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Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst (Windows)

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Once again, the ghost of Emma Ravenhearst summons the detective to the cursed estate to investigate and free ghosts, while fighting the evil spirit of her husband Charles.

Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst is another instalment of the Mystery Case Files series of hidden object games, and the sequel to Ravenhearst. This time around, the gameplay focus is on the point-and-click adventure portion, with hidden object screens. The main objective is to solve all the puzzles encountered on the various places of the Ravenhearst abandoned estate, to complete the investigation and help Emma's ghost.

Ravenhearst is presented as a series of mostly static images that can be navigated by placing the cursor at one of the screen sides. If it is possible to move in that direction, the cursor becomes an arrow that can be clicked to move on. The inventory at the bottom shows several slots storing all the tools available. Objects are collected by clicking them on the scenery, or after completing one of the hidden object screens. The inventory items can be used to solve puzzles by dragging them to an appropriate and logical place or object.

A separate hidden object screen comes up after clicking on certain portions of the scenery, that show a glimmering effect to indicate their use. After finding all the objects from a list at the bottom, one of them is stored in the inventory for later use.

Puzzles appear on most locations, where a window or a whole separate screen comes up that can be manipulated with the cursor. Some puzzles can be skipped, with a time penalty of 30 minutes added to the score.

Clues and other bits of information are automatically stored in the journal, accessible at any point in the game. The hint button shows the position of required items in the hidden object screens, and can also give clues about the use of inventory tools, by dragging any of them to it. It takes a few minutes to reload after use.

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Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst Windows Chest
Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst Windows Symbols puzzle
Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst Windows Kitchen
Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst Windows Marbles puzzle

Alternate Titles

  • "Mystery Case Files: Terug naar Ravenhearst" -- Dutch title
  • "Mystery Case Files: Rückkehr nach Ravenhearst" -- German title

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The Press Says

Game Mile Nov 27, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Adventurespiele Apr 17, 2009 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GameZebo Nov 28, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Common Sense Media 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
USA Today Dec 12, 2008 4 out of 5 80
Adventure Gamers Jan 15, 2009 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 28, 2013 12 out of 20 60

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Macs Black (77784) added Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst (Windows) on Dec 12, 2008
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