy to accomplish.
Is it worth full price? I'd say no. I bought it in a 60% sale and I think this could be overpriced still. There just isnt enough content. I'm not sure how many episodes are planned but maybe if a whole series is availabe at a discounted price then it could be a great package.
I will recommend it due to it doing the hidden object genre well and I had fun whilst it lasted. But do expect to be looking for something else to occupy yourself with 45 minutes later.. I wouldn't recommend it because they never finished the story! It'll annoy the hell out of you like it did me...also no current plans to finish or continue what was started so there we go...a good but totally incomplete and pointless episode. If they actually create the rest of this i'll happily retract my review as i did enjoy playing through the short snippet of this episode.. Unfortunately, as a standalone game it is not something I would recommend for now.
It is not bad actually and is definitely worth its money, but 'Episode One' plays rather like a demo version.
Visuals are excellent, of course. But the story and even the dialogues you would expect to see in FMV-adventure are nearly absent. We have five chapters that could be solved in two minutes each if you know what you are to do - and the puzzles are not impressive either. We got a couple of pixel hunt, a couple of easy slider puzzles (although solving one of them in 5 seconds for an achievement took me a lot of time!), and - beware! - several QTE events. Some people may like them, but that's not what you expect to see in adventure game.
Still, the story does look promising and the actors (especially the one who plays Detective Lambert) are good - so I do hope to revise my review and to give it a positive score after (if) other episodes will appear. Until then - it would be better to wait.. Awesome Game!
Little bit Shot..i think i played it 45min to complette the game once.
BUT for 3,99 its a very nice game :)
7\/10. Missing: An Interactive Thriller is an episodic Full Motion Video. I\u2019ve never played an FMV before so Missing popped my FMV cherry on that regard and boy was it a great experience.
We start the game with David, a seemingly innocent man, who is kidnapped for reasons undetermined as of yet. He is thrown into an abandoned building where he must use his wits to solve the obstacles that bar his way. All the while, taunting words and pictures of his family are littered all around him as he traversed through the corridors of his prison. Is his family captured as well? Where are they?
Curiously enough, I believe his captor is leaving these breadcrumbs, a trail of clues that actually aids David rather than hinder him on his quest and we are shown that perhaps this is some kind of twisted test that he must passed in order to continue and see his family.
While this is happening to David, in the outside world, we delve into the role of Lambert, a detective who might be in charge of the case involving David\u2019s disappearance. There seems to be a string of cases like David\u2019s and Lambert is determined to find him.
I wasn\u2019t expecting much so it surprised me that I actually liked it. I beat Episode 1 in an hour or so but game time will vary, depending on how fast you solve the puzzles (which are fair and I thought some were clever). Most of the time, puzzles consists of searching for items and inserting them to their correct spot. They\u2019re self-explanatory.
There are QTEs but all are pretty simple, achievable with just a click of a mouse so all hope is not lost. Perhaps this is just me but I was getting this Heavy Rain vibe. I won\u2019t spoil that game for anyone but essentially, David\u2019s kidnapping seems very personal to his captor. That\u2019s just me and we shall see on the next episode.
For the base price of 4.99, it may not be worth it to some because of the game\u2019s short length, so it might be best to wait for a sale or at least wait for the full package because all the episodes will probably be bundled together. However, if you\u2019re a fan of FMVs, I highly recommend it.
Anyways, here\u2019s my video of me fooling around in the game. If you also need help with the puzzles (which I doubt you will) the solutions are in the video description.
Missing: An Interactive Thriller Video <\/a>. I used to love playing FMV games back in the day. So it was very exciting to see a new game utilizing full motion video. It's very well done in terms of professionalism but the episode itself was incredibly short. The puzzles were all very easy to solve as well, not requiring much thought at all. The only reason to replay it would be to get some achievements you may have missed the first time. Hopefully the episodes after this one will be a bit longer and more immersive. I also hope the "hidden object" and puzzle aspect of the gameplay will become more challenging as well. This episode felt more like a demo, showing you the potential of what it can do. The QTE's seemed very similar to Until Dawn, and the way they were presented sort of took away from the action in some scenes. Nothing major.
I guess another thought would be...why is it done in FMV, anyway? It's a seemingly realistic game about realistic things. It could have been presented just as well in another way. But that's probably just me, because when I think of FMV, I think of games like Harvester and Phantasmagoria; games that were so fantastical that the added "realism" of FMV just made them all the more creepy and enjoyable. This game, on the other hand, just sort of feels like I am playing an episode of CSI or something. Again, this could all change over the course of the next episode(s).. Let's get it straight: Missing is not a bad game per se. The puzzles are good enough, and the scenario kind of makes you want to know more about the story. And yet I don't recommend it; why, you ask? Simply put, because this is supposed to be an episodic interactive story, but the studio that made the game closed its doors before finishing the game. Therefore you're left with a forever unfinished game, and a bitter taste in your mouth.
In this current state, it is impossible for me to recommend that game (that is one hour long!).. Genre - Interactive Puzzle Film
If you are a fan of the Saw style films and point and click adventures you should like this game.
The actors I have seen so far do a reasonable job, and the environments look nice both on film and in the interactive space. The puzzles require some thought but aren't too hard. The game is short (less than an hour) and is only the first episode but the enjoyment I got out of it meant it was worth the price. As you get episode one you can then decide whether to take the story further. There are achievements you can go back for, but some of these might be more of a pain than they are worth. Although the completionist in you will want to at least try.
Not sure how they will do the other episodes yet, so watch this space.. It's a nicely designed, but very short (30-60 minutes long), FMV game where you (mostly) play the part of a kidnap victim who's trying to escape. The kidnapper enjoys toying with the victim (eg, his "Play with me" message at the start of the game), and thus has put a lot of puzzles that the player needs to solve in order to escape (eg, locked rooms, etc).
The puzzles all tend to be of the locked room\/inventory style puzzles. Although there are some cut scenes with dialogue, you never interact with people (which is a shame, as IMO, FMV games would lend themselves to character heavy games, given it's medium). Still there's enough story and atmosphere here that I was happy.
Also, note that there are a few (very few) timed portions to the game. They didn't cause me any difficulty, though.
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