Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake

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Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake
Developer(s) Big Fish Studios
Garth Bonikowski
Ben Schofield
Publisher(s) Big Fish Games
Director(s) Kale Stutzman
David Stevenson
Series Mystery Case Files
Platform(s) Windows, Mac OS X, iOS
Release date(s)
  • WW: December 26, 2012
    (Standard Edition)
  • WW: November 21, 2012
    (Collector's Edition)
October 10, 2013
(Collector's Edition)
Genre(s) Adventure, puzzle
Mode(s) Single-player

Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake is an adventure-puzzle casual game developed by Big Fish Studios and distributed by Big Fish Games. It is the ninth installment in the Mystery Case Files series and was released on November 26, 2012. This game was the one to introduce the interactive map in the Mystery Case Files series in the adventure games part.[1][2]


The Master Detective seeks assistance from a psychic medium while investigating the mysterious destruction of Bitterford, a ghost town near Sebec Lake in Maine.


This is the fifth Mystery Case Files game to feature a live-action cast after Return to Ravenhearst, Dire Grove, 13th Skull and Escape From Ravenhearst.

It was announced by Big Fish Games that actress Lea Thompson would star in the game on October 15, 2012. Thompson plays a psychic medium that assists the Master Detective solve puzzles during their investigation of a ghost town’s mysterious destruction. Thompson's daughter, Madelyn Deutch, also stars as a co-host of a Ghost Patrol TV show that’s filming on-scene to uncover the haunted legacy of the town.[1] The remainder of the games cast was revealed on November 10, 2012, but many of their characters have yet to be revealed.[3]

  • Lea Thompson as Cassandra Williams
  • Brandon O'Neill as Jack Talon
  • Madelyn Deutch as Ghost Patrol Tech Kelli
  • Colleen Carey as Dr. Janet Flemming
  • Jim Iorio as Sheriff Dale O'Connor
  • Sean G. Griffin as Pastor Roberts
  • Iain Dunn as Billy Denney
  • Araceli Meager-Reyes as Sam
  • Terry Edward Moore as Warden Melvin M. Denney
  • Kristen Hebenstreit as Ellen Denney
  • Michael Patten as Convict Jaime Monihan
  • Jenna Poffenroth as News Anchor


Big Fish Games announced Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake on their blog on October 15, 2012.[1] The official speculation forum for Shadow Lake was opened on October 31, 2012, for fans of the game series to speculate about the forthcoming game.[4] A trailer for the game was released on November 15, 2012.[5] An interview with the games developers was posted to the Big Fish Games blog on November 15, 2012, featuring concept art from the game.[6] Big Fish Games held a live Twitter Q&A with actress Lea Thompson on November 16, 2012. When submitting questions, fans were asked to use the hashtag, "#AskLea".[7] A sneak peek of the Collector's Edition of Shadow Lake was also revealed on November 16, 2012.[2]

Ties to Madame Fate[edit]

During the bonus gameplay of Shadow Lake, the player is given a special mask and is tasked with finding all 50 morphing objects hidden throughout the entire game. Once all are found, the mask then spits out an admit one ticket to Fate's Carnival, a reference to the fourth game in the Mystery Case Files series, Madame Fate. Also within the game is a Madame Fate pachinko game, in which the player must score up to 100,000 points to reveal a hidden key.

Collectors Edition Extras[edit]

This is the fourth game in the Mystery Case Files with a collectors edition to be made. Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake you are to find a special key to get a bonus map location called "Grimes Quarry". Like the rest of the collectors editions this game also features bonus wallpapers, screensavers, and a special "behind the scenes" video.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c M., Conor (15 October 2012). "Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake Announced!". Big Fish Games. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Sneak Peek – Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake Collector's Edition". Big Fish Games. 16 November 2012. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Official MCF: Shadow Lake poster with Lea Thompson!". Facebook. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "MCF 2012... Picman's official clues and intrigue". Big Fish Games. 31 October 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Faulkner, Cameron (15 November 2012). "Get your first look at Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake (Exclusive Video)". Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  6. ^ M., Conor (15 November 2012). "Ask the Developer – Mystery Case Files: Shadow Lake". Big Fish Games. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  7. ^ M., Conor (16 November 2012). "#AskLea: Lea Thompson to Host Live Q&A on Twitter". Big Fish Games. Retrieved 17 November 2012.