Chronicles of Mystery: The Scorpio Ritual Review
Chronicles of Mystery: The Scorpio Ritual box art
System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: City Interactive 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: The City Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Nov. 26, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Some adventure games feature dozens of hotspots in a particular area; that’s not the case here. Moving the mouse over elements in a room causes the cursor to change to a context sensitive icon indicating what actions can be taken. Hitting the question mark icon in the inventory bar reveals all hotspots that can be physically interacted with without showing hotspots that only can be looked at.

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Also, there are usually not very many hotspots in a given area. This streamlines the exploration process and makes it easier to focus your attention on the important elements. Control-wise the game is pretty standard fare; you’ll be pointing-and-clicking to your heart’s content.

For the most part, the many requisite puzzles to be found in The Scorpio Ritual are more straightforward than you might expect. There are a few outright logic puzzles in the game, but most of the time you’ll be combining item’s you’ve picked up and using them on appropriate hotspots. Adding a level of trickiness, you’ll often have to manipulate objects in your inventory before they can be combined. For example, you might not immediately realize that you actually have to manually remove the lid from a bottled item you’ve found before it can be used. This can lead to some frustration, but it’s nowhere near as irritating as puzzles found in some of the more brutally tough adventure games. Leroux also frequently drops her own verbal hints on where to go next or what needs to be done. Despite the game being slightly less difficult on average than other entries in the genre, you’ll still come across plenty of challenges.

One of the truly impressive aspects of The Scorpio Ritual is its in-game graphics. The pre-rendered scenery is quite beautiful. There’s a lot of sharp detail etched into every scene, and the frequent change in location keeps things from getting stale. Character designs, on the other hand, aren’t quite as dazzling in comparison, but they’re generally reasonable. Leroux, along with her cohorts and adversaries, show a good level of animation and movement – yes, even their mouths move during speech. Cutscenes are the poorest aspect of the visuals, and they’re not even that bad.

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Chronicles of Mystery may be lacking in the excitement and action departments, but it’s and otherwise well-constructed adventure. Though the ending works, many players who enjoyed the tense sleuthing leading up to the game’s climax will find it disappointingly anticlimactic. Still, players who’d rather flex their brains instead of their trigger fingers should derive a solid amount of enjoyment from this mystery.

By Nathan Meunier
CCC Staff Contributor

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.3
Graphics
This is one great looking adventure game.
3.8
Control
Point, click, repeat – in a good way.
3.6
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Voice acting is solid, but the dialogue is hit or miss.
3.5
Play Value
While not overtly difficult or very exciting, it’s a good adventure that will keep you thinking. The slapdash ending takes away from the story a bit.
3.7
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Classic point-and-click game with sudden twists and a thrilling plot.
  • Intense puzzles that require analytical problem solving skills.
  • Detailed and varied pre-rendered locations: streets of Paris, ancient churches on Malta, Istanbul's galleries and Vatican undergrounds.


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