heleanthia
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst Collector's Edition here

[Post New]by heleanthia on Oct 29, 15 8:46 AM
krinneyd wrote:This is not a review so much as a post to voice my extreme frustration that there is no diary/journal in this game! there have been several items that when I clicked on them to read...they disappeared, no where to be found!! The diary has been a 'key' element in all of the MCF Ravenhurst games.....it bothers me to no end! Although I really wanted to like this version of Eipix, really I did...that one missing element makes it so disappointing for me. There are very few games where the journal/diary is integral to the game play and Ravenhurst is most definitely one of them...MCF Fates Carnival's diary was absolutely essential to the game. I think it's the part I liked the most. If you were uncertain or wanted to review you had something to go back to. grrrrrr.....it has spoiled the game for me.


Exactly. *sigh* ....the journal was an integral part. It made us, the players, feel as though we WERE the detective or at least a valuable aid to the detective. too....

 
Lilly214
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst Collector's Edition here

[Post New]by Lilly214 on Oct 29, 15 9:55 AM
I finished the game but I won't be playing it again as I do so many others I have purchased. I am not a big fan of a lot of mini games and this game has way too many for my taste. When I see "hidden object" game, I expect quite a few of them. This game didn't meet my expectations. A lot of the mini games didn't have "skip" option, which I found very frustrating. I have purchased other MCF's and play them over and over. Sorry game developers but this game gets a low rating in my book.

 

Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst Collector's Edition here

[Post New]by carrionbaggage on Oct 29, 15 10:16 AM
I am totally peed off. Dumbed down version of a highly respected name and I paid top dollar for a High School project or something. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME.

 
Badger96
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst Collector's Edition here

[Post New]by Badger96 on Oct 29, 15 10:32 AM
Honestly didn't feel like a MCF game to me. It felt like an Eipix game. If the developer's formula is overbearing to the point where it takes away from the feel of a series, there's a problem. This game really felt like another Myths of the World, not Mystery Case Files.

I missed the journal/casebook big time in this, and it didn't feel like a Ravenhearst game at all. Puzzles were either extremely simplistic, or vague to the point of being frustrating. I miss the puzzles of the earlier Ravenhearst games- they were difficult enough to keep you engaged, but not so much so that you got mad at them.

The less said about the story, the better.

Overall, while I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it as just another HOPA, not as a MCF game.

 
marie1931
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst Collector's Edition here

[Post New]by marie1931 on Oct 29, 15 10:58 AM
Greet17 wrote:As a húge MCF-fan from the very beginning, I bought the game immediately as I do each year. But this is such a deception! What happened to the challenging puzzles? What happened to the characteristic MCF-atmosphere? This game is just like all the other HOG's, nothing special anymore. This is a waste of money and I am deeply saddened that my favourite game of all times has become such a cheap excuse for the greatness it used to be.


I do agree with you regarding the MCF atmosphere. Since Elephant games took the series, it was a huge disappointment for me. I hoped that Eipix would do better for this one .
It seems that's not the case ....

 
cwy2009
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst Collector's Edition here

[Post New]by cwy2009 on Oct 29, 15 11:30 AM
cme550 wrote:no developer can develop MCF like BFG.


BFG hasn't made a game in-house for years now. The last game they made was, I believe, "Shadow Lake". The failure of that game might have led to other companies developing games for them. BFG used to make "Hidden Expedition" games too, but that series was also given to Eipix. I wish somebody would continue the "Drawn" series because those games were great too.

One of BFG's current biggest sellers is "Big Fish Casino", and it was also not made by BFG. It was made by Self Aware Games. BFG simply bought the company.

Edited on 11/03/2015 at 9:28:01 AM PST


 
tunaontoast
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst Collector's Edition here

[Post New]by tunaontoast on Oct 29, 15 12:10 PM
I feel Eipix did a fabulous job with this game. I really liked how they referred to other MCF games, gave you a choice for the original theme music and used some really tricky puzzles, but not over the top hard. The amount of things to do is awesome. I love that you can go back after the game is done and still get accomplishments, even the credits are worth watching. Of course the artwork is stunning. All these things make the game great for me.

One thing I will say is that I was a bit confused by the storyline. I thought that this game was supposed to tie up loose ends, all the questions we had, and bring the Ravenhearst arc to an end. To my surprize Eipix brought us in another direction and left open the possibility for more Dalimar craziness.

I think us diehard Ravenhearst followers sometimes expect all MCF games to be like RTR and that is just not possible. We need to accept that those who gave us RTR are on to new and hopefully better things. Eipix had really big shoes to fill and had incredible expectations placed upon them. They did a fantastic job with this game and I hope the next one is just as good!

 

Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst Collector's Edition here

[Post New]by margotbean on Oct 29, 15 4:40 PM
Valdy wrote:
amy31ie wrote:
margotbean wrote:is there anyone who speaks English natively who calls a crescent wrench a "spanner"? .


Only people born in England


And those who weren't born there, but live there.

In fact, what it says on wikipedia is: "In Commonwealth English (excluding Canada), spanner is the standard term for a wrench".


LOL, well thank you for clearing that up amy31ie and Valdy. I've never heard that one before. I don't really think it's reached America yet.

 
janierae
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[Post New]by janierae on Oct 29, 15 6:50 PM
Since I am a huge fan of MCF games I purchased this without a trial. It is fun that is true, but it just doesn't have the feel of the first Ravenhearst games. It was a disappointment to me.

The graphics are good but not great like the other Ravenhearst and puzzles in this game are not near as challenging.]

Too bad.

When I see an MCF game I expect superior, well, everything, graphics, challenging puzzles, and all of it. This game doesn't do it.

 
kgustavson
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst Collector's Edition here

[Post New]by kgustavson on Oct 29, 15 11:48 PM
"Just finished. Incredibly disappointed. It was just dull and simple, with none of the interesting and imaginative puzzles from previous entries.

I'm surprised people didn't seem to like Escape From Ravenhearst: while not my favourite entry in the series (I like 13th Skull the best), it had a unique style, interesting and unique puzzles and the structure seemed thematically linked to the story.

Key to Ravenhearst is just a mishmash of standard "put unusual key in matching hole" puzzles with barely any attempt to be challenging, or link the puzzles to the story and theme (beyond some general raven-y stuff). I was finished with the whole thing in a single sitting on Insane difficulty in under 4 hours, only needing one hint. (Whereas previous games in the series have lasted me several days, on and off.)

MCF was never exactly a pinnacle of interactive storytelling, but the games were always unique, both in terms of style and puzzles. Eipix has produced a game barely distinguishable from all the others in this genre. Even the trademark MCF door contraptions are dull and simple this time round.

Not recommended. "

Here, here. I agree totally - just another Eipix game as far as I'm concerned.

 
ledheadmelli
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst Collector's Edition here

[Post New]by ledheadmelli on Oct 30, 15 1:36 AM
I have to say I LOVED this game!!!! It's been a while since I was this excited to see a new title, but I bought immediately due to it being Ravenhurst.

I appreciated a return to the more difficult "door puzzles" from the original game, although these weren't as difficult and made actual sense. Most inventory items were used soon after finding them, so you were never too bulked up with items you forgot the need for.

Maybe not as complicated a storyline as the last ones, but still intriguing and enjoyable from start to finish. And the bonus chapter was refreshing, to say the least!

Kudos to the devs for allowing a second chance to find the morphing objects that may have been missed - I'm one of those who feels a game is not complete unless I earn all the achievements and find all the collectibles.

The Ravenhurst series was one my granddaughter and I discovered and played together. She was only 10 or so when the first one came out, and we still laugh over her childish indignance at the evil of Charles and Co. Now she is grown, and a new mommy, but she still ran over here and spent the day wandering the halls of that crumbling mansion with me!

Thanks, BFG - for a beautiful game, and a lovely way to spend time with my "little girl" once again!

 
heleanthia
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Re:Please post your REVIEWS for Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst Collector's Edition here

[Post New]by heleanthia on Oct 30, 15 8:38 AM
ledheadmelli wrote:I have to say I LOVED this game!!!! It's been a while since I was this excited to see a new title, but I bought immediately due to it being Ravenhurst.

I appreciated a return to the more difficult "door puzzles" from the original game, although these weren't as difficult and made actual sense. Most inventory items were used soon after finding them, so you were never too bulked up with items you forgot the need for.

Maybe not as complicated a storyline as the last ones, but still intriguing and enjoyable from start to finish. And the bonus chapter was refreshing, to say the least!

Kudos to the devs for allowing a second chance to find the morphing objects that may have been missed - I'm one of those who feels a game is not complete unless I earn all the achievements and find all the collectibles.

The Ravenhurst series was one my granddaughter and I discovered and played together. She was only 10 or so when the first one came out, and we still laugh over her childish indignance at the evil of Charles and Co. Now she is grown, and a new mommy, but she still ran over here and spent the day wandering the halls of that crumbling mansion with me!

Thanks, BFG - for a beautiful game, and a lovely way to spend time with my "little girl" once again!


ummm...the mansion is brand new(the original Ravenhearst burnt to the ground) so not sure in what, "crumbling mansion", you were wandering....

 
faboomama
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[Post New]by faboomama on Oct 30, 15 10:50 AM
Just finished the demo & I'm going to buy it because I'm a sucker for MCF games. One on hand, it's not utter trash like the last 3 games, but it doesn't do justice to Return to Ravenhearst either. I don't think anything will ever touch that game. I still play it once or twice a year (same with the Madame Fate games). The puzzles in the demo aren't hard, but at least they're interesting. It looks like every other Eipix game, so nothing thrilling or interesting there, either. I don't like there's no journal since there are primers you'll have to remember. I'll update once I'm finished.

 
schuldi
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[Post New]by schuldi on Oct 30, 15 11:06 AM
Will there be a walkthru?

 
Opus1965
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[Post New]by Opus1965 on Oct 30, 15 11:35 AM
SoManyCrimes wrote:Just finished. Incredibly disappointed. It was just dull and simple, with none of the interesting and imaginative puzzles from previous entries.

I'm surprised people didn't seem to like Escape From Ravenhearst: while not my favourite entry in the series (I like 13th Skull the best), it had a unique style, interesting and unique puzzles and the structure seemed thematically linked to the story.

Key to Ravenhearst is just a mishmash of standard "put unusual key in matching hole" puzzles with barely any attempt to be challenging, or link the puzzles to the story and theme (beyond some general raven-y stuff). I was finished with the whole thing in a single sitting on Insane difficulty in under 4 hours, only needing one hint. (Whereas previous games in the series have lasted me several days, on and off.)

MCF was never exactly a pinnacle of interactive storytelling, but the games were always unique, both in terms of style and puzzles. Eipix has produced a game barely distinguishable from all the others in this genre. Even the trademark MCF door contraptions are dull and simple this time round.

Not recommended.


I have been a huge fan of MCF. I played every one of the games. I especially liked the intricate puzzles.
This new one...as a stand alone, is great, but compared to other MCF games that I am used to playing, it doesn't hold up. No exploring, no hidden clues, nothing.

I hope they go back to the original layout. I liked that I had to see the credits to find clues, or discover a secret room, or finding secret logos, etc. Bring THAT back.

 
ediegamer
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[Post New]by ediegamer on Oct 30, 15 3:31 PM
As far as Eipex games go, this one is very good, perhaps one of the best these developers have released, but it can't hold a candle to the original Ravenhurst and RTR games. The original Ravenhurst is a stand-alone classic and sets the bar for gaming excellence, so to even put this game in the same league is ridiculous as far as I am concerned.

 
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[Post New]by FishyFemale on Oct 30, 15 6:53 PM
So what does the "key" that's in the title supposed to refer to? I've only played the demo but am asking those who've completed the entire game. It seems that once we returned to and escaped from Ravenhearst already, why should we have to return to it again? What is left there to discover? What is the actual KEY to Ravenhearst??? As much as I enjoyed the first two (hated EFR), I think that should've been the end to that particular series and I would've liked to see something new started. It seems to me that they've run out of ideas and are just trying to stretch out the most popular portion of the MCF series. These things don't last when they do it this way.

 
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[Post New]by sunshinej on Oct 30, 15 7:53 PM
Well done, Eipix!

I have been enjoying playing the game since I bought it on the day it came out. I appreciate the touches of humor that you have put into the comments. I especially like the raincoat one.

I also started playing the original Ravenhearst and your door puzzles are right on par with that game. I like the nod that you give to the other MCF games. I find little touches throughout the game.

Eipix...On a side note...I really don't know if you'll read this, but if you do. I really like your Creating Worlds intro with the train and the 2 planes.

I thought I would take the time to say a few words, now I am off back to the fun.

I'm also one who like to read a good casebook/journal/diary.




Edited on 10/30/2015 at 7:59:27 PM PST


 
Opus1965
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[Post New]by Opus1965 on Oct 31, 15 6:11 AM
cme550 wrote:I played the rest of the demo and I am enjoying it. However I do want to say that no developer can develop MCF like BFG. As much as I am enjoying this installment, the series isn't the same anymore.


I agree. The game is great, don't get me wrong, but the originals are way better.

 
woemwoem
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[Post New]by woemwoem on Oct 31, 15 7:07 AM
What a let down after enjoying all the other "ravenhearst" games!! .Boring, simple game. Sorry I purchased game. I do not recommend this game!

 
 
 
 
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