Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects ?
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
Surprisingly good for an old game
The hidden object scenes are ugly junk piles with many nonsensical objects in nonsensical locations. You end up playing some scenes again several times and objects are always in the same locations. Some of the scenes are in the dark or behind a wall, meaning that you get a flashlight/X-Ray machine that lets you inspect only a small round area of the scene around your mouse. There is no adventure game element at all (no inventory items). There are only 3 simple, repetitive minigames and the majority of the game play is hidden object scene after hidden object scene. Each level is timed and the timer is NOT generous, and running out of time means playing the entire level again, which could mean replaying 6-8 hidden object scenes. You get only four hints per level and they don't recharge.
And yet... despite all of the above, the game is still strangely fun! Playing the same scenes over is actually not that bad because as you get familiar with the scenes you can complete them more quickly (essential for later levels). There are case files for each suspect and they're all pretty funny; the game overall has a great sense of humour. The map is well done and it's fun to unlock new locations.
If you really like playing hidden object scenes and don't want to deal with getting/using inventory items or doing puzzles, and don't mind the issues I've listed above, check this one out. I think most wouldn't fit into this description, so that's why I don't recommend the game although I found it fun.
April 5, 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
Fun and brain teaser game!
Try not to reveal details that would spoil a game's plot or story for someone who hasn't played it yet.
January 8, 2012
Time is taking its toll
I love classic HOP games and I've recently been playing the older ones. This one is very fun but its age is beginning to show in the form of somewhat grainy, dark, and stretched graphics. The graphics didn't stop me from enjoying the game but they aren't standing up as well as many of the older games have. Even Huntsville, the game which precedes this one in the Mystery Case File series, looks a bit better on the screen in my opinion.
The game consists of multiple rounds where you do several HOS followed by a puzzle. Each round is timed and you have a few hints you can use during the HOS. If you use up your hints on one HO in a round you will not receive more when you move on to another HO in that round. Some of the HOS require a flashlight or x-ray device which means you view an obscured scene through a lens that only reveals a small portion of the scene at a time. In order to use the flashlight or x-ray device you must first find the battery which is hidden in one of the other HOS in that round.
The puzzles consist of word finds, Concentration-like match games, and tile-swapping picture puzzles. Between the HOS and puzzles you learn about different characters all of whom are suspected of having stolen a diamond from a museum. The information is presented with clever tongue in cheek humor.
This isn't a game for people who don't like HOS and even some who really love HOS might find the graphic quality off-putting. For the true HOP lover though it's still a very fun game.
July 28, 2014
back in time
I first played this game around 2007 and it was fun. I have since played innumerable hidden object games that have become darker and lost the flavour of simple hidden object games. I came back to this one, 2014, just for fun and I love the simplicity of it. Can you please present more games like this in the simplicity without the difficulty and hence frustration of the newer games.
January 27, 2014
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