“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust” is often said by ministers at funerals or graveside services, after all possibility that one’s health can be improved has passed. But the dust of Malgrave Island is very healthy for you, with the different types of dust around the island capble of improving/curing various diseases. As the Nintendo site for this fun and addictive Wii game states:
The Malgrave Incident follows a wealthy recluse named Winston Malgrave who claims to have made an extraordinary discovery. His private island is home to a strange dust that may have the power to cure many of the world’s ailments. When he requests the aid of the master detective of the Mystery Case Files detective agency to help him save his beloved wife, Sarah, he opens the door into a world of shadowy intrigue and closely guarded family secrets. Is there more to this eccentric client’s case than meets the eye?
There are a lot of things I really liked about this hidden-object/mystery solving game by Big Fish, the latest in their popular Mystery Case Files series. The environments you travel through and search in are rich, and this helps immerse you in the storyline. Also, you can play solo or test your sleuthing skills cooperatively with up to three friends in new multiplayer modes. You can also play against your friends in any of three different competitive modes. In Swift Pick, players must find certain hidden objects before their opponents do; in Tick Tick Pick, they must find a hidden object and pass the ticking time bomb to an opponent before it explodes; in Classic Pick, whoever finds the most hidden objects is the winner. (Note that you will need an extra controller for each friend who plays with or against you.)
A new and cool aspect to The Malgrave Incident is that for the first time in the Mystery Case Files series, scenes have three visual layers, inviting players to scroll and zoom with the Wii Remote as they search for objects. Each scene also contains a special inventory item that allows players to access new areas of Malgrave Island and solve additional puzzles. An on-screen hint button can also be used to highlight the area around hard-to-find objects.
The Malgrave Incident is not just your mother’s or father’s hidden-object game. The island you are investigating is three-dimensional, and you also solve puzzles. Certain objects that you locate are then used to trigger ways to explore other parts of the island that have been previously locked to you. Also, you can collect postcards at different areas around the island.
This Big Fish game is so recent that there is not, so far, much written about any cheat codes or tips and tricks to help you out. But I do know that if you manage to collect all 31 postcards, you will be given the ability to access a Barbershop hidden object screen at South Street, and also a Plaza Curiosity hidden object screen at the Plaza.
The Malgrave Incident is a Must Have game for fans of hidden-object and puzzle-solving mysteries. It’s a fun game that can be enjoyed not only by yourself but also with your family and friends, which for me raises it above the hordes of other hidden-object types of games. They are all fun ways to spend your time, but in my honest opinion, being able to play in cooperative and competitve modes with your friends makes The Malgrave Incident one of the best hidden-object games yet for the Wii system. Check it out and see what I mean!