Something is coming out of Eastern Europe, and it just keeps getting better and better. Oh, it’s those hidden object mystery games from Elephant Games! Particular focus is on the Surface series. The first game, Surface: Mystery of Another World had me pretty well ensnared with its clear graphics and intriguing storyline from the beginning, but this new game just blows that one away.
Surface: The Soaring City Collector’s Edition shows and tells us how much more improved a game developer can become over the years, and with each new game in this series, they keep getting better. Still, the voice dubbing is needing some polish in the live action sequences, but there are many live action sequences. This game also has a art deco period aviation backdrop that makes one think of great movies and stories set in the 20s and 30s like Hugo, Chicago, and The Great Gatsby.
We play as an adventurer that is returning from his travels to meet up with his brother, an engineer and inventor. The man is a wickedly talented genius, and has created something extraordinary in our absence, a floating city. He means to reveal it at a local air show, but when he does, a group of winged people attack the crowd and kidnap him. Apparently, he did something wrong, and now we have to track him down using unconventional air transports, and learning exactly what he did to upset these amazing flying people.
As with many HOM games, we have the regular formulae, look for object to open a lock or a box, find a clue, find a thing that makes another thing work, etc. Surface: The Soaring City Collector’s Edition works and flows so well, you seem to forget that it is pretty much the game game you have always played, but with a new face.
I know there are some great talents working on the Surface series at Elephant Games. It is going to be hard to come up with something as great as this, but with the recent fascination with steampunk in pop culture, and other nostalgia to work with, it will be great to see what they come up with next.