Mystery Case Files: The Black Veil Collector's Edition
March 24, 2017
3 Difficulties + Custom Mode
Exclusive Bonus Chapter
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Cutscenes
Soundtracks & Concept Art
Replayable HOs & Puzzles
Achievements & Collectibles
Knight's Dire Fate & Case Files
We know how adept Eipix is at developing games, being able to release over three sequels of some of its franchises within a year. This is the first time the Mystery Case Files series has strayed away from its Thanksgiving release time-frame. We are big fans of the MCF series so we are not complaining, but we would also like Big Fish and Eipix to keep the series “special” by releasing only one sequel per year, preferably around the usual Thaksgiviving timeslot.
While we did not necessarily enjoy some of Eipix’s recent offerings, we believe that Mystery Case Files showcases Eipix at their best. In The Black Veil, you are to investigate the town of Dreadmond, which was taken over by a strange illness that speeds up people’s aging process. This is certainly not the strongest storyline we have seen from MCF, but the twists and turns are just enough to hold our interests.
Eipix did an amazing job channeling the melancholy undertone through the game’s sights and sounds. The artwork is masterful, the cutscenes are top-shelf, and the animations are some of Eipix’s best works. The splendid visuals are accompanied by moody background music and spot-on voice-acting – there is not a single flaw regarding the game’s production.
The previous MCF game, Broken Hour, was incredibly entertaining mainly before of its complexity. Thus, we were slightly disappointed to find that the level of challenge in The Black Veil did not live up to our expectations. That does not mean that The Black Veil is an overly-simple adventure, because when compared to most HOPAs in the recent times, it is still considerably challenging. We just wish that Eipix would have incorporated more subtle detective “clues” and surprises in the gameplay, both of which were part of what made the series so iconic in the first place. For your information, the game still features some clever hidden object scenes and highly-entertaining “super-puzzles”.
The Collector’s Edition of Mystery Case Files: The Black Veil comes with a plethora of extras. This includes a bonus chapter, a strategy guide, wallpapers, videos, concept art, soundtracks, replayable hidden objects, replayable puzzles, case files, achievements, morphing objects, collectibles, and a Knight’s Dire Fate.
Mystery Case Files: The Black Veil may not be as complex as we had hoped for, but its entertainment value is still beyond impressive.
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