Metascore
67

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 85
    Animation Arts has again created a felicitous adventure in its well known adventure series Secret Files. Secret Files 3 (Geheimakte 3) brings great and diversified puzzles (for experts maybe to easy sometimes) and again mixes a fictitious story with real historical events. Even the mini games are fitting in and leave you the choice of two levels of difficulty. Orchestration, dramatic and cinematic presentation in Secret Files 3 are great and the game even provides several playable characters also as endings - depending on the decisions you make. Although the game lacks optimization of animations and the graphic presentation is getting kind of outdated due to the age of the engine, the game still looks pretty good. Overall it's quite a recommendation for all adventure gamers.
  2. Oct 30, 2012
    80
    What would you do when your wife to be is kidnapped and the kidnappers let you know that she is a terrorist? Exactly, you are going on an expedition! And that's exactly what Secret Files 3 is all about. You will be visiting some of Europe's great capitals like Berlin, Italy, Turkey and other places to reunite with the woman of your dreams in this wonderful puzzle game.
  3. Sep 24, 2012
    80
    The Archimedes Code still has that unique atmosphere associated with the Secret Files series - there is a healthy, light way of dealing with the story, events and characters. I like that kind of approach to games. It's an embodiment of pleasant gameplay, a perfect way to relax. The developers have put some effort into innovations and variations in SF3, which can suggest, that it's the final installment in the series. It will be sad to let those characters go.
  4. Sep 6, 2012
    78
    If you like point&click-adventures, this might be a decent addition to your library. But be aware that the puzzles embedded in the mystery story are fairly easy to solve.
  5. Oct 24, 2012
    75
    Secret Files 3 will suit the taste of every traditional point'n'click games lover, not just fans of the series. Two basic elements – a well told story and reasonably designed puzzles – are very well executed here. [12/2012, p.68]
  6. Oct 4, 2012
    70
    It's not the great return we were expecting, but it is definitely a great game. The experience is partially ruined by some technical mistakes, the low difficulty and the poor final part of the story. However, it manages to keep us engaged with a great narrative, the variety of locations and the interesting implementation of the puzzles.
  7. Sep 24, 2012
    70
    The Conspiracy theories, ancient secrets and mystic civilizations make their comeback in this Da Vinci-esque third part of Secret Files. Although the story is good an well-paced, the storytelling oversteps the gameplay, making the puzzlers too easy and non-demanding riddles except for a few ones. The customizable main menu is a fine detail, but the graphics engine starts to need an overhaul. After two previous games with texts and voices in Spanish, Secret Files 3 has been launched in Spain in German and English only.
  8. 68
    It’s not a bad game, the problem is that it’s too generic. No character, no identity, nothing to make us remember it by, after reaching the end credits. [November 2012]
  9. Oct 1, 2012
    65
    Despite the high expectations and the long wait, Secret Files 3 is the least successful episode of the series by Animation Arts, but is able to settle at more than sufficient levels.
  10. Sep 25, 2012
    60
    It's sad to see a pretty promising premise stumble and fall on the implementation like Secret Files 3 does. There is some potential in the story especially if you're interested in historical events and conspiracies, but it feels like the game loses its focus and doesn't know where it wants to go.
  11. 60
    Secret Files 3 is a classic point´n´click adventure that will satisfy most of its audience. It stands on its own, walks a good pace and shows a lot of routine. But I seriously doubt that I will remember much if anything about it in six months.
  12. Oct 27, 2012
    50
    A disappointing end to the trilogy. The story is often nonsensical and the puzzles tend to be to easy, while still having the kind of over-complicated solutions that wouldn't work in real life. It's mostly still fun to play, but it doesn't leave a lasting impression.
  13. Sep 25, 2012
    50
    Secret Files 3 replaces romance with rocket science, but its convoluted premise, simplistic puzzles, and slapdash resolutions make it the weakest link of the trilogy.
  14. Nov 9, 2012
    40
    Secret Files 3 looks and plays as if even its creators did not give a damn about the final product.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. Dec 15, 2012
    2
    A huge disappointment. The story sucks big time, characters are incredibly implausible, puzzles and mini-games are boring (except for the "statue-rocking" game, which was both boring and infuriatingly hard), graphics are not pretty and customizable main menu pointless. Full Review »
  2. Aug 20, 2013
    4
    A lazy output to this series of games. If you get this for less than $10, enjoy point-and-click games, and "may as well" do the 3rd game in this series, there's enough there for 5-6 hours of gameplay, not always fun gameplay, but gets there in the end. For everyone else (or if you paid more), beware of the major deficiencies in this game: 1) Story is ludicrously bad, and not funny bad, just bad. 2) game engine is old and dated for 2012, which would be OK if they used it nicely with interesting environments, but they don't, almost never. 3) Characters are bland, need a sidekick for better dialogue for the whole game. 4) Music is OK, background forgettable, but OK. 5) Dialogue audio is hugely inconsistent, speaking is all over the place in tonality in the same sentences. I would like to see point-and-click games continue, when done well they are good. This game is not helping the genre, confirming why it is dying out as a breed. Disappointing. Full Review »