Mystery Case Files Ravenhearst Download & Review

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If you are keen on solving puzzles and have a certain amount of patience, then look no further than Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst for your perfect game. The third installment of the highly popular and award-winning series is a considerable improvement on Mystery Case Files: Huntsville and Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects. Following on from the previous games your character is a detective, and you must look for hidden clues and objects to catch criminal suspects. This sequel has made a substantial change from its predecessors, as it has now become more of a mystery thriller, adding a touch of suspense to the game, which maybe what the previous games were lacking. You must now investigate an old Victorian mansion that has been known to harbor many terrifying secrets.

In Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst; you have been appointed (by the Queen) to look into an abandoned manor, called the Ravenhearst Manor, that is located in a scenic yet remote English countryside. Apparently, it is one of those spooky manors that are avoided by the locals, due to old wives tales. Rumors about the history of the Ravenhearst Manor have been circulating for years. The only clues you have to start off with are found in the recently obtained diary of Emma Ravenhearst. It is now up to you to explore and scour 32 rooms of the manor to look for clues and objects that are cleverly placed and hidden. Some of the rooms you come across in the manor are the, lobby, parlor, bedrooms, games room, even out to the garden shed. You must locate and assemble the pages of diary by solving a number of puzzles to unravel the mysteries surrounding the manor for good.

When you start the game, you will be able to choose between two modes of game play: the Detective Mode and the Relaxed Mode. If you choose the Detective Mode game play, you will have 35 minutes to solve the many puzzles on each stage. If you choose the Relaxed Mode, true to its name, you will get 80 minutes to finish off a stage, this means that you could start with the relaxed mode, and work yourself into the detective mode.

Similar to previous Mystery Case Files games, most puzzles you encounter in Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst require you to look for well-placed hidden clues and objects, this time in various cluttered rooms inside the manor. You will need to spend a lot of time locating not-so-obvious objects, while some do tend stand out from the background.

Along the way, you will also encounter rooms that have locked doors. This is one of the many things that make this Mystery Case Files game different from the previous games. Instead of going from one room to another, there is an added twist. This means, before you can move on the next room, you must first find the key to unlock it by solving a mini game. The mini games are varied in nature, but there is one that involves figuring out how to operate a rather confusing contraption. The mini games do require you to do some lateral thinking, because there are many different objects in the various scenes that you will be able to click and use. To solve the locked room puzzles, you are going to need more than just brilliant eyes; it also requires you to untangle a code or to arrange something in an order.

While the game might be slightly more challenging than the last games, it is not so challenging that you will want to stop playing, developers have found a level that they have judged to be the 'perfect' difficulty level and in my opinion they have gotten it exactly right. If you do feel like you are getting stuck, then you can use one of your five hints per stage.

Once you find enough items and clues, you will be taken to your trusty Crime Computer once again to piece a mosaic picture together. If you can successfully reassemble the picture, one page from the diary will be unlocked, and you will be able to move onto the next stage.

Another feature that makes the Mystery Case Files series different from other games in its genre is the rather intricate stories that accompany each game. As you go from one room to another in the manor and discover more chapters in the diary, the story of the Manor will slowly unfold, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat.

The graphics in Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst are wondrous. It can even be said that the graphical interface has surpassed previous games. The music and sound effects in the game are well thought out and perfectly set the mood. In some scenes, you can even hear ominous background noises which make the atmosphere rather creepy. Prepare to enjoy a full audiovisual treat for both the eyes and ears.

Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst is a superb sequel that packs enough new features for it to stand out on its own. At the same time, it retains the same charm and has that sense of familiarity that made the original games so popular. The new twists found in the game are particularly challenging, but still entirely manageable for casual gamers. Of course, just like in previous series, you will be able to play the game again after completing it the first time around, because of its randomized object selector, which means that you will always get a brand new set of objects and clues to search for.

If there was any doubt about the game and the series, Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst is a proof enough that this fantastic series is in no danger of losing its steam, sometimes after a few games series start to drop in class, but this is not one of them. This is a potent and addictive game that deserves a space on every casual gamer's computer.

Download the Game at Big Fish Games.