One thing you don't want in your house is an infestation of tanookys. Tanookys are devious little creatures, mischievous spirits that like to hide in objects similar to their characters. Alfa and Max, the two inhabitants of the house in which BenRadish Games' Tanooky Tracks takes place, happen to have a dozen of the little pests hiding in and around their four-story house, and are counting on you, you crafty tanooky exterminator you, to track them down.
Tanooky Tracks is more or less a point-and-click adventure game with a pinch of hidden object seasoning and a surreal twist. Pick up or manipulate objects by clicking on them; a changing cursor alerts you of when you can do so. Click the top and bottom edges of the screen to explore all four levels of the slightly unusual house in search of useful items and clues. Solve the riddles in the hint book to find out what to use where; find and lure out all twelve tanookys and the game is won!
Analysis: When I first got my hands on this game, I knew I'd enjoy it. I have something of a fascination with puzzley puzzler-puzzling puzzles, and Tanooky Tracks definitely fits into that category. The clues are smartly written and make perfect sense without giving too much away, and there are even some additional hints at the very end of the book in case you're REALLY stumped.
The atmosphere of the game is a rather interesting dash of surreal that somehow complements things perfectly. The tanookys themselves look as though they were designed by Eyezmaze or Amanita Design, and the house's architecture, while mostly sensible (seriously, where are the stairs?!), somehow helps add to the surrealism, as does the slightly whimsical music.
If I had to pick one thing about Tanooky Tracks that seriously needed improving, I would... well, I'd have to get pretty desperate to find one. Just about everything in the game is good. If BenRadish intends to create a sequel and it turns out to be more of the same, I wouldn't see anything wrong with that. But for now, let's just go and help Alfa and Max with their...
...Uh-oh. Don't look now, but I think the object just to the left of you right now might be concealing a tanooky. Got a plan for bringing it out of hiding? I'd suggest applying the last thing you handled before using your computer.