SECRET FILES 2: PURITAS CORDIS (SWITCH RELEASE)
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on July 4, 2019
Gamers of a certain age probably remember a game series called Secret Files. The series consisted of four games that were definitely among the better ones in the point 'n click genre. The first three installments in the series were centered around Nina Kalenkov, a brave and feisty red haired girl on a mission to save the world...
At the end of last year, we received an early Christmas present when Secret Files: Tunguska (the first game of the series was released for the Nintendo Switch. So it comes as no surprise, that the second game, Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis, would eventually follow its predecessor and make its way to the latest handheld in the Nintendo stable. Well, the wait is over and it is time for us to go on another great adventure together with Nina, filled with a plethora of puzzles to solve and mysteries to unravel!
In this second game, we first travel to England, because the story starts in the church of Ashford and Cambridge. Two priests are having a not so great night, because some men are in a very big need of a certain parchment and will not stop until they get their grubby paws on it. One of the priests has cleverly hidden the parchment, so the bad guys are up for one hell of a search if they want to find this particular piece of paper. Now, it would be better for the world in general if these evildoers wouldn't get their hands on the parchment and this, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, is exactly where our beloved Nina comes in. This parchment must not fall into the wrong hands and it's up to Nina to prevent this from happening.
The only thing is that Nina knows nothing about the adventure that lies in front of her. She is about to go on a cruise to relax from her previous adventure and get over breaking up with her boyfriend, Max. But what was supposed to be a relaxing trip on a cruise ship is getting stranger by the minute. First, a man runs up to Nina just before she boards the ship. He asks her a quick question and then runs along and before the poor bastard knows it, he is overrun by a forklift. Nina soon discover that this man was actually a passenger on the same cruise as she is about to board, because her suitcase gets mixed up with the suitcase of one of the now deceased passenger, a certain William Paterson. And, as we already learned from the introduction of the game, this William Paterson was the last person who was known to be in possession of the mysterious parchment. Step-by-step Nina has to unravel this mystery and solve this seriously dangerous case.
As luck would have it, Nina doesn't need to do all the puzzle solving by herself in Secret Files 2; there are other playable characters. While Nina is on her cruise, her ex-boyfriend Max is on his way to Indonesia. He has some dots to connect himself. During his stay in the jungle somewhere in Indonesia, he'll come across some strangers and while spying on them, Max immediately realizes these guys are definitely up to no good. Could he have stumbled upon the trail that will lead to the mysterious parchment or is there something else going on here? Well, I reckon you'll just have to play Secret Files 2 if you want to find out, won't you?
It's great to play this game again and the Nintendo Switch version offers you not only the possibility to play in handheld mode, in which you can use the touch screen capabilities of the Switch to your advantage, but also gives you the opportunity to play in TV mode, which gives you a much, much bigger screen on which to enjoy the cool environments of the game. Considering that this is a game you would originally play on PC with the use of a mouse, the console controls are working just fine. You can control the pointer with a thumb stick, everything is easily accessible and I love the magnifying glass which you can use to check where the points of interest are in any given area. Some of you might consider this to be cheating but, in my defense, I only use it after my own investigative options are exhausted and I just want to see if I checked everything I could.
Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis is an excellent addition to the Nintendo Switch stable. It's an exciting adventure with loads and loads of cool puzzles. Although it's somewhat of an older game, the original dating back to 2009, it doesn't actually feel outdated. Sure, the graphics aren't really up to 2019 standards, but the game as a whole looks really cool. So, with everything said and done, the Switch version of Secret Files: Puritas Cordis is a great opportunity for gamers who have already played the original game and want to replay this adventure on their new handheld. At the same time, I can only surmise that players new to the series, will also be very interested to play this title as well. Nina and Max are truly funny characters, the story is interesting and filled with mystery, and the environments do absolutely invite you to explore every nook and cranny. In short; if you're into cool point 'n click games, you should definitely give Secret Files: Puritas Cordis a chance!
SECRET FILES 2: PURITAS CORDIS (SWITCH RELEASE)
June 27, 2019