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Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Spooky-themed seek-and-find game good for patient players.

Game Nintendo Wii 2011
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Spooky atmosphere might be too much for younger kids.

My seven year old son enjoyed playing it for awhile, but the spooky, sinister atmosphere it created resulted in a lot of anxiety at bedtime. He was very upset that it was rated "E for Everyone" and suggests that it is for older kids. Aside from the atmosphere, I thought it was fun, but definitely for older players because there are references to Hamlet and to objects that a younger person might not know. Definitely an intriguing game and one to play as a family.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Why would a family spend $40 on the sort of game that can be found for $10 on PC or $3 on an iPad? Surprisingly, there are a number of compelling answers. For starters, the quality of the narrative is closer to that of a full-priced boxed game than a simple downloadable. Plus, the number and variety of puzzles is impressive, and there are lots of bonus collectibles for keen-eyed players to find along the way. And the three multiplayer games, though simple, extend the fun in a way that’s impossible in a PC-based hidden object game. Expect ten or more hours of solid entertainment, all told.

Our biggest beef has to do with the Wii. Despite its control scheme -- which is perfect for a game like this -- and its seemingly ideal demographic of casual gamers, it doesn’t do a great job of generating clear graphics. That’s a problem in a game that demands players identify tiny details in busy scenes. It’s not a deal breaker, but it is the cause of some frustration. Nonetheless, Mystery Case Files: The Malgrave Incident earns an easy recommendation.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: June 28, 2011
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: E for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Violent References
  • Last updated: August 29, 2016

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