An unexpected storm has left you shipwrecked on a mysterious and remote private island. Seek & find cleverly hidden objects and solve puzzles to find a way off the island! Find over 2100 hidden objects in 25 intriguing and mysterious locations to find items that will help you escape!
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Mixed (105 reviews) - 61% of the 105 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 15, 2009

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An unexpected storm has left you shipwrecked on a mysterious and remote private island. Seek & find cleverly hidden objects and solve puzzles to find a way off the island! Find over 2100 hidden objects in 25 intriguing and mysterious locations to find items that will help you escape!

Play 5 different types of mini-game puzzles to collect inventory items from each location that will be needed to help you escape the remote Rosecliff Island. Play 3 different game modes: Escape the Island, Unlimited Seek & Find, and a Mystery Bonus Game.

  • Find over 2100 cleverly hidden objects.
  • Explore 25 mysterious island locations to find a way off.
  • Three fun game modes: Escape Mode, Unlimited Seek & Find, & a Mystery Bonus Game.
  • Play 5 unique mini-games: Match 3, Word Search, Puzzle Rotation, Memory Match, Jigsaw plus a unique final puzzle.
  • Locate all the hidden locks to reveal two bonus games.
  • Go for a Perfect Search & back-to-back speed bonuses to beat your high score.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP/Vista/2000
    • Processor: 350Mhz Pentium or greater CPU
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM or greater
    • Sound and Graphics: 16-bit Graphics and Sound card
    • DirectX: DirectX 7 or later
    • Hard Drive: 42MB Free Space
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo 1.66+ GHz
    • Memory: 512+ MB RAM
    • Internet: Internet connection is required to register both the download and back-up CD-ROM version of the game
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2015
This game has a lot in common with the other I just reviewed, Amazing Adventures: The Lost Tomb. Actually, there are quite a few Popcap games that are pretty much just pure HO scenes with little to no story. Such is Escape Rosecliff Island but I prefer this game over all the rest. I've played this a few times. I didn't REALLY need to buy it on Steam but I wanted it with my "steam HO set" and also wanted an excuse to play it again. I wouldn't say there's anything remarkable about the game. There's no story other than "escape the island". There's no scare factor - you're just searching for items that will help you leave. There's not much music to speak of. The game is just many HO scenes with puzzles here and there (jigsaw, memory tiles, match 3, and word search). There are 25 scenes that you repeatedly visit but there are so many items in each, you're always looking for something different. Find 50 locks in those 25 areas and you open up 2 Bonus Games. One is Unlimited Match 3 and the other is Unlimited Hidden Objects. Just as in The Lost Tomb, you can clear each hidden object scene completely (when you find an item, the word is crossed off and another pops up in its place). So afterwards, you're left with a thoroughly bare room. It's an extremely fun thing to do! No, this game is not for everyone. You need to be an HO fan and be in an HO mood. If you are, I definitely recommend this game.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2014
I enjoy hidden object games, usually.

The problem with Escape Rosecliff Island is that, unlike a lot of hidden object games, there is almost no storyline. You don't get to explore an island, pick up tools along the way, find hidden object scenes and solve puzzles to advance like a lot of the popular hidden object games. You just pick a scene, find some objects, go to the next one, find some objects. Every once in a while, you break up the endless monotony with an extremely simple puzzle; such as, matching cards and word searches. After finishing the end-level puzzle (word search, match-3, etc.) you receive a tool to help you escape the island.

I tried to push through, until I realized that you start revisiting scenes. After that, I just couldn't take anymore.

Maybe, I skipped a cut scene? All I know is that I have no idea why I was on the island. The puzzles are flat and boring and I have no hope that the ending would do this game any justice.
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2014
Okay so I don't recommend it. I just want to say first this one was a tough decision. I haven't quite beaten the game at the time of this writing and I do plan to, but I know how it ends already and some key flaws here force me to say buy this in a bundle or on sale only. Good Features- Good ambient music, not distracting or annoying despite the fact it repeats over and over. The enviroments are fine. The "unlimited seek and find" mode is enjoyable to me, simply because after playing this game for a while the massive lutter in each scenario is a little infuriating. The bad-The hint system picks an object you have to find from your remaining object rather than allowing you to choose an object to use it on. The "bonus game" is surprisingly stupid. All it is is 15 levels of the crappy 'match three' game that popcap already did mutch better in bejeweled, this minigame was already a weak point in this game and to give it 15 levels on its own seems like a bad decision especially given other minigames are much more fun. Finally , this game's biggest problem is the fact that it reuses each scenario over and over needlessly. I expected this game to end at level 15. It ended at level 20. There is no reason the main "campaign" mode of this game had to be dragged out that long. For that reason, I don't recommend it. 4/10
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
19.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
I wish I could recommend this game, but I can't. Not even for the price of 5 dollars.

Apparently the plot states that you have been shipwrecked on Rosecliff Island, and your task is to collect items to help you escape. There is no explanation as to who the previous resident(s) of the island were, or why the island is now deserted. There is no dialogue with NPCs, no narration, nothing. The gameplay consists of you bouncing from one hidden object scene to the next, and as you finish a "level," you complete a simple "puzzle" game such as a word search or matching tiles. Upon completion of the puzzle games, you are rewarded an item to assist in your escape, such as a bucket or a stack of wood. As you progress along, you begin to see the same hidden object scenes again... and again... and again. As much as I enjoy hidden object games, even I found myself overwhelmed with mind-numbing boredom.

On the plus side, the artwork is nice, with the hidden object scenes not being overly cluttered, and the items were often cleverly hidden.

Verdict: Don't spend 5 dollars for this game unless you happen to enjoy visiting the same hidden object scenes over and over. If so, buy it if it is on sale for 90 percent off.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 16, 2014
Bought it as part of a humble bundle, so I could decide how much I wanted to pay.
After playing through nearly the whole game I wouldn't recommend buying it for ~10€, because it get's really repetetive after a short while. There are 25 pictures you visit again and again and a lot of the objects you have to find appear on several pictures (the horshoe f. e. can be found in nearly every picture).
Still it was quite fun to play, at least most of the time. If you like hidden object games, you might give this game a try when it's on sale.

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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
19.4 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 17, 2012
This is the worst hidden object game I've ever played. It's unimaginative and the same scenes are repeated over and over. I went through this one thinking it had to get better, or it was going to have a great ending -- nope. Complete waste of time and money. The horrifying thing is that two more entries were spawned in this series that are carbon copies with new scenes. Wow!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2015
I'm not sure how but I got this game for free. One day I woke up and logged into Steam and there was a steaming pile of free game so thank you Steam for being cool. Now this review is based on the game being free, let me make this very clear - I would not pay $5 for this game. I would pay $2 or less for this game. It's not worthless but yeah.... not worth $5.

That all being said, here is my review:

You find the missing objects before the time runs out. Some objects are really fun and occassionally you get more cryptic clues like 'Gegs' means you must find scrambled eggs in the picture. The actual pictures are quite creative and I can appreciate that a lot of effort went into drawing everything and putting it together. There is a storyline which quite frankly you stop caring about 30 seconds in. This is something I would recommend to casual gamers. I found myself playing this game when I felt frustrated with other games and wanted to just chill for 30 minutes. So I recommend this game only if you're a casual gamer and it costs $2 or less. Ultimately this game serves its purpose of being a find the hidden object game. It's nothing more and nothing less.

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13 of 22 people (59%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 5, 2014
A classic old school point & click, nothing more nothing less. Dont get it if you dont love this type of game because it gets very repetitive and boring. Forced to play in low resolution, surely not one of the best point & click out there.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2014
Unfortunately this game DOESN'T WORK FOR MACs anymore. while you can go about contacting popcap for an updateded replacement, STEAM IS STUPID and doesn't want to fix this. So if your considering this game and play on mac don't do it....

While it was working its a basic hidden item game with some mini-games between 'missions' to keep it moving a bit, nothing new to the gendre but isn't bad for what it is, just don't expect anything outside of the normal cookie cutter
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 4, 2014
This game has many repeated backgrounds. Only other puzzles are match 3 games, which are better featured in many other games. I wouldn't pay more than a dollar for this and that's pushing it as well.
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2.5 hrs
Posted: October 8
Nothing Special

I enjoy hidden object games, have for years, and I have some favorites. This genre of game is closely related to adventure games or 'point-and-click' games I remember enjoying as a boy swapping floppy discs at an Apple computer. While not typically as deep as the other genres mentioned, Hidden Object Games can be a lot of quick fun, or even a great way to loose an afternoon. The downside of this genre's popularity are shovel-ware titles that do nothing special, bring little to the table, and follow a formula with no deviation.

Escape Rosecliff Island suffers from this problem.

There isn't a lot to do but search for things in areas just to open up the chance to further search for things in areas. The story is nearly nonexistent, with nothing between levels to keep things even a little interesting. This tends to take away any real sense of accomplishment or reward, making this all feel very plodding and pointless.

Between levels there are match 3 mini-games that are also incredibly basic and not terribly exciting. Really, even as a match 3 game goes this feels easy and kind of pointless, making what could have been a fun opportunity seem more like a minor and very pointless break in the hidden object stages.

Visually this game is nice, though the clutter and searching isn't too terribly difficult. Images are clear enough for the most part that the search was never too much of a strain. Some games tend to be very easy in this genre because the items all but stand out from the background, so I definitely appreciate the work put into blending things together well enough to make this a fairly trickier game than many others out there. They could have gone the extra mile and really jumbled things up, but like the other parts of this game they just kept it simple and no-frills.

  • Competently executed
  • Mildly challenging

  • Does nothing new or interesting
  • Overall too simplistic
  • Bare-bones story
  • Match 3 mini-game dull and pointless
  • Boring

I realize this game is an older title, but there are others about as old or older that do this a great deal better.
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Cheeky Nandos
24.6 hrs
Posted: September 28
Escape Rosecliff Island is a basic hidden object game in which you clean up an abandoned island that was once inhabited by bogans in a feeble attempt to find random items to escape.

The levels are repetitve and monotonus, there is no story, and a lack of any real challenge. The music is fine and the mini-games to break up the regular levels are okay. It's not horrible, but I find it lacking (even for a hidden objects game).

I don't think that the game would be worth the money. I got this copy of the game in a Humble Bundle.
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2.7 hrs
Posted: September 8
find the things. no story. appropriate music.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
I have over 700 games in my Steam account, and the vast majority of them are still unplayed. So now I'm dedicating an hour to each of these games and writing a series of One Hour Reviews. An hour isn't very long to judge a game on, so think of this as more of a first impression, and take this review in the spirit in which it's given. Be sure to read other reviews from players who have spent more time in the game.

One Hour Reviews #58 - Escape Rosecliff Island

An unexpected storm has left you shipwrecked on a mysterious and remote private island. Seek & Find hidden objects and solve puzzles to escape!

That intro right there is the entire story to Escape Rosecliff Island. Hope you enjoyed it. Because from here on out your sole purpose in this game is to hunt for hidden objects.

The game is broken up into levels, and each level consists of scenes which you have to clear by finding all of the hidden objects. Each scene can also contain hidden locks, which aren't necessary to pass the level, but if you find enough of them you can unlock a couple of other mini games.

At the end of each level, you do get a reprieve from hunting for hidden objects by doing a final puzzle. Each level also has a time limit, although it's a pretty generous one, and you can turn that off in the options. If you get stuck, you can click for hints to help you out. They are limited, but there's an option for unlimited hints if you want an even more casual experience.

My Mom has these crossword puzzle books in her bathroom. When you crack one open, you know exactly what you're gonna get. Pages and pages of crossword puzzles. You solve one, and move on to the next one, and then the one after that. Escape Rosecliff Island feels like the hidden object version of that crossword puzzle book. If that's all you are looking for, then you're gonna be fine with this game. But if you were looking for something more, then I suggest you keep looking.

I can't fault Rosecliff Island for what it offers, but neither can I recommend it when there are much better hidden object games out there.
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17.7 hrs
Posted: August 25
Pure hidden objects.
Only hidden objects...
Can be recommended only for great fans.
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11.0 hrs
Posted: July 25
A point and click game that takes a decent amount of time to complete.There is no story - just find the hidden objects and solve a couple of simple puzzles at the end. You can dip in and out of the various locations on each of the twenty five levels easily, so if you get stuck on a particular object you can return with fresh eyes a little later.
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35.9 hrs
Posted: July 13
some objects hard some easy great play
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22.5 hrs
Posted: June 16
I've been playing this for years offline and completed it several times. It doesn't have any fancy gimmicks, no storyline or anything like that. It's just a straightforward hidden object game with a few simple mini games thrown in, It's the most relaxing game I know. The scenes do become familiar after a while but the objects change each time so the challenge is always there. There are not many games you can say would appeal to all ages but this is one of them.

If you want to relax for a few hours this is the game for you. No thinking/stress involved.

Tip: if you're having trouble with fullscreen try changing your display resolution to 800x600
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6.2 hrs
Posted: June 7
You know, I got this in a bundle and it's an amazing little time waster. If you're looking for a casual hidden item game, really can't go wrong here.
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11.2 hrs
Posted: June 7
pure finding object game, minimal story, it's awesome.
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