I have always associated the Wii with fun casual games like Wii Sports and Boom Blox, so a hidden object game for the system wouldn’t be that far fetched. In comes Mystery Case Files: Malgrave Incident, a full-on hidden object adventure game for the Wii! I am no stranger to the Mystery Case Files series, having played Dire Grove, Ravenhurst, 13th Skull, among others on the PC. Let me tell you, I was not the least bit disappointed in Malgrave Incident; it was fun, well-made and addictive. I just couldn’t stop playing it.
In the game you are hired as a detective by Winston Malgrave – a rich fosselized inventor who has called you to his island to help save the life of his wife Sarah. His island apparently has a magic dust that restores youth and cures all illnesses, but it is currently in short supply, so Malgrave wants you to investigate his island and find as much of the stuff as you can. But, upon arriving on the island, you discover things are amiss, run-down and deserted, which adds to the mystery behind Malgrave’s request: What is this dust? Who is this Malgrave?
Malgrave Incident was a great story with a very fun gameplay. The five-chaptered story takes you to different locales through the island that are easy to navigate, thanks to an interactive map, which allows you to move between scenes easily instead of manually moving from one scene to the next. The game is full of complex, multi-layered hidden object games. The Wii-mote allowed you to zoom into HOG scenes nice and close which was great for those with bad eyesight (you lookin’ at me??). There are also other puzzles you need to solve in order to unlock a door or to release the magic dust into the several dust collecting machines Malgrave has you use at the end of every chapter. The game’s graphics, animations and music were very well-done. No cheese here!
A couple of disappointing aspects though: some of the hidden object scenes are re-used, which isn’t a problem in and of itself; but, the second last hidden object scene had me search for the very same items I had searched for previously. That is just laziness on the part of the game developers! And one more thing: If you give me a puzzle, I expect a brief instruction on what I am supposed to do. Every puzzle presented to me had no instructions, and some were vague, which resulted in my consulting a walkthrough just to get a clue!
Overall, I would highly recommend Mystery Case Files: Malgrave Incident. It’s a great game with excellent replay value. And, you can play multi-player, which adds to the Wii’s appeal. Pick up a copy and add it to your collection!
Mystery Case Files: Malgrave Incident
Developer: Big Fish Games / Publisher: Nintendo