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The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game Review

Official Score

Overall - 60%

60%

The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game is certainly a unique title, but its quirky humor will only appeal to a select few. Fans of adventure titles best approach this fetch quest with caution.

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There’s something spooky afoot in Grace Bruxner and Thomas Bowker’s new title The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game. Featuring a motley crew of misfits, should you set a course to this mysterious land?

The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game Review

Known as the detective, the amphibian fellow players take control of has got a new case on his hands from the Supervisor. The sloth Martin heard the sounds of a ghost on his remote island, and none of the ghost scientists sent out to the area have any idea what the source of all of this horror is. Traveling out to the island in question with his trusty magnifying glass, it’s up to players to solve this mystery once and for all.

It’s certainly a carefree tale – the bright pastel colors, rounded edges, and goofy animals that make up the island are more tailored for the younger crowd. Lobsters, koalas, sheep, and more have set up shop, and each can be interrogated for some pieces of information. Though the focus of this game is primarily on the dialog, conversations are to the point and rarely outstay their welcome.

The game prides itself on its humor, but more often than not the jokes miss the mark. Randomness plays a big part in its worldbuilding – the search for toothpaste, wool, gold, and pasta to make an explosive certainly makes for a unique quest, but it comes across as a mishmash of strange concepts lacking a punchline. Some may like the quirkiness of a monkey that likes to breakdance or a sheep wearing a wool shirt, but the majority of these jokes did not appeal to us.

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The Haunted Island has a colorful cast of characters that can all aid the player on their quest. In the hunt for the four items mentioned above, players must do a good amount of bartering with the island’s inhabitants. The trick is to find who wants what – the entirety of the game boils down to one giant fetch quest. The island itself is pretty small, and it can be pretty easy to figure out what needs to be exchanged with who, so this is not a terrible task burdened onto players. Just be warned that this style of play is not for everyone.

Those that successfully solve this mystery will be able to see a neatly wrapped up conclusion in around 45 minutes. Though there is a small choice at the end, the game lacks replayability. A second episode title is teased, so players will have to pay up for more detective work once it is released.

The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game is certainly a unique title, but its quirky humor will only appeal to a select few. Fans of adventure titles best approach this fetch quest with caution.

This review of The Haunted Island, a Frog Detective Game was done on the PC. The game was purchased digitally.
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Casey Scheld

Casey Scheld has more than 15 years of experience in the gaming industry as a community manager, social media director, event specialist, and (of course) gaming editor. He has previously worked with gaming start-ups like Raptr, publishers like Konami, and roller derby girls at PAX West (check out Jam City Rollergirls)! Gamers Heroes is a passion project for him, giving him a chance to tap into the underground side of gaming. He is all too eager to give these lesser-known heroes of the indie space the attention they so rightly deserve, seeking out the next gem and sharing it with the world. Previously making appearances at events like CES, GDC, and (the late) E3, he is all too happy to seek out the next big thing. For those that want to talk shop, send over a tip, or get an easy win in a fighting game of their choosing, be sure to check out his social media channels below.

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