Big Fish Games in the News, November 20th

Posted by Conor Murphy on November 20, 2009

This post marks the start of a new feature in the Big Fish Games’ Blog. We’ve decided to periodically share Big Fish Games editorial content from around the web with our readers. We’ll be posting links here so you can see what others are saying about us. As you can imagine, we’re rapidly gearing up for next week’s release of the Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove Collector’s Edition, and it looks like many of the top gaming sites are getting excited about its arrival as well. Gamezebo describes MCF: Dire Grove as "the hotly anticipated sixth game in the Mystery Case Files hidden object / adventure series from Big Fish Games Studios," while Gaming Nexus says (of the Collector’s Edition), "Casual gamers are going to love this announcement."

In Mac-related news, Big Fish Games’ Studios is proud to have just released the Drawn: The Painted Tower for the Mac. This release caught the interest of MacNN.

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove – Special Early Release for Game Club Members!

Posted by Conor Murphy on November 17, 2009

Big Fish Games is set to release the much anticipated Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove in early December, however the MCF team indicates there will be a special release in time for Thanksgiving, exclusively for Big Fish Game Club members.

On November 25th we will launch Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove - Collector's Edition. Why a Collector's Edition? The Mystery Case Files team built this special version of the game to be a one-of-a-kind MCF experience like nothing you have played before. The Collector's Edition launches several weeks early and includes secret bonus levels, additional puzzles, and other intriguing "extras".

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Faunasphere

Posted by Conor Murphy on November 13, 2009

’Tis the season for Thanksgiving fun. Big Fish Games is proud to announce the latest holiday zone update for Faunasphere: Thanksgiving!

If you haven’t done so already take a moment to stop by Camp Gobblefield, our latest holiday zone! Participate in the Community Pie Baking Project, check out the latest autumn decorations for your Faunasphere and then hop over to the Mire Knoll Goal Station where you can learn about the "Crock" that can help you create Premium 6 smilie food!

As you make your way through the new zones, you’ll encounter wonderful Thanksgiving themed objects including pumpkins, hay bails, piping hot turkeys, falling leaves, and scarecrows! It’s all great fun you’re sure to enjoy and best of all, the update is free!

We’ve included some screenshots to give you a feel for what the update has in store (the Hoofer is hiding in one of the screenshots...can you find him?). Head over to Faunasphere today and enjoy the seasonal fun.

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MCF: Dire Grove Speculation Gone Wild!

Posted by Conor Murphy on November 12, 2009

With the release of the Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove sizzle reel, speculation about the game has accelerated dramatically. Every MCF game has had secrets buried within and MCF: Dire Grove is likely no different. The question is, how much was shared in the sizzle reel? Big Fish Games’ Studios is tight lipped regarding what is or is not in the video (they responded to my desperate pleas with slightly evil smiles). That being the case, it is up to us to contemplate, speculate, conjecture, and guess at what the video is trying to tell us. I’ve captured the most intriguing posts from the Dire Grove Speculation forum thread for you to take a look at. You’ll be interested to know I ran these by Studios and they looked a little nervous...keep the posts coming! tunaontoast on Nov 10, 09 1:03 PMOK, car in the video has a license plate which is...JXH2M6.....any suggestions ???? emmyjayne on Nov 10, 09 1:14 PMWhen the grad student is making her presentation it looks like the slide shown on the screen is a grave yard (with Celtic cross headstones). So I wonder if they open a crypt gate that let’s something evil out where it’s been buried...Read more

Developer Spotlight: Murder, She Wrote

Posted by Conor Murphy on November 12, 2009
Developer Spotlight: Murder, She Wrote

We’re happy to welcome Donald E. Marshall of Legacy Interactive as today’s guest blogger. Donald is acting as the Senior Producer for Murder, She Wrote, an upcoming release on Big Fish Games. When we saw the very first build we knew it was going to be an incredibly immersive and engaging Hidden Object game. Read more

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove Sizzle Reel Released

Posted by Conor Murphy on November 10, 2009

"In the Fall of 2009, four graduate students traveled to a small township near Blackpool, England. They were never heard from again." With these words we begin the latest journey in the Mystery Case Files series. The release of Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove is just around the corner and Big Fish Games’ Studios is proud to share the Dire Grove sizzle reel with you. Head over to the Official Mystery Case Files site to see the video and gain insight into where the Mystery Case Files series is going...or not... The video is likely as much of a surprise to you as it was to us. Big Fish Games’ Studios is never one to be redundant. Each new installment to the Mystery Case Files game series has taken the series to a new level. This was especially true with Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst. It appears Studios intends to the same with Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove. The sizzle reel clearly hints at the Mystery Case Files series heading in an interesting new direction by incorporating actual video footage into the game. As always, specific game details are under wraps at this point so we’re not entirely sure, but we’ll try to dig for more information regarding where and how this footage is woven into game play.Read more

Big Fish Games Gobbles Up Pac-Man

Posted by Conor Murphy on November 5, 2009

It isn't often we discuss game releases here in the blog, however, Pac-Man is no ordinary game release. Originally released in Japan on May 10, 1980, Pac-Man was the brain child of Namco's Toru Iwatani. He, along with a meager team of six would create what would become one of the most influential video games in history. The early success of Pac-Man was enough to interest arcade-game manufacturer Midway who purchased the rights to release the game in the United States later that year. Pac-Man would go on to generate over a billion dollars in revenue in the first year alone.

What set Pac-Man apart from other video games, however, was its ability to reach across gender lines. At the time, video game arcades were popping up in nearly every downtown district. On the shoulders of Asteroids, Space Invaders, Galaxian, and Defender, arcades were thriving due to the a steady stream of male gamers eager to do battle in outer space.

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Earn Free Games with…Novemberfest!

Posted by Conor Murphy on November 3, 2009

Back by popular demand - it’s October...uh, Novemberfest!

October may be gone but the free games go on. And we’ve made one important change: this time, if you buy 6 games during the month, you’ll still earn one credit for a free game. But, if you purchase 9 games during November, you’ll earn a second free credit!

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Gagnez des jeux gratuits grâce au Festival de Novembre !

Posted by Conor Murphy on November 3, 2009

Suite à la demande générale, le festival d’Oct...euh, Novembre continue !

Octobre est terminé mais la fête continue avec encore plus de jeux gratuits ! Nous avons fait d’importants changements : cette fois, si vous achetez 6 jeux pendant le mois, vous gagnez toujours un jeu gratuit, mais si vous achetez 9 jeux au cours du mois de novembre, vous gagnerez un second jeu gratuit !

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Erhalte Gratis-Spiele durch die Novemberfest-Aktion!

Posted by Conor Murphy on November 3, 2009

Da sich unsere Oktoberfest-Aktion großer Beliebtheit erfreut hat, bieten wir Dir nun das Novemberfest an!

Der Oktober ist zwar vorbei, aber nicht die Zeit der Gratis-Spiele. Und es gibt eine wichtige Änderung. Du erhältst weiterhin ein Gratis-Spiel, wenn Du innerhalb des Monats 6 Spiele kaufst. Solltest Du jedoch im November 9 Spiele kaufen, bekommst Du ein zweites Gratis-Spiel!

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¡Gana juegos gratis con el Festival de Noviembre!

Posted by Conor Murphy on November 3, 2009

¡Celebra con nosotros el Festival de Noviembre!

Durante el mes de Noviembre, si compras 6 juegos, ganas un juego gratis de tu elección. Pero, ¡aún hay más! Si compras 9 juegos en Noviembre, ¡consigues un segundo juego gratis!

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove Announced!

Posted by Conor Murphy on October 30, 2009

Big Fish Games Studios is proud to announce the release of Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove! Details are slim at this point, but the first image from the game has taken over the front page of the Mystery Case Files Fan Page. We were able to get our hands on the raw image from Studios …Read more