Join intrepid sailor and recent island castaway Mina as she explores the hidden secrets within the Jules Verne classic inspired Mysterious Island. Gather key articles left from the island’s previous inhabitants and combine them in unique and interesting ways to stay alive and stay hopeful for rescue.
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Release Date: Mar 6, 2014

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“The game isn’t so much about solving puzzles as it is about being creative and seeing what’s possible.”
87% – Game Over Online

“I've played a lot of adventure games, and I've never seen so many possibilities.”
87% – WorthPlaying

“Where some adventure game designers throw a bunch of totally abstract and unrelated puzzles together and call it a day, [the developer] took the time to do things right.”
80% – GameSpy

About This Game

Join intrepid sailor and recent island castaway Mina as she explores the hidden secrets within the Jules Verne classic inspired Mysterious Island. Gather key articles left from the island’s previous inhabitants and combine them in unique and interesting ways to stay alive and stay hopeful for rescue. Surviving means more than living off this lush land, but also fending off the haunting resident specter and solving the islands deepest secrets!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1.8 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended)
    • DirectX: Version 7.1
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 64-bit processors are not supported
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44 of 45 people (98%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
Myst meets Jules Verne's Mysterious Island, a match made in heaven. Does "Return to Mysterious Island" live up to these two great pieces of work? Short answer is: Yes!

It's 2014 now and it's been over 10 years since this game was released on PC, and then re-released on MacOS four years later. Created by Kheops Studio an indie company and published by The Adventure Company back in 2004 and now finally in 2014 available to buy on Steam. Kheops Studio is a game company that primary makes puzzle adventure games and it shows that they know the ropes when it comes to creating a fun and challenging adventure title with an interesting setting that mixes both fiction and fact. The studio is now well known for releasing successful adventure titles on the PC.

Many adventure games are known for getting the player stuck constantly, but I never had this "problem" when playing the game. From the very start of the game, keen eyes and basic common sense will keep you busy trying out different survival techniques and before I knew it I was hooked. There's something about an adventure game that has more than one way of solving a problem with different item combinations than having only one absolute solution that makes you want to keep coming back. The setting of the game is also enjoyable as you're basically thrown into an exotic island full of beauty and told to survive.

The game is very much like Myst in that you control it from a first person perspective and the world consist of different animated images that you can pan around in. You never get a feeling that you're just going through a set of images as the animations are top notch and they bring the world to life. I did a live stream of this game and the audience, as well as me, concluded that the game looks crisp and clean despite its age. That's one of the plusses to these type of titles: they age really well and don't feel dated at all.

The puzzles and problem solving aren't too difficult once you get a hang of it and the UI is easy to use as well and the whole game is playable with the mouse alone. Don't get me wrong though, there are a lot of head scratching moments later on but the game eases you in just the right amount throughout the game. Mina, the main protagonist, gives hints and provides just enough bare information to ensure you don't get stuck too often. Later on if you manage to fix your phone watch you are provided with even more information on items in a form of an in-game encyclopedia.

Many events in the game are pushed forward with hand drawn comic style cutscenes that are voiced and have vivid sounds, and it turns out to be a very effective way to keep the plot moving and you interested. They also act as a reward for figuring out a small puzzles.

The game also keeps a score for everything you do and says the "more improvised the solution, the more points you get" which essentially just translates to don't do stupid things, like try smash a coconut open with a rock when you have an improvised knife as you'll lose some of the contents. If you reach 100, 200 and 300 in score you are rewarded with hidden art work in the main menus gallery which is a nice bonus but nothing too great.

All in all Return to Mysterious Island still holds strong even today. The graphics look detailed and alive and the puzzles are fantastic. As for story all I can say is that it's probably the only weak point of the game. It's a mixture of fiction and fact as I stated earlier and relies heavily on Jules Vernes novel and there isn't any kind of arching of the character.

The story of the island is however believable and interesting with a lot of history and well thought out locations, but the game ends almost abruptly and as such is relatively short. Only 4 to 6 hours of game depending on how quick your wits are and this perhaps might turn some people away from a purchase.

There is a sequel to the game that pretty much continues right off of the first game in a very corny fashion, but I have yet to complete that game but when I do I will write a review of that game too as the time comes. Also I will live stream it on Twitch. (Shameless self promotion *cough*)

8/10 - "Monkey goodness."
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54 of 65 people (83%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2014
Very enjoyable game if you're into mystery, exploration, puzzle solving, survival, detective work etc.
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36 of 37 people (97%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
Pay no attention to my Steam Playtime. It won't run in Steam. (More on that in a second).

This game is an absolute masterpiece for point and clicks in my opinion. A Solid 9.5/10.

But there is a major flaw. For a lot of people, this game won't run. I have figured out a workaround for this:

Few things you have to do here depending on your OS; but all are collectively here.

1. Right click the game in your Steam Library and select "Properties". Select the "Local Files" tab and click "Verify Integrity of Game Cache". You will notice that 1 of the files is corrupt and will be re-downloaded. This doesn't always happen instantly and you may or may not see it in the download section. If you don't see it, don't worry - It'll happen. Move on, regardless.

2. Navigate to the Steamapps\Common\Return to Mysterious Island Folder. Once there, Right click Game.exe and select properties. Click the compatibility tab and select "Run this program in compatibility mode for: Windows XP (Service Pack 3). Select "Run this program as an administrator". Then click "Apply" and then "OK"

3. Repeat this process for the file: RtMI.exe. Selecting BOTH the Compatibility mode as well as the Administrator rights.

4. Setting Windowed Mode - (Optional, in some cases.): Open the file: config.ini with Notepad. Inside, you will find a line that says: "bFullScreen=1" Change this to say 0 (zero) instead of 1. Save the file.

At this point, you're finished, but you CAN NOT run the game through the Steam Library. Instead, launch the file: Game.exe FROM THE FOLDER (Shortcuts won't work) and the game should start. Most won't require Windowed Mode - so try skipping Step 4 first. if it doesn't work, you can change to windowed mode in the .ini and adjust resolution as needed by adjusting the "bScreenResolution" string.

Hope this helps anyone enjoy a wonderful Point and Click adventure! Don't forget to pick up Part 2, it's even better!

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29 of 32 people (91%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
I liked this game back when it was new and I am glad to see it here on STEAM.

It is a very nice adventure game with a good story, nice graphics and tons of items used in puzzles (often with different solutions!). It even has some replay value, because you get points for all you do and all puzzles you solve - and you can always try to get a better score and look which solution you might have missed last time.

If you can get over the "old" display settings and are into adventure games, you should give this a try. But beware - you might end up like me, searching for more games from the guys who made this.
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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Return to Mysterious Island is one of the better point-and-click adventures I've played in recent memory. The first person aspect really shines with its 3D scenes and ability to look around in every direction. The sheer number of inventory items and MacGyver-like gameplay made it a treat to figure out all the different puzzles. The story is engaging and intriguing, plus the graphics are reasonably attractive. This is a soundly enjoyable game.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2014
The methods you use to stay alive in an isolted island is very realistic and smart. It also has a lot of steampunk themes. Its only flaw is being short.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 27, 2014
Return to Mysterious Island is a point-and-click adventure in which you CAN die.
Girl gets stranded on an island. Girl uses local stuff and lots of creativity to get by until she's rescued. Girl makes monkey friend.

That is pretty much all that happens in RtMI 1 but the game is something like a rite of passage you have to go through before you get to the really good stuff (RtMI 2 obviously). This isn't to say it's a bad game but it isn't a great one either. Story-wise it's pretty thin, the music and the graphics aren't fantastic so this kinda lands it in the "mediocre-at-best" pile.

However, the voice acting was a treat, as we're talking Sharon Mann (you might remember her as the voice of Syberia's Kate Walker) trying to sound like a teenage girl. I also liked how the inventory system gave me more liberty in terms of choosing how to combine my items, and there were a couple of pretty creative riddles and math-based-puzzles I really enjoyed.

It's not often I get to say that a sequel was better but in this case: hang in there, the best is yet to come.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
A lot of fun. No pixel hunting. No stupid combinations of items. and MULTIPLE ways to complete various tasks based on real science and thoughtfulness. Super fun.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 20
8.4/10 - If you love Jules Verne this game won’t disappoint.

-----> Can't run game through steam; Time played is completely off. =(

This is an 360 degree point and click that takes place of Jules Verne's Mysterious Island. It took some effort to be able to get everything running but once I did it was quite enjoyable!

The puzzles take quite a bit of thinking, there are often 20+ items that you have to carefully craft together to achieve your objective. Just take your time, and figure out the game's rhythm and the rest will take care of itself!

If game crashes:
1) Verify the game files, (1 file will be missing.)
2) Then you need to locate the actual game files, you can do this from the same spot in steam as verify. Click the Game.exe and run that as an administrator. (Fixed)
---> The game now works great!

Worth $5 if you like 360 Point and Click!

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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 21, 2014
It is an okay adventure game with a unique premise. The story is a bit of a let down especially the ending. Very forgettable which is a shame as the journey though absurd was fun.

I can reccomend it but wait for a sale.
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6.3 hrs
Posted: September 6
I bought this on a sale and really liked the game so I have to buy the second one now. Its a short point and click adventure with some nice scenes that you must explore and piece together items. Figuring out what makes what was challenging and uncovering the story was fun. I had no issues running this on my Windows 7 64 bit, but it does only run in 1024 x 768 and I found no way to change that. Grab it and enjoy the adventure :-)
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6.5 hrs
Posted: August 11
This game runs completely fine on Win7 64, I don't know what all the negative reviews are about saying that it doesn't run

This is a great throwback to the point & click puzzle games like Myst & Riven.

You play Mina, a shipwrecked traveller, forced to survive on a mysterious island with nothing but your wits and what you can find/create. I really liked the multiple item combinations you can use to solve the puzzles as it keeps things interesting.

Gameplay: 8/10
Graphics: 8/10
Puzzle Difficulty: 5/10

Overall: 7.5/10
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19.7 hrs
Posted: July 24
This is easily one of the best adventure games I have ever played.

First and foremost, it has an approach that I've honestly never seen before in the adventure genre: the puzzles have several solutions to them. Instead of having to find very specific objects meant to solve very specific problems, here you'll find tons of items which can be combined (and dismantled for re-use if necessary) and used in different ways. For example, if you find a stick, you can combine it with a blade to make a knife with a handle, then dismantle it and re-use the stick to make a fishing pole. Or if you need to make a campfire, you can choose from several items to serve as fuel. There's no moon logic approach to puzzles here.

Because of that versatility, I'd say the game feels very fair in its difficulty, as you are unlikely to get stuck due to nonsensical reasoning. Moreover, several of the puzzles are optional to the completion of the game. There is a scoring system that goes up whenever you solve puzzles in certain ways (usually the more creative ones) or find out possible combinations of items, so there's a little incentive for replaying and experimenting.

You don't have absolute free rein of where to go; you are limited to clicking to move to certain spots. You can, however, move your camera freely, so each spot offers 360º visibility of that particular location. As you look around, you'll notice the game is not truly 3D; your surroundings at any given location are spherical panoramas of pre-rendered pictures. I believe this graphical choice worked great for the game since the panoramas allow for a ton of good looking detail.

I've found the sound effects to be very serviceable for the environments you visit but I feel the music, in particular, was the stronger part; some tracks were very memorable to me and the whole composition is relaxing and well suited to puzzle solving and exploration.

The atmosphere is quite mysterious and for a while you won't know what is going on. For reference, it's similar to Myst, only with a quite vocal character (as opposed to Myst's silent protagonist) and a few more encounters. I've really enjoyed the feeling brought by this game.

However, the game seems to suffer from startup problems for some people. I've only encountered such a problem once and restarting my computer solved it, but apparently there are people who cannot get the game to run at all. I'm currently running Windows 7 and I don't know if the problem is more prominent in newer Windows versions. With that said, if you buy the game, I recommend trying it right away to see if it works and, if it doesn't, you'll have time to try and find a solution before your refund period expires.

Either way, despite its obscurity, I consider this game to be of very high quality, higher than many of more well known adventure games I've played. I most definitely recommend it for both fans of the genre and for those seeking an entry point into it.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: June 30
I tired playing this on several diffrent computers and the game is full of glitches that make it unplayable, I loved the game when I owned it several years ago but it was buggy back then and putting it on a new machine just makes it unplayable.
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9.2 hrs
Posted: June 25
Really like it, could need some improvment on gameplay. 6/10
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6.9 hrs
Posted: May 29
It's fantastically brillant.
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7.5 hrs
Posted: May 21
This is the best game I've played for a long while! It was a lot better than I expected.
Mixing the point-and click genre with polished game-y ideas of surviving, this game feels really good to play!
Gameplay varies somewhat throughout the game and you feel invested towards the very end! The score system adds some replayability, which is really clever since the genre dictates to be none there.
The story is lighthearted and keeps you interested.
I would recommend this to everyone! Amazing hidden gem.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: April 24
Graphics are aweful. Game does not flow well.
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2.9 hrs
Posted: April 2
for those of you who enjoy point ank click adventures with lots of puzzle solving this is the game for you. the story is enteresting some what fallowing the novel by jules vern. I highly recomend this game to anyone!!!
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2.8 hrs
Posted: March 26
It looks a bit old compared to actual 3D games, but there is a good atmosphere and the comic for important tasks is a good idea. It's worth playing it at discount price.
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