Elephant Games are a Russian video game company that specializes in highly detailed Hidden Object Games
. Their games span a wide variety of genres, from supernatural mysteries to fantasy to lighter puzzle games.
They first became known for their Mystery Trackers
series of games and have since branched out into other stories, such as the Surface
and the Grim Tales
series. Gamezebo has praised their stunning artwork and immersive game environments.
Game series developed by Elephant Games include:
- Mystery Trackers
- The Void
- Black Isle
- The Four Aces
- Silent Hollow
- Raincliff's Phantoms
- Grim Tales
- The Bride
- The Legacy
- The Wishes
- The Stone Queen
- Bloody Mary
- Mystery Of Another World
- The Noise She Couldn't Make
- The Soaring City
- The Pantheon
- Reel Life
- Game of the Gods
- Christmas Stories
- Lost In The City
- Lost In The City
- Lost In The City: Post Scriptum
- Mystery Case Filesnote
- Fate's Carnival
- Dire Grove, Sacred Grove
Tropes Commonly Seen:
- Another Dimension: The Surface series is based on this trope, although it's revealed in The Noise She Couldn't Make that the dimension in particular is a coma patient's mind.
- Call Back/Continuity Nod: Raincliff's Phantoms is the sequel to Raincliff, and one of the Brown siblings is mentioned in Black Isle as having joined the agency. One of the Browns' long lost relatives is revealed to the Big Bad in Raincliff's Phantoms.
- Conspicuous CG: In Mystery Trackers, your character is accompanied by a cute miniature pinscher named Elf. The fact that he's so simplistically animated stands out against the beautifully detailed settings.
- Early Installment Weirdness: Earlier made games prior to the Mystery Trackers games had simplistic CGI characters and iffy gameplay. It's not until they produced The Void that they hit their stride.
- The first Mystery Trackers game does not employ live actors as seen in later installments and the CGI characters are less polished.
- Featureless Protagonist: Zig-zagged.
- The most you'll get from the NPCs is a reference to your title if you're a detective, but other games will state your gender.
- Averted in The Pantheon and Game of the Gods, where you play as the protagonist and her appearance is shown in the opening scenes.
- In The Soaring City and Reel Life, there is nothing stated about your appearance, but your gender is stated with voiceovers.
- You play as Fred, Scrooge's estranged nephew in their version of A Christmas Carol, and like The Soaring City, nothing of your appearance is mentioned.
- Full Motion Video: Surface and Mystery Trackers started out using these with their characters and cutscenes, but by their respective fourth games, have settled for using traditional animation of the characters and dropping the full motion cutscenes.
- Hidden Object Game: Gamezebo considers them one of the best creators in the casual game industry, on par with Big Fish Games, Alawar, Blue Tea Games, Boomzap Entertainment, and ERS Game Studios.
- Lighter and Softer: The Christmas Stories games are much light hearted than their other hidden object games, as they are mainly riffs on classic fairy tales.
- Level-Map Display: One of their signature features is a map interface that eliminates backtracking. It's especially useful in the plot-heavy games.
- Medium Blending: The first three games of the Surface and Mystery Trackers games superimposed live actors moving against the painted backgrounds, but have since dropped it in favor of photo-filtered renditions of the actors for a more seamless blending.
- Non-Human Sidekick: Starting with Black Isle, your Mystery Trackers character is accompanied by a miniature pinscher named Elf. It's then revealed that all agents in the Mystery Trackers agency has a pet sidekick with them.
- Fate's Carnival introduces Isis, Madame Fate's cat, as the Master Detective's sidekick in her journey.
- Occult Detective: The Mystery Trackers are an agency that specializes in supernatural mysteries.
- Scenery Porn: These games are beautifully rendered, but in the spookier supernatural settings such as Fate's Carnival or the Grim Tales series, it can lead to Scenery Gorn.
- Shout-Out: The plot of Game of the Gods is a slightly darker take on Jumanji.