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.
User reviews: Positive (45 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 6, 2014
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Reviews

“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

Feature List

  • A wealth of inventory-centric puzzles and item combinations
  • Multiple ways to experiment and problem solve as you adventure
  • Inspired by the classic Jules Verne novel
  • Atmospheric and compelling soundtrack
  • A beautiful and enigmatic island for exploring

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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: 64-bit processors are not supported
Helpful customer reviews
6.3 hrs on record
I really enjoyed this game, although the Steam overlay didn't always detect when I was in-game playing it, so my Steam time does not reflect the total time I've spent playing it.

While this is an older game and may not run well on newer systems (see the discussion forum), it ran very well for me on an older laptop with Vista without a single issue. The graphics I think hold up well enough to current standards, although other elements of the game's design, like the inventory interface and the menu, do feel a bit dated. But that wasn't a big obstacle for me.

Since I'm a Jules Verne fan, I really enjoyed the Verne-inspired elements of the story a lot. The story felt to me to start slowly, mostly because the first part of the story you are collecting many items that you won't need until later, but the more I progressed in the game the more I enoyed the story. The game's real strength is in the well-designed puzzles and crafting that you do throughout the game. While the style in which the game introduces collectable items and hints on how to craft things and solve puzzles may take some getting used to, I utlimately found puzzle-solving in this game to be very rewarding and satisfying. By and large, the game assumes the player has some smarts, something that games these days don't always do. There are a few puzzles that allow you some variance in how to solve them, including the final puzzle that completes the game, and I think that is very player-friendly as the game doesn't expect every player to think the same way. And of course, there are many walkthroughs available should you get stuck. I would advise saving often, in case you miss something and want to re-do a section or simply want to try doing it a different way.
Posted: September 28
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6.1 hrs on record
Not bad for an older game. Quite a bit of trial and error, and some of the puzzles didn't have clear / observable instruction. Some maritime knowledge required for one. Also, hover-monkies. Seriously.
I liked the story side of it, but I wish there had been more of it. Finished the game in 6 hours of play, though there is a system in place that would let you play it again and do things differently... I'm just not interested in replaying the same story just so I can create a battery out of lemons instead of nitrate.
Posted: October 9
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
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."
Posted: August 10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Return to Mysterious Island is a point-and-click adventure in which you CAN die.
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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.
Posted: August 27
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
This game is terrible I just started playing it today i started then it said "use the right mouse button to access interface" and so I pressed it.... crashes the game every time and pressing the escape button just makes it show the version nothing else shows up and theres nothing you can do to get out of it.


0/10
Posted: July 24
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9 of 18 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
This game does not work with windows 8.1. Tried tons of different fixes, tried in compatibility mode, etc. Crashes constantly. Save your money. :(
Posted: June 20
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5 of 13 people (38%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
this game quits after 30 second every time i try to play it
Posted: May 7
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4.7 hrs on record
Worth a play only 2 hours in and I'm loving it. Buy it now while it's on sale. Point click adventure game. Not for the thinking impaired.
Posted: May 19
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7.3 hrs on record
Classic Point and Click from the golden years of the genre.
A little on the short side but great fun none the less, one of my favourite past time games.

Posted: May 24
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5.1 hrs on record
Very fun puzzle/ adventure game.
Posted: August 9
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3.0 hrs on record
I ended up not being able to play this game so I wouldnt recomend it just for that reason...
Posted: August 29
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10.6 hrs on record
Somewhat odd, not quite 3D gameplay, and only uses the mouse, so easy for kids. It's a point and click style adventure, and has grown on me somewhat, let's just say secondary school level chemistry would be usefull, as there is a great deal of physics/chemistry and food science in this game. It can be quite 'puzzeling' but I guess that's the idea. It's on offer at the moment, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes an adventure game with a science / survival theme. Interestingly it's not like any other games I have, which I guess was also a pleasant surprise. I'd get it, especially at the moment.
Posted: August 19
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46 of 57 people (81%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Very enjoyable game if you're into mystery, exploration, puzzle solving, survival, detective work etc.
Posted: March 7
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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
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.
Posted: March 10
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
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.
Posted: March 29
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
I recommend this game for those who like Jules Verne's books ,stories. This game has some unusual elements. In this game you can combine some items which you find when will looking for useful things for recieve new items. I recommend buy all parts of game,because it will better when you can complete it without pauses. 10/10
Posted: April 20
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
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.
Posted: April 21
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Excellent, I'm always looking for a fun puzzler! This was definitely fun and challenging in some aspects, easy though for the most part. I just wish they had a way to freeze the camera and let you move only the mouse over things, got dizzy a bit. Definitely recommend.
Posted: March 14
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Nice little adventure point and click game with a large number of items and multiple solutions to solve the puzzles. You play as Mina, a young woman stranded on a mysterious island when a storm ends her attempts to sail around the world on her own. The premise is nice and the multiple solutions to the puzzles works very well with the survival theme. I'm not sure it really provides replayability though.

Trying to tie her fate together with the Jules Verne story also makes for a very bland and forgettable storeline however. It would have been much more interesting to create a more unique story of a woman trying to survive on an island by herself. Moreover, while the interface works well for the most part, there is a certain lack of feedback when using items (either just an error sound or Mina says "I think something is missing") that can cause confusion and encourages the tried and tested method of simply trying to combine everything in the hopes it works. One example of this is in the early game where you get a knife blade. Combining this with wood will give it a handle and enable you to cut things at a distance... but what the game doesn't tell you is that the knife then for some reason loses the ability to cut things up close. So when you try this on close items you simply get the error sound, but no indication why it does not work.

Overall it is a good puzzler with some interesting mechanics that makes it a bit different from a lot of other point and clicks out there. Had they just spent a bit more time on the story it could have been really great, but as is, I would still recommend it.
Posted: March 24
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
This is a great game yet it fails to have some big important UI features missing. From cluncky menu movement to one of the worst option menu's I have seen in a while...

This game could have been a ton better if it wasn't only for the bad menu design.
Posted: March 10
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