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Tuesday, August 29, 2006
The trend of making escape the room games using Flash, featuring cheap scares and reusing the same old story is killing adventure productions with original ideas rather quickly. The new game from RPGCreations has interesting characters, beautiful backgrounds and a chilling atmosphere thanks to an excellent soundtrack. In Missing, you play the role of an ex-cop in search of his missing wife and child with only a handful of clues as leads.

Most players will struggle with the controls at first but persistence is rewarded with one of the best stories this year. It's important to note that save games are only allowed in your room and nowhere else. This is only because the music doesn't work properly when a previous game is restored, especially when the save was created in other places besides your initial starting point.

Moving your character around can be rather confusing, though a little experimentation will solve that problem in a matter of minutes. A short animation preceeds several room transitions, but this is understandable as it creates a sense of immersion for the players. Including an option to skip these parts will only dilute the experience.

Tension builds up rather quickly after the protagonist settles into bed for the first night. There's a mystery to solve and a few twists in the story that will keep you playing right till the end. At least one easter egg can be found, hinting at a story that may not be as linear as it seems.

A real pleasure to play. Full marks for one of the best games of it's kind.

Name: Missing
Developer: RPGCreations
Category: Adventure
Type: Freeware
Size: 3MB
Blogger SiXX said at 8/28/2006 03:39:00 PM:  
[Copied from my own post at RPGCreation forum]

I just finish MISSING, (which I play straight from the beginning to the end since 1:00 in the dark night whee.....) and love every seconds of it!

I don't know what to begin, but hey 'Hardi "Orchard-L" Gosal' you r0ck!!! I'm a long-timed horror game fan and some years indy game fan. I really thank myself for checking out Independent Gaming site tonight! This game is sure a few gem that I craved for. Cheesy

For most part, I love the atmosphere - since I don't mind retro graphics and 8-bit sound effects this game done a wonderful job. 'Creepy' is what I feel when playing it. The only game beside this one that make me feel like this recently is 'Scratches'. (Okay, victorian mansion always got me!)

For the story though it's not very complex and quite easy to follow (which is much appreciate to a non-native english player like me), it's solid and intrigue. However it's not many surprise and not much original idea in it, but I think it's good enough. I also love the funny stuff you put in, some really make me laugh! You know, it's not a perfect adventure game without comedy. Grin

I see that many scenes are 'borrowed' or 'inspired' by some other horror games and flicks. Since I've play and seen tons of them, I'm not going to say 'Hey, I've seen that trick before'. You put them just 'right' with this game. Some may complain about that, but it's okay with me.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 9/18/2006 08:47:00 AM:  
great game!
im stuck on day 2. i dont know where to get the wallet?