Oh, what a great treat for us to complete an otherwise unspectacular month of November 2015! Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Unlocked has been released, the sequel to Key to Ravenhearst and a game I had insanely (no pun intended!) hopes for. Will it deliver and stand up to the high expectations created by the previous game? Read my Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Unlocked review to find out!
All I can say is that when I see a particular warning on Big Fish Games, I am hyped. This is what I am talking about: “Warning – Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Unlocked is an intense psychological thriller intended for mature audiences.” Yup. Bolded, red letters – these are clear signs that you’re up for a real treat. You won’t be getting any fairies and unicorns and rainbow dust to summon pixies, you’re going to get a gritty, thrilling experience. The signs are great!
How’s the story? Well, you start Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Unlocked in the Manchester Lunatic Asylum, where you should heal your body and soul after the horrible things you’ve witnessed in the previous game. But Lady Fate has some other plans for you: soon, you will find out that you’re in the cell that was once inhabited by none other than your arch nemesis Alister Dalimar, while his sister is there, having big plans for you. You have to get out of there ASAP and you don’t have a lot of help. But, boy, you’ll have a lot of fun!
We’re talking about a Mystery Case Files game here created by Eipix, who proved that they can deliver some of the best hidden object game adventures out there, so you should expect everything to be of insanely high standards. From the story that is not as cliche as I thought it would be, to everything else, the game is absolutely fantastic. The hidden object scenes are aplenty and beautiful, some of them also containing mini puzzles that you have to solve. It proves that things can still be made better and improved when it comes to the classic hidden object scenes, and Eipix does a great job with that.
The mini games are absolutely fabulous and sometimes insane (in a very, very good way): Alister’s Enigma is back too, but so are multi-layered puzzles, smart mechanics and challenges for the player. You’ll get a bit of everything and you’ll love every single puzzle in this game, from the very easy ones, to the scratch-your-head-twice, more complicated ones.
Visually, the game doesn’t disappoint. The artwork is high class and the level of detail is almost unbelievable. Everything is creepy – without being gory – and every item falls in place perfectly. You will never get the feeling that you get in other games that certain scenes were rushed or others were packed hard with tons of useless items. I do have one complaint when it comes to the visuals, and that’s Eipix arch-nemesis: the purple hues. Everything is purple. Way too much purple. I understand that there’s a trademark involved here, but you don’t have to throw it at me every second, every step of the way. But fortunately, the graphics are so good that you’ll soon get used with all that purple and you’ll be able to fully enjoy the game, completed by an overall great soundtrack.
The Collector’s Edition comes with all the bling we can expect from one, including a bonus chapter where you’ll play as Alister Dalimar himself! Now that’s enough of a reason to get the Collector’s Edition, right? Apart from that, we have the usual goodies: achievements, collectibles, replayable scenes, artwork and wallpapers. A true gem for the collectors!
The brilliance of Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Unlocked comes from the mixture of extremely high quality ingredients: we have the awesome story that keeps your heart racing, we have the amazing visuals that dress everything out perfectly and we have the ton of cherries on top from the hidden object scenes and minigames. A true delight and an amazing, unforgettable game. A must have!