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Challenging Hidden Object/Puzzle Game

  • Nov 22, 2010
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Emma Ravenhearst's soul has been freed, but evil still works at Ravenhearst Manor and it is up to you to find out what Charles was up to at Ravenhearst Manor after Emma's death and conquer the evil there and free the tortured spirits still trapped there.

"Return to Ravenhearst" is a sequel to "Ravenhearst" and "Madame Fate", a series of games that gets better with each installment. While "Ravenhearst" was strictly a hidden object game (with a jigsaw puzzle game between levels), "Return to Ravenhearst" is a much more complicated version featuring not only hidden object games, but logic problems, exploration, and puzzle solving. The game takes place not only in Ravenhearst Manor, but on the grounds and even some underground locations along the way. You'll take some elevator rides, a trolley ride, explore some odd stores, visit a school, gingerbread house, beauty salon, a theater, and more.

While "Return to Ravenhearst" is a challenging game (far more challenging than "Ravenhearst") it is untimed so there's no pressure to find everything right away. There are ample hints (although the hint timer can be tricky - sometimes it refills right away, other times it takes a very long time to refill) and you can skip some puzzles if you like (although you sometimes have to wait for that meter to refill as well). The graphics are outstanding and there is some nice bonus "fun" features like bugs crawling on walls, doll's eyes opening and closing, bugs coming out of doll mouths, etc. - so take some time to look around and click on various items (the only penalty for clicking too much is you can't use your mouse for a brief second). You have a casebook that automatically logs in various information and clues – you'll need to reference this a lot and pay particular attention to the various drawings in it. The puzzles range from easy to clever to tricky to downright diabolical (pay attention to every little bit of information you come across as you may need it as the game progresses.) The only puzzle that felt out of place to me was the Whack-A-Troll game. The only other thing I didn't like about the game was the constant going back and forth to previous locations - some items you pick up for your inventory aren't needed until much later in the game - I found it frustrating and managed to get "lost" quite a bit while playing the game. Finally, make sure you watch the credits as there are some fun extras.

"Return to Ravenhearst" is another fun game in the Mystery Case Files series.

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The designers of this sequel to "Ravenhearst" have reached a new plateau of excellence in the Hidden Object genre. "Return to Ravenhearst" is gorgeous, fun, challenging and delightful. Perfect for everybody from older kids on up. Way up. I am 79.    You, as detective, return to the creepy old mansion, this time to free the souls of Rose Somerset and her twin daughters Gwendolyn and Charlotte from the clutches of the insane Charles Dalimar, murderer of Emma Ravenhearst. You had …
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The top-selling hidden object game of all-time returns for its fifth installment! The first true storyline sequel in the Mystery Case Files series, players will now experience a level of immersion never before seen in a hidden object game. Come solve the mystery of Ravenhearst!
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