Escape the grasps of a serial killer in Murder Island - Secret of Tantalus, a heart-pounding experience riddled with danger and suspense. You and eight former classmates are heading for a weeklong high school reunion on a gorgeous isolated Greek island. Upon arriving, something isn't right as one by one, your old classmates are getting killed off. Why is this all happening and can you find a way to get off the island before it's too late? Escape the island before you become a victim in this thrilling adventure. Unmask the killer and find out why the murders mirror tragic Greek myths. Explore dozens of challenging scenes, decipher complex puzzles, and learn about Greek mythology for clues. Critics give Murder Island - Secret of Tantalus 4 out of 5 stars stating it "is an island mystery that's well worth solving." See for yourself when you try the free trial version or download the full version of Murder Island - Secret of Tantalus today!
A happy reunion becomes a fight for survival in this Hidden Object murder mystery.
Escape a beautiful Greek island before becoming the next victim.
Unmask the killer and find out why the murders mirror tragic Greek myths.
Explore over 30 challenging scenes and decipher complex puzzles.
This game has lovely graphics which give you that great sunny Greek island feel, and the gameplay is superb - a mixture of HO scenes, puzzles, and problem-solving with plenty of interactivity and making use of objects. It's a good, logical story where everything makes sense and works its way to a conclusion, unlike some games I have played recently! I thought the unusual setting might be a bit odd, but in fact it really elevates the game. The problem-solving was pretty tough in places, I was stumped a few times and just had to go looking around to see if I could find something to get me going again! I like that in a game though - it may not be one for those who don't like to have think too much. Was sad to finish it!
What I loved the most about the game was that I was a character in the game and the other character had live talks with me. The scenery was great and they give you a map so that you know where you are at all times on the island. Yellow means that there is something to do in that area. I loved the map very great tool because the island is LARGE. Hidden objects are not to hard to find and the ones that you cannot find they supply you with a hint button that takes about 15 seconds to refill. You are not on a timer in the HO scenes. Not a scary JUMPY game it just has a great plot a storyline to it. I will be searching for more games like this. I played this game in 2 days because I wanted to find out who the killer was and what a suprise ending it was!!!
This game had an interesting storyline but certainly not the best I've played. The graphics are quite clear, which is nice. The story proceeds through picture snapshots as the dialogue changes. I clicked and through those rather than listening to the voiceover, which would have slowed things down. The HO were challenging but not frustrating. I did skip a couple of the mini games because they were too hard for me, but thankfully there was a skip button. I didn't particularly care for having to jump around, although I appreciated being able to make one-click jumps rather than having to go back through many locations. I played to the end to see how the mystery resolved, but I was definitely ready for it to be over. Not much replay value in a murder mystery. All in all, okay but not fantastic.
Overall Impression: An excellent IHOG/Adventure game with an original setting and storyline. Media Description: The graphics were crisp, clear and bright and in places, really pretty. The voiceovers were excellent. The music did a fantastic job of enhancing the mood and atmosphere. Storyline: The storyline was developed through skippable cut scenes. It was well thought out and progressed evenly to a suspenseful ending. I wish they had laid an clearer clue or two in leading up to the ending, but that's probably just the aspiring writer in me. Gameplay: was pretty straightforward with different areas opening up as you completed different tasks. There was quite a bit of going back and forth between scenes but the travel time was made much quicker by the "magic" map that would take you immediately to any scene you had already visited. If I'm remembering correctly, the HOG scenes sparkled when they were active. HOG Scenes: traditional wordlists with search scenes themselves being a combination of junkpiles and busy scenes. None were extremely difficult. Sometimes a clue was given for an object instead of a direct word. Minigames/puzzles: felt like the were a natural part of the story. All could be skipped after a few seconds. Most were of average difficulty. Hints: unlimited with a short waiting period for refilling. If I'm remembering correctly, they could also give you a clue about what you needed to do next Will Probably Appeal to: those who like IHOG/Adventure blends, mysteries, and well-told stories in general Will Probably Not Appeal to: those who prefer straight HOGs and those who don't like violent themes in their games
I really loved this one - like all my favorite games it had lots of areas to find clues and solve puzzles in. Loved the mystery story in this one - really well done. Loved the map with areas highlighted that had something to do. Also loved the HOG with the putting things together to make an item. Thanks so much for another fun adventure.
apemob | Added on: April 8, 2011
This is the first game where I became a member of the cast. Usually there is a main protaganist that the player directs or follows around. Not in this game, you are made a member of the class reunion that meets at this resort on a Greek island. I loved that fresh concept and there is a twist at the end that keeps it interesting.
zenobia13 | Added on: January 30, 2012
This is a nice, easy-going game. The mini-games are pretty easy, but not pathetically so, and the HO portions rarely require a hint. There is a lot of story which is quickly told in dialogue and text and easy to click through without bogging the game down. I don't have hours to sit at my computer and am only able to play for 15 minutes or so at a time, and this game allows me to get up and walk away for a while without feeling like I'll lose track when I return. I love the youthful characters and the "Harper's Island" type mystery.
I really liked this game. It's more complex than your standard HO games, but the map you find early on helps out when you're stuck and don't know where to go next. And you can use the map to jump from area to area instead of constantly backtracking. The story grows on you and the graphic are good, so finding the hidden objects without using any hints is actually possible with this one. And this game kept me interested...I didn't stop playing because I was getting bored, which sometimes happens with HO games. I will be playing this one a second time.
This is the first time that I played a game that included me as one of the characters. It was also my first murder mystery which was fun and enjoyable. The scenery was nice and added to the intrigue. The "jump" feature was very helpful because I would not want to have to retrace my steps very much. Recommended and looking forward to playing more of these types of games.
blanketeer | Added on: March 17, 2011
I enjoyed the mystery and the unexpected ending, however it did end a little abruptly. Story reminded me of the first reunions I went to!Good graphics and great setting. Hidden obejects were good but not so hard it got frustrating. I would definatly recomend this one.
Eerie | Added on: March 23, 2011
not a bad game, sometimes quite difficult & realistic..
Takethater | Added on: April 8, 2011
If you love Greece, you will love this game. The scenes are gorgeous. You have to travel around the island mainly doing HO games but there are puzzles thrown in. The map is very useful as it tells you where to travel to should you not want to wander around. For good measure, try and find all the mosaic tiles - there are 3 in each scene. You collect map pieces during the HO games which you then put together to complete the last stage of the game. If only they'd provided a bonus of screensavers then I would have been 5 star happy
Wow! I must say, I was hooked to this right from the get go as I'm a die hard fan of Agatha Christie. Similar premise to Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" where the victims pile up quickly. The reason for my headline for this game. This is a murder mystery with a cast of alumni gathering for a reunion on a remote island where foul play is afoot. While this game is not timed, it does however seem to give you a sense of urgency to complete tasks. The game play here is an iHog with all the features you want to find in an iHog: arrows, eyes, magnifying glasses, hands, twinkles, traveling from area to area, HO scenes, puzzles and things to collect to get rewards. There is also a map you can use instead of "wandering around" however not the usual kind of map in most games where you can just click on a location as the map in this game takes about 30 seconds to about a minute to charge up. It will also show you what locations has things to do and which ones don't (at least at the present time). This is also my only complaint with the game as I didn't understand the purpose of the map having to charge up as you should just be able to use it like other games?? The HO scenes I found to be middle of the road meaning not to easy but not difficult to where it's frustrating. The right amount. There is a hint button of course which takes about a minute to charge up. The puzzles: You can get a hint or skip them and about the same amount of time as the hint button, about a minute to get a hint/ skip. The graphics I found to be pretty good. The voices/characters I found to be well done. Overall I found the game to be a little challenging and thinky but far from complicated or frustrating. I also really enjoyed the story as it made me think of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None." It kept me wondering what was going to be happening next and the ending sure surprised me as well but won't spoil it. Give it a whirl and decide for yourself as I hope you enjoy it. Thanks Gamehouse. A 5 star game all the way in my book.
This game has a plot like a hit teen slasher film and draws you in from the very beginning. Your character and a friend have made their way to a class reunion on a secluded Greek island for a party not to be forgotten. Graphics are great, characters are live actors in cut scene stills. Voice acting great, music is pleasant and non-intrusive. The majority of the game play is hidden objects scenes which are so well done they made me wish other developers would take some cues from them. I am not a big fan of hidden object scenes but I didn't mind these at all. Mini games were fun and not too difficult, and everything is put together well and runs so smoothly the game almost plays itself. The jump map is a great tool as some areas are easy to access and hard to exit without it. Finding the tiles in the game adds up to the ability to access interesting facts on Greek Myth lore and to my mind added more interest to the game itself. Happy to have found and played this game!
Loved this game! You should be aware that this one is VERY involved and you travel back & forth revisiting locations on the island & its surroundings. However the developers have provided a map that allows you to jump from one place to another instead of constantly retracing your steps. That was a big frustration eliminator for me. The map also shows what areas might require another look and as you collect green tiles throughout the game it also fills in triangles in a star with facts on mythology and modern day sayings. Due to the fact that there are murders beings committed on the island I'm not sure this one can be classified as Kid Friendly but as always parents should make that final determination. The scenes are beautifully drawn which helps in finding items needed to progress in the game. It is rather long because it is so involved but I didn't find myself getting bored. It's worth taking a look at!
I have had this one for a while and kept putting off playing it for one reason or another and I really ended up liking the whole game... Nice graphics,HOSs were good,mini games were easy thru challenging,hint button was pretty helpful,map was awesome,storyline held my attention and the whole package was good... I liked finding the tiles to learn about Greek lore,I loved the storyline and the twisty ending rocked socks !!! I say give it a go,you might just like it too... as always,HAPPY GAMING EVERYONE !!!
Good story line. Hidden objects were sometimes very challenging. Got a little bored having to go back and forth. If it wasn't for the jump feature I would not have finished it.
uglyduckling1 | Added on: March 21, 2011
I really liked this game. I tried it as a trial and had to buy it so I could find out how it would end. I have played it a few times since but wish that it changed a bit with new play. It's not near as fun once you know where everything is but, still, it is a great game. I would recommend it.
mommie2097 | Added on: March 14, 2011
My second favorite that I've played so far out of the hidden category. Some of the in between puzzles were very challenging. One very irritating aspect was when placing items on a picture to solve a picture riddle; placement was very limited. It took several tries to get the picture to accept the pieces. It seems the arrow point was used for placement instead of just pasting the items where they needed to be. When lifting an item, it's approximately 1/4 inch away from the pointer. It was otherwise a really fun journey of a game.
Like the jump map, all games should have them. Shows the areas where things still need to be done and also where there is nothing to do. Good Graphics. Not to hard or to easy. The storyline was pretty good also.