Sunday, January 07, 2007

News: Online Mystery Games are Back from the Dead

Games of MysteryReuters is reporting that mystery games are back from the dead, thanks to surging interest from older gamers and digital technology that makes them cheaper to produce and distribute.

According to Reuters, mystery games were popular in the mid-1990s but then fell out of favor. Recently, however, publishers of two popular online mystery games, Mystery Case Files and Mystery at Mansfield Manor, have been attracting large numbers of players, and a disproportionate number of them are older women. Links to both these games are available on the Games of Mystery website.

Big Fish, creator of the Mystery Case Files series, plans a retail launch this spring at Wal-Mart and other major retailers to get recognition for the title with consumers who may be leery of buying online. The three current Mystery Case Files games have sold more than 700,000 units. The company plans six more installments of the mystery-themed games.

With not one dollar to spend on advertising, Rory Scherer, founder of Toronto company SR Entertainment, banked on the appeal of TV crime shows and mystery novels when he launched Mystery At Mansfield Manor last summer. The game's rich look and user-friendly website, praised by several reviewers, was achieved for $50,000, Scherer said. SR Entertainment recently inked a deal with Stonehenge Media Group to raise $2 million to make five more interactive games.

Read the entire story, as published on CNET News.com, here.

Visit Games of Mystery for more mystery games of all kinds as well as mystery parties, mystery-themed vacations, and more!

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