Name: Mystery Case Files: Fate's Carnival Collector's Edition
Release Date: 27 November 2013
Developer: Elephant Games
To celebrate the tenth game in one of the world's biggest Hidden Object franchises, Mystery Case Files brings back the sequel to one of the most-talked-about MCF games, Madame Fate! In fact, Big Fish Games has also handed over this successful franchise to the trusted Elephant Games, does that make MCF any better?
With the latest two installments considerably flops, Fate's Carnival feels like a major improvement. The story continues to clarify the unanswered hangovers at the end of the original Madame Fate game. The dead Madame Fate has returned along with her circus peers, you will be able to meet and rescue loads of vivid circus characters, some that you have met before in the previous game. However, although the story sounds really promising, we must say that the pace is kind of slow. The story develops rather too slowly at first but then it gets much more exciting later on as the villain and his evil forces are introduced.
On the visuals side, Elephant never fails to impress. All of the locations look absolutely stunning with great attention to details, colors and shades. The colors are sort of purpleish but that suits the carnival theme of the game quite well. The voice overs and the soundtracks are extremely well done as well.
Fate's Carnival is a busy game with tons of things to do. There are tasks to complete everywhere, here and there and you often lose tracks of where to go next. Fortunately, there is a jump-map at your service, it is beautifully designed and efficient to use. There are mini-games hidden in your diary which you can play to pass the time and earn more collectibles. Speaking of collectibles, there are three sets of collectibles in this game, Bobbleheads, Cards and Old Pounds which you can use to purchase items for your friendly cat in the Shop.
The Hidden Object scenes in Fate's Carnival are all traditional type, despite that, they are really entertaining as you are actually searching through a scene instead of a junk-pile. What also excels in Fate's Carnival is the game's puzzles. There are two main types of puzzles, the normal ones which you can expect from any HOPA games - they are very fun to play and offer some twists to the typical gameplay. The other one is the one that which we would call, Chain-Reaction puzzles. Basically, you have to strategise what to do first in that puzzle scene since one action will result in another action. This latter type is superbly creative, require a lot of brainwork but they really make the experience much more memorable.
As this tenth MCF game is no longer developed by Big Fish Games Studios, Fate's Carnival lost a little bit of the signature MCF feelings. Fate's Carnival does not feel very realistic like in the other MCF games, it is more fantasy and feels much more like an Elephant Games rather than a MCF. Anyways, it is a fantastic addition to the MCF family.
For those who still hesitate about purchasing the Collector's edition, we can assure you that the CE version of the game comes with a whole bunch of Extras. The main game is already very long, with an addition of a great Bonus Chapter - the whole MCF10 could last you over 5 hours even if you are a very fast player. Furthermore, it comes with Solitaire mini-games, gallery items, Secret Room, Achievements and more. You will also have a chance to get a first look of the upcoming Free-to-Play MCF game, titled Spirits of Blackpool!
Mystery Case Files: Fate's Carnival is MCF at its best, with gorgeous graphics, innovative puzzles and interesting gameplay - Fate's Carnival is one remarkable carnival experience that you will not forget.
Graphics: 4.5/5 Stars
Sound: 4.5/5 Stars
Story: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Originality: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4.5/5 Stars
Puzzles: 5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 4.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 5/5 Stars
Extras: 5/5 Stars
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