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Mystery Case Files: Huntsville [PC Game]

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The 2006 PC Game Puzzle video game

PC Game

Tags: Pc Game, Puzzle
Console: PC Game
Genre: Puzzle
Release Date: September 22, 2006
1 review about Mystery Case Files: Huntsville [PC Game]

Hours of Puzzling Fun

  • Jun 16, 2009
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The premise of "Mystery Case Files: Huntsville" is a simple one - there is a crime spree in Huntsville that is baffling police and players need to find hidden objects to solve the crimes. Once enough objects are found in a round, the players have to solve a puzzle that identifies the criminal and they move on to the next round. There are 16 crimes to solve (including the final one in Big Boss's secret hideout); dozens of locations (including Alice's Diner, a Bookstore, Ivan's Café, Pete's Pawnshop, and the Art Museum); and dozens of objects to find like paper clips, marbles, bats, clocks, playing cards, coins and dice. Each level is timed so you have to find the objects before time runs out.

"Mystery Case Files: Huntsville" is the first hidden object game in the Mystery Case Files series, in my opinion the best hidden object series. The games starts off easily enough with two locations, 16 clues to find (8 in each location), and 20 minutes to find them all, and gets progressively harder as the game goes along until the final round which gives you only four minutes to find the objects and solve the puzzle. If you are new to the series, you may find you run of time in the beginning before finding al the objects, but that's okay because you can start over again with different objects to find. Don't click too fast when looking for objects or you'll lose time. Some of the objects are out in the open and easy to find while others are well hidden. If you find yourself stuck, leave the location and go to another one, you'll find objects are easier to find the next time you return to that location. Some of the clues are a bit tricky, for example if you need to find a bat, you could be looking for either a baseball bat or the mammal. Each level has three hints that can be used to either find an object or move a puzzle piece. Make sure you use the hints wisely - sometime you need to find more than one object (like three stamps) and the hint will only show one of these items, not all three.

Since this is the first Mystery Case Files game, it's not as complex as some of the later games in the series (like Madame Fate) and is perfect for people new to the Hidden Objects games. Since some of the locations are repeated throughout the game, you'll be able to locate clues quicker in those locations as the game progresses. It doesn't take a long time to play, maybe five or six hours total, but it can be played over and over again since you need to find different items every time you play. Although this is a single player game, others can sign on in another name and play separately without losing the place you are in. The final level, Big Boss's Hideout, is the most frustrating level since there is only four minutes to solve the whole thing.

"Mystery Case Files: Huntsville" is hours of puzzling fun.

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June 16, 2009
I'm not a huge video game person, but this sounds interesting. I like games that offer some time of puzzle, mental challenge, or mystery. Thanks for the review!
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