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Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst - Review

Throughout the years, the immensely-popular Mystery Case Files series has gone through a lot of changes. Big Fish Studios was once the proud developer of the series, until recently when the series slipped into Elephant Games' hands. That being said, with this new installment, comes a new developer - the developer that we all know all too well, Eipix Entertainment


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Name: Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst Collector's Edition
Release Date: 28 October 2015
Developer: Eipix Entertainment

The story of Ravenhearst is definitely one of the most famous tales of all the Mystery Case Files games. It does sort of make sense, that this 12th installment would continue the Ravenhearst story, even though it has been done three times before. In this sequel, a new owner of the haunted Ravenhearst manor is building a museum attraction out of the manor! The Ravenhearst Museum will soon open for business, but have the spirits of the manor given up on their vengeance yet?  Key to Ravenhearst could come off quite confusing for those who are not familiar with the rather-complex Ravenhearst story. Still, the story was told in quite a creative and exciting way that there was never a moment of boredom in the game.

The visuals in Key to Ravenhearst are up to Eipix's usual standard, as well as the standard set by the previous MCF games. Most of the locations are dark, mysterious and borderline creepy - we appreciate all the little spooky details that the developer took the effort to put in each scene, they make the atmosphere much more haunting. Moreover, we actually found the characters in this game to be extremely well-animated and voiced, something Eipix failed to do at times.

To be honest, when we first heard the news that Eipix is going to takeover this iconic series, we were a little bit worried. Despite all those amazing games released by this developer, Eipix's games are definitely not known for their level of challenge, something that the Mystery Case Files series has always been quite consistent at. But Key to Ravenhearst is not just a normal Eipix game, it is much more innovative, much more cohesive and yes, more challenging. There is nothing particularly special about the adventure part of the game, but the hidden object scenes and the puzzles are what made this game. The hidden object scenes come in a variety of interesting formats, some contain very smart interactions and mini-puzzles - they are all indeed very entertaining. The puzzles are pretty much excellent. There is a nice balance between some of the easier ones and some of the more complicated ones; the much-loved super-puzzles are also fantastic.

Eipix did feature some of the familiar locations from the previous Ravenherast games; however, Key to Ravenhearst just does not feel very authentic, very Ravenhearst. There is nothing wrong with that though, we just wish that the developer would stick more to the signature MCF/Ravenhearst style.

The Collector's Edition of Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst is certainly worth purchasing, considering the incredible one-hour bonus chapter. Other extras include a strategy guide, achievements, collectibles, wallpapers, concept art, movies, a souvenir room, behind-the-scenes, replayable puzzles and hidden object scenes.

In our opinion, Eipix did an extraordinary job continuing the franchise. Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst would satisfy long-time MCF fans and at the same time, impress casual HOPA players.

Graphics: 5/5 Stars
Sound: 4/5 Stars
Story: 4.5/5 Stars
Originality: 4.5/5 Stars
Gameplay: 4/5 Stars
Puzzles: 4.5/5 Stars
Control and Navigation: 5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 5/5 Stars
Extras: 4.5/5 Stars


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