Mystery Case Files is one of the oldest and most beloved hidden-object adventure series around, and fans know to expect one very highly anticipated new release a year... so it comes as a bit of a surprise that Eipix Interactive has released Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Unlocked only one month after Key to Ravenhearst. Following directly on the heels of the previous game, in Ravenhearst Unlocked, you've been rescued from the waves of the ocean where you were found battered and delirious, and ultimately transferred to an asylum for care. But when you finally come back to yourself, you find this place is anything but up to code... and one of your oldest foes will stop at nothing to complete his plot no matter who gets in his way. Once you escape, the game is still just beginning! With a decidedly more morbid bent than its predecessor, Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Unlocked is a gleefully bizarre game with a lot of content and entertainment, though perhaps not as well-plotted as the rest of the series. Be warned, if you haven't played the rest of the Mystery Case Files titles, Ravenhearst Unlocked will make very little sense to you.
I don't like hotels at the best of times, largely because I'm neurotic about toilets and beds that are not my own. (So many butts!) Add in some vengeful spirits, and, well... look, how uncomfortable can sleeping in your car really be? In Elephant Games' creepy hidden-object adventure Haunted Hotel: The X, your sister Samantha has gone missing while looking into the legends surrounding the derelict old Lexington Hotel, whose amenities include shuddering ghostly terrors and an isolated forest where nobody can hear you scream. Look, I'm just saying when a hotel's history contains a "brutal butchering", maybe stay elsewhere? But if you want to find your sister, you'll have to brave the mysteries within, and hopefully survive long enough to get out of the 1970s. A tape player? VHS? Now that's scary!
In Alawar and New Bridge Games' quirky casual time-management game Incredible Dracula: Chasing Love, the count is looking for romance online, but the flaxen-haired beauty who answers his personal ad is a human, and every good vampire knows humans are wicked, cruel creatures who hunt them! The princess is convinced she and Dracula are meant to be, but he's not so sure, and he's only got a little more than a month to escape from her... with a little help from his long-suffering but loyal zombie horde. In each level, you'll need to use your undead lackeys to accomplish tasks, everything from gathering food and resources to building structures to help you get around, and the faster the better, since accomplishing stages quickly means a better rating, and, well, the princess is literally beating down your door! Incredible Dracula: Chasing Love is a ghoulishly goofy good time, with fast-paced and addictive gameplay that blends resource management with puzzle elements, with enough challenge and variety to keep you clicking all the way to sunrise.
It's safe to say that Mystery Case Files, Big Fish Games' wildly popular hidden-object adventure series, has gone through a lot of changes over the years as it passes from developer to developer, going everywhere from campy reality show to more serious horror. Now it's Eipix Entertainment's turn at bat with Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst, and it seems even being burnt to rubble isn't enough to get rid of the titular mansion completely, because someone is trying to rebuild it. You, as a master detective, have naturally been sent out to see who's dumb enough to do so, though as you'd expect, it quickly becomes apparent that there's more going on here than some innocent money-grubbing land development. Aided(?) by a mysterious puzzle box left by an old enemy whose contents you'll unravel as you go, you'll need to solve puzzles and hidden-object scenes to get to the bottom of this. Mystery Case Files: Key to Ravenhearst tells an appealingly spooky mystery that adds a new chapter to the iconic series full of twists, turns, and cinematic camp, and even some of the fantastically elaborate mechanical puzzles the series originally became known for, making it an easy recommendation despite some uneven pacing and difficulty.
Lily is a little girl who loves to dream, and one night her dreams take a turn for the surreal when she finds herself in a strange, magical word that seems to have a lot in common with some of her favourite books. There, she meets Faith and Curly, an unusual dog and cat pair, who work for the Fairy Godmother defeating the creatures known as the Phobius who invade dreams and turn them into nightmares. Faith and Curly are pulled off duty to watch over Lily until she awakens, but neither of them wants to sit still while there's adventure to be had. Sweet Lily Dreams by Rose Portal Games serves up a surreal indie RPG adventure with a hefty amount of playing time and some gorgeous, bizarre environments that blend fairytales with unique storytelling, though some may find it a little too childish in places to stay invested in.
Ask any town planner and they'll tell you... three out of five planned city expansions are derailed by exploding heads and screaming winged skeletons, which is why every building contract has that lesser known "emergency time traveling ghost busting" clause to take care of things. In ERS Game Studios' hidden-object adventure Redemption Cemetery: Clock of Fate, being tardy earns you more than just a lame reputation when the underground train station you were hurrying through hurtles you back through time to the 1940s during its construction. Seems a bunch of people died mysteriously while the place was being built, and while the police have called in paranormal investigators, that doesn't do you much good when you're trapped in the crumbling construction zone. But between all the skulls, creepy dolls, and the fact that the place is being built on an old asylum burial ground, maybe the city should reconsider this project. If you want to survive to tell them that, however, and presumably leave the world's most epic nasty Yelp transportation review, you'll need to help the lost souls of the asylum find peace. Hunt for the items you need to solve puzzles, gather things in hidden-object scenes, and of course, rewrite the course of history to save the wayward souls from a torment of their own devising. All of which sounds like a lot of pressure for someone incapable of making a train on time, but, well, okay.
In Mariaglorum's hidden-object adventure League of Light: Silent Mountain, the daughter of the head of your vaunted order of highly specialized detectives has gone missing, taking with her an artifact from the League's vault. When you follow her, however, it quickly becomes apparent that something is off in the secluded town of Stoneville, a fact you deduce using your status as the League's best detective, and also the fact that your totally practical hot air balloon was shot down by some petrification-weilding masked magus. In a nice touch, you can even choice the voice for your main character... male, female, or none at all. Maybe Louise hasn't turned to a life of crime after all? But if you want to find out, you'll need to find her first, and you're not the only one looking. Stoneville and the surrounding area is filled with all sorts of puzzles and mechanisms, the locals apparently being fond of over complicating simple tasks, so you'll need to hunt for items you need, solve hidden-object scenes, and thwart an ancient evil or two in a town that has had some hilariously bad luck with its landscape. Seriously, people. Even Leslie Knope would tell you to relocate!
Best regarded as a gonzo match-3 RPG Puzzle Quest-alike, Ino-Co's Gunspell, also available free-to-play on iOS and Android, is a little bit bonkers in a good way. As the game opens, you play good ol' John D., a policeman in search of his sister, Alex, who he quickly discovers he doesn't know as well as he thinks. In short order, you find yourself stranded in a bizarre world full of monsters, demons, and the undead, because of course you do, and the only way to defeat them is in turn-based match-3 combat, because of course it is. Swap any two adjacent tiles on the board to make matches of three or more identical tokens. Gemstones restore mana appropriate to their colour, while green tokens restore health, purple grant experience, silver gives cash to spend, and skulls deal damage. Your goal, naturally, is to slay your enemy before they can do the same to you, and if you win, you'll be granted treasure and even valuable equipment. Of course, that's just the basics. You've got an inventory of weapons and armor with passive and other abilities, magic spells, quests, and more. The end result is a goofy and enjoyable match-3 hybrid with a great aesthetic and simple yet addictive gameplay, but frustrating remnants from its free-to-play roots and some rough edges make the desktop version feel unpolished.
Life as an agent of H.E.L.P. (Hidden Expedition League of Preservation) is never dull. Why, just today you and your sidekick Sam are jetting off to the wilds of Montana to investigate both a strange radio signal and recent seismic activity in the area. All you need is your trusty H.E.L.P. box and some brain power and you'll have the whole thing solved by tea time. Never mind the suspicious scientific installation just down the road and the mysteriously missing child genius, you've got a job to do! Yes, the Hidden Expedition team is at it again with their latest hidden object adventure, Hidden Expedition: Dawn of Prosperity, the ninth in the series. Eipix interactive and Big Fish Games have once again gifted us with with top of the line adventuring and hidden object finding along with a soupcon of trivia learning.
Okay. So maybe this looks a little bad. You come to in a dark, strange place, stumbling down a hallway that doesn't seem to have an end, only to find yourself trapped in a room where a little girl's voice tells you that you've been chosen to prove your worth to join her "sanctuary". And maybe this place is filled with cryptic symbols, vanishing doorways, mutilated dolls, and tripwires. But things could be worse!... right? In Mad Head Games' creepy new hidden-object adventure Maze: Subject 360, things are sincerely weird as you find yourself trapped and apparently at the whims of one twisted little girl who has no problem testing her "subject" against deadly traps. The last thing you remember is driving down a rainy road at night, before spinning out after narrowly avoiding a deer, and the more you stumble onward, the more you remember, but you'll need to keep playing your disturbing little host's games if you want to make it out alive. As you explore, you'll solve a plethora of puzzles, gather items from hidden-object scenes, find secret symbols and morphing objects, and, theoretically, find out the truth about where you are and why. With a flair for the extreme and the weird, Maze: Subject 360 delivers an over-the-top horror experience with gorgeous visuals and high production values, though not without a heaping helping of camp and tasty, tasty cheese. Though it might pile on a bit much for people who like their horror truly dark, fans of casual hidden-object adventures who have been craving something with a bit of teeth and some truly creative design will want to clear a dark and stormy night for this one. Captain Jumpscare... awaaaaaay!
When a hidden-object adventure opens with some lady casually obliterating some woman in weird cosplay lounging sexily on a rock a few miles away from the ocean, you know you're in for a weird ride, and EleFun Games' Witche's Legacy: The Dark Throne. See, that was no ordinary bejeweled lady... that was the wicked witch queen, Morgana, and ever since destroying her several months ago, Lynn is just now beginning to relax and enjoy married life with her boring husband... you. You have, in fact, with the help of Lynn and her mother, opened a museum of magic named in honor of your brother (and I mean literally... the name on the building is "Museum Named in Honor of Thomas Charleston", Lynn, you creative minx, you), and it's in that museum that Lynn is suddenly spirited away by dark energies after stumbling upon a stained glass window that turns into a portal into another world. Together with the help of your loyal family imp, you set off to rescue Lynn and find out what's going on, which means exploring a lot of dangerous places seething with dark magic, and undertaking a lot of tasks and otherworldly puzzles your witchy wife is probably way more qualified than you to undertake. Then again, you are a former Witch Hunter, so maybe things will work out in your favour after all. Click around to explore and interact with things, pick up optional puzzle pieces to unlock more of the backstory, and use your little imp pal to help you in certain situations. You know, like when you need a tiny grunting green dude to pop a pose and flash gangsta signs. Witch stuff.
While on your way to a book signing (your own!), an avalanche distracts you from your task of terrible driving to strand you inside a tunnel, and between the unsettling flickering images you keep seeing and the threatening call on the nearby emergency phone, not to mention the creepy little girl crooning disturbing nursery rhymes, you're beginning to think AAA won't be much help here. But in Eipix Entertainment's hidden-object adventure Phantasmat: The Dread of Oakville, your troubles are just beginning. As you hunt for help in the dark hamlet, strange visions plague you, the locals seem more than a little out of it, and with missing persons fliers plastered everywhere, it quickly becomes apparent that you may be in over your head. Hunt through the town for clues, solving puzzles and rooting through piles of items in hidden-object scenes, and brace yourself for a jump scare or two. With gorgeous visuals, an intense moody atmosphere, and a story full of twists, Phantasmat: The Dread of Oakville is a stellar spooky casual adventure that's perfect for any night, dark and stormy or otherwise.
When we last saw Emily, she had just said goodbye to her old restaurant and moved into a new home with her husband and daughter. Now it's time to settle into the neighbourhood and fix up the house while still trying to keep her business afloat. Emily is nothing if not a superb multitasker, but this might prove to be her greatest challenge to date. Join her in Delicious: Emily's Home Sweet Home, the latest episode in the highly successful time-management Delicious series by GameHouse, as she deals with six restaurants, a dilapidated home, and one particularly nasty neighbour.
Friends! Readers! Do not let your life be constrained by arbitrary dates on a calendar! Whether its October or not, we should all be free to enjoy the ghoulish delights of a haunted house or three, and Grey Alien Games' match-3 arcade game Spooky Bonus (also available directly from the developer) is just the ticket if you're looking for a thoroughly casual and thoroughly enjoyable bit of addictive token matching gameplay. Strange things are happening in Old Town!... that's it. That's the whole story. You'll move across a map filled with goblins, ghosts, witches and other things that go bump in the night, but most importantly, the map is also packed to the brim with levels! Match three or more of the same token by swapping adjacent tiles to make a match, with special tiles charging your power-ups or creating bombs that clear the board, and others clearing golden tiles to let you buy more upgrades. Each level (which you can choose to with or without a timer) has its own conditions to meet, such as matching a certain number of a particular type of item, and different levels have different types of items. It's a simple premise done right, packaged up in a sweetly spooky (though not scary!) aesthetic that will keep fans of the genre happy for hours.
"Oh Roberto," croons Lucia, "I know that together we can face any danger, and you can always count on me!" Until they can't, and he can't, when Roberto is stabbed right in front of his beloved's eyes a few moments later, and then whisked away by dark magic. Way to drop the ball, Lucia. To make things even more ironic, Roberto was in the middle of writing a letter to you for help... he was, after all, your student in magic before he became the duke of Florence, but recently he's become concerned someone might come after him for his work. Looks like he was right, and unless you can prove her innocence, Lucia's going to be executed at midnight in ERS Game Studios' hidden-object adventure Haunted Legends: The Dark Wishes. Lucia is actually convinced Roberto is still alive, and it turns out he might have gotten wrapped up in some serious magic indeed, as one of the Fates themselves is here on Earth looking for the Philosopher's Stone. She doesn't say it was stolen by the creepy little guy who keeps making threatening messages appear at you, but, well, c'mon. Now you're in a race to find the Philosopher's Stone before he can figure out where it is and how to harness its power without killing him, and you'll need to travel the world, solving puzzles, finding items, and, yes, rooting through hidden-object scenes to thwart him... with the help of a little magic of your own. And I guess the floating, skeletal goddess of fate. She's probably a little helpful too.