(The Collector's Edition)

Reviewed by Cherie Jung

(December, 2012)

MCF: SHADOW LAKE (The Collector's Edition) is a newly released (November, 2012) hidden object style game from Big Fish, a hugely popular source for computer games.

In 1973, an inmate unearthed a mysterious object from beneath the prison floor. After its discovery, something wicked took over the town of Bitterford, Maine. Now an evil legend haunts the forgotten town. With Bitterford lying in ruin, the player teams up with psychic Cassandra Williams (played by award-winning actress Lea Thompson) to investigate what led to the town's destruction.

MCF: SHADOW LAKE (The Collector's Edition) has exclusive extras not found in the standard version including: bonus game play, unlockable morphing objects, screensavers & wallpapers, an exclusive behind-the-scenes video, and a dynamic casebook/journal and integrated strategy guide.

Listed at $19.99, I paid only $13.99 (with an online discount coupon) plus tax.

Please note: The full version game is 1.27 GB. (The free sample version is 479.07 MB)

The size of the game initially presented a problem for me because I have internet access via dial-up, not one of the faster methods. On my slow system the download kept timing out or dropping the connection when it would get to 1.1 GB. The techs at Big Fish (and online help) were readily available for assistance. In the end, it took me 12 days, at 24 hours per day before I was successfully able to download and install the game. I'm either persistent or just plain stubborn...

The final, successful attempt, required 4 days of continual downloading time, including 6 hours during which our phone lines were out of order. (Frankly, by then, I was beginning to think the game was cursed, along with the ancient relic the game is centered around.) Big Fish is in no way responsible for my downloading troubles. Lack of modem speed is the culprit — entirely my fault. But they were patient with me and tried to be helpful, as I mentioned earlier.

On the plus side for me:

On the negative side of things:

Let me say first, that these grumblings are my own. Other players may not have the same biases that I have.

My suggestion? Play the free one-hour demo game and see if you think you might like to play more of the game.

Game System Requirements:

OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7
CPU: 1.8 GHz
RAM: 1024 MB
DirectX: 9.2
Hard Drive: 1567 MB

Game Manager System Requirements:

Browser: Internet Explorer 7 or later

Also available for Mac.


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