Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects

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Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects
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Developer(s) Big Fish Studios
Publisher(s) Big Fish Games
Series Mystery Case Files
Engine Director
Platform(s) Windows / Mac OS X, Nintendo DS
  • NA: April 6, 2006 (PC/Mac)
  • EU: June 28, 2013 (Nintendo DS)
Genre(s) Adventure/Puzzle
Mode(s) Single player

Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects is an adventure-puzzle casual game developed by Big Fish Studios, and distributed by Big Fish Games. It is the second 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.[1]


Following on the heels of Mystery Case Files: Huntsville, the player is tasked with investigating the disappearance of the Queen’s Hope Diamond in Capital City. The 800 carats (160 g) diamond was stolen from the Capital City Plaza Gallery where it was on display as part of the annual mineral convention, Sparkle Daze. Prime Suspects adds items that players have to discover to unlock later levels (such as finding a battery to power a flashlight). Characters also became a more prominent part of the series with the investigation revolving around a list of 20 characters with different personality ‘quirks’. After identifying the five prime suspects, the player discovers the person that is responsible for the stolen diamond and after that person is caught, the player searches for the gem box and after opening it and retrieving the diamond, the Queen thanks the player for finding the stolen diamond through a letter.


  • Kara Donnan AKA La Couturiere Criminelle - Occupation: Seamstress and fashion mogul
  • Annie Buddyhome AKA Mommy - Occupation: Housewife and suspected master thief
  • Constance Noring AKA The Snoozy Cruiser - Occupation: Curiosity shop operator and accidental car thief
  • Holly Day Inn AKA Her Heinous Highness - Occupation: Photo op fiend and collector of shiny objects
  • Barry Swanson AKA Spry Guy - Occupation: Unemployed superhero
  • John Thomas AKA Johnny Vicious - Occupation: Soccer hooligan
  • Arthur Lugen AKA Art the Carny - Occupation: Crooked carnival worker
  • Ricardo Gherkin AKA Dick Pickle - Occupation: Fruit vendor and toenail enthusiast
  • Ronny Tidwell AKA Big Iron Ronny - Occupation: Street performer
  • Foley Zipper AKA The Hollywood Scoop - Occupation: Ex-paparazzi and gossip columnist
  • Abe Stinkin AKA Abe the Babe - Occupation: Hot dog vendor and amateur meat collector
  • James Michael AKA Jimmy Glitter - Occupation: Lead guitarist of rock band Buttercream
  • Elizabeth Wright AKA Barbell Betty - Occupation: Salvage yard worker and professional body builder
  • Matilda Fitzgerald AKA Tone-Deaf Tilly - Occupation: Dental assistant and aspiring jazz singer
  • Crystal Ball AKA Madam Fleiss - Occupation: Fraudulent medium
  • 1011001 AKA Walter Gomez Jr. - Occupation: Jobless welding robot
  • Rudy Sinclair AKA Petro-Breath - Occupation: School teacher
  • Vincent Gavone AKA Vinny the Chin - Occupation: Token Mafia guy
  • Pierce Hart AKA Doctor Defect - Occupation: Pseudo physician
  • Susan Williams AKA Chocolate Sandie - Occupation: Black-market cookie pusher

Places for suspects' investigations[edit]

If suspects are not a Prime Suspects, they are located in these places:

  • Kara Donnan - Rialto Theater
  • Annie Buddyhome - Savings & Loan
  • Constance Noring - Curiosity Shop
  • Holly Day Inn - Capital City Station
  • Barry Swanson - Tenement
  • John Thomas - Flynn's Pub
  • Arthur Lugen - Tunnel of Terror
  • Ricardo Gherkin - Produce Stand
  • Ronny Tidwell - Millie the Milliner
  • Foley Zipper - Aristocrat Hotel
  • Abe Stinkin - Abe's Red Hots
  • James Michael - Rooftops
  • Elizabeth Wright - Auto Salvage
  • Matilda Fitzgerald - Mingo's Playhouse
  • Crystal Ball - Madam Ball Palm Reader
  • 1011001 - Sewer
  • Rudy Sinclair - Mick's Gas
  • Vincent Gavone - Rocco's News
  • Pierce Hart - Abandobed Hospital
  • Susan Williams - Carousel (this place appears again in Mystery Case Files: Madame Fate)


Like all Mystery Case Files titles, Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects relies heavily on the hidden object puzzle. Each hidden item represents a clue to determine the location of each suspect during the time in which the crime was committed. However, other challenges have been added to increase the overall challenge. Once the player has found the required hidden objects, they will travel to the Crime Computer and tackle a series of mini-games. Each mini-game will help the player to clear the name of one suspect or pinpoint them as a Prime Suspect. Remember: suspects on Level #20 are always Prime Suspects.

Original gameplay[edit]

Level #1: Abe Stinkin
Level #2: Holly Day Inn
Level #3: Ricardo Gherkin
Level #4: John Thomas
Level #5: Vincent Gavone
Level #6: Elizabeth Wright
Level #7: Constance Noring
Level #8: Matilda Fitzgerald
Level #9: Foley Zipper
Level #10: Barry Swanson
Level #11: James Michael
Level #12: Crystal Ball
Level #13: Arthur Lugen
Level #14: Kara Donnan
Level #15: Pierce Hart
Level #16: Susan Williams
Level #17: 1011001
Level #18: Rudy Sinclair
Level #19: Annie Buddyhome
Level #20: Ronny Tidwell

Original Prime Suspects[edit]

Prime Suspect #1: Abe Stinkin (from Level #1)
Prime Suspect #2: Vincent Gavone (from Level #5)
Prime Suspect #3: Elizabeth Wright (from Level #6)
Prime Suspect #4: Susan Williams (from Level #16)
Prime Suspect #5: Ronny Tidwell (from Level #20)

Original Villainous Thief[edit]

The Original Villainous Thief is Ronny Tidwell from Level #20 of original gameplay.

Theme & Production Values[edit]

Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects features pre-rendered puzzles with many moving parts, as well as high quality orchestral audio and outstanding character voicing. One additional feature is game randomization. Once the player has completed Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects, they can play it again and be presented with an entirely new set of 'Prime Suspects'.


According to independent tracking site, following its release on April 5, 2006, Mystery Case Files: Prime Suspects held the #1 sales spot on its home distribution channel, Big Fish Games, and has remained in the top 20 ever since. Leading casual games industry outlets such as have featured several articles featuring extremely positive reviews of the game.[citation needed]

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