Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove, Sacred Grove
Reviewed by Cherie Jung
There are other games in this series. Some I have reviewed previously. This time, the master detective is summoned to Dire Grove when the temperatures plummet, the snow and ice build up, and the wild animals from the surrounding woods begin attacking the townsfolk. Evidence seems to point towards the Druids in the Sacred Grove trying to exact vengeance on the townsfolk while one of the town’s band of hunters blames the Druids for his wife’s death and the disappearance of one of his sons. Not much of a real mystery. More like trying to chaperone a bunch of squabbling children while you try to figure out what’s going on, who’s telling the truth (if anyone is), and how to resolve the matter without escalating the situation into a bloodbath.
The term “mystery” is used in a very broad sense in this game, not like most “mystery readers” would expect. It’s more in the sense of “unexplained” even though there was a death which may have precipitated the current situation.
This is a Hidden Object/Adventure game. I consider myself to be an intermediate computer games player.
Hidden object puzzles within games vary. Puzzles may involve not only the traditional lists of “hidden” objects to find but some lists show only the outline or silhouette of the “hidden” object, in others, the task is to locate “pairs” of items that are covered or hidden behind other objects. Some of the hidden object puzzles are interactive; find certain items on the list then combine them with another item then use it to find yet another hidden item.
The price is listed at $19.99 USD however discounts may apply depending on the player’s account. For example, I received the game for no charge because I used some of my credits.
You can download a free sample of any game and play it for an hour before deciding if you want to purchase the entire game. I strongly recommend that you do so. There’s no sense buying a game and hating it when the Big Fish folks will let you try it for free. Also, reading comments in the forum area (each game has one) can also give you an idea about what other players think of the game. I consider myself an intermediate level player. In the forums there are a wide range of player comments from novice players, expert players, and in between.
Game System Requirements:
windows XP/ Windows Vista/ Windows 7/Windows 8
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