The final gameplay element is a mechanical minigame. Characters sometimes ask you to fix a watch, an oven, or some other device at which point you're presented with a view of the contraption's innards. A beam of energy shoots out from a certain point, and by placing gears in the beam's path, you can rotate the beam 45 degrees in either direction. In this manner, you need to direct the beam to a goal to bring the machine back to life. It's a sad comment on the quality of this game that these very basic puzzles are the most engaging thing it has to offer. There's literally nothing to the game but running around, vacuuming up vaporites, talking to characters, handing off items, and solving the occasional simple mechanical puzzle. Even the climax just has you running around and solving yet another one of those puzzles under the pressure of a time limit.
There'll be no having fun on this guy's watch.
The Island of Dr. Frankenstein looks like a relic from another era. The characters and environments are extremely polygonal. When speaking to each other, characters have unchanging expressions plastered on their faces, and they repeat the same canned animations. There's imagination in the concept of the island--in its towering castle and the huge spinning engines that keep it aloft--but the visuals don't do much to bring that imagination to life. The music is excruciatingly repetitive, and sound effects are nearly nonexistent. Parents should also be aware that, in addition to being a thoroughly bad game, it includes a moment of foul language. Despite the E rating on the box, Frankie twice utters a common curse word. The game places a "P" at the beginning of it, but there's no denying that it's still the same word that would earn most games a stricter rating.
At about six hours, this game drags on for about six hours too long. There's no replay value here, either. Once you finish the game, clicking your save file just displays the words "Thank You For Playing" on the screen. But do yourself a favor and don't play this game. Even at its bargain price, this game can still rob you of your time and give you very little of value in return.