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  • Summary: Return to Mysterious Island follows Mina, a strong young woman alone on a round-the-world sailing expedition. Caught in a tremendous storm, she becomes stranded on the shores of a wild and apparently uninhabited island. As she explores her new surroundings, she uncovers artifacts, living spaces and technologies left behind by the people who came before her to this uncharted island. Creating a new life, Mina builds a home from the remains of Granite Rock and uses her survival skills against the wilds of the jungle. She soon becomes aware of a figure in the shadows who, seemingly aware of her troubles, offers her assistance. She eventually identifies this figure as the unsettled ghost of Captain Nemo, whose body is located in the Nautilus deep below the island shore. Piecing together the hints and clues he provides, Mina must travel to the Nautilus, retrieve his body and give him a proper burial in order to free his tortured soul. Players will solve a variety of clever puzzles and use the various technologies found on the Nautilus to help on their return to civilization. [Adventure Company] Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. A great way to rediscover a Jules Verne classic. If the idea of overcoming nature’s challenges, surviving in a forgotten land, and unlocking the mysteries of an exotic island interest you, do not miss this game.
  2. And so am I recommending Return to Mysterious Island? You bet. In a year that has been lacking in adventures and role-playing games -- the two genres I typically review -- Return to Mysterious Island is more than a welcome find, and, along with "Syberia II," is one of the best adventure games of the year.
  3. This is a hard puzzle game that’s extremely fun and rewarding. A game that you can really get into and play for hours on end (or straight through to completion).
  4. Tailor-made for inventory lovers, but plenty here for every adventure gamer to enjoy. It's simple and modest, but offers great value for your gaming dollar.
  5. By injecting massive doses of fun experimentation into typically mundane inventory management, you find you just cannot wait for each challenge to come your way.
  6. The game is a joy to play. The puzzles are clever and just hard enough to be interesting and rewarding to solve.
  7. The restrictive point-and-click system will always be an issue for most of us ("See that sand over there? Can't go there"), but the price and intriguing scenario mean that this isn't a total waste of time for those who fancy some arcane adventuring.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. JosU.
    Nov 9, 2004
    Superb, if you like siberia, you'll love this game finally a nice adventure game.
  2. AndrieuxQ.
    Nov 6, 2004
    Very nice Game.
  3. HarrieD.
    Nov 9, 2004
    Nice game, but extremely short. I managed to finish it in about 4 to 5 hours, without ever having had the feeling I was rushing through it. It was just that: very short. Of course you can play it again and then try to gain more bonuspoints, but, to me, the game was not good enough to try that. Expand
  4. Apr 13, 2014
    At 2014, 10 years on, is this game worth your time if you get it free or very cheap like $2? Well, yes in many ways, a nice way to spend 3-4 hours (it's short). Cons first, you need to get used to bad inventory management, and fixed mouse in centre of screen makes for a lot of blurring during screen scraping areas. Such was the way then. On the plus side, the music is nice, the story is silly but fun, they made the most of the colours and visuals, and some of the puzzles are good. I preferred the third person view of games from then like Siberia. But that's minor. For fans of point-and-click who like to revisit these more basic games from time to time, I'd recommend it and my score reflects that approach. Expand