This Unsolved Case Files Game is amazing if you are into crime detective stuff and mysteries. This Unsolved Case Files is the Harmony Ashcroft Case. I did find out there are four or five other Unsolved Case Files game as well. Unsolved Case Files is from Goliath Games and Pressman. I can’t tell you enough just how awesome this one is. The case file includes documents, photos, maps, newspaper clippings, interrogations – everything you need to solve the objectives.
About The Case
“On May 8th, 1998, the small Indiana town of Riverdale was shocked by the brutal murder of one of it’s most beloved citizens on the night before her wedding. The victim, Harmony Ashcroft, was murdered in the parking lot behind a restaurant during her own wedding rehearsal dinner. Bones McBride, a local vagrant, was framed for the murder and has spent over two decades behind bars despite being 100% innocent.”
Unsolved Case Files Game
With the Unsolved Case Files Game, you get to prove his innocence and convict the real killer. There is a folder full of evidence to give you the clues to solve each objective. What makes this so interesting is that this is a fictional case that you get to solve with evidence and documents from the original case file. How neat is that?! My daughter is into crime shows including some of those documentary crime shows we watch on Netflix just as much as I do. So she was also thrilled with this game as well.
When you open the case folder, you see the first objective on the inside cover. Your first objective is to prove Bones is innocent. Once you figure out why Bones is innocent, you visit the website provided at the Unsolved Case Files website. You do this after each objective to make sure you are right before continuing to the next objective. Like I said, it’s really neat.
So, once you have solved and completed the first objective correctly, you can open the red Bonus Envelope A. It is very important that you don’t open these ahead of time and that you do them in order. And of course don’t open them until you figure out the previous objectives. Inside each envelope, you will receive your next objective and they also include additional evidence.
As a suggestion, I wouldn’t mix these items up with the file evidence. I strongly suggest keeping those items out of the way of everything else. That way, when you are finished or taking a break, you can put them back inside the envelope. If you play again at a later time or pass it along to someone else to play, everything will remain in order.
By the way, I will not mention the other objectives or what was in the bonus envelopes. I don’t want to ruin the game for anyone. There is an Evidence envelope inside the file. It contains a bunch of photos to help you figure things out. All the photos are printed on a cardstock material so they don’t get easily bent up. I definitely appreciate this! Another thing that I love about this file is that there is a case file inventory list. It makes it easy to know which documents are in there. There is also a note at the bottom letting you know that if there are any items/documents missing in your file to go to a certain website to get those docs.
Before my daughter and I started, we went through the inventory list and checked everything off. We weren’t missing anything. My daughter thought it was really cool going through it. She said, and I quote, “I am kind of getting chills. I kind of feel like a real detective!”.
While I don’t want to mention the other objectives or bonus evidence, I do want to mention some of the evidence that is in the case file. We got to look over the autopsy report, viewed maps and locations, they even had Bone’s fingerprints included. I did get kind of sad though because there was a wedding party invitation in the file.
We read through interview transcripts and of course we read through the newspaper clippings and articles. I thought the newspaper clippings were really neat because they felt like a real newspaper. All the documents were copies of copies but they all looked and felt like the real thing.
Also included were persons of interest. There were quite a few of them. Each one was paperclipped together complete with photo, statements, interview transcripts, and a couple of them had court orders included. I thought it was pretty cool with everything that was included.
It took us a decent amount of time to figure everything out. I think we probably took almost 4 hours to solve it. We did take a break after about two hours and then came back to it. For me personally I think the time it took us was pretty great. I mean, it wasn’t really hard but at the same time, it wasn’t easy either.
My daughter and I LOVED this Unsolved Case Files Game. I felt it was really put together and very organized. We both loved the look and feel of all the documents. Like she said, we felt like real detectives. We both thought it was really fun. There were times that we felt a little stumped and weren’t exactly sure where to go from where we were at. But we kept working at it. We thought it was really exciting the closer and closer we got. There were a few times we were kind of surprised especially when we got toward the end of solving this case. But nope, sorry guys. My lips are sealed. You have to try it out for yourself!
Like I said, I am going to have to get a couple more of these. We really enjoyed it! Age recommendations are 14 years and older.
Buy It: You can buy this Unsolved Case Files game – Harmony Ashcroft Case at Walmart for $26-$27. The retail price is $29.99. You can also find this one and other Unsolved Case Files on Amazon as well.
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