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Wow, I wasn't expecting such a great game!

  • Aug 19, 2010
After demoing some of the other Mystery Case Files games, and finding out that they were search-and-find games, slightly like I Spy, I decided that they weren't really for me. But after hearing that this game had slightly more of an adventure game feel to it, I decided to buy it and give it a go. This is is breakdown of the game:

Story - You are driving in your car when a snowstorm keeps you from going on. YOu get out to try to find a phone, but instead you find an abandoned car with a VHS in it. You watch the VHS and see a terrified girl trying to escape something. You set out to find this girl and see if she can help you, but you discover a much more sinister mystery while looking for her. . .

Gameplay - The gameplay is so unique in this game, and it is SO fun. Most of the time, it's a third person adventure game that has you going around solving puzzles, collecting items, and using these items to interact with other items. However, there are also search-and-find scenes throughout the game that have you find 12 objects in a picture (no time limit) and keep one of those items to put in your inventory. There are quite a few of these, making the game a great mixture of both styles of games. And there are even a few horror elements in the game, too, as there are a few pop-outs that may startle you, but they probably won't give you nightmares. As a final note, there are also more VHS tapes to find and collect throughout the game that help the story move along, and this was a nice part of the gameplay.

Graphics - The graphics for the most part were really well done. They were kind of a realistic/cartoon/3D fusion, which sounds really weird, but let me just say that were were awesome to look at. The VHS tapes, however, are acted out by real people, and this isn't really part of graphics, but it's a great part of the game. The videos are chilling, and the actors act out the story so well; it's almost like watching a movie.

Sound - The sounds were chilling. You might hear a footstep behind you, or a whisper, and they are very good indeed. The music is very enjoyable to listen to. It's tense, sad, and spooky all at the same time. There isn't really voice acting except for the actors in the VHS tapes, and like I said, that was wonderful.

Fun - This game gets addicting more towards the middle, but the beginning is definitely NOT a disappointment. The fact that it's a combination of hidden object casual gaming and mysterious adventure gaming makes it an extremely interesting and fun game.

Replay Factor - There is definitely replay value in this game as the hidden objects in this game are constantly changing, so each time you play the game again, you have new objects to find. The story is interesting enough to play again, as well.

Overall, this is one of the best games I have ever played due to the fact of the fusion of styles that this game has. It is definitely worth a try even if you haven't been a fan of the earlier MCF games, and I highly recommend this game.

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Celtic legend surrounds the mysterious Dire Grove passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Considered a fairytale meant to frighten small children into staying in their beds through the night. A recently unearthed artifact in the United Kingdom, however, could prove the dark legend to be true! Use your wits and Hidden Object talents to follow the trail of a group of missing graduate students in Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove!


    • Use your wits and Hidden Object talents to follow the trail of missing students!
    • A recently unearthed artifact proves a dark legend to be true!
    • Live-action video footage
    • Beautiful Hidden Object scenes
    • Explore dangerous Dire Grove!
  • System Requirements  Minimum Specifications: OS:XP and Vista Processor:2.0 GHz RAM:1280 MB Hard Drive:526 MB Video Card:DirectX: 9.0 Additional Info:Unknown Supported Video Cards at Time of Release:Unknown
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
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Number of Players: Single-player
Publisher: Big Fish Games
Developer: Big Fish Studios
Console: Microsoft Windows, Mac OSX
Genre: Puzzle Adventure
Release Date: December 11, 2009
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