Developer: Deep Silver
Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini Retina

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Previously a PC, Wii, and DS release, point-and-click adventure Secret Files Tunguska has made its way to iOS, and it’s quite enjoyable despite its dour tone. Veering away from the casual nature of many other titles in the genre, Secret Files Tunguska sticks to the traditional scenario of plenty of asking questions and combining items to create further useful tools.

tunguska5Set around the Tunguska event, a mysterious large explosion that occurred in 1908, the game delves into conspiracy theories that would make Mulder and Scully proud. You play a woman whose father, a scientist investigating the event, has gone missing, and soon enough various intelligence agencies are out to get you.

Secret Files Tunguska remains at a steady pace, with each new area often requiring plenty of talking to the surrounding characters followed by solving one particularly significant puzzle. These often require seeking out various items within the landscape before learning how to combine them appropriately. For instance, fixing someone’s bike is required to get them to talk to you, and it involves finding an inner tube and knowing how to fix the hole in it. It’s simple, real-world stuff that makes sense. At times it falters, such as a bizarre puzzle involving taping a cellphone to a cat, but for the most part it’s pretty logical.

tunguska1For those who don’t like to be stuck for too long there’s a built-in walkthrough to check out, but I’d advise against it. Secret Files Tunguska isn’t that hard for the adventure gaming aficionado, and I only really found myself occasionally flummoxed. Read what’s expected of you and Secret Files Tunguska does a sound job of keeping you progressing.

A lengthy game, Secret Files Tunguska turns out to be pretty entertaining. It doesn’t really introduce anything new to the fold, but that doesn’t stop it from telling an interesting story and being a solid example of the genre.

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