spooky-ravenhastOne of the most successful and well known hidden object franchise is the Mystery Case Files series from Big Fish Games. Today, the fifth title in the series, Mystery Case Files: Return to Ravenhearst, is being released by the developers, together with Activision, in an attempt to reveal the dark past of the Ravenhearst manor. And you can understand that a casual title is huge when it gets a physical release!

In the third episode in the series, Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst, players first explored the mysterious 19th century mansion constructed by Charles Dalimar as a symbol of affection for his love, Emma Ravenhearst. In the newest episode, Return to Ravenhearst, Emma`s soul is free, but her ghost has delivered a dire warning: evil still lurks in Ravenhearst Manor! You have to solve the mystery and see what this is all about. So give your eyes a little rest, because once the game is out, they’ll be busy looking for hidden objects!

“Activision is an exceptional partner. They understand the power of the Mystery Case Files brand and how to address its expanding audience at retail,” said Pat Wylie, vice president of Big Fish Games Studios. “Mystery Case Files has generated mass-market popularity akin to what Myst achieved in 1991 and The Sims in 2000. Combining an accessible game mechanic, immersive storyline and live orchestra soundtrack, Return to Ravenhearst is unsurpassed in the market.”

Maybe it’s a bit too much to compare the Mystery Case Files games with Myst or The Sims, but it’s not too far either: Big Fish reports that over 3 million copies were sold since the launch of the first title!