Murder Island: Secret of Tantalus

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Gameplay:★★★☆☆ 
Graphics:★★★★★ 
Sound:★★☆☆☆ 
Value:★★★☆☆ 
Fun Factor:★★★☆☆ 
Overall:★★★¼☆ 

This is a hidden object mystery game set in one of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. You are brought in by a tiny commuter plane to the island of Tantalus, named for the king that so angered the gods that he was set in Tartarus for eternity and cursed with non-stop thirst, with his body chained to a peach tree immersed in a spring. His head was chained back, so he cannot lower his head to drink from the spring, nor can he reach the fruit on the branch right above his head to eat it to let the juice quench his thirst. Such is a fitting place for a murder mystery. You are brought to the island for a class reunion. Tantalus looks like most serene Greek tourist destinations. The blue-trimmed whitewashed buildings, the soft, sandy beaches, and all kinds of classical period artwork everywhere depicting the Greek gods and heroes. You are given a guidebook and a map, and the map will become one of the best tools you can have. When you have explored an area, and you have to go back to it, instead of going through other areas to get there, you can map travel to that place, similar to the map travel used in Guild Wars.

Along the way, you find other alumni to help you in your search for the killer, and you are tracking a mysterious figure in black robes and a classical theatre masque. There are puzzles that need to be solved to pop open gates and doors, you make a new furry little friend along the way, and find that little rowboats make for a great mode of transportation. The sound was recorded very low, except for the voice overs, which tend to blast you from your desk, so the scoring was a bit low there. Some of the graphics are a bit grainy in the interactions between the characters, but the landscaping and hidden object puzzles are easy to see in most places. There are some darker areas where you might need a hint to find some things here or there. If you are really into classical mythology and love a murder mystery, this game is perfect for you. As to the rest of us, if you can get past the grainy images, Murder Island: Secret of Tantalus will make a good diversion for the weekend, but it might take longer than that to get through it.