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Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish

Posted By: Marian

Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/20/20 12:43 PM

Today's game for Club Members, tomorrow's game for all.

You can download Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition here.

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Big Fish Editor's Choice! This title was selected for its exceptional quality and overwhelmingly positive reviews from our Game Club beta testers.

GrandMA Studios proudly presents Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger – a brand-new chapter in the classic saga!

At first, it wasn’t clear why the Master Detective was called in to investigate a simple, small-town murder case… until the investigation reveals a string of strange references and familiar names from the agency’s past! What secrets lie behind the murder, and who, or what is so intent on bringing up the past? You’ll need superior searching skills, and all your puzzle-solving know-how to peel back the layers of this mystery! All of the shocking answers await you in this intriguing new chapter in the classic Hidden-Object Puzzle Adventure series!

This is a special Collector's Edition release full of exclusive extras you won’t find in the standard version. As a bonus, Collector's Edition purchases count toward three stamps on your Monthly Game Club Punch Card!

The Collector’s Edition includes:

Explore deeper mysteries of Celtic folklore as you take on an ancient trial in the bonus game!
Replay your favorite HOPS and mini-games and earn a variety of unique achievements!
Tons of puzzle pieces and collectible/morphing tarot cards to find!
Enjoy exclusive wallpapers, soundtrack, concept art, jigsaw puzzle, tarot card collection, fortune predictions, and more!
Never get lost with the strategy guide


As always, please remember to come back and tell us what you think.

Happy gaming! sherlock
Posted By: BrownEyedTigre

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/20/20 12:47 PM

Woohoo! Can't wait to hear thoughts on the game! Thanks so much, Marian!
Posted By: Susie07

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/20/20 01:08 PM

Hi, Marian!

Thanks for the heads up. Unless I've been living under a rock, this is quite the surprise because, even though I've seen the promos, I didn't realize it would be released this soon laugh. The demo is installing right now, and fingers crossed for a good sale this weekend.

Susan
Posted By: Marian

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/20/20 01:23 PM

The promos started around two or three weeks ago, and happily it meant that the release of the game was imminent. smile
Posted By: Tally Ho

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/20/20 02:11 PM

Played the demo for about an hour; and bought the full version. It's a good game, as all the MCF games have been.

One complaint; I cannot use the full-screen option because it constantly flashes. Running it windowed cures the flashing, which probably happens because I have not installed a fancy video card. Several other games have exhibited this problem.
Posted By: Marian

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/20/20 03:29 PM

You might want to ask about that flashing-screen problem over in Glitches, Tally Ho. Most Big Fish games don't require a fancy video card.

I have what would be considered a low-end video card and not once has any Big Fish game given me a graphical problem like the one you describe.
Posted By: connie

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/20/20 04:02 PM

Thanks Marian, finished the demo. Now waiting for a good sale.
Posted By: Marian

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/20/20 04:39 PM

Hopefully there will be a good sale this weekend. wave
Posted By: oldbroad

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/20/20 05:18 PM

Thanks Marian!
Posted By: TLC

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/20/20 06:44 PM

I just bought it, with club credits. joy Thanks Marian. wavegirl
Posted By: Marian

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/20/20 07:05 PM

You are welcome! Have fun. wave
Posted By: Marian

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/21/20 02:40 PM

All About Casual Games has put up their review of the game here.
Posted By: my10rugrats

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/21/20 04:58 PM

got it downloaded but haven't played it yet. waiting to buy it when another bogo comes around
Posted By: oldbroad

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/21/20 05:46 PM

Thanks for the link to the review Marian!
Posted By: connie

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/21/20 09:58 PM

Thanks Marian.
Posted By: smitty145

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/23/20 05:26 PM

Thank you, Marian! smile

I really enjoyed playing this new MCF. sherlock

Now I will wait for MCF Crossfade, which I guess will come out Thanksgiving week (I hope, I hope,, I hope). grin
Posted By: Marian

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/23/20 05:29 PM

Glad to hear you enjoyed the game, smitty! happydance
Posted By: Tally Ho

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/23/20 07:15 PM

That's a terrific review! Who wrote it?
Posted By: Marian

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/23/20 07:59 PM

I sent a message to them on Twitter asking who wrote the review. Will add the information to this post if/when I receive a reply.
Posted By: TLC

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/24/20 04:50 PM

I really enjoyed this game and doing a replay. joy wavegirl
Posted By: Marian

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/24/20 08:22 PM

That is terrific news, TLC! thumbsup
Posted By: GamingPhreak

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/26/20 06:06 PM

The developer's name is "Grandma Studios." Makes us feel old. Are their games good (here is a list)?
Posted By: Marian

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/26/20 06:12 PM

I like their games, GamingPhreak, and I have played a great many of them. For me, I find them to be quite consistent in their quality. Having said that, you would be better off trying a demo and seeing for yourself. What people like and don't like can be quite subjective. smile
Posted By: Mad

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/27/20 01:41 AM

Just bought it - having liked the other offerings from Grandma 👍👍
Posted By: Marian

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/27/20 02:01 AM

I think you will like it then, Mad. smile
Posted By: GamingPhreak

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/27/20 06:35 PM

Originally Posted by Marian
I like their games, GamingPhreak, and I have played a great many of them. For me, I find them to be quite consistent in their quality. Having said that, you would be better off trying a demo and seeing for yourself. What people like and don't like can be quite subjective. smile


Demos aren't really free on BFG because they require membership. Demos are a thing of the past because nowadays people just go to Youtube to see gameplay. In fact, that's what I'm going to do for this game.
Posted By: Marian

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/27/20 06:39 PM

I don't know where you got that idea, because you don't have to be a member to download a demo. The only exception to this rule is the first 24 hours after a new game is released the demo for that game is only accessible to members. After that, it's available to everyone.

We have many people here playing and buying these games regularly who do not belong to the Game Club. It's never been a prerequisite for anything, save for the one thing I mentioned above lasting only 24 hours.

I also disagree about demos being a thing of the past. I find that to get a really accurate picture of a game that I would much prefer a demo in terms of how comfortable I am going to be using the interface, etc. In fact, GOG is offering a lot of demos and I have spent the last couple of days playing the Spiritfarer demo. Playing it is a different and better experience for me than merely watching it - particularly these days when the control scheme for a particular game is not always made abundantly clear, so hands-on is a much better thing altogether.
Posted By: GamingPhreak

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/27/20 06:50 PM

@Marian You're right, I misspoke. But still, nowadays many people prefer not having to install anything on their PC and just see the gameplay online wherever and however they can. I just watched the MCF Crossfade beta gameplay on Youtube. In casual games, the control schemes aren't going to be much different from game to game, so I don't feel the need to try them out. In the AAA game industry, demos are practically gone. Many people don't have PCs, good enough PCs, or don't have consoles, etc., can watch whatever gameplay footage online and get a good feel of the game. Sometimes even when a demo is available and my PC is capable of running it, I still may watch gameplay videos instead because it saves time.
Posted By: Marian

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/27/20 06:53 PM

MCF: Crossfade will be the next MCF game. Not sure when it will be released - although I'm guessing November, as that month usually brings us a new MCF game. I haven't watched that beta yet.
Posted By: Reenie

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/27/20 09:15 PM

I downloaded the Demo and played most of it. It is similar enough to the other MCF games that I think I'll buy it, but I have to say that the game play is a bit dodgy. Not sure if it is the game or the fact that I have a solid state hard drive, but the game does not run smoothly. It chokes and freezes and stutters. Frequently.

I find some of the mini-games a bit obscure, and that makes them more challenging. You aren't sure WHAT you are supposed to be doing, so you have to figure that out before you can start to solve the puzzle. I find that adds to the fun, but from similar comments I've read about other games in this Forum, I'm not sure everyone will feel the same. Best try out the Demo first, to see if you like it.
Posted By: Marian

Re: Mystery Case Files: The Harbinger Collector's Edition - New HOPA on Big Fish - 08/27/20 09:19 PM

I did not have any technical problems with Harbinger like the ones you describe, Reenie; it runs as smooth as silk. I am sorry that you are experiencing this. I did have a problem similar to that with a game once and uninstalling and reinstalling the Game Manager fixed the problem - no idea why that worked, but it did. I of course am not saying that this is a certain solution to your difficulties.

Trying the demo first is always a good idea. smile
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