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Daily Magic Productions proudly presents a brand new story in Cursed Cases! Emmett Maybard has been murdered in his sprawling mansion, and it looks like he's not the only family member the killer's after! News of your supernatural abilities has spread, and you've been called in to investigate the case. Can you uncover the murderer before it's too late, or will you be next? Find out in this spine-tingling hidden object puzzle adventure!

  • Develop your investigative powers in the bonus chapter!
  • Consult the helpful strategy guide.
  • Test your skills with challenging Match-3 gameplay.
  • Uncover helpful case file cards for your collection.
  • Enjoy concept art, wallpapers, soundtrack, and more!

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  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 2.5 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 1026 MB

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Cursed Cases: Murder at the Maybard Estate Collector's Edition 3.4 5 32 32
Very Clever Indeed! Based on the demo, I will be purchasing this game. I can't remember the last game I found this exciting! Winning combination of a murder mystery/supernatural combo. You play as a detective with special powers that allow you to find extra clues hidden within scenes and objects. The storyline really excels here, making excellent use of deductive reasoning within the game. The graphics and sounds are topnotch, the puzzles are unique and challenging, and the story is intriguing. Any whodunnit fan will find this mesmerizing! That is my preferred genre, over the evil, dark games sometimes featured, and I would say that this is in the top of its class. I really found myself trying to work out the story to figure out who the killer is, making judgements about each character's alibi and, at the end of the demo actually gasped out loud! Couldn't believe I had already played for an hour and was absolutely hooked! July 11, 2016
I don't understand.... some of the lackluster reviews that this game is receiving, as I am finding the game thoroughly entertaining. The "gimmick" which some folks in their reviews are referring to is of such brief duration that in my opinion it does not detract from the game much if at all. I have played this game for several hours today and am finding that it is also of a good length. The mini-games have been fun and I have only had to skip a couple of them so far - I enjoy mini-games, but sometimes I get frustrated with them if they seem too obtuse, which is not the case here. The game also has an interesting story which I am actually enjoying, and wanting to know how it all turns out is also a factor in my interest being maintained throughout the game. All in all, I think this is an excellent offering on the part of this developer. I think it is actually a better game than some of the more recent offerings which have received higher ratings. So, I encourage you to give the game a try and see what you think. You can choose to play a male or a female character, although there is no voiceover for you, the detective. I do think that if there had been a spoken voice for your character that it would have made the game even more compelling, but that is a minor complaint/observation. All in all, it's a fine game, and I will look forward to the next installment of Cursed Cases. July 17, 2016
~~~~This is a murder mystery you don't want to miss!~~~~ Wow! Daily Magic Productions, the creative minds behind Dark Dimensions and Sable Maze, delivers another high-quality HOPA series. This time, as a top detective, it's up to you to solve the strange murder case of the Maybard family? Yes, Emmett Maybard has been murdered. Your powers of investigation include Aura powers of deduction which gives you the ability to see ghosts. You also must dust inventory items to collect fingerprints to eliminate a whole host of potential suspects....Who actually did kill Emmett? Was it.. Grace Maybard (the wife) Charles Maybard (the brother) Rutherford (the butler) Beth Dwyer (the Nanny) Dahlia Maybard (the daughter) Isobel (Emmett's lover) Sophia Maybard (the sister) Fredrick Llang (business associate) Bartholomew Murphy (the family lawyer) All of the suspects are really interesting characters. It's story is incredible; a suicide, a bloody hammer, a business deal that results in bankruptcy, a family member who walks in their sleep, and the last will and testament of Emmett Maybard!!! The developers have created a thrilling journey that is extremely engaging and impossible to predict. I give Cursed Cases the highest rating based only on this adventure and not comparing it to their other releases or developers of similar games. This was a must purchase for me and I hope more editions of this series come to Bigfish! July 11, 2016
Liked it so much I played it twice This game has a great murder mystery plot with lots of twists and turns. It seems that nearly everyone has a motive while the culprit is slowly revealed. The only draw back to the story is that the detective communicates with ghosts, so that took the story down a notch for me. The puzzles, both HOGs and mini games are very doable and some were actually fun. The art is very nice with no dark and dreary scenes dripping with death and decay. It takes place inside a mansion and most scenes have a cozy pleasant feel. Some of the voice overs were a little saccharine but that was easily skipped. It's rare that I like a game enough to play it twice but this was worth it. Bring on Cursed Cases 2. July 23, 2016
Excellent Hidden Object Game This game had me when I played the demo, in fact I emailed BF to inquire when it would be released. So, I have been anxiously awaiting the release and much to my delight it was and I purchased it right away. I have just finished this game and I really liked how immersed I got. I cannot find anything negative about this game, it is quality all the way Thank you BF, it is a pleasure to play and enjoy. July 28, 2016
AN AWARD WIINNING WHODUNIT! ONE OF THE BEST OF THE YEAR! 6 CHAPTERS PLUS A BONUS CHAPTER. BASED ON THE DEMO PLUS CHAPTER 3 OVERVIEW: Who killed Emmett Maybard? As a detective with the ability to see ghosts, you are off to solve a murder case. I LOVE this OUTSTANDING 5-STAR PLUS supernatural mystery. Be prepared! This is a LONG game as well. To me, this is one the best for Daily Magic and also on my list for one of the best games of the year. The game script is superb and very well-written. I am still trying to figure out who killed this man and I am accustomed to solving these fairly quickly. The graphics are a beautiful representation of the Victorian era with realistic looking characters. The HOP scenes and puzzles show a major improvement from previous games by this developer. You receive a monocle which you will use to test your psychic ability to ferret out clues in the case. You also collect morphing cards of the characters from the game and there are quite a few achievements. In this game you will be able to choose the gender of the detective. I used to hate this developer?s game; however, they are definitely ?in it to win it? with this game. And the best thing about this game - there are also no ?helpers? (animal, human or ghostly) to help in solving this mystery. STORY: In trying to solve the murder of Emmett Maybard, you will be investigating a host of suspects (all of which would have ample motive) and use a series of investigative techniques to do so. It seems someone is poisoning members of the family. And, as in most murder mysteries, you can never trust your family and friends! As a detective with the ability to see ghosts, you will have an advantage other detectives do not have! It is apparent that the murderer is in the mansion and seems to want to get rid of you as well. As the will is read, it will become apparent that some may have had a financial stake in seeing the demise of Emmett. And as the old saying goes ? follow the money ? and this case will be no different! HOP SCENES: You have the option to play a Match-3 game in lieu of the scene. In the demo there are a couple of multiple-step ones which are creatively designed. One of them involves locating five of two items followed by a list of items. The other is a combination of locating and replacing items into four silhouettes which opens up a list of items to locate. We have seen this format before; however, to the credit of this developer, they have provided a few ?twists? in presenting these HOP scenes. AFTER THE DEMO: The HOP scenes have exactly the same format as the demo. PUZZLES: One of your tricks of the trade will be a monocle which you will use to investigate people and scenes looking for clues. Yes, it is a gimmick, however it fits well into the game. The puzzles range in difficulty from extremely easy to difficult. To me, this is a vast improvement in the puzzles from the developer, which in the past were all very easy. There are the usual array of puzzles including a couple of moving tiles puzzles, matching puzzles, gear puzzles, rotating rings puzzles, and an assembly puzzle. AFTER THE DEMO: After the demo I found two which are somewhat challenging. They are varied as well in design. They include a sliding tiles puzzle, a matching puzzle, an awesome lockpick puzzle which is slightly difficult and a moving tiles puzzle which is difficult. LEVELS: Casual, Advanced, Hard, Custom You have the choice to play a male or a female in the game. Hints and Skips: 1 to 100 seconds EXTRAS: Map is provided as you play the game Fingerprinting kit to collect fingerprints Monocle which allows you to collect clues from the murder victims 26 Achievements Collect 13 morphing cards of the game characters Strategy guide - 61 pages 10 Concept Art, 6 Wallpapers, Music, Replay of Match-3 game HERE ARE THE DETAILS (SPOILERS) FOR THOSE WANT MORE INFORMATION ON THE HOP SCENES AND MINI-PUZZLES IN SEQUENCE HOP SCENES: You have the option to play a thematic Match-3 game instead A. Silhouette. Search for items in a solarium to get an inventory item from a dog. B. Matching. Match up bottles by pairs to remove them to get an inventory item. C. Multiple-step. (1) Collect 5 of two items. (2) List of items D. Multiple step: Silhouette. Locate 4 items which open up a list of items to locate. Some of the items provide keys to access the other two items. AFTER THE Demo E. Mini-HOP scene. Locate picture fragments. F. Multiple-step. Multiple-step. (1) Collect 5 of two items. (2) List of items G. Mini-HOP scene. Another puzzle in which you locate picture fragments. H. Multiple step. Silhouette. Locate 4 items which open up a list of items to locate. Some of the items provide keys to access the other two items. PUZZLES: Puzzle Rating: (1) Extremely easy 2) Easy (3) A little difficult or time consuming (4) Moderately difficult (5) Difficult A. Throughout the game use a monocle to search for clues in the case. Rating: 2 B. Moving tiles puzzle. Move diamond shaped tiles into position to recreate a family picture. There are arrows along the sides to move the tiles into proper position. Rating: 2 C. Moving tiles puzzle. Rotate and move tiles to recreate a family crest on a chest. There are four buttons involved in rotating the moving the tiles. Rating: 3 D. Matching puzzle. As you climb up a tree (1) Match up 3 pairs. (2) Then 4 pairs (3) Then 5 pairs. Rating: 1 E. Rotating rings puzzle. Rotate three rings so they align with silver clasps. Rating 1 F. Checkers puzzle. Jump checker pieces to remove them from a checkers board. Rating: 2 G. Matching puzzle. Move 4 sets of gear strings to match the positioning on a diagram. You will move an entire string of gears not just one by one. Rating: 2 H. Spot the difference. Looking through a lab window, find the differences between two scenes. Rating: 1 I. Assembly/moving puzzle. Place pictures from a family tree into correct position according to the shape of the picture. You will rotate the pictures in to position using 5 buttons to rotate the pictures. Rating: 3 J. Gears puzzle. Move gears into correct position to open a lock. Rating: 2 AFTER THE DEMO: K. Sliding tiles puzzle. Slide tiles to recreate a picture. Rating: 3 L. Matching puzzle. Place portraits into correct position on a wall Rating: 1 M. Lockpick puzzle. Slide lockpicks and tumblers in correct order to open a door. Rating: 3 N. Sliding tiles puzzle. Press button along the outside of a picture to move four stones into positions. Rating: 4 July 9, 2016
Welcome To The Deadly Maybard Estate! Emmett Maybard has been murdered and his killer is still on the loose! It's been two weeks since his murder and Emmett's sister Sophia has hired you to investigate because of your unique psychic ability to see past events and even people who have passed. The killer isn't done yet however, because one by one, he has been trying to poison Emmett's family and friends. Could the murders have anything to do with his current will? I'm on the fence with this new production, it clearly has potential but lacks a wow factor in my opinion. By the end of the demo, I found the tasks to be a bit dull and repetitious, leading me to believe that after the demo, the game could become stagnant and trite. The graphics are decent, the voiceovers are well done, but the people and animals move sideways and jilted, I'd rather they not show the movement at all rather than watch them move awkwardly and unrealistically. Because you are psychic, you will use your Aura ability frequently which requires you to find two or three "clues" by searching for evidence with a magnifying glass until you find an area with a shaded blue section. Each clue you find will explain your detective deduction, but I just found this feature kind of lame. Some items in your Inventory will have a question mark which indicates that the item is evidence, usually in need of forensics. Your forensic kit is basically an icon with powder and an icon with with tape so you can follow a two step process to lift the print, which is very basic and repetitious. This Collector's Edition has the usual Achievements to earn as well as 13 Morphing Objects that will shed light upon the characters with a short bio. There is a satchel located on the bottom left of the screen that contains all your important documents, an evidence board, a map, a task list, and notes about the case. You can also access the Character bios you have found, replay the game's videos and your Trophies for earned achievements. The Hidden Object Scenes are unimpressive, with no new variations, at least within the demo itself. Some of the scenes are repeated a second time which is a feature I hate because it's too boring a second time around. There are Silhouetted Shape finds,multi layered HOP's where you first find multiples of two different items and then place the objects into two ornate boxes which opens up the item Lists. There are smaller Zoom Zone puzzles and you can opt to play a Match 3 game instead of the HOP's. The Mini Games seem to be variations of the same type of puzzles. Below are brief descriptions of some of the games you'll encounter during the demo: 1) Recreate the image by placing diamond shaped tiles into the correct empty slots using directional arrows on each column and row of a grid board. 2) Each Aura ability requires you to search for blue shaded areas, usually two or three different areas of interest. 3) Restore the image by placing flower buttons to rotate the positions of the tiles. 4) Drag clock weights to set the time according to the clue shown. 5) Select pairs of matching items, beginning with 3 objects, then 4, then 5 items to climb a tree. (this made no sense, why would you grab onto a kite stuck in a tree or a finch minding it's own business to help you scale up a tree?) 6) Rotate the rings to line up with the silver clasps, clicking on one ring may affect others. 7) Jump the checkers, one by one to clear the board. 8) Drag groups of gears to their correct positions based upon the clue. 9) Place several portraits in their correct positions based upon their shapes using green gems to rotate. 10) Move gears correctly to open a lock. This Collector's Edition has 13 Developer Diary pictures, 10 Concept Art pictures, 6 Wallpapers, 13 Morphing Objects with character bios, 4 Music Soundtracks, 6 levels of replayable Match 3 games, 26 Achievement Trophies to earn, a built in Strategy Guide and a Bonus Chapter, enjoy! July 9, 2016
A MURDER AND A GAME FULL OF GIMMICKS Just like many others, I have been waiting for a good old-fashioned mystery but I am not sure about this one. As an investigator with special paranormal talents, you have been called to investigate the recent murder of Emmett Maybard. Not only was Emmett murdered but his sister has had an attempt on her life as well. Of course since it is a murder mystery it begins with blood spatter but fortunately it is mostly left to the imagination. As much as I love a good mystery game, IMHO, this game bogs down from the first moment when I had to use my special ability to search for clues. I absolutely hate this feature and when that was the first thing I had to do upon beginning the game, it was almost the last. Fortunately, I plodded onward and the game does become much better. The graphics are excellent except that some of the characters seem comical, particularly the butler who sort of hops rather than walks when he answers the door. Aside from that the graphics seem excellent and crisp. The voiceovers are also extremely good. The game also offers a custom mode where the hints and skips can be set for 1 second, which I am sure will appeal to many. You have an interactive map and then a gimmicky monocle to use that allows you to see auras. As I mentioned above, I hate this gimmick and almost didn?t continue in the game because I dislike it so much. Your other tool is an investigation kit that allows you to dust for fingerprints. The first mini-HOP is searching for obscure clues when arriving at the Maybard Estate and I hated that particular opening scene. The next HOP was silhouette that had almost unidentifiable renderings of the objects to find. The silhouette type HOPS are my least favorite unless they are well-crafted and this one was not. Fortunately the HOPS are varied in style and some are excellent. The mini-games are very good and although most are easy there are a few that offer more challenge. The CE version of the game is unremarkable with nothing much extra except for the replay of HOPS if you haven?t had enough of them by the time you finish the game. There are collectibles and the dreaded achievements but the remainder of the package is the standard fluff. Cursed Cases Murder at the Maybard Estate is an excellent quality game that I am sure will appeal to many HOPA lovers but for me it felt tedious and rather boring. The use of the gimmicky monocle was an item that I believe bogged down the momentum of the game. Since I had a free game coupon I did get the game but it will probably sit in my GM until I have nothing else to play. Even though I didn?t care for the game I am sure many of you will love it and find that it is just the type of game you have been waiting to play. As always, I suggest you try the demo to see if this is a game you will like. July 9, 2016
Diamond in the Ruff I was pleasantly surprised about this game. First off when you start the game it gives you an option of playing as a male or female. While you don't get to hear the voices of your character (which would have made it even better if they did both male and female voices for the main character's lines) your silhouette/hands are reflected as the gender that you choose. You play as a detective who can see the dead to help you solve crimes (and while this does sort of remind me of Angelica Weaver which is also another great game) it is slightly different. When you use your sixth sense it just helps you to get more info on the back story it's not real puzzles and after you go through the scene it is put in your journal which is really cool. It has a flow chart of all the characters and how they relate to victim and how they could be a possible murder suspect. You also collect finger prints to figure out who is the killer in the end. While they game was a little bit easy (I finish very quickly) I had a lot of fun. The extras range from wallpaper, bonus art, achievements, collectibles (which is from the morphing objects and then it puts the persons profile of the cast from the game into a diary and a gives you a little more back story on them) music, developer diary, match 3 and the bonus story (which was good but very short it was like you started in the third act of a movie it would have been better if they started in the beginning). The graphics were quite good along with the voice acting(as I stated before though your character doesn't speak at all) The hop's were a little to easy for me but I think that most are lately I guess because I play to many of these games. The puzzles where the same way for me as the hops. I really was playing more for the story to find out the killer. I will say the game is a bit violent there is a lot of blood shown on the screen especially in the bonus level (there is a scene where some one gets gutted) so if that is not for you then you might want to steer clear from this one. But for the most part is was really good I just would have like the game play a little harder. I would love to see the developers improve on the next one (hopefully our character speaks in that one and the puzzles and hops are a little harder) if they are going to continue the series. July 9, 2016
Exciting who done it It's funny because I beta tested this game just 2 days ago and now it is already out. Probably I fell into the last group of testers before release. Although I gave good evaluation of the game when testing, I do agree with other reviewers that the game does not offer any extraordinary features you have not experienced before, if you are a regular HOPA player. However, puzzles are a challenge and of course graphics, visual and sound effects are outstanding. As I truly hate phantasy/fairy tale games, the story line was like fresh air to me, really adult stuff. Unfortunately there are not too many of this kind recently, so I really valued it. Sure, the wow effect is missing but still it is a nice decent game worth the buy. July 9, 2016
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