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Return to Mysterious Island 2

Platform(s): PC
Genre: Adventure
Publisher: Microids
Developer: Kheops

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'Return to Mysterious Island 2' Shows Off iPhone Interaction - Screens

by Rainier on March 27, 2009 @ 10:06 a.m. PDT

Return to Mysterious Island 2 offers the player an experience comparable to that of Robinson Crusoe or one of Verne's characters, but in this new installment, survival is not all, you will also have to save the island from an environmental disaster.

Return to Mysterious Island 2 offers a very innovative gameplay with the synchronization with iPhones and the information sharing module. The synchronization will allow the PC player to complete a puzzle on his/her iPhone while on the go, then reintegrate it into his/her PC to continue the game. This allows him/her to carry on the game experience in another context, away from the computer. The data sharing module will allow one to seek advice and share impressions and tricks from players who are online at the same time

Return to Mysterious Island 2 offers the player an experience comparable to that of Robinson Crusoe or one of Verne's characters. But in this new installment, survival is not all. The player will also have to save the island from an environmental disaster. The scenario enhances ecological issues that were already shared by Jules Verne and that no one ever questions today.

Return to Mysterious Island 2 begins with the crash of the helicopter that came to rescue Mina. She survived but is once again trapped on the island. All of a sudden, under her very eyes, an unknown disease afflicts the plants first, then the animal life. Mina explores the island to locate the infection source. She searches Captain Nemo's base in vain, then the ruins of an unknown civilization, and finally understands that it is outside pollution that threatens the island. The only way to save this natural wonder is to turn the shield back on. But if Mina makes this decision, she gives up -as Captain Nemo did before her- the idea of returning to civilization…

5 puzzles will be available for free download on the iPhone AppStore. This new kind of convergence will allow the PC player to complete one of these puzzles on his/her iPhone while on the go, then save the puzzle, and reintegrate the save into his/her PC to continue the game. A synchronization (via Internet) will occur to validate the puzzle on the PC.

For gamers who don’t own the PC game, the 5 puzzles will also be available for free download on the iPhone AppStore. The only difference is that the puzzles will be declination of the original PC puzzles and their resolution on the iPhone obviously will not serve to unlock a gameplay situation. These puzzles will only be playable in a random mode, as many times as desired, without any gain, for the simple pleasure of playing!

Of course, the iPhone random extension is also available for the PC players, who will, if they wish, play the 5 mini-games at any time on their iPhone in a random way; the two modes (synchronization for PC and random mode without PC) on iPhones are independent.

Two-character play: in the first installment, the player embodied Mina, a young and carefree navigator taking part in the Jules Verne competition, and used Jep, a cute, little monkey, as a simple tool. In Return to Mysterious Island 2 Jep becomes a character in his own right. The player switches from one character to another and maximizes the use of each other’s talents depending on the circumstances: only Mina can use complex tools, combine objects and, of course, read the documents found in the course of the game; whereas Jep can climb places inaccessible to Mina, communicate with other monkeys and find numerous objects thanks to his sense of smell.

This new adventure will be served by scripted dialogues and by cinematics treated in the form of colorized comic vignettes.

In development since April 2008 by Kheops Studio, Return to Mysterious Island 2 will be released on PC and iPhones in March 2009.


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