Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
Buy On
  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. A fantastic point-and-click adventure game that both long time fans of the genre and newcomers will enjoy.
  3. Oh yes. Also, you can install this game, put the CD away, and run it without the CD in the drive. Thank you very much, developers. With companies bending over backward to install broken copy protection schemes left and right, the lack thereof is refreshing.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. Not far from the best adventure game I have played. The peaceful surroundings and varied solutions to the puzzles mean you could begin to wish you were actually stranded there yourself!
  7. 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.
  8. I enjoyed it but I wanted a bit more, more places to explore and more opportunity to admire the Nautilus, and get to know Mina and, perhaps, Captain Nemo a little better.
  9. 80
    Features not only an interesting setting inspired by a classic novel, but also puzzles that really tie into the game world and make good sense.
  10. 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.
  11. Cheat Code Central
    80
    Puzzle fans that are looking for puzzles that aren't confounding for the sake of just being confounding are advised to check out Return to Mysterious Island.
  12. It is a sweet little game that would likely please any adventure gamer, especially those who play their games more than once.
  13. Computer Gaming World
    80
    Unlike most adventure games, you'll often find multiple solutions here. [Apr 2005, p.88]
  14. The game is a joy to play. The puzzles are clever and just hard enough to be interesting and rewarding to solve.
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Apr 13, 2014
    6
    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 3-4At 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. Full Review »
  2. HarrieD.
    Nov 9, 2004
    7
    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. 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. Full Review »
  3. Mar 4, 2016
    10
    A superb game, The story and the graphics are quite decent. But what really captures my heart is the soundtrack. It just gives the game a moreA superb game, The story and the graphics are quite decent. But what really captures my heart is the soundtrack. It just gives the game a more "Mysterious" feeling. Great job. Full Review »