Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst ?
Adventure game in Ravenhearst
First of all, this was an adventure game which I liked it. I liked the souls that was like really coming towards me. I liked the visual and it was a sad sound too. The puzzles were challenging but they were fun to solve. So, it was overall a good adventure game.
May 27, 2013
(back to Blackpool O.O)
This must be the BEST of the Ravenhearst collection so far.
Most of the scenes are just beautiful! And the story, tragical and sad, wraps around you until the end of the game, with a haunting soundtrack that you cannot get tired of.
Also, good puzzles and hidden objects scenes will take your full attention and skills.
Big Fish had a major leap of quality, though the 1st was nice.
The worst (!) about it: these games end so fast! I mean, you're playing, you complete the game and the last scenes of the story are just... so short... T.T
That's why it doesn't take the 5 stars.
March 16, 2013
this game is great and fun to play i would recommend this game to a friend
February 14, 2013
One of my most favorite games!
I loved this game! The other MCF games before this one I found a little boring because there were only hidden objects and puzzles, but this one doesn't. I love the story behind this game, and I love how they put actual people in the game. I would totally recommend this to a friend.
February 7, 2013
More HOG than I liked
I tolerate HOG rather than enjoy them to be honest- thre is a fine line for me between tolerable and too many- there were definitely more than I enjoy in this game BUT I njoyed it nonetheless- great story, spooky setting and challenging game play
Another thumbs up for MCF!!!!
December 2, 2012
A good Mystery
I did like this game it was haunting and fun with good adventure, but I thought some of the mini games were too tough and I hate skipping games. Same with their other game Dire Grove. Needed to be a bit easier to really have fun with these games. I don't like going through walkthroughs. I know it is easier to give rave reviews when you like a game, but I know two other people who felt the same way with these games. Great mysteries just make the mini games not so hard and more fun.
October 1, 2012
What a difference!
I was seriously disappointed by the first game in this series but decided to finish it after all because I was intrigued by the reviews for "Return..." and Escape..." - and needless to say it's important to the storyline, which is interesting.
"Return to Ravenhearst" is definitely an improvement over the first. The music is great, the graphics are very good and very creepy - the bugs actually gave me chills!
August 22, 2012
This was an overall good HOS game. Nice mix of puzzles and HOS's. Both the HOS's and the puzzles were mostly pretty challenging. Interesting (though sometimes goulish) story line.
The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because there was absolutely no clue what you were supposed to do on some of the puzzles. I don't want hints to solve but I do want at least a hint of what is supposed to be done to solve it. Also, there was only one puzzle that I can think of that had a reset, so by the time you figured out what you were supposed to do, you had messed the puzzle up so bad it was too frustrating to get it back to a solvable state.
July 26, 2012
I'm so glad that the 2nd part is better than the previous. I loved it and it was challenging too. The storyline was excellent and touching.
May 31, 2012
Challenging and frustrating - A guy's review
*review based on completing the full game*
When this game came out I'm sure it was way ahead of its time and probably the best around. That was back in 2008. Now we've reached 2012 and there has been many similar games released over the years. Many, which I find better, but that probably got some ideas from this.
Now, I firmly believe that this game has meant a lot to a lot of casual gamers, and I think that is why this has such a high rating, because in no way can I find a reason to give this 5 stars today in 2012. Maybe I would if I played it back in 2008.
The graphics are good, especially considering the age, but is at times a bit grainy, especially in the HO scenes. It uses real actors as opposed to animated, and they stick out a bit and could have been integrated a bit better. Reminded me quite a bit about 7th Guest. The HO scenes are clutter scenes, and I found them a bit overcrowded, and some quite dark. Since it is also grainy it might be hard for some to find all objects. Some of them are really well hidden into the scenery.
The music and sound effects are very well done, though sometimes a bit dramatic. I ended up turning the music down as it got a bit annoying at times (not meaning bad, just personal preference). Voice-overs in this game is impressive.
The storyline is quite interesting, especially as it continues on the story from the first Ravenhearst game. It's an engaging story that keeps you interested.
When it comes to the game mechanics, there is a lot of things that could have been better. The lack of any directions at all made it totally frustrating at times. You are left to figure out where to go, what to do with what and so forth, with no guidance from the game but very subtle hints. I like a challenge, don't get me wrong, but there are limits to how subtle one needs to be. I did only get totally stuck once, where I had to assort to a walkthrough to figure out what to do next, but I spent lots of time running back and forth trying "everything" "everywhere". This game is not for beginners of the genre, that much is certain.
The hint button works well in HO scenes, but is mostly useless outside of them. You move an item to the "crime computer" and it shows you a picture of where to use it, even if you haven't reached that scene or not. I tried it once, and got more confused after the hint, than what I was before. The hint function never gives you objectives or directions, neither does it show if there is anything to do in the scene you are in. It also recharges slowly, but that I think is a good thing.
The puzzles in this game are some of the best I've come across. I think this developer has some of the most creative, original and challenging puzzles out there. You might spend quite a while trying to solve a few of them. Only one I disliked was a "whack-a-mole" type game that you had to be very quick and "on-target" with the mouse.
There is only one level of difficulty, and that is rather difficult. There are sparkles on active HO scenes, and also in other areas where you can interact, and as mentioned before, the hint button recharges rather slowly.
I recommend this game to HOG fans that like a challenging experience, and to fans of the MCF series. It is somewhat creepy and gloomy, but not too scary. Just be prepared to be frustrated at times.
I could not decide whether to give this game a 3 or a 4 star rating, but seeing that it was a bit overrated from before I ended up giving it 3. But I would still recommend it.
For the guys:
I don't think there is a gender bias here at all. The character you are playing is only referred to as "you". The story suits both genders, but should probably kept clear from the youngest players.
Beware if you are a beginner at games like this.
May 29, 2012