|Mystery Case Files|
Official logo of the series
|Genres||Adventure, puzzle, hidden object|
Big Fish Studios|
|Publisher(s)||Big Fish Games|
Somatone Interactive Audio|
Clean Cuts Music (2011-2012)
|Platforms||Windows, Mac OS X, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Windows Phone, iOS, Android, Wii|
Mystery Case Files: Huntsville|
November 14, 2005
Mystery Case Files: Rewind|
June 21, 2018
Mystery Case Files (also known as MCF) is a video game series originally developed by the internal studios of Big Fish Games. New installments are currently developed by Eipix Entertainment, replacing Elephant Games who developed sequels from 2013 to 2014. The Mystery Case Files series is known for its 'Hidden Object' puzzles where, in order to progress through a game, the player play the role of a Master Detective and must find a certain number of items hidden somewhere on a painted scene.
The latest installment in the series, Rewind, was released on June 21, 2018 and is the 17th game in the series.
There have been seventeen titles in the Mystery Case Files series to date. After Mystery Case Files: Huntsville, successive installments have added additional features including:
(No live action videos have been used since Elephant and Eipix took over production of the games, beginning respectively with Fate's Carnival and Key to Ravenhearst.)
Normally, the series release a new game by years around the American Thanksgiving.
Storyline and characters have played an increasingly important part in the development of the series, especially from the third game onwards. The game Ravenhearst begins a story-arc that continues on into the next two games after it, Madame Fate and Return to Ravenhearst, however the storyline was introduced in Prime Suspects at the ending, with a letter saying the Queen requested your assistance on an urgent matter, which is later confirmed to be the Ravenhearst case via phone call in Madame Fate. The following game, Dire Grove, follows on from the previous game, but does not lead directly into the same story. The seventh and ninth installments, 13th Skull and Shadow Lake returns the series to a standalone story format, while the eighth installment, Escape from Ravenhearst returned to the Ravenhearst story-arc.
With the release of the tenth game, Fate's Carnival, the series returns to the story featured in the fourth game, Madame Fate which confirms ties between the Madame Fate and Ravenhearst storylines, something that has only been hinted at in previous games in the series. Completing a certain bonus level in Fate's Carnival hints at returning the player to the story of Dire Grove in a next game. The story of Dire Grove, Sacred Grove is not related to the sixth game and the bonus chapter make a connection with the Ravenhearst games and Fate's Carnival.
The games Key to Ravenhearst and Ravenhearst Unlocked put a true end on the Ravenhearst storyline, with the game Broken Hour, the series return to an original story since 2012. The game The Black Veil is set in a town in Scotland and show the return of a character of the first Dire Grove, with The Revenant's Hunt the series return on the USA for one game. Rewind reintroduce the Ravenhearst storyline in adding characters of previous games like Huntsville, Madame Fate, Dire Grove and the recents Eipix games.
Mystery Case Files: Huntsville is the first installment in the Mystery Case Files franchise and was released in November 2005 and immediately broke sales records for casual games. The player takes the role of a master detective to solve a series of seemingly random crimes in the small town of Huntsville. The game features a number of locations to explore and introduced the Crime Computer which is still a main part of the series.
Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects is the second installment in the Mystery Case Files franchise and was released in April 2006. The player is tasked with investigating the disappearance of the Queen's Hope Diamond in Capital City. Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects added items that players have to discover to unlock later levels (such as finding a battery to power a flashlight). Characters also became a more prominent part of the series with the investigation revolving around multiple characters with different persons.
Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst is the third installment in the Mystery Case Files franchise and was released in December 2006 and features an investigation centered on a mysterious manor located in England. Players find objects to unlock diary pieces to follow the life of Emma Ravenhearst. Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst introduced elaborate door puzzles to the series that were similar to a Rube Goldberg type puzzle. Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst was re-released for the Nintendo DS in April 2013.
Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate is the fourth installment in the Mystery Case Files franchise and was released in November 2007. The player investigates Madame Fate's Carnival and the carnival workers to see which one of them causes the fortune teller's death at midnight. Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate introduces more types of puzzles (including word puzzles and multiple crystal ball puzzles) while also changing the way a player can find items. Sometimes the player must combine two items on the screen, other times they must locate hidden areas to progress. The bulk of the game is still finding hidden objects, but there are a lot of other types of puzzles. Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate also introduced hidden object scenes inside hidden object scenes into the game-play.
Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst is the fifth installment in the Mystery Case Files franchise and was released on November 26, 2008, for Big Fish Games Game Club members whereas the public was able to download this game on November 27, 2008. This game is the second installment in the Ravenhearst story-arc.
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove is the sixth installment of the Mystery Case Files franchise and was released December 11, 2009. It had its first release on November 25, 2009 as a Collector's Edition. It follows the events of four graduate students led by Alison Sterling (Davie-Blue Bacich) who travel to a small township near Blackpool, England. The game follows on from the previous game, Return to Ravenhearst, but does not directly lead into the Ravenhearst story-arc.
Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull is the seventh installment of the Mystery Case Files franchise and had its first release on November 25, 2010 as a Collector's Edition. It follows the disappearance of Marcus Lawson after moving into a creepy mansion in Louisiana. His daughter, Magnolia, believes her father was kidnapped by the ghost of a vengeful pirate seeking to protect his lost fortune.
Mystery Case Files: Escape From Ravenhearst is the eighth installment of the Mystery Case Files franchise and was released November 23, 2011 as a Collector's Edition. Some residents in Blackpool, England have gone missing around Ravenhearst Manor and you, the Master Detective must return to the fire-ravaged manor and search for the missing residents. This game is the third installment in the Ravenhearst story-arc.
Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake is the ninth installment of the Mystery Case Files franchise and was the last to be released by Big Fish Studios. Shadow Lake was released on November 20, 2012 and features actress Lea Thompson as Cassandra Williams, a psychic medium that helps the Master Detective solve puzzles while they investigate the mysterious destruction of a ghost town.
Mystery Case Files: Fate's Carnival is the tenth installment of the Mystery Case Files franchise and the first to be released by developer Elephant Games. Fate's Carnival was released on November 26, 2013 and returns the player to Madame Fate's carnival, previously featured in the series' fourth installment, Madame Fate. Exploring the carnival vicinity with the help of Isis the cat, the game incorporates characters featured in previous games, as well as introducing new ones.
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, Sacred Grove is the eleventh installment of the Mystery Case Files franchise and was the last to be released by developer Elephant Games. Dire Grove, Sacred Grove was released on November 26, 2014 and returns the player to the fictional township of Dire Grove, previously explored in the sixth installment of the same name.
Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst is the twelfth installment of the Mystery Case Files franchise and is the first to be developed by Eipix Entertainment. Key to Ravenhearst was released on October 27, 2015.Key to Ravenhearst will be the third instance the series has returned to the Ravenhearst storyline, thus the fourth installment in the Ravenhearst story-arc.
Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Unlocked is the thirteenth installment of the Mystery Case Files franchise and was released on November 24, 2015. It is the second title in the series to be developed by Eipix Entertainment and is a direct sequel to the previous game, Key to Ravenhearst. This game is the fifth and also the final installment in the Ravenhearst story-arc.
Mystery Case Files: Broken Hour is the fourteenth installment of the series. The Beta for the game was released on March 7th, 2016. The Collector's Edition was released on 22 November 2016. The Master Detective is send by the queen to the Huxley's Boarding House to search her friends and photographer.
Mystery Case Files: The Black Veil is the fifteenth installment of the series. The Beta was released on December 22nd, 2016. The Collector's Edition was released on 23 March 2017. It is the first appearance since Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove of Alison Sterling (voiced by Katie Leigh).
Mystery Case Files: The Revenant's Hunt is 16th installment of the series. The Beta of the games was released on July 2017. The story follows a murder victim rising from the grave to visit justice upon his killers, and possible one of his own descendants. The collector's edition was released on 20 November 2017.
Mystery Case Files: Rewind is the 17th installment of the series, The Beta was released in March 2018. The gameplay of the game is based on the first four games of the series in a basic Hidden objects gameplay instead of a Point and Click adventure gameplay as all the games since Return to Ravenhearst. The story mix many of the previous games characters in a time paradox. The game was released on June 21st 2018 as Collector's Edition version.
Mystery Case Files: Agent X was released on April 15, 2008 and is the first title in the Mystery Case Files franchise to be released for a portable device. Mystery Case Files: Agent X is only usable by Glu Mobile capable cell-phones.
Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir was released on September 8, 2008 and is the second game in the Mystery Case Files franchise to be released for a portable device. Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir requires a Nintendo DS system and was published by Nintendo.
Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident was released on June 27, 2011 and is the second game in the Mystery Case Files franchise to be published by Nintendo. Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident is playable for the Wii.
Mystery Case Files: Spirits of Blackpool was released on October 24, 2013 and is the first title in the Mystery Case Files franchise to be published for iOS. It was first released on the Canadian App Store and is playable for the Apple iPad.
Stolen is the first novel in the series and was released in August 2010. It follows a young couple, Molly and Michael Graham, as they move to Blackpool for a simple way of life. That ideal is shattered when a blood-curdling scream outside an old theater leads to a murder victim, a woman whose past in Blackpool is linked to a seventy-year-old train wreck, a lost child and a cache of valuable paintings smuggled out of London during World War II.
Vanished is the second novel and was released in November 2010. The story starts out with a bang - or more accurately, a boom - as a pirate ship sails into Blackpool harbor, accidentally firing off its canon. Suddenly everyone is talking about pirate curses and stolen Gypsy gold. It's all fun and games, until someone is stabbed to death. As Molly and Michael Graham dig into the mystery, they find that more than one person had reason to want the man dead. Not only that, but the Grahams' investigation is making them some powerful enemies.
Submerged is the third novel and was released in February 2011. A preservation grant brings a massive restoration project to the marina, throwing the town into political turmoil. As Molly wades into the fray, a young woman is kidnapped, a thug turns up dead and a shipwreck is discovered in the harbor. Molly and Michael are, yet again, plunged into a legacy of smuggling operations, betrayal and murder . . . and delve even deeper into the heart of Blackpool's most shocking and long-buried truths.
Unearthed is the fourth and final book and was released in May 2011. Behind the colorful charm and vibrant history of the English seaside town of Blackpool is a legacy of secrets. Secrets that people have killed to keep hidden. For Michael and Molly Graham, though, finding the truth has become personal; their friend clings to life in a hospital--shot to keep him quiet--and the couple is driven to uncover what he would risk his life for . . . and what someone would murder for.
The developpers of the series add references of the series in there others games. In the fourth game of the Hidden Expedition series the developping by Big Fish Studios, called Hidden Expedition: Devil's Triangle there's in the underground a grave with the accronyme of Mystery Case Files (MCF) suppossing that the 2 series are in the same universe.
In the bonus chapter of the thirteenth episode of the Grim Tales called Grim Tales: The White Lady made by Elephant Games, Alister Dalimar (character created by Elephant Games for there Mystery Case Files games) appear to be one of the founders of a sorcerer school in the kind of Hogwart in the Harry Potter novel series.
In many series created by Eipix, there's references of the games and series they developed by making posters, advertisements and images of the games like a theater pieces, a movie, a novel, a Tv show or like in the real life a video game. But the more obvious reference of the series in an Eipix game, is in Dead Reckoning: Lethal Knowledges where a Mystery Case Files pinball puzzle appear in a Frat House.
The jigsaw puzzle company Ceaco released some puzzles based on Key to Ravenhearst.