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The Magic Sauce: What Makes Mystery Case Files Games So Good?


If you love hidden object games—whether you’re a new player checking out these adventures for the first time, or a seasoned veteran—you’ve probably heard of the Mystery Case Files series. And if you haven’t, you might be thinking, “Oh! More detective games. And?”

If you find yourself scratching your head, let me tell you about why Mystery Case Files (MCF) is special, and why we’re so excited to be launching the Mystery Case Files – 5 Game Pack as part of our Staff Picks collection today… and which MCF games we determined to be the crème de la crème!

What’s so special about Mystery Case Files?

Mystery Case Files is a cornerstone of the hidden object puzzle adventure genre—in part, because this genre didn’t exist until MCF did! Before Mystery Case Files, hidden object gameplay was known primarily to fans of Where’s Waldo books and Highlight magazines. MCF combined a well known game mechanic in interactive form, added some new ways to play, and wrapped it all in a compelling mystery story. Mystery Case Files influenced a whole generation of both game players and game developers, and turned Big Fish Games into a gaming giant. 

But it’s not just that MCF brought hidden object games into the spotlight. There’s also the fact that MCF is probably one of the longest running (and ongoing!) hidden object game series, ever. 

The first game, Mystery Case Files: Huntsville was released in 2005… 17 years ago! Considering the fact that the most recent game, Mystery Case Files: Incident at Pendle Tower came out in November 2021, it’s safe to say the series is still going strong.

Not only have these games stood the test of time, they’ve also got players’ vote of confidence. In a 2013 interview, former Big Fish Studios vice president Patrick Wylie said the MCF games had “over 100 million downloads” since the first game released in 2005. We can only imagine what that number must be today! In fact, the series is so beloved that several spin-off games and novels accompany the main series.

Our Five Favorite Cases

We’re excited to bring this iconic mystery series to Legacy Games, and we’ve selected five of the best games for Mystery Case Files – 5 Game Pack. So whether you’re already a big MCF fan, or just finding the series for the first time, check out the five we love most!

Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst

It’s rumored that Ravenhearst is being resurrected, and the Queen of England herself has called on you to help unlock the mystery. But can you find the key? Follow the dark clues down a twisting and twisted path into Ravenhearst’s horrific past. The future just might depend on it!

Mystery Case Files: The Black Veil

The town of Dreadmond has been almost abandoned overnight. When you arrive to investigate, you find a strange illness taking over the remaining residents – an illness that makes them age in an instant! Time’s not on your side. Can you uncover the cause, or will you be the next victim?

Mystery Case Files: Rewind

Strange reports have come in regarding the abandoned Victory Hotel. When you arrive to investigate, you find people from your past cases lost in time and trapped inside! It’s up to you to find where they belong and uncover why one of the Dalimars is meddling with the past. It’s a race against the clock to fix the timelines before it’s too late!

Mystery Case Files: Moths to a Flame

When a new assignment brings you to the Zenith Museum of Oddities, what was supposed to be an open and shut case spirals into a complex web of deceit. Someone knows about your past, and they’ve prepared a special tribute to all your biggest cases. But what do they want, and what will become of the innocents that stand in their way? You’ll need all your skills to stop the dangerous foe that threatens to use your past against you!

Mystery Case Files: Black Crown

When a patient at the Manchester Asylum draws a huge crown covering the walls of her cell, you’re sent to learn what, if anything, it has to do with your past. But when the inmates escape, there’s only one way for you to regain control — find the Black Crown before they do. You’ll need to gather your wits and use all your abilities to learn the identity of “Jane Doe” and solve the mystery of the Black Crown!


5 thoughts on “The Magic Sauce: What Makes Mystery Case Files Games So Good?”

  1. can I buy just one game or try a free game to see if it will download ?
    I have been with one well know games company for about 10 years and bought over 400 games, but since they have changed hands I am unable to download any of my previously purchased games. I played by the rules and followed instructions to have access to my games buy to no avail
    After the experience that I have had, I am wary about joining another games club
    I need a company that I can trust. I love the games and miss playing them
    Can You help me please

    1. Hi Val, I’m sorry to hear you’ve had a bad experience in the past. I hope you’ll find a better experience here at Legacy! If you’d like to test out our downloading process and make sure it works for you, I would suggest creating a free Legacy Games account. Each new member gets to a select and download a free game – more info here: https://legacygames.com/legacy-games-advantages/

      Our accounts require no subscription or purchase – just an email and password! So if you find that Legacy Games are not for you, you will not have to worry. 🙂

      If you have any further questions, please email us at [email protected], and we’d be happy to help!

  2. Hi I have been playing these games for a while now and reaaly love them the story lines in the games keppt me going back to play the games and discover how they end. The game play is excellent. My favaroute games in the series is the games linking to the Ravenhurst story line. These ganes must keep coming they in my opion get better each time they come out.

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