MYSTERY CASE FILES: Return to Ravenhearst


Reviewed by Cherie Jung

(December, 2012)

Ravenhearst Manor still stands abandoned. The property was visited in a previous game; MCF: Ravenhearst, where players solved a mystery involving Emma Ravenhearst by reassembling missing pages from her diary. Now Emma's ghost is warning of more evil lurking at the Manor...

This is a hidden object game. Some of the items required are rather difficult to find. The puzzles are mostly challenging and fun, but a few are challenging and frustrating, at least they were for me. (I have difficulty with the puzzles requiring hand and eye coordination. In this game, I had the most trouble with the "Whack-a-Troll" puzzle. I spent over 2 hours on it before finally skipping that puzzle. My husband explained later that my mouse speed was set too slow and that I should have increased the speed of my mouse.) A big plus for me in MCF: Return to Ravenhearst is that while skipping a puzzle results in a time penalty the game still provides the item solving the puzzle would have revealed.

Limited hints are available for those who become stuck. I purchased the strategy guide but only referred to it three or four times. (I have a tendency to find and try to solve puzzles out of their suggested order which sometimes means I need a hint as to where or what I've missed.)

The game play is immersive, the storyline fairly interesting, and the numerous sites available to visit are challenging and fun. I chose to play in the relaxed mode so there was no real time pressure to solve the puzzles or find the hidden objects. The overall length of the game seemed just right. I think players who enjoyed MCF: Ravenhearst or MCF: Dire Grove will find they enjoy MCF: Return to Ravenhearst as much, if not more.

Listed at $9.99, I purchased this game for $6.99 with an online discount.

I have dial-up internet access so I chose to have the game mailed to me on a CD (along with another game I ordered and two strategy guides) which I then uploaded/installed to my computer and then activated online at the Big Fish website. There was an additional $7.99 fee for the CD. To me, the added fee was worth the price because of my very slow dial-up access! In addition to the games I ordered, the CD contained one full-sized free game and several trial-size games.

Game System Requirements:

OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
CPU: 800 MHz
RAM: 512 MB
DirectX: 7.0
Hard Drive: 348 MB

Game Manager System Requirements:

Browser: Internet Explorer 7 or later

Also available for Mac.




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