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Big Fish Games Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove Combines Reality Thriller Movie and Casual Game

November 25, 2009

Big Fish Games’ Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove Combines Reality Thriller Movie and Casual Game

Integration of Studio-Quality Film, Interactive Gameplay Creates Most Immersive Mystery Case Files Game Yet

Big Fish Games today released the sixth episode of its award-winning Mystery Case Files (MCF) series – Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove. In a first for Big Fish Games Studios and a step forward for the casual-gaming industry as a whole, MCF: Dire Grove integrates studio-quality film clues with the hidden-object-and-puzzle adventure gameplay that is a hallmark of the brand. The result is the most immersive casual game ever released by Big Fish Games Studios.

“Everybody loves games; everybody loves movies,” said Patrick Wylie, vice president of Big Fish Games Studios. “With Dire Grove, we combined the best elements of a reality thriller with the stimulating, easily accessible gameplay for which MCF is best known. This combination of film and gameplay offers existing MCF fans a new experience while also appealing to a broader audience.”

Filmed in Patagonia, Argentina, the story of Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove begins with the discovery of a video tape in an abandoned rental car in north England. The game goes on to include approximately eight to 12 hours of interactive gameplay, complete with hidden objects, video clues and puzzles set within an intriguing new location – Dire Grove. Gameplay is much more open-ended, allowing players to explore in a non-linear, classic adventure fashion.

In addition to offering a standalone version of the game, for the first time, Big Fish Games Studios is offering a Collector’s Edition that gives fans early access to the full MCF: Dire Grove game, as well as extra content. With the Collector’s Edition, people can enjoy additional gameplay that reveals secrets about future MCF episodes, an achievements and awards system, an integrated strategy guide, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the game.

Pricing and Availability
The Collector’s Edition of Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove is available now for $19.95 USD at The standard version will be available in early December for $6.99 USD.

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