Fenton Paddock is a dismissed officer of the British Army in 1936. Now spending his life as an airborne freight forwarder in Hongkong, specializing in smuggling and rather dubious assignments, he stumbles into an adventure of unforeseen dimensions. Initially searching for a friend missing on an expedition in Tibet he travels through three continents and encounters ancient mythologies. On his way, he must fight the Triads, the Nazis, and his own past. Paddock gets help from an old friend Kim Wuang who is a niece of a former employee of our hero.
Most of the time the player has to control Paddock to solve puzzles of variable design, but sometimes multiple characters at a time have to be taken care of. The puzzles include collecting items to apply or combine, machine puzzles, and dialogues. The game controls are quite identical to the spiritual predecessor Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis. The right mouse button is used to inspect items and to skip dialogues or movie sequences. The left one is responsible for all other interactions. The game provides a hot spot function and a help system that offers general information on the current tasks. The story is rather linear but sometimes puzzles can be solved in more than one way. Especially machine puzzles typically offer two difficulty levels.
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Average score: 81% (based on 28 ratings)
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The Bottom Line
This is a fun point and click adventure game which is a nice break from FPS (First Person Shooters). Most of the scenes are puzzle related as the story progresses and speaking of which the setting is 1936 from Hong Kong to Tibet and then on to several other exotic places. Third Reich soldiers are seeking occult items in their future war against the world and as you can guess it's up to the main character and his allies to stop them.
The tale in itself focuses upon one Fenton Paddock (rogue much?) who was dishonorably charged from the British Army and you get the idea he took the fall for somebody. He's your typical British “do gooder” with dry wit and a self-deprecating nature. His allies come and go but mostly stay with Kim, who is his love interest and the daughter of Fenton's mentor friend. Sometimes you will get to play Kim and Fenton at the same time. You will also get various scene cuts when you complete missions or when the story needs to jump to other characters, including those of the Third Reich.
Note that a good deal of the puzzles are related to combining items or elements in your surroundings. If you get stuck the answers are online.
They evoked the era very well. There's music from the 1930s and the clothing and buildings felt authentic. Hardcore historians may take issue.
SOUND/MUSIC: B plus to A minus; STORY/PLOTTING: A minus; CHARACTERS/DIALOGUE: B plus; GRAPHICS: B to B plus; GAMEPLAY: A minus; OVERALL GRADE: B plus to A minus.
Windows · by StorytellerShannon (14) · 2012
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Game added September 3, 2010. Last modified January 21, 2024.