Mystery Case Files®: Shadow Lake Collector's Edition

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$ 19.99 USD

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Uncover the evil legend that haunts a forgotten town in Mystery Case Files®: Shadow Lake! In 1973, something wicked took over the town of Bitterford, Maine, after an unsuspecting inmate unearthed a mysterious object from beneath the prison floor.

Years later, Bitterford lies in ruin. You must join forces with psychic Cassandra Williams, played by award-winning actress Lea Thompson, to investigate the events that led to the town's destruction.

Only you can expose the evil that lurks in the depths of Shadow Lake. But beware... What you discover may haunt you forever.

This is a special Collector's Edition release full of exclusive extras you won't find in the standard version. As a bonus, Collector's Edition purchases count toward three stamps on your Monthly Game Club Punch Card!

The Collector's Edition includes:

  • Exclusive bonus gameplay
  • Unlockable Morphing Objects
  • Beautiful screensavers & wallpapers
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes video
  • Dynamic casebook and integrated Strategy Guide
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Game System Requirements:
  • OS: 10.8/10.7/10.6
  • CPU: 1.8 GHz (INTEL ONLY)
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • Hard Drive: 1517 MB
Game Manager System Requirements:
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Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake Collector's Edition 2.6 5 815 815
Loved the new format! I'm a die-hard MCF player; I've played all the games and I will be honest, I didn?t like every one. This one was different from the start, and I'm talking more than the live action scenes. First, let me say that I purchased the CE and I?ve finished it and the bonus material in about 10 hrs (there was a lot of stopping and starting around Thanksgiving, guests, and family time#. I also played the game on the harder level. I?m sad to say, there were a couple times I used the strategy guide and when that didn?t work, I went to the forums. The Strategy Guide: BFG and MCF created a strategy guide that was smart enough to know what task you were trying to complete and what needed to be done to continue the game. This was a great thing! I hated going through a strategy guide reading headings and trying not to read anything that I had not yet come to. The negative to this wonderful new system was the inability to flip back or search ? there were no ?pages,? just the information for your current task. The first time I needed the strategy guide was during a hidden object scene. I could not find the object and could not get the HINT or Guide to help me. I went to the forums. The second time was during a seek-and-find picture match. The guide was spot on, but I?m not sure if that was by chance or if the guide knew I was in the right area what I needed to see. I?m trying not to give spoilers, so I can?t be more specific ? sorry. The Hidden Object Scenes: Instead of the standard ?click on the sparkles and go through the junk heap? MCF: Shadow Lake did something really cool! You had to look for items that could be anywhere within a designated area. For instance: you have 10 items, they could be in the room you are currently in #room 1#, the next room #room 2#, or the room after that #room 3#. If you step back out of the scene that triggered the HOS, then the list disappears. Or if you go through the first three rooms and into a fourth room; the list will disappear indicating that nothing on the list is in your current location. If you have a current list and come across the ?junk drawer? something really neat happens. The ?junk drawer? will not close until all the objects from your list located in the junk drawer are found!! This makes it nice when you think you found everything, but missed that one little just barely visible pesky object in the corner. Now if BFG and MCF would make the HOS where you find things that are actually useful instead of the standard ?ball of string? or ?chewed gum wad? things would be stellar :-# Morphing Objects: Part of the CE is an extra chapter with Morphing Objects #aka Chapter 11 in the Strategy Guide ? had to use the forums for this one too#. I?m not sure who told MCF that their morphing objects were too easy to find, but that person needs to bite into a sour lemon. Thirty minutes of my 10 hours of game play was tracking down the last three morphing objects. Some were super easy #and MCF standards#, but there were some that were very clever, and some that were just down right spiteful to find :-# Once found though, you get a glimmer of something I?m hoping is the next game #please, please, please let it be the next game!!!# Mini games: Nothing really new, but that?s not necessarily a bad thing. There were a couple chance games, some good-old favorites, and some really annoying ?OMG I have to do this AGAIN?!?? puzzles. Think of the diary pictures in the first Ravenhurst ? it was neat the first couple you did, but by the end you were happy to see them go. With MCF: SL, the plus side is nowhere near the number of this type of puzzle like the number of diary puzzles from Ravenhurst, and these puzzles change up slightly so it?s not as tedious as the diary puzzles, either. There were a couple ?jump out and scream? scenes, and yes, I jumped and squeaked. The story was easy to follow and logically sequenced. A few parts towards the end seemed to be a bit rushed, but it was still good. BFG/ MCF did a great job with the live action over computer graphics. Some of the acting was cheesy, but it?s difficult to have a one-sided dialog and they did better than they have in the past! #maybe because they got real actors and not people from the local college drama club?) The only down side, was the challenge. Again, I?ve played all the MCF for PC, Wii, and DS, all the Nancy Drew games, and some other HOG/ puzzle games. There isn?t much that is new out there, and if they make the games to my puzzle level, not many people would play. I already play on the hardest levels and rarely use hints. If you, too, play a number of these games, MCF: SL will be fun and worth the time, but will not leave you with the awesome pat-on-the-back feeling from solving a never seen before puzzle. If BFG/ MCF reads this, I would love to see more of the non-junk pile HOS! I would love to see a tighter restraint on inventory objects #like only picking up an object AFTER you see you need one and remembering where it was you might have seen it). I would like a looser restraint on the USE of inventory objects #or a really good explanation why I cant use the rock in my inventory to break the window to get into someplace I shouldn?t be in the first place and not waste time looking for a key. The town is probably deserted and looted and no one would notice one extra broken window. LOL). And although difficult at times, I loved the morphing objects, so please keep those coming!! November 24, 2012
Great Game again from Mystery Case Files I did not know what to expect after reading the other reviews of this game, many of them were less then complimentary. However, because I love this series so much I went ahead and tried it out. It is just as good as any of the other Mystery Case Files games which are my favorite games from Big fish. The storyline is funny and keeps up the pace, it has new puzzles as well as a solid story line. I do agree that there are few actors or actresses that could top the performance the Shakespearean actor gave in Escape from Ravenhurst but I think the actress, Lea Thompson, did fine. I enjoyed this game immensely and look forward to more form this crew! I hope they keep innovating and changing up their puzzles as they did in this game from a puzzle where you develop pictures to HOS scenes in different rooms ,this game was definitely worth the cash. I do have one wish, and that is for both more beyond objects and a return of the bad guy and a continuation of the storyline from the Ravenhurst games. Good job guys keep up the good work, I hope more games follow your lead. November 22, 2012
Thumbs Up! My wife and I played the game for two hours and are thoroughly enjoying it! The graphics are spectacular, the sound EFX, voice overs, acting are just perfect. It has a nice vibe of campy humor completely in line with all of the newer MCF games. What I love about the MCF games is the superb attention to detail and the over-all quality of construction, surprises, story line and composition?So far this game has all of the elements that I have found enjoyable in the MCF games. If BFG gamers want something more complex, I would suggest the Myst series. After having completed all five Myst series games, it?s is very relaxing to play games such as Shadow Lake that have a real life logic to the story lines and puzzles and offer a comparable level of detail and quality. I would definitely recommend this game! November 22, 2012
Five out of Five STARS!!! I loved this game and all of the MCF! November 21, 2012
Soooo happy to have MCF back! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, big fish games! Loved the game, and couldn't belive you got Lea Thompson to play a psychic! I've read all the other reviews, and I honestly don't know why everyone is dissing this game. I have not enjoyed a game so much since the very first MCF. If only all games could be this much fun! Game play was a nice balance between being too easy and too hard. Loved the interaction with Lea Thomspon, of course. All the actors did a great job. The only thing i didn't like were the Cassandra trances where you had to fit the uncooperative blocks together. To me, this slowed down the game play, but it is a very minor detail in an otherwise great, enjoyable game. November 25, 2012
One of my favs I don't know what all the fuss is about, I loved this game. The puzzles weren't too challenging, I could actually do them all, including floating pictures. I finished demo in 45 mins. and was a little hesitant, but I love Mystery Case Files so bought anyway. I was so glad I did. Definately one of my favs and will play over and over. November 24, 2012
I guess I'm not as hardcore a player because I enjoyed it. Unlike a lot of the comments I see here I really enjoyed the game. I took my time to really look around and find the morphing objects as well as take in the scenery.I thought the story line was interesting. I liked the actors. I also found it humorous and fun in some areas. I actually thought some of the games were quite challenging but not frustrating.The only downside was I didn't like putting the puzzle together when she was doing her psychic reading. I haven't found all the morphing objects yet but I like that I can go back in and keep looking. Plus I was able to get two CE games for half price. I read if you find all the morphing objects the mask gives you a ticket to preview the next game in the Madam Fate series. November 23, 2012
MCF: Shadow Lake Superb Game! The story and graphics were outstanding! I loved the "floating" picture puzzles. This was a new addition and it is great! I can't say enough about how wonderful this game is. RJohn November 22, 2012
love hidden object games I have always loved the mystery case files games and own just about all of them and now I'm adding this to my collection. As I go further into the game the challenges become intense that it sometimes takes me a bit longer to figure them out.. please keep on creating new and more challenging mystery case file games. November 22, 2012
Awesome This is the best game I have ever played! Its got the best graphics and story line only one problem I can't find a game as fun as this one! December 28, 2012
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