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Hours of Puzzling Fun

  • Nov 2, 2010
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As a fortune teller, Madame Fate is used to telling other people's fortunes, not her own. However, she has a vision of her own death at the stroke of midnight and fears one of the carnival workers is trying to kill her. Your job is to investigate the carnival workers and try to save Madame Fate's life.

"Madame Fate", the fourth installment in the Mystery Case files series of games, is a nice mixture of trying to find hidden objects and solving puzzles. Each game in the Mystery Case Files series has become more complex and "Madame Fate" is one of the more challenging and fun games in the series. You visit fifteen different carnival performers such as The Amazing Larry, Bianca the Dare Devil Diva, Puddles the Clown, and more. You also visit locations such as The Entrance, a Tattoo Parlor, a Shooting Gallery, Concession Stand, and more. Some locations you may visit just once, other locations you'll visit several times. There are two choices of how you can play the game: Detective Mode which is a normal timed game or Relaxed Mode which gives you additional time. I played the Relaxed Mode which gave me more than enough time. Also, if you find a number of hidden objects quickly enough, you get extra time. If you click too randomly, you can lose time, but I found you had to click a lot before that actually happened. You get five hints in each location but I rarely had to use the hints.

"Madame Fate" offers a nice range of puzzles from easy to hard. Some of the hidden objects are simple to find, others are a bit harder (for example if you need to look for a "B" it can be the letter "B" or a bumble bee) and others are downright tricky – for example to find peas in a pod you have to find the peas and the pod separately and put the peas in the pod. Adding to the trickery are the mystery changing items found in locations with a purple question mark. In some locations you have to play mini games before entering the location. The mini games are word games and aren't that difficult, but if you get stuck you can leave and when you come back there will be a different word puzzle. After finding the required hidden objects you have to solve a puzzle before moving on to the next level – these puzzles also range from easy to hard to difficult. If you want, you can skip these puzzles, however, doing so means you start the next level with less time – this was not an issue for me while playing in Relaxed Mode. The only puzzle you can't skip is the last one but that was a relatively simple puzzle to solve.

"Madame Fate" offers nice challenging puzzles with some gorgeous illustrations (some of which are animated) and is a lot of fun to play.

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review by . April 27, 2008
The Hallmark for Hidden Object games...Madame Fate is as good as this type of game gets. Since the other reviewers have very adequately outlined the manner in which the game is put together, I am just going to mention the ways in which I was especially delighted.    1. The game is never static-the "hunting" scenes abound in special effects such as flying flags, clouds scudding by, lights blinking, little animals twitching their ears. There's one little creature with a ringtail …
review by . February 12, 2008
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Renowned psychic, Madame Fate, has foreseen her own death in her crystal ball--and you, the super-sleuth, must investigate every carnival worker to know where they will be at midnight, the supposed time of death. In this lavish hidden-object game, you'll find weird side-show employees and a bored carny...but, above all, you'll find hours of engaging puzzles and tricky games!    I have all of the Mystery Case Files games (Huntsville, Prime Suspects, Ravenhearst and Madame Fate), …
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Madame Fate has foreseen her own demise that midnight of this very day! She suspects that one of her carnival cronies is planning to kill her. She needs you to investigate each of these shady characters to find out if her premonition is correct. Each suspect has a motive, but only a Master Detective can discover the secrets hidden within Madame Fate's crystal ball.
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Number of Players: 1 Player
Developer: Activision
Console: PC Game
Genre: Puzzle
Release Date: February 15, 2008
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