Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects ?
Prime Suspects was a pretty good game. The Hidden Object Scenes were very pretty fun HOWEVER the ones with the Flashlights, or the X-Ray Device are very annoying. The X-Ray is creative, but it is annoying. Other than that the game was pretty fun. There were plenty of strange and sometimes funny characters and the variety was pretty big.
-Most of the Hidden Object Scenes
-The Number of Hints Increased
-The Wide Variety of Characters
-2/3 Minigames At The End (I thought the Crossword one was pretty fun)
-Scenes involving the X-Ray Device or the Flashlight
-The Matching Game Mini-Game
February 7, 2012
fun old game
I liked it like all the others. Older game that is pretty much HOS. No real adventure but just fun finding thing.
May 10, 2013
Why is this so highly rated?? It's just HO's! Simple, basic, back-to-back HO's!
March 6, 2013
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
Early MCF, liked, good fun
This release was not a disappointment, another good MCF block on the pyramid making me a loyal fan.
January 1, 2012
I finally finished this last of the first three Mystery Case Files games, all of which I purchased on an impulse in a bundle sale, and made myself play as punishment. I guess I thought they were all like Fairing Point. No impulse purchase ever again.
This game, like the two previous games, is a pure hidden object game, with an occasional minigame thrown in. No real story, no real investigation, just a bunch of (admittedly funny) vignettes presented in the journal, and thereafter forgotten, drowned out by the numerous HO scenes. The HO sequence at the end was particularly mind-numbing as I had to seek a single object hidden in one of about 15 HO scenes.
Big Fish, thanks for the lesson. Now I buy nothing without playing the demos.
May 20, 2013
mystery case files
the game is boring and does not present a challenge. i wish i had not bought it. what a waste of money.
May 3, 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
I love this series of games.
This edition of MCF is a great game for intermediate players. It has mostly HOGs with puzzles between chapters. Fun storyline and interesting characters.
February 13, 2012
It's very much like the first one "Huntsville" with a few new mini games. The characters are just as cool as the last ones.
Great Game must try get hooked
February 8, 2013