Mystery Case Files - Dire Grove
Collector's Edition of Mystery Case Files - Dire Grove slides
its way into the world of casual gaming which contains a deluxe
strategy guide, bonus gameplay that reveals MCF secrets, extra
hidden objects to collect and finally, some wallpapers, art and
video outtakes. A very interesting collection for a game which
is almost like the special features of a DVD.
story revolves around the Dire Grove, a Celtic Legend which some
consider a fairy tale but in this game, it really exists.
However, when an ancient artefact is found in England, a group
of graduate students get involved in this scary fairy tale and
when they go missing, it's up to the player to find out their
whereabouts and bring them back safely. To compound the
situation, this artefact may bridge the world of the living with
Using the trusted point, click and explore interface, Dire Grove
is a hidden object adventure which means players must find
hidden items in the gaming world to solve a variety of puzzles.
What makes this game better than some of the others is that it
uses real-life footage and only makes the experience that even
times, Dire Grove feels like a movie as you arrive on the scene
to discover the car of the missing graduates and discover their
video tapes (can someone say Blair Witch?). Even so, it works
well and you really become entangled in the story of these
graduates searching for a dark Celtic legend.
its heart, an interactive picture is displayed and you need to
point and click to find the items. With subtle clues for
the items to discover, once you have discovered them, you can
them move onto the next aspect of the story and if you get
stuck, there is a hint system that you can use to help push you
Apart from point and click, there are some interesting
mini-games and brain teasers to help add something unique and
different to this casual game. You also need to use items in
your inventory, whether with other items or with something in
the environment and thankfully the hotspots in the environment
do stand out when you discover them.
Graphically, this is probably one of the best looking casual
games that I have seen and the full motion videos are very
intriguing and only make the game even more enjoyable. The
environments are beautifully created as you explore this
interactive world and hopefully find the clues needed to rescue
these students or is something more nefarious at stake? The
actors used in the game are quite professional and only lends to
the credibility of the title as does the great soundtrack.
conclusion, Mystery Case Files - Dire Grove is a very fun casual
game that contains a brilliant story, fun interactivity and some
very impressive full-motion videos. For a casual game, it's very
well made and I can see why it has become so popular. The only
issue but like most puzzle, point and click games is that some
of the clues are a little too abstract but thanks to the hint
system, it won't bog you down. This game will take good gamers
around 5 to 7 hours to successfully complete.