The latest addition to the seek and find/puzzle game of the Mystery Case Files (MCF) series, I can say that this, by far, is the best seek and find PC game I've played. The goal of the game is to find who among her carnival subordinates wants to kill Madame Fate. As the master detective, the player is assigned to find clues to reveal the whereabouts of all her carnival employees at the stroke of midnight (since she foresaw that her death would happen around that time).
All the mini-games at the end of each level are, as to be expected from an MCF series, very challenging and quite puzzling (since you will be left to your own devices to figure out how to solve everything. The time limit makes this game a heart-pumping one, especially when you have not found all hidden objects and you do not have any hints left.The graphics, as usual, are stunning, but what makes this MCF installation stand out from all the others is the added objects movement in a particular level. Ravenhearst initiated having moving objects within the screen, but not as effective as MCF has done with Madame Fate. The former requires player control to make stuff move within the screen, but the latter has integrated said objects without the player having to do anything. This makes for a great distraction, which makes it extra difficult to concentrate on finding clues.
I liked this game's sounds, if only for the voice over of Madame fate that really creeps me out. It sounds so authentic, the way she speaks, and her evil laugh just get into my nerves. A subdued sound of carnival activities is always in the background, providing great ambiance to every scene.The ending is a delightful twist that is connected with the scary happenings at the Ravenhearst Manor, and it made me anticipate the MCF: Return to Ravenhearst installation even more! The creators actually announced that they will be releasing the fifth game in the series this fourth quarter of 2008, so better watch out for it! I, myself, can't wait!
Overall, Madame Fate made me look forward to yet another release of the MCF series. Given the high standards set by this game, it would be very interesting to find out what the creators of MCF can still add to their future releases.Hardware Requirement:
OS: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista
Memory: 512 MB
DirectX: 7.0 or later
CPU: P800 Video: 128MB Video Card