Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate
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|Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate|
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|Developer(s)||Big Fish Studios|
|Publisher(s)||Big Fish Games|
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|Composer(s)||SomaTone Interactive Audio|
|Series||Mystery Case Files|
|Platform(s)||Windows / Mac OS X / iOS / Android|
|Release||Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X|
May 27, 2013
August 16, 2013
|Genre(s)||Hidden object game|
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Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate is a hidden object game developed by Big Fish Studios, and distributed by Big Fish Games. It is the fourth installment in the Mystery Case Files series. The game is available exclusively at Big Fish Games website. The Mystery Case Files franchise is the number one brand in casual games and has sold more than 2.5 million units to date.
The Master Detective has successfully freed Emma Ravenhearst's soul, and so follows a summons to a mysterious traveling carnival run by Madame Fate, a Roma woman with the power to foretell the future. Fate has had a vision of her own death that very evening at the stroke of midnight, and believes that one of the entertainers in her employ will be responsible. She tasks the Master Detective (revealed in this game to be female) with finding hidden objects around the carnival; these items will power Fate's crystal ball and allow the psychic to see where each of the fifteen suspects will be at 12:00 AM. In exchange, Fate offers to foretell the sleuth's own future; she agrees and begins to search the grounds, meeting the employees and solving word puzzles along the way.
When enough items have been discovered for each suspect, Fate's crystal ball activates, revealing a puzzle or carnival-style game that must be completed to unlock that particular individual's future. As the night progresses and the entertainers' whereabouts at midnight are revealed, it becomes apparent that everyone at the carnival is in grave danger. Many of the suspects are themselves foretold to either die or be grievously injured at midnight, exonerating each from being the murderer.
After the Master Detective realizes that none of her employees are the true culprit, Madame Fate blames her for bringing a "dark presence" to the carnival. Fate resigns herself to death, but offers to uphold her end of the bargain by unlocking the sleuth's own future. Upon solving a final puzzle, the dark presence is revealed: none other than the ghost of Charles Dalimar, Emma's murderer. Lifting the curse on Ravenhearst Manor inadvertently released Dalimar from his own ethereal prison, and he has followed and now seeks revenge on the Master Detective for breaking into his home and interfering with his plans. As Charles kills Madame Fate, the sleuth flees to a nearby phone booth and contacts the Queen of England. Her Majesty, who has been trying to reach the Detective, announces that Charles was unbound from Ravenhearst, and she grimly replies "I know" as a dark shadow approaches the booth.
Like the Mystery Case Files titles that came before, Madame Fate relies heavily on the hidden object puzzle. However, many other puzzle types have been included to enhance gameplay. These include object puzzles and word scramble puzzles necessary to gain further game information and to gain access to other rooms.
- The Amazing Larry: The carnival's magician, he displays a remarkable lack of talent. Charles's spirit causes him to undergo a gruesome take on a classic sawing a woman in half illusion and split himself in two pieces.
- Lucy the Bearded Beauty: The carnival's bearded lady and an extremely popular attraction. She is among the only employees to survive the night--the dark presence completely cuts off her famous whiskers, but she remains alive.
- Marlena the Mermaid: A beautiful swimmer (passed off as a real mermaid) who is having an affair despite her marriage to Dante Camelo. The evil spirit binds her in a fishing net underwater; it is unclear if she survives.
- Art the Carny: A ride operator who was involved in the case of the Queen's Diamond. Charles exploits his nicotine addiction and forces him to smoke hundreds of cigars at once, which kills him.
- Twyla Tangle: The company's contortionist who, despite her skill onstage, hates to do any physical labor around the carnival. The dark presence punishes her by folding her into a washing machine, locking the door, and activating the rinse cycle, drowning her.
- Bianca, the Daredevil Diva: The carnival's stunt performer who angers Madame Fate by trying to have an intern perform the more dangerous stunts in the act. Bianca is practicing a human cannonball trick at midnight, and Charles curses the cannon to blow her to smithereens.
- Fabiano Brawn, the World's Strongest Man: A strongman who is secretly having an affair with Marlena the Mermaid, much to Fate's consternation. The dark spirit attacks him while he is exercising and pins him beneath a massive barbell, where he suffocates.
- Lance Pierceman: The carnival's sword swallower and a self-described sociopath. The evil presence switches one of his fake blades with a real one, leading to his death.
- Armando Lucifonti: The company ringmaster who envies Madame Fate and dreams of taking over the carnival for himself. His death is plain but painful: Charles poisons his cocktail, and he unknowingly ingests the fatal drink.
- Tabitha the Lion Tamer: The head of the carnival's animal acts, she loathes Madame Fate for killing her favorite lion. The dark spirit forces the remaining cat to devour Tabitha whole.
- Franco the Excessive: Madame Fate's eldest son and a competitive eating champion who works in the carnival's freak show as the "fat man." His mother's meddling in his love life leads to a lack of appetite, which Charles exploits by having Franco become so hungry that he literally attempts to swallow a horse, killing him.
- Dr. Goodwell: A snake oil salesman who runs a medicine show in the carnival and has been helping himself to the company's profits, angering Madame Fate. Charles's ghost enchants one of Goodwell's own snakes to give him a fatal bite.
- Puddles: The carnival's traditionalist clown who dislike's Madame Fate's attempts to "modernize." The dark spirit hexes Puddles's prop gun to fire an actual bullet, leading to an inadvertent suicide.
- Dante Camelo: The tattooed man who tries to sell empty space on his heavily-inked body to other companies, much to Fate's chagrin. Charles hangs him by his own split tongue on a dead tree outside the carnival.
- Mao and Amber Tan: A married pair of acrobats who use their nimble fingers to pick audience member's pockets. The evil ghost sabotages their act and sends them plummeting to the ground, where they die on impact.
Big Fish Games released Fate's Carnival in November 2013.
According to independent tracking site game-sales-charts.com, following its release on November 8, 2007, Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate held the #1 sales spot on its home distribution channel, Big Fish Games, and has remained there. Leading casual games industry outlets such as Gamezebo.com have featured several articles featuring extremely positive reviews of the game.
- "Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate ® for iPad, iPhone, Android, Mac & PC! Big Fish is the #1 place for the best FREE games". Big Fish Games :: Safe & Secure Game Downloads.
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