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  • Summary: Nina is torn from her day-to-day routine when she discovers that her father has disappeared without a trace. As the police seem reluctant to help her, Nina sets off to look for clues relating to her father's whereabouts. She joins efforts with Max Gruber, a young colleague of her father who impulsively offers to help the attractive young lady. Together, they quickly determine that Nina's father was involved with a research expedition to Siberia in an attempt to reveal the causes of the mysterious Tunguska catastrophe of 1908. In that mysterious event, a mighty explosion triggered an inferno that decimated the land of Tunguska. Nina and Max soon realize that her father's disappearance is related to the Tunguska event and the search for answers leads Nina and Max to the most remote corners of the world – Berlin, Moscow, Cuba, China, and the Antarctic. Powerful adversaries are also interested in Nina's father's secret. In the end, much more is at stake than just the disappearance of an old man. [DreamCatcher Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 26
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  1. 90
    Secret Files: Tunguska signifies a new era for point and click adventures, both in terms of playability and stylistically - don't miss it!
  2. Coming from an adventure game fan, I found it a very fulfilling addition to my collection, and from a relatively unknown German game developer (Fusionsphere Systems) I can offer only congratulations to them for a decent brain testing continuation of the genre.
  3. Since the game is so friendly and upbeat, it might work as a family adventure, as long as you don’t mind a few sporadic instances of profanity.
  4. Despite lacking any significant innovation, the game features solid gameplay that minimizes obtuse puzzle-solving in favor of object interactions.
  5. It makes some small progress in freeing point-and-click from the needless bonds of tradition but is it really a compelling, imaginative experience that proves mouse-based adventuring isn't dead? Nope. Not even close.
  6. However, the puzzles are downright asinine, suffering from illogical design and poor execution. [Mar 2007, p.72]
  7. It just doesn’t do anything to make it stand out from the crowd.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. BenH.
    Dec 16, 2006
    10
    There is something wrong with the critics who gave this a low score. Look at the user votes.. One should rate this by its Genre. This is an incredibly fun point and click game. It is very addictive and probably the best point and click i have ever played. I feel sorry for the critics as i doubt they got through it without a walkthrough, if the even got through it. Expand
  2. PeterK.
    Jan 28, 2007
    10
    Agreed with Ben H. It's a well-worked-out game in every respect.
  3. WouterC.
    Jun 6, 2007
    9
    It is not perfect, but it is one of the most enjoyable adventures in years... just slightly worse than The Longest Journey (which has a deeper story/plot). Expand
  4. AE
    Dec 21, 2009
    7
    Although the story starts off pretty good, it turns into a sack of "what's happening" quite soon halfway into the game. Some of the dialogues made me wonder if the developers even looked / listened to it themselves. Worst part about the game must be some of the puzzles, where there's absolutely no hint, just trial and error and the solution is something rather over-the-top. At some point you even have to go back to the very beginning to pick something up that has never been there before. The ending is a bit "meh" as if they ran out of ideas. Another thing that had me groan a few times is the walking speed which cannot be adjusted. The graphics look pretty decent for its time and there's plenty of original stuff in there as well. All in all, it's a very decent point and click game which has the continue-to-play value, but mostly a 1-time-experience. Expand
  5. Sep 8, 2012
    5
    i decided to delete my review, because 5000 characters are not enough for me and mainly because there is no possibility for paragraphes here. the rating represents my current rating of the game. Expand
  6. Jan 2, 2012
    2
    When I started the game, I noticed a few things: (1) The voice acting wasn't great. (2) The dialog was....not good. Sometimes embarassing. And (3) the puzzles were the 'combine some items' type, which are a good adventure game staple....but there were about as contrived as 'puzzles' of this type get. Before long, I was sick to death of guessing what inane 'improptu tool' I was supposed to make with the things in my inventory. And the voice acting was, all to often, bordering on abysmal. (To be fair, a few of the actors do a good job...and I feel like those were the same voices that seemed familiar from anime dubs.) But between the weird 'never use contractions' thing, the odd phrasing and word choice (that I imagine stems from the US version of the game being translated from a non-English language original), the fourth-wall stuff ("I managed to open the door! Don't you love playing adventure games where the main character addresses the audience?") and the main character's voice acting being all over the place in terms of quality, I was having a hard time bringing myself to slog through this game. So...I looked up a walkthrough. I don't like wasting money by buying a game then just plowing through it, but this game wasn't giving me a reason to play it. So by the time I finished the game, I'd seen the extent of its dull, inane, meandering story; I'd heard plenty more bad voice acting; I'd enjoyed plenty of robotic animation; I'd had to play 'hunt for the pixels that I can click on to find an item that the walkthrough tells me is there' more times than I'd liked; and I'd gone through puzzles that, had I played the game organically, probably would have meant resorting to systematically trying to combine everything in my inventory until I stumbled across the right pairing. I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone unless they'd run out of other adventure games to play and needed one that would probably taken them a long time to get through. Upside: the game runs without crashing. That's worth a 2, I suppose. Expand
  7. SvenSomething
    Nov 9, 2008
    2
    the interface is good. the graphic is okay (for an adventure game). the story is weak. but worst of all is the puzzle design: you spend most of the time moving the mouse cursor inconsiderately across the whole screen, trying to find out the one and only working combination. there are not even comments if you try something different. nothing. obviously the game designers did not ask themselves what approaches the players will try and how the game should react to it. no, the contrary is the case: the player has to guess what the game designers cooked up. and if he finally found the solution by monotonous trial&error then often it is so far-fetched that the player wonders why none of the other 99 far more plausible actions he tried before did work (or got at least a response). puzzle design is the most important thing in an adventure game. even more important than graphic or story. there are adventure games which are fun to play in spite of laughable stories or poor graphics, just because of good design. unfortunately puzzle design is where "secret files: tunguska" fails. Expand