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Big Fish Editor's Choice! This title was chosen for its high standard of quality and amazingly positive reviews from our Game Club beta testers.

Come visit Huxley’s Boarding House, home of the mysterious clock tower! We are an exclusive retreat for people who want to get away from it all and learn what life was really like in the Victorian Era – no phones, no technology! Our strict schedule of daily activities will help immerse you in the experience and must be adhered to at all times. The waiting list to get in is long, so sign up today!

A note from the management: Reports of the boarding house’s tragic past and subsequent haunting are greatly exaggerated. Also, please ignore the detective investigating the disappearance of one of our recent guests…

See what our Beta testers had to say:

“From the very beginning I was in love! The graphics are gorgeous and the intro scene while driving to the town was beautiful. The hidden object games were super fun!”  - Christy, beta tester

“Was extremely excited to see another Mystery Case Files sequel. Loved the game from the beginning narrative to the end of the trial. Game kept and continued to keep my interest. Visuals are superb. I cannot wait for the full version. Highly recommended!”  - Ricky, beta tester


  • Explore the origins of the Huxleys' horrors in the Bonus Game!
  • Replay your favorite HOPs and mini-games.
  • Unlock a special mini-game: Developer Hunt!
  • Tons of bonuses, including cut scene videos!

Game System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 838 MB

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Mystery Case Files: Broken Hour Collector's Edition 3.4 5 120 120
Hats off to a Game that blew my Socks off! Just finished the game, including Bonus Chapter and most of the Extras. Ok, I could moan about the story, the element of eternal life is not exactly brand new. But I?ve never seen it going wrong so brilliantly well. I played the beta back in April, thought it was ok, but I didn?t expect my socks getting blown off. That?s what happened after playing the first hour of the full game. Off they went and I haven?t found them yet. Will have to hire the Master Detective to get them back. For me there was so much to love. Apart from smooth gameplay, brilliant graphics, voice overs, music, an array of marvellous puzzles, outstanding HO?s, ?quotes? from former MCF games, there were word plays as the van-cave or the #Alistel which made me laugh out loud. What I really like is finding references to real life, as the book about the body snatchers of Edinburgh, Burke & Hare. Had to look it up and they existed! A bunch of new achievements, new twists in HO?s, a few gory moments, a few jump scares were other memorable moments. The best for me was the humour, the quirky characters and the overall smashing gaming experience. My only complaint: The Developer Hunt was far too short. I would have loved to hunt down every single person who contributed towards this terrific game, cleaning personnel and postmen included. The bloke on the closet was hilarious! Thanks for this delightful game! November 25, 2016
TICK TOCK ON THE CLOCK BUT THE PARTY DON'T STOP AT HUXLEY'S BOARDING HOUSE Ever wish you could turn back the hands of time, back to a simpler way of life? Welcome to Huxley's Boarding House, where they have turned back the clock to the Victorian era where life moves at a much slower pace. No phones, no technology (say what! I'm outta here!) no modern day hustle and bustle, race against the clock drama. As long as you can agree to follow a few simple rules, and a strict schedule, you'll find yourself enlightened and refreshed after your stay....well, only IF you survive the horrifying secrets held within the Huxley's Boarding House! This just might be another one of MCF's famous series ranking right up there with Madame Fate and the famous Ravenhearst games. This game will be tough for beginners, but doable, because this is not a hand holding type of game, and I love it. Many of the tasks require you to reference codes and clues you've seen previously, and your journal doesn't always have the exact clue written in it, or there may be more than one clue that may seem applicable which can be confusing. After the demo, things seem easier once you get into the swing of things. Then again, MCF has made those Super Puzzles famous, and they can be really challenging, but, they do let you skip sections of the super puzzle if one of the multi-layered puzzles boggles your brain, which has happened to me, especially by the end of the game, lol! There aren't any fuzzy wuzzy helpers to assist you in finding the Queen's Royal Photographer, George Pritchard, whose last known whereabouts was at the Huxley's Boarding House. Each scene has a Morphing Object to find, some are very well hidden and the cursor doesn't change to scream :here I am" I absolutely love that I have to actually use my brain to solve this case! The Hidden Object Scenes are mostly Interactive List finds but MCF games are all about the Mini Games and solving tasks. The HOP's are well done and entertaining, but nothing compared to the puzzles, especially the Super Puzzles. Don't forget to look for the Hidden Ladybugs, one in each HOP. The Mini Games are fantastic, even the tasks themselves are more like a mini game than just a mindless operation of turning a key etc. Below are brief descriptions of some of the mini games you'll encounter during the demo: 1) Locate and enter the right code. 2) Memorize the darkened squares, then insert the punch card an press those same memorized squares. 3) Super Puzzle which is a multi-layered puzzle using a decoder to solve the encryption and learn a story. 4) Set the time on the clock by pressing on the cogs to rotate the hands. 5) Place the 5 different clock hands onto the correct clock and then set the correct time by referring to your journals clues. 6) Super Puzzle, another fantastic multi-layered puzzle following blueprints and solving several puzzles within. This Collector's Edition has 27 replayable Mini Games, 14 replayable Hidden Object Scenes, a Developer's Hunt game, Case Files, Concept Art, Wallpapers (most require you to earn and spend tokens in the Hunt game to access) 11 replayable Movies, 9 Music Soundtracks, 42 Morphing Objects, 14 Lucky Ladybugs within the HOP's, a built in Strategy Guide and a Bonus Chapter, enjoy! November 22, 2016
Simply the Best! Based on trial. What a treat - challenge upped for once, great dose of humour, story unfolding in a brilliant pace, quirky characters, reminiscences of former MCF games, great puzzles, fantastic, innovative HO's, super soundtrack - couldn't wish for more! Love it! Kudos to all who helped to do such a super duper game!!! November 22, 2016
GREETINGS MASTER DETECTIVE THE BROKEN HOUR IS HERE! Greetings Master Detective, and with those words you are off on another task for the queen and an excellent new MCF game begins. Finally, we have a game that truly deserves the Editor?s Choice Award! I believe it was 2004 when I began my journey into the world of hidden object games with another MCF game Huntsville, and from that time I was ?hooked? and became a lover of the hidden object genre. It has been twelve years and now with game fourteen in the series, The Broken Hour, my love of the Mystery Case Files games continues as a Thanksgiving holiday tradition. Your job this time detective is to find George Pritchard, the queen?s missing photographer who is not only a valued employee but a dear friend as well. George has always loved ?obscure historical places? and his last known location was Huxley?s Boarding House. Your journey begins when you arrive at the boarding house and encounter the first two in a cast of wonderfully depicted characters. This developer has an amazing ability to create characters that come to life with all of their characteristics both good and bad. There are so many special touches and clues in this game that begin with the number 14 on the gear shift knob in your car. Keep your eyes open as you move through the scenes to pick up on all of the clues that you could possibly miss if you don?t pay attention. To say that I love this game is an understatement because it excellent in so many ways. I am a big puzzle lover and, at least for me, the puzzles in the game are a huge plus. I can happily say that I am thrilled to leave the Dalimar saga behind (or at least I hope that is the case) but keep your eyes open for some subtle clues that might indicate the dreaded Dalimar saga is lurking in the wings. One more thing - pay attention and obey the rules at Huxley?s Boarding House because there might just be some unpleasant punishment in store if you happen to forget. The technical aspects are exactly what we normally expect from this developer with great graphics, wonderfully created characters, great voiceovers and much more. Your tools include an interactive map and a journal. The journal is keeps track of your progress and objectives but it doesn?t always include the clues you might need later. The HOPs are excellent with many being the list type that I happen to prefer but there are other styles as well but be sure to look for something a little extra in scene. The Broken Hour is perfect for those who love puzzles because there are plenty of them and some are quite challenging. I admit that I did struggle with more than one puzzle but don?t give up hope because they are doable and if you just can?t get them, there is a skip button. Early in the game there is a Rube-Goldberg type of puzzle that was introduced in the first Ravenhearst game and has since become almost a signature to the series. I enjoy these types of puzzles because they are multi-layered with some of the layers being easier than others. If you enjoy the CE version of games, this one includes a lot of extra content that is better than in most CE games. There are 42 morphing objects, 14 ladybugs, collect tokens by playing a game in the extras section that will then open the Developer?s Hunt. Other standard extras include the strategy guide, bonus game, wallpapers, artwork, videos, music, case file, and a replay of HOPS and puzzles. For me the extras represent a terrific CE value. This is probably one of the best games (at least of any that followed The 13th Skull) in the Mystery Case Files series. That being said the two Ravenhearst games released last year were excellent, even though I am so sick of the Dalimars and truly hope that I don?t see them again. The Broken Hour is a terrific game with some excellent gameplay features that include some of those difficult puzzles. I love the characters and think they are so true to life that I actually feel involved with them during the game. The storyline and the mystery surrounding the clocks are intriguing and have held my attention past the demo since the game was an immediate buy for me. If you are new to HOPA games The Broken Hour might seem a bit difficult but just hang in there. It is a game worth playing and adding to your gaming library. For me the game is one that I will play more than once as there is so much to do and find. A great mystery that I am sure will be a standout in the Mystery Case Files series. As always, please try the demo to see if The Broken Hour will be a game you will enjoy. November 22, 2016
Get Ready for Puzzle Mania Do you like puzzles? I do, but if you don't it's going to be a short game for you. Eipix went all out with SuperPuzzles this time. The down-low: lots of beautifully illustrated scenes, 42 or more scenes, good music & haunted house atmosphere even though it's ostensibly a murder mystery, and challenging gameplay. The story was okay with a loophole or two, and too much dialogue for my taste. Awesome SuperPuzzles! Plus regular ones that challenge you. HOs were nicely varied with new twists, but traditional HO fans will be pleased too. There's a real journal too. Morphing objects are in every scene, ladybugs in every HO, and new achievements that differ from Eipix' usual fare. (Read them before you start play). CE bling includes replayable puzzles & HOs, ability to go back to find missing morphs & bugs, and playing a puzzle to open up bling. Plus a "find the dev" souvenir room that's kinda cute. Some have said there's "something missing" despite being a great game. I kinda like the first two Ravenhearst games too, but that theme is played out, so on to more original stories, right? The main game is Yuge, about 6-7hrs in hard mode. The bonus game is a prequel, at about 1 hr. Most of my time was spent on puzzles. The usual CE bling is included, along with the above mentioned. Is it worth a CE? Yeah, I believe it, plus it's worth replaying. The combination of excellent production values, bling, adventure challenge, tons of puzzles (included in bonus game), and atmosphere make this worth it. November 26, 2016
BREAKING ALL THE RULES, EIPIX PRODUCES ANOTHER EPIC MASTERPIECE 7 CHAPTERS PLUS A BONUS CHAPTER. DEMO BASED ON DEMO DUE TO THE ENORMITY OF THE GAME OVERVIEW: Keep a stiff upper lip and remember - ?No one breaks the rules!? You are off on another assignment at the behest of the Queen in this 5-star plus game. A fellow agent, George Pritchard, is missing. His last known sighting was at the historical Huxley boarding house. Loosely based on reality shows dealing with the paranormal, find yourself in this house with a cast of suspicious characters. Become engulfed in a maniacal, obsessive compulsive world of time, clocks, where residents must adhere to a strict time schedule. As you look for your fellow agent, beware the menacing presence of the former owner, Meredith Huxley, a ghostly apparition who insists on complete observance to this time schedule. This game does not disappoint. It is another masterpiece in the BFG flagship series! It is a testimony to this developer?s ?obsessive? amount of time and talent involved in creating this well-constructed enigmatic game. It has an excellent pace, realistic graphics, well-written suspenseful story, and HOP scenes and puzzles galore. This puzzle-intense ?who-is-behind-the-mystery? game will keep you engaged. It was an automatic purchase for me and well worth the price. BE VIGILANT! Clues abound in this game. Play slowly! You do not want to miss important clues throughout. You will need to pay attention to your environment,( both people and objects) to solve some of the puzzles in this game. There is no hand-holding in this game. You collect morphing objects and play a variation of a shooting game to collect tokens. You collect tokens to open the game extras. Included in ?the price? of staying at this boarding house, is access to a ?van cave? containing high-tech ghost busting equipment. THE DALIMAR FAMILY CONNECTION: Could this story be connected to the previous games in the series? Possibly. There appears to be some subtle hints to that affect. The obsessive/compulsive ghost Meredith could pass for a relative of Alistair Dalimar. She certainly has some of those crazy family traits. ME AND MY STEREOTYPE: In ?time,? will EIPIX leave the stereotypes on the cutting room floor and attire their characters in some less-than-hackneyed images? The game has some well-defined character analysis in this story. However, some of these characters are too one-dimensional and stereotypical for my taste. PUZZLES: This game is a puzzler?s delight! The puzzles are varied both in style and difficulty. There are some difficult puzzles in this game. There is an excellent, well-designed Rube Goldberg puzzle (super puzzle) in the demo which will appeal to the science buffs in the audience. The others include the usual moving tile puzzles, gear puzzles, cryptic clue puzzles, logic puzzles, and matching puzzles, to name a few. There are some multiple-step puzzles. One of my favorite puzzles from the demo is the battleship puzzle, based on the battleship game, with ghosts replacing the ships. To purchase tokens, play a type of shooter game in which you match up like numbers. HOP SCENES: They are standard fare seen in all games, including interactive lists of items and silhouette. My favorite was one in which you use a dial to adjust the resolution of the screen to view more items within the scene. LEVELS: Easy, Hard, Insane, Custom Hint: 10 to 120 seconds Skips: 10 to 400 seconds EXTRAS: (A) 17 Achievements (B) Collect tokens to unlock areas of the game. Play a game to get tokens (C) Replay 14 HOP scenes and 27 puzzles (D) 42 Morphing objects: The icon for these objects will light if there is one located in the scene. (E) Strategy guide - 49 pages (F) Wallpaper, artwork, screensavers, videos ? must use tokens to unlock some of these (G) Developer Hunt game and 14 ladybugs to collect HERE ARE THE DETAILS (SPOILERS) FOR THOSE WANT MORE INFORMATION ON THE HOP SCENES AND PUZZLES IN SEQUENCE: HOP SCENES: A. List of items to locate. B. List of items to locate. C. Replacement into scene. D. List of items to locate. E. Silhouette - find and replace ? has a puzzle within it F. List of items to locate. Rather cool. Use a dial to adjust the resolution on the screen to see more items. PUZZLES: Puzzle Rating: (1) Extremely easy 2) Easy (3) A little difficult or time consuming (4) Moderately difficult (5) Difficult A. Moving tiles puzzle. Rotate rings to unlock a code to open a lock on a valise. Rating: 2 B. Decoder puzzle. Place a decoder on a document so that items in a window match the symbol above the window. 4 X Rating: 5 C. Origami puzzle. Fold paper along lines for four pieces of paper containing information on Jacob Huxley. 4 X Rating: 2 D. Gear puzzle. Move cogs to set time on a clock. Some move both hands, some only one hand. Rating: 3 E. Multiple step. (1) Matching. Place 5 clock hands on the proper clock. (2) Set the clocks to the correct time based on a set of cryptic clues. Rating: 2 F. Cryptic clue puzzle. Following a coded piece of paper with cryptic clues, open a lock. Rating: 2 G. Rube Goldberg puzzle: Refer to a blueprint to solve these puzzles. 1. Sliding tiles puzzle. Create a picture. Rating: 3 2. Matching puzzle. Press tokens on a numbered board as given on a blueprint. Rating: 1 3. Checkerboard puzzle. Move batteries into position matching a diagram hidden in the blueprint. You can only move by jumping over other batteries. Rating: 2 4. Mathematical puzzle. Combine two bottles with a 10 lb. weight to equal that of indicated on the blueprint. Rating: 2 5. Sequence puzzle. Press red buttons to light up lights so that all lights stay lit. Rating: 2 6. Assembly puzzle. Using 3 colored wires, create a grid so that all lines contain wires. You only get a certain amount of each wire. Rating: 2 7. Sequence puzzle. Arrange bottles as to weight. Rating: 2 8. Matching. Match up symbols with numbers. Rating: 1 9. Assembly puzzle. Create battery acid by following the blueprint for chemicals and amount of each one. Rating: 2 H. Logic puzzle. Move dials on a radio until you get the frequency to hear a broadcast. Rating: 2 I. Maze puzzle. Move chests into proper position. You will need to lower some squares to free up the other chests. Rating: 4 J. Assembly puzzle. Calibrate a keyboard by placing keys into the proper locations. Rating: 3 K. Matching puzzle. Match up floppy disks. Rating: 1 L. Battleship puzzle. Same as battleship but use ghosts instead. Rating: 3 M. Matching puzzle. Take a series of photographs and place them into the proper place within a scene. Rating: 2 November 22, 2016
It's A WINNER!!!! I had to pop on and say WOW, I'm having fun..Fun...FUN!! Kudo's to the developer, I judge a game by several factors... Art, Sound, Games, HOS, Intelligence, Clarity and it has to be FUN!!! Something that holds my attention, those accents are fantastic and so believable. So much has been said on details so not going there just want everyone to know ...WINNER...WINNER..CHICKEN DINNER and IT'S A WINNER!!!!! PS: I just need the chicken dinner as I have NO time to cook back to the game LOL November 22, 2016
Its Time To Play It is time to buy this Game. I would not be surprised if this is the winner for game of the year award. My brain hurts from the overload. lol. My hour was defiantly broke into a million seconds of Pure Pleasure. Working HO's, Morphing objects, Good puzzles, Semi Hard puzzles, Lots to do, Great inventory list, Love the Characters, Love the Rules, but maybe they can be broken, Love the story line and game ran smooth as silk for story telling and for game play, Oh and don't forget to find your lucky lady bug in HO's. Smiling and hoping in my chair as I plan to buy right away this game. November 22, 2016
Best MCF since Dire Grove As someone who's said many bad things about a number of recent Eipix games (or at least thought them, lol) I am pleased to say that this is a great new addition to the genre. Although I'm only halfway through the game so far, the haunting atmosphere and unpredictable action has kept me gladly chasing baddies around the daunting Victorian mansion. There's plenty of realistic thunder, lightning and rain to keep the ambience real, as well as a creepy, fairy-tale-esque backstory. Added to that are Eipix's usual great graphics, plus a bunch of new features that we haven't seen before. Clearly, Eipix has paid attention to all the reviewers (including myself) who have said they want a unique new challenge. Broken Hour delivers that... test it and you'll see what I mean! Keep it up Eipix! November 23, 2016
AMAZING GAME I didnt finish the trial nor could I wait for member discount.,,had to have NOW!!! Cant find one thing I dont like about this game...gr8 everything from start to finish ...dont want for it to end(finish)..just waiting for it to completely download my purchased game!!!! Mystery Case Files has done it another winner!!!! November 22, 2016
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