By Marty Mulrooney
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Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis is the long awaited sequel to 2006’s Secret Files: Tunguska on PC. Once more players take control of Nina and Max as they globetrot around the world, uncovering conspiracy at every turn. I was actually quite fond of the original game (the graphics and interface showed off some amazingly high production values) so I was keen to get my hands on the sequel and see how it held up to its predecessor…
The graphics. They are still as beautiful as what we saw in the original, making many other 2D adventure games pale in comparison even today.
The puzzles. Overall, they work pretty well and offer a great sense of achievement once you have figured them out.
The interface. Just like last time round, Secret Files 2 has an interface that many other games should be imitating but strangely don’t. Clicking a button to show all items on screen is a no-brainer, yet here it is polished to a fine shine that helps it stand out from the rest of the crowd.
The choir music. The developers seem to have been watching far too many cheesy movies. Choir music isn’t ominous anymore, it is just cheesy! Luckily, the rest of the music is great… but the choir music is guaranteed to annoy players every time it crops up.
The voice acting. Nina and Max are voiced by new actors, with varying degrees of success. Nina gets better as the game goes on, but sadly, Max always sounds like a movie trailer voiceover… in a bad way. The supporting characters are only so-so.
The zoom effect. Conversations are now zoomed in on, which is admittedly a pretty nice effect. Sadly, it also makes the razor-sharp backgrounds look blurry… the developers really needed to prevent this to make the feature work well and they didn’t. A real shame!
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