Spooky-themed seek-and-find game good for patient players.
Common Sense Media
25 November 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident is a mostly innocuous hidden object game. Some scenes -- like a crypt -- can be a little scary, and the narrative briefly references people dying, but play is limited to finding objects and solving puzzles; players never see any violence.
Review: Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident (Nintendo Wii)
5 November 2011
Summary: Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident isn’t a very good Wii game. It’s not a good adventure game. It’s not a good hidden object game. It’s not a good Mystery Case Files game. For thirty dollars you’re getting something that pales in comparison to the rest of the series, all of which go for about seven to fourteen dollars, or twenty for the collector’s editions with nifty swag. Why would anyone pay extra to play a third rate MCF game on the Wii?
Wii Review - 'Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident'
27 July 2011
Summary: Using the Wii Remote controller, players must explore Malgrave Island and solve multi-layered hidden-object puzzles to advance the story. They can play the main adventure on their own or cooperatively with up to three friends.
Excerpt: The (Hidden) Object of My Affection? The Malgrave Incident is a mystery puzzle game interspersed heavily with "find the hidden object" scenes. You are a detective hired by a rich recluse to investigate the strange happenings on his island. Once thriving but now a deserted ruin, the island contains a valuable natural resource... and a secret. Like any good mindboggler , there are plot twists and MacGuffins that will keep you guessing.
Pros: Great presentation, Intriguing mystery, Recycled hidden object scenes, Eyestrain from low-res graphics, No clues for puzzles
Conclusion: Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident isn't a bad game, but it's not necessarily a great one. The game is led by a strong story and it takes a classic formula (Myst/7th Guest) and adds a bit of 2011 flavor to it. Regretfully, the game does throw frustrating puzzles and controls into the mix, which hurt the overall experience significantly.
Summary: Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident blends a competent but somewhat lacklustre logic-based adventure with excellent and cleverly designed hidden object gameplay, even managing to throw in a solid and somewhat compelling storyline. It's a title that anyone should be able to pick up and have a fun time with, whether alone or with friends or family, though the main mode's focus on repeating old seek-and-find segments as well as some bland puzzles along the way make...