Shadow Wolf Mysteries: Bane of the Family Collector’s Edition is a mystery game in the HOG (hidden object game) genre. The player assumes the role of a detective who must help stop the wolf’s curse. Players must visit different locations in the game and look for the items that are listed at the bottom part of the window. These items are hidden within the scene and some are harder to find than others, as they are smaller in size. Objects that have been found will be crossed out from the list. There is also a hint button located at the lower right part of the window that can be used when items are hard to find. However, they must be used sparingly as the hint takes time to recharge. More of the story is revealed as users progress through the game.
Aside from the hidden object aspect of the game, players are also presented with different puzzles that must be solved. Some of them include memory games and rotation puzzles. There is also additional gameplay included in the game as it is the collector’s edition. Aside from that, other extras include a walkthrough and wallpapers that can be used on the computer.