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The Mystery Case Files games have been doing a good job of finding the sweet spot between adventure and hidden object gameplay styles, and 13th Skull is the same way. While the acting could have used a bit more work, the overall product is good for a few hours of fun. If nothing else, then fans of this style of game should download the demo. Most likely, before the trial period is up, you will be hooked.
A great puzzle game, perfect for sitting down with on a more casual basis. It’s not a revolution for the genre just yet, but if Big Fish Games keep working on the series as well as they are now, it could well become a new hero of puzzle gaming.
We've seen a few games now that have more adventure game elements bought into the hidden object experience and 13th Skull continues the trend rather nicely. The adventure game-style puzzles are solid and do require some thought which is certainly appreciated and there's enough hidden object game elements here to satisfy fans of the genre. Having to hunt for items so that characters co-operate with you does become a little tedious, and is something that could have been cut down on, but thankfully it's a small negative in an overall enjoyable game. In essence then, fans of hidden object and adventure games will enjoy what Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull has to offer.
Overall, Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull is an impressive mélange of solid storytelling, interesting gameplay and superlative production quality, and strives proactively to blur the line even more between casual and traditional adventure games. It drags at times with obvious contrivances meant to protract game time – the repetitive chores grate on the nerves and the exhausting backtracking without the benefit of a navigable map is inexcusable. However, the creativity and effort invested in its development is obvious, as is the conscious decision to push the boundaries of its core casual genre without compromising its basic tenets. This is a game made with great care from start to finish, and promises 5–8 hours of riveting entertainment for anyone who appreciates quality hybrid adventures.
Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull is an enjoyable adventure game with an interesting story. If it weren’t for the constant back-tracking and the horrendous acting of the characters, this game could have been great. But even with these flaws, I still found myself intrigued enough to keep playing and pretty satisfied at the end.
This is one of the better hidden object games and proves that this genre is still alive and quite healthy. For most veterans of this genre, it will take them around 6 to 7 hours to successfully complete and for newcomers, a little more, depending on how often you use the hint system. Nice graphics, fun gameplay and something a little supernatural is what Mystery Case Files: 13th Skull is about.