Mystery Case Files: Fate's Carnival Collector's Edition
November 27, 2013
Big Fish Studios
Five Difficulty Settings
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Concept Art
Soundtracks & Cutscenes
Achievement & Collectibles
Shop, Solitaire & Secret Room
To celebrate the tenth game in one of the world’s biggest Hidden Object franchises, Mystery Case Files brings back the sequel to one of the most-talked-about MCF games, Madame Fate! In fact, Big Fish Games has also handed over this successful franchise to the trusted Elephant Games, does that make MCF any better?
With the latest two installments considerably flops, Fate’s Carnival feels like a major improvement. The story continues to clarify the unanswered hangovers at the end of the original Madame Fate game. The dead Madame Fate has returned along with her circus peers, you will be able to meet and rescue loads of vivid circus characters, some that you have met before in the previous game. However, although the story sounds really promising, we must say that the pace is kind of slow. The story develops rather too slowly at first but then it gets much more exciting later on as the villain and his evil forces are introduced.
On the visuals side, Elephant never fails to impress. All of the locations look absolutely stunning with great attention to details, colors and shades. The colors are sort of purpleish but that suits the carnival theme of the game quite well. The voice overs and the soundtracks are extremely well done as well.
Fate’s Carnival is a busy game with tons of things to do. There are tasks to complete everywhere, here and there and you often lose tracks of where to go next. Fortunately, there is a jump-map at your service, it is beautifully designed and efficient to use. There are mini-games hidden in your diary which you can play to pass the time and earn more collectibles. Speaking of collectibles, there are three sets of collectibles in this game, Bobbleheads, Cards and Old Pounds which you can use to purchase items for your friendly cat in the Shop.
The Hidden Object scenes in Fate’s Carnival are all traditional type, despite that, they are really entertaining as you are actually searching through a scene instead of a junk-pile. What also excels in Fate’s Carnival is the game’s puzzles. There are two main types of puzzles, the normal ones which you can expect from any HOPA games – they are very fun to play and offer some twists to the typical gameplay. The other one is the one that which we would call, Chain-Reaction puzzles. Basically, you have to strategise what to do first in that puzzle scene since one action will result in another action. This latter type is superbly creative, require a lot of brainwork but they really make the experience much more memorable.
As this tenth MCF game is no longer developed by Big Fish Games Studios, Fate’s Carnival lost a little bit of the signature MCF feelings. Fate’s Carnival does not feel very realistic like in the other MCF games, it is more fantasy and feels much more like an Elephant Games rather than a MCF. Anyways, it is a fantastic addition to the MCF family.
For those who still hesitate about purchasing the Collector’s edition, we can assure you that the CE version of the game comes with a whole bunch of Extras. The main game is already very long, with an addition of a great Bonus Chapter – the whole MCF10 could last you over 5 hours even if you are a very fast player. Furthermore, it comes with Solitaire mini-games, gallery items, Secret Room, Achievements and more.
In this series:
- Mystery Case Files: Huntsville
- Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects
- Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst
- Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate
- Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst
- Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
- Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull
- Mystery Case Files: Escape from Ravenhearst
- Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake
- Mystery Case Files: Fate's Carnival
- Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, Sacred Grove
- Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst
- Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Unlocked
- Mystery Case Files: Broken Hour
- Mystery Case Files: The Black Veil
- Mystery Case Files: The Revenant's Hunt
- Mystery Case Files: Rewind
- Mystery Case Files: The Countess
- Mystery Case Files: Moths to a Flame
- Mystery Case Files: Black Crown
- Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger