Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects ?
Fun and brain teaser game!
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January 8, 2012
Game has its ups and downs
Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects comes before the Madame Fate game in the same series. They are similar in many respects, especially the humor. You have to solve a crime and find the missing diamond by checking out various suspects. I think the game designers listened very carefully when people reviewed this game and used the ideas to make improvements for the Madame Fate game. If I could have, I would have given this game 3 and a half stars rather than 4. But it's definitely higher than a 3. This game only has 4 hints, and you have less time to solve each level, which to me increases the pressure and makes it a little less enjoyable. For each suspect there are between 5-8 scenes in which to find hidden objects. Some are dark and require you to find a battery in one of the other scenes. You're basically looking at the same scenes several times, but I guess this is important, because as you progress in the game, there are more scenes and a shorter time. So if you remember where objects are, it's really helpful. This game has less variety than Madame Fate, but it's still fun to play. There are no morphing objects. You can't skip puzzles at the end of each level, but the puzzles are easy. In Madame Fate, you are rewarded if you find two objects in a row quickly. In this game, you have to click on one object, then wait until it's taken off your list before you can click on anything else. Some of the art work is kind of messy which makes objects hard to find. Some objects are very tiny, very dark, or on the very edge of the screen. At the end of the game there is a pretty difficult puzzle to solve. I went to this game's page on the Big Fish website and checked on the forum. There's an explanation for how to solve the puzzle on the forum. Basically I think this is a good game to buy in spite of the problems I discussed. It's not perfect, but it's still fun to play.
July 26, 2013
Over 10 hours of game play. Follows the Huntsville format. For each of 20 suspects, search quite a few HOS followed by a puzzle. The search for each suspect is timed and you will usually have to find a battery so that you can use the flashlight to search the darkened scenes (1 to 4 per suspect). After searching for clues for each suspect, you are given a short summary of the suspect?s innocence or possible guilt ? but it flashes too fast. Another irritation is that you cannot just click on successive objects from the list ? you must wait a short time in between clicks. Good value for the money.
January 23, 2013
My second HOG and My second MCF
After I had played Huntsville, I went looking for a second HOG game and Prime Suspect held up very well. There are quirky characters, reasonable HOS and actually a loose story line. This is an early HOG, but I do recommend it as fun even today.
January 15, 2013
My first Mystery Case Files was Dire Grove and this one is really lame in comparison. The hidden object scenes are too cluttered. The puzzles are good but I guess I need a story line that is more interesting than this simplistic "eliminate the suspect by first finding a bunch of stuff and doing a puzzle".
January 12, 2012
An older game that holds up well but has some annoying bits.
The MCF series seems to have peaked with Dire Grove and has gone steadily downhill since then, according to the general reviews of the later games. With that said, I wanted to go back in time and play the earlier games to see how they looked with the technology that was available at the time. Madame Fate and the Ravenhearst games were known for their junkpile HO scenes and Prime Suspects is no better, but it would be unfair for me to compare it to the later games since those ARE expected to get better with time and the advanced technology. What I didn't like here was the timed feature of Prime Suspects, as I find it too stressful to be fun and I play for relaxation and the ability to observe the entire landscape at my leisure. I tend to appreciate games more when I can just sit and gaze at the beauty and talent that went into each scene and I couldn't do that with this game. It was just hurry and try to find each item as quickly as I can and I hated that. In addition, I detested the flashlight aspect to finding hidden objects. I found it to be not challenging but absurd. I like to read the entire word list first and then scan the picture as a whole. That way, I come across the items in a more natural way and I find that to be much more fun than trying to find a single item within a small circle of light. The puzzle at the end of each suspect's investigation was repetitious so it became tedious quite quickly. And the hints were limited so you really had to plan when you thought you REALLY needed to use one! It just took too much of the fun away for me. In that respect, I'm spoiled by the newer games that have hints that refill after a time. I just knew that I'd never play this game again since I own so many others that I enjoy more and that I've replayed often.
My review of Prime Suspects was based on the hour demo. Judging by some other reviews here, the demo is representative of how the remainder of the game plays out. I couldn't wait for the demo to be over so it's obviously a no buy for me, but I can't in good conscience give it a thumbs down for others to enjoy. Prime Suspects came early in the series and many people obviously are still playing it and love it. And for those who love the series as a whole and want the entire collection, by all means get this one too! MCF has been one of the more successful and innovative series in computer gaming and it's interesting to see how the games have progressed over the years. It's just not for me but I'll still recommend it for those who fancy it.
January 29, 2013
An OK Game
This game was pretty much like all the other MCF games. It was good once you got going
No nonsese approach
Almost exactly like Huntsville
The puzzle minigame at the end
Some were prime suspects some weren't
Fairly good ammount of time to solve the cases
Some objects were a little hard to find
The Flashlight and X-ray thing. I hated having to find a battery to use on the scenes. And even when you did, you had to drag the mouse along
Some objects were way too hard to find
Overall, I would reccomend this game, but play Huntsville first.
May 11, 2012
After playing the first MCF, I was skeptical about playing anymore of the series. I bought the whole series two months ago. I am consistent and want to play in order. This was slightly better than Huntsville. There was more variety in this game, but some items are hard to find. Finding items with a flashlight or sleuth tool makes the game more challenging. You can easily miss items and want to "pull your hair out" most of the time. I keep reading the games are better. I want to like MCF, but so far this receives a subpar rating.
September 10, 2013
It was a suspicious game
Well, Huntsville was boring but prime suspects was better than Huntsville. It is because prime suspects had hidden object scene plus we needed x-ray device to find some of the hidden object scenes. Also there were three types of puzzles at the crime computer after each suspect's location. It was overall a good and suspicious game.
May 12, 2013
Dull as dishwater.
I absolutely love Mystery Case files games.. I have them all so on the sale day I bought this old game thinking it must be good as I love all the others.. WRONG!
It generally is just Hidden Object scenes with junk pile basic search.. some are flashlight in the dark (very annoying) and some are simple junk pile. The hidden objects can be challenging but it is the repetition I found tedious.
You go back to the same scene at least 10 times and re-search.. after finding about 30-40 items you then get to do either a match two cards game or wordsearch or jumbled picture puzzle.. none are challenging and it gets very boring after a while.
I think because it is an old game, "of its time" it was a great game but now with all the other choices and stories and challenges put into IHOG and HOG this one is really dated.
GIVE IT A MISS and try all the other FANTASTIC MCF games.
December 4, 2011