Mystery Case Files ®: Dire Grove ™ Walkthrough

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Welcome to the Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove Walkthrough!

Uncover the ominous mystery surrounding a powerful Celtic artifact in the secluded resort of Dire Grove!

Whether you use this document as a reference when things get difficult or as a road map to get you from beginning to end, we’re pretty sure you’ll find what you’re looking for here.

Please enjoy our complete Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove game walkthrough with annotated screenshots from actual gameplay!

We hope you find this information useful as you play your way through the game. Use the walkthrough menu below to quickly jump to whatever stage of the game you need help with.

Remember to visit the Big Fish Games Forums if you find you need more help. Have fun!

This walkthrough created by Margie B.

Walkthrough Menu

General Tips

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  • There are no timers in the game so you can play at your own leisure.
  • If you click randomly on the screen in a Hidden Object section, the screen will freeze up for a few seconds. You will not be able to click on any items until the frost disappears.
  • From the Main Menu you can access the options for the game, change Players and play with the Madame Fate Bobble Head.
  • In the Options section you can click on the word ATTITUDE in the lower left corner. The options for attitude are Normal, Motivational, and Snarky. These adjust the types of comments you receive from the game when you interact with different areas in the game.
  • Click on the Madame Fate Bobble Head above the steering wheel to hear what she has to say.
  • You can change players by clicking on the visor in the upper left corner.
  • You can also interact with different parts of the car, like the stick shift and the steering wheel.
  • Open your Journal from time to time to gain valuable information that will help you in the game. Each time a new entry is added to the journal, the journal will flip open.

Hints & Skips

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  • There are unlimited hints in the game; however, you have to wait for several minutes for the Hint button to recharge.
  • The Hint feature is only available in the Hidden Object scenes.
  • Click on the Hint button in the lower right and the game will show you the location of one random item from the list.
  • You can skip any of the mini-games by clicking on the Skip button in the lower right. The Skip button takes the place of the Hint button in the mini-games section.
  • You can only skip a mini-game once the Skip button is charged.

Inventory Items/ Hidden Object Scenes

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  • There are several Hidden Object Scenes in the game. You can enter a Hidden Object section by clicking on the cluster of sparkly lights in a scene.
  • Each time you visit a Hidden Object scene you will have an Inventory Item added to your Inventory Tray at the bottom of the scene.
  • You can also obtain Inventory Items by using some of your existing Inventory Items in different areas of the game.
  • Use the Inventory Items to help you unlock other areas in the game, like a door or access to a new path.
  • You may revisit the same Hidden Object scene more than once but you will find a different Inventory Item each time.
  • You have to perform other actions before you will be able to enter the same Hidden Object scene twice.
  • To use an Inventory Item, place your cursor at the bottom of the screen to make the Inventory Tray appear. Grab the item you want to use and click it onto the desired area.

VHS Tapes

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  • There are 16 Video Tapes you can collect throughout the game.
  • The Video Tapes could be in any scene, except the Hidden Object sections.
  • You may see a sparkle appear near a VHS Tape.
  • You can click on the Achievements section in the Main Menu to see how many tapes you’ve collected.
  • You can play the tapes all at once or one by one.
  • Looking at the tapes will give you clues about what to do in the game.

Crime Computer

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  • The Video Camera is broken and you will need to use the Crime Computer in the lower right to view its recordings.
  • Click on the Crime Computer in the lower right to activate it.
  • Grab a VHS Tape from inventory and place it into the slot on the right side of the camera.
  • Press Play to activate the recording.
  • You can also Rewind or Stop the tape by clicking on the appropriate buttons on the Crime Computer.

Walkthrough

  • There are many ways to navigate through the game, the walkthrough tries to show you the shortest way.
  • The locations of the VHS Tapes are shown in the walkthrough by order of appearance.
  • You can also go to the end of the walkthrough to view a complete list of the locations of the VHS Tapes.

Chapter 1: Into manager’s Office

Abandoned Car

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  • Walk towards the abandoned car by clicking in the center of the scene.
  • Make note of the license plate number in the back of the car, which is “JXH2M6”.
  • Click on the car’s open door to enter the vehicle.

Inside Abandoned Car

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  • Click on the note on the left side of the scene for a closer view. A new entry has been added to your Journal in the lower left side of the scene.

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  • Pick up the Video Camera on the seat and watch the tape. This action will add the VHS Tape #1 to your collection.

Glove Compartment

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  • Click on the Glove Compartment for a closer view.
  • Your goal is to enter the right combination so you can unlock it.
  • The code to unlock the glove compartment is the number found on the license plate in the back of the car.
  • Click on the dials to change the numbers.
  • The Solution from left to right is: “JXH2”. The “M6” is carved onto the wood grain.
  • Click on the silver button to open the glove compartment.

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  • Pick up the Car Keys inside the glove compartment.
  • Place your cursor downwards to exit the car.

Car Trunk

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the trunk of the car for a closer view.
  • Place the Car Keys in the lock to trigger a Hidden Object Scene.
  • Click on the sparkly area on the trunk of the car to access the Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Car Jack in the upper left side of the scene.

Snowy Path

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  • It’s time to leave this scene.
  • Step over the chains on the left.
  • Notice the pile of wood in the snow; you will come back to this later.
  • Click forward to see a closer view of the Dire Grove Hotel.

Dire Grove View

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  • Pick up VHS Tape #2 on the left side of the snow.
  • Click on the entrance of the Hotel for a closer view.

Hotel Entrance

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  • Click on the ID card in the lower right side of the scene. The badge belongs to Alison Sterling.
  • Go inside the hotel.

Front Desk

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  • Click on the brochures on the left side of the scene for a closer view.
  • Click on the Dire Grove Hotel Brochure in the upper center.
  • Click on the brochure one more time to open it.
  • Click on the Guest Registry on the left side of the desk for a closer view.

Front Desk Hidden Object Scene

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  • Click on the sparkly spot on the front desk to trigger a Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Hotel Room Key in the center of the desk.
  • From the lobby you can either go left or right. Click on the left side to enter the fireplace scene.

Fireplace

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  • Click on the laptop on the couch on the right for a closer view.
  • Click on the newspaper clipping in the lower right side of the scene. A new entry will be added to your Journal.
  • Click on the Hidden Object scene to the left of the fireplace.

Fireplace Hidden Object Scene

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  • Find the Hammer in the lower right side, next to the Grandfather clock.
  • Let’s go to the lobby. Place your cursor on the right side of the scene to enter the lobby.

Hotel Lobby

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  • Click on the red book in the lower right side of the scene for a closer view.
  • Click on the note above the 3rd step for a closer view.
  • Click on the top of the steps to go upstairs.

Top of Stairs

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the sparkling spot to trigger a Hidden Object scene.
  • Find the Snow Shovel in the lower right corner.
  • After you complete the Hidden Object scene, go towards your right.

Hotel Hallway

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  • Pick up VHS tape #3 in front of the RIGHT door.
  • Click on the LEFT door.

First Bedroom

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  • Click on the champagne bottle to watch it pop.
  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.

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  • Pick up the Mattress inside the closet, on the left side of the room.
  • Leave the bedroom.

Nautical Bedroom

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  • Click on the door on the RIGHT for a closer look at the door. You’ve just entered the nautical room.
  • Use the Hotel Room Key on the lock to enter the scene.

Nautical Room

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  • Pick up VHS Tape #4 under the bed.
  • Click on the footlocker in front of the bed to trigger a puzzle.

Footlocker Puzzle

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  • Please watch the video for a step-by-step solution for this puzzle.
  • Your goal is to place the clock hands in the middle of the clock until all the buttons turn yellow.
  • Place the clock hands on the center of the puzzle.
  • CLICK on the clock hands to rotate them. You cannot have any of the hands overlapping each other.
  • You can rotate the hands either on the clock face or on outside of it. I would recommend rotating them in the clock face so you can use the yellow lights as a guide.
  • Once the puzzle has been completed, you will receive the Generator Instructions in your journal.
  • Leave the bedroom.

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  • Once the puzzle has been completed, you will receive the Generator Instructions in your journal.
  • Leave the bedroom.
  • Click forward to go to the end of the hallway.

Stained Glass Hallway

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  • Click on the LEFT door to enter the library.

Library

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the piece of paper on the mirror in the back wall for a closer view.
  • Click on the books on the left for a closer view.
  • Click on the book marked “Celtic History of Medieval Britain for a closer view.
  • Click on the book in the lower right marked “Folklore Fact & Fiction”. The book opens to a page titled “Banshee”.
  • Exit out of the book scene.
  • Go back to the front desk by clicking downwards 5 Times.

Front Desk

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  • Click on the Hidden Object scene by the front desk.
  • Pick up the Nails on the desk.

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  • Go to the generator area by exiting the hotel, turning right, and then left by the birdbath.

Generator

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  • Use the Shovel on the spot in front of bunny statue on the left a total of 3 times.
  • Pick up the Garage Door Opener in the scene to enter it into inventory.
  • Walk towards the garage by clicking downwards first and then on the garage on the right.

Outside Garage

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  • Place the Garage Door Opener on the garage door.
  • Enter the Garage.

Inside Garage

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  • There is a hanging hook on the upper left side of the scene. Your goal is to knock it down.
  • Click on the hanging hook several times to make it swing. Clicking on it a couple of times will make the Main Valve fall to the ground.
  • Pick up the Main Valve to enter it into your inventory.
  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.

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  • Pick up the Sledgehammer on the right side if the scene.
  • Go to the Top of the Stairs in the hotel and turn left to go into the bathroom.

Hotel Bathroom

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  • Use the Sledgehammer to break through the damaged floor a total of 3 TIMES.
  • Leave the bathroom.
  • Go back to the garage.

Inside Garage

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  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Crowbar in the lower right.
  • Leave the garage and go outside.

Outside Garage

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  • Click on the manhole cover on the left for a closer view.
  • Place the Crowbar on the manhole cover a total of 3 TIMES to remove it.
  • Place the Valve Handle on the main valve.
  • Click on the Valve Handle to shut off the water.
  • Go back to the hotel bathroom by going at the top of the stairs and entering the door on the left.

Hotel Bathroom

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  • Place the Mattress in the hole in the bathroom floor until the mattress falls through it.
  • Click on the hole to reach the manager’s office.

Chapter 2: Find Student 1

Manager’s Office

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the desk to trigger a Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Iron Key on the left side of the desk.
  • Exit the manager’s office by clicking on the door on the left.
  • Go to the boathouse by turning left by the garage and following the snowy path.

Snowy Path

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  • Pick up VHS Tape #5 in the lower center.
  • Proceed forward to reach the Boathouse.

Outside Boathouse

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  • Click on the Boathouse door for a closer view.
  • Place the Iron Key (Boathouse Key) on the padlock.

Inside Boathouse

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Small Board on the lower left side of the scene.
  • Go to the Treehouse by placing your cursor downwards 4 Times.

Treehouse

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  • Notice the Torn Paper caught on the branch in the upper right side, you need to get it but you will have to come back to it later.
  • Place the Wooden Board on the tree.
  • Place the Nails on the Wooden Board.
  • Place the Hammer on the Nails.
  • Go back to the first bedroom in the upstairs hallway of the hotel.

First Bedroom

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  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Saw on the left side of the fireplace.
  • Go back to the Treehouse by turning right outside the hotel.

Treehouse

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Climb the tree by placing your cursor on the wooden boards on the tree.
  • Use the Saw on the branch on the right a total of 3 TIMES to cut it off.
  • Go back down the tree.

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  • Pick up the Torn Paper on the right side of the snow.
  • Go back to the Library in the hotel by clicking on the left door in the stained glass hallway.

Library

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  • Click on the mirror on the back wall for a closer view.
  • Place the Torn Paper next to the piece of paper on the mirror in order to reveal the code.
  • The code is a random number and it will be added to your Journal.
  • Go back to the Front Desk area by clicking downwards 5 times. Click on the door on the right to enter the manager’s office.

Manager’s Office

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  • Place the Crowbar on the painting on the back wall 3 Times to reveal a safe.
  • Click on the safe for a closer view.

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  • Open your Journal and look at the code on the page 8.
  • Enter the code into the safe that appears in your Journal.
  • Click on the Handle after all the numbers have been placed correctly.

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  • Grab the Small Metal Key inside the safe.
  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.

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  • Pick up the Lighter on the upper left side of the desk.
  • Go back to the garage by turning right outside the hotel.

Inside Garage

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  • Click on the green metal box on top of the shelf for a closer view.
  • Place the Small Metal Key in the lock.

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  • Pick up the Wire Clippers inside the metal box.
  • Go back to the nautical room by clicking on the right door in the upstairs hallway.

Ship’s Wheel Bedroom

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  • Click on the Oars on the wall for a closer view.
  • Place the Wire Clippers on the rope 3 TIMES in order to cut the rope and obtain the Oars.
  • Go back to the boathouse by going right outside the hotel and then turning left by the garage.

Inside Boathouse

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  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Urn in the lower center of the scene.

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  • Place the Oars on the boat.
  • Click on the boat to get into the boat and cross the lake.

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  • Click on the Key on the left side of the lake for a closer view.
  • Pick up the Hotel Room Key.
  • Click on the Fishing Shanty to get closer.

Fishing Shanty – 1st Frozen Student

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  • Click on the door to open it.
  • You’ve just found the 1st Frozen Student.
  • Click on the relic held by the frozen student to trigger a puzzle.

Relic Puzzle

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  • Please watch the video for a step-by-step solution for this puzzle.
  • Your goal in this puzzle is to move each of the circles into the right slots.
  • Click on a circle that has an empty spot next to it and the circle will move into that empty spot.
  • Keep in mind that the circles can only travel through the carved tracks on the puzzle.
  • Please look at the screenshot for the solution.

Fisherman’s Relic

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  • Take the Fisherman’s Relic once the puzzle has been solved.
  • Go back to the stained glass hallway in the top floor of the hotel. You can click on your cursor downwards several times to reach the hotel.

Chapter 3: Find Student 2

Stained Glass Hallway – Right Door

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the door on the right.
  • Place the Hotel Room Key in the lock.
  • Pick up VHS Tape #6 on the floor.
  • Click on the paper on the lower left side of the room for a closer view.
  • Click on the window to go outside the room.

Dumpster Scene

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the dumpster to trigger a Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Rope in the lower center of the scene to enter it into inventory.
  • Click on the tied sheet in the upper left to go back inside the room.
  • Go to the covered bridge by clicking left outside the hotel.
  • Go inside the covered bridge.

Inside Covered Bridge

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  • Place the Rope on the beam in the ceiling.
  • Click on the back of the scene to get to the area with live wires.

Live Wires Scene

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  • Pick up the VHS Tape #7 in the lower right side of the snow.
  • Click in the back of the scene.

Grocery Store Path

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  • Click on the sign on the base of the statue for a closer view.
  • Click on the grocery store for a closer view.

Outside Grocery Store

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  • Click on the broken window to go inside the grocery store.

Inside Grocery Store

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  • Pick up VHS Tape #8 on the floor

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  • Click on the Hidden Object Scene by the shelves on the left.
  • Pick up the Ice Pick in the lower right.
  • Click on the back room of the grocery store.

Grocery Store Back Room

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  • Click on the file cabinet on the left for a closer look at the diary.
  • Click on the diary to open it.
  • Click on the cabinet on the right, below the microwave to open it.
  • Pick up the Axe inside the cabinet.
  • Click on the entryway on the right to access the basement of the grocery store.

Basement

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the loose grate on the back wall for a closer view.
  • Place the Car Jack in front of the loose grate.
  • Click on the Car Jack a total of 3 Times in order to lift the grate.
  • Pick up the Snowshoes so they can be added to your inventory.
  • Click on the freezer to trigger a Hidden Object scene.

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  • Pick up the Frozen Meat in the upper right side of the freezer.
  • Go to the back room of the grocery store by clicking on the steps.

Microwave in Grocery Store

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  • Click on the Microwave for a closer view.
  • Click on the microwave to open the door.
  • Place the Frozen Meat inside the microwave.
  • Close the microwave door.
  • Push the green button on the microwave to turn it on.
  • Let the microwave run its course and click on the door to open it.
  • Pick up the Thawed Meat from the microwave.
  • Go back to the stained glass hallway by clicking downwards several times until you get back to the front of the hotel and then go upstairs.
  • Click on the door on the right. Go through the window to access the dumpster.

Dumpster Scene

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  • Click on the dumpster to trigger a Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Lock De-icer in the lower right side.
  • Go to the graveyard by clicking in the back of the scene.
  • Click in the back of the graveyard to access the Wolf Tree.

Wolf Tree

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  • If you try to click on either the left or right side of the scene, the wolf will appear and will not let you pass by.
  • Give the Thawed Meat to the wolf. It will throw the bone out after it has finished eating it.
  • You now have access to the left and right paths.
  • Go to the right side of the tree.

Outside the Hunting Lodge

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  • Pick up VHS Tape #9 in the lower right corner of the lodge.
  • Enter the hunting lodge.

Hunting Lodge – 2nd Frozen Student

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Bolt Cutters in the lower right side.
  • Click on the frozen door on the right for a closer view.
  • Use the Ice Pick on the doorknob a total of 3 times.

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the door to discover the 2nd Frozen Student.
  • Click on the frozen student for a closer view.
  • Click on the Relic on the student to trigger a puzzle.

Relic Puzzle # 2

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  • Please watch the video for a step-by-step solution for this puzzle.
  • Your goal is to line up each symbol on the outer rings of the puzzle with the matching symbols in the middle of the puzzle.
  • Click on a symbol that has an empty spot next to it and the symbol will move to the empty spot.
  • Use the holding spots on the side of the puzzle to put some symbols out of your way so you can move the symbols into the right slots.
  • Please look at the screenshot for the final solution for this puzzle.

Hunter Relic

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  • Pick up the Hunter Relic from the student to enter it into your inventory.
  • Go to the frozen river by turning left by the wolf’s tree.

Chapter 4: Find Student 3

Frozen River

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  • Click on the frozen ice in the lower right side for a closer view.
  • Use the Ice Pick a total of 4 Times to break the ice.
  • Pick up the Feather under the ice.
  • You need to go back by the snowy path close to the car. Go through the window in the hotel, leave the hotel and keep clicking downwards until you hit the snowy path.

Snowy Path by Car

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  • Place the Axe on the wood a total of 3 Times so you can chop it.
  • Pick up the Firewood to enter it into your inventory.
  • Go back to the fireplace scene in the hotel by going left past the front desk.

Hotel: Fireplace Scene

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  • Click on the fireplace for a closer view.
  • Place the Firewood in the fireplace.
  • Place the Lighter on the Firewood. Close the pop-up window.

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  • Click on the Hidden Object scene on the left.
  • Pick up the Cell Phone Charger in the middle of the floor.
  • Go to the Museum by going left outside the hotel, go through the covered bridge, click on the upper right and then go left.

Outside Museum

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  • Click on the museum door for a closer look.
  • Use the Bolt Cutters on the chain of the door.
  • Go inside the museum.

Inside Museum

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  • Click on the VHS Tape #10 in the lower right.
  • Click on the left side of the wall for a closer view.

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the fire extinguisher for a closer view.
  • Use the Hammer to break the glass which holds the Fire Extinguisher.
  • Pick up the Fire Extinguisher.
  • Click on the two red buttons at the bottom of the scene to see some images appear on both sides of the glass.
  • If you click on the left button several times the animal’s head will explode.

Museum Downstairs Hallway

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  • Click on the steps In the back of the museum.
  • Click on the puzzle to the right of the stairs, next to gate.

Alphabet Puzzle

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  • Please watch the video for a step-by-step solution for this puzzle.
  • Your goal is to click on each letter in alphabetical order.
  • Each letter must be connected to the next letter by the glowing energy bars. If a letter is not connected by one of the energy bars you will not be able to use it.
  • If you want to reset the puzzle you can exit out of it and come back to it or you can click on an incorrect choice.
  • The gate will rise after the puzzle has been solved.
  • Please look at the screenshot for the solution.
  • Enter the Blacksmith exhibit on the right once the gate has been raised.

Blacksmith Exhibit – 3rd frozen Student

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the VHS Tape #11 on the right side of the scene.
  • Click on the back wall and you find the 3rd Frozen Student.
  • Click on the relic the student is holding to trigger a puzzle.

Relic Puzzle #3

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  • Please watch the video for a step-by-step solution for this puzzle.
  • Your goal is to slide each shape into the correct position. Hold down the tile and drag it to an empty spot.
  • As you move the pieces around you will see some symbols below the tiles, you have to place the matching tiles above them.
  • When a shape is in the correct location it will glow yellow.
  • Start placing the pieces in the upper row first and work your way down.
  • Please look at the screenshot for the solution.

Blacksmith Relic

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  • Click on the Blacksmith Relic after the puzzle has been solved to enter it into your inventory.
  • Leave the exhibit and go up the steps.

Chapter 5: Find Student 4

Museum Hallway – Top Floor

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Ice Scraper on the left side of the couch.
  • Go to the office by clicking on the entryway in the back of the scene.

Museum Office

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the desk for a closer view of a letter. The letter will enter your Journal.
  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Tape Reel in the lower left side of the scene.
  • Go out the window to access the ledge.

Ledge

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  • Use the Ice Scraper on the ledge a total of 3 times.
  • Click on the High Voltage Box in the upper center.
  • Open the High Voltage Box by clicking on the Handle on the right.

High Voltage Puzzle

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  • Your goal is to connect the pieces so that all the touching pieces have the same matching color.
  • Drag one piece over another to swap them around.
  • Start with the pieces that cannot be moved. They are located in the upper and lower center of the puzzle.
  • Please look at the screenshot for the solution.
  • Go back to the Upstairs Hallway.

Upstairs Hallway

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  • Click on the Hidden Object scene by the glass case.
  • Pick up the Metal Tongs on the right side of the couch.
  • Go back downstairs and enter the gift shop through the door on the left.

Gift Shop

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  • Click on the red book in the lower right for a closer view.
  • Click on the book again to open it.
  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.

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  • Pick up the 50p Coin in the lower center.
  • Go back to the grocery store by exiting the museum and turning right.

Inside Grocery Store

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  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Kerosene on the lower center.
  • Go down to the basement of the grocery store.

Grocery Store Basement

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  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Uber Glue in the upper left.
  • Go back to the hotel fireplace area by clicking downwards several times, pass through the bridge and enter the hotel.

Fireplace

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the fireplace for a closer view.
  • Use the Fire Extinguisher on the fire.
  • Place the Urn on the Ashes to collect the Ashes.
  • Go back to the graveyard by going through the window of the room on the right at the stained glass hallway. Once you get to the dumpster, click forward to reach the graveyard.

Graveyard

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  • Click on the grate in the lower right for a closer view.
  • Use the Metal Tongs to retrieve the 50P Coin behind the grate.
  • Click on the back of the scene. Walk down the path to the right of the wolf tree.
  • Go into the Hunting Lodge.

Hunting Lodge

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  • Click on the Lantern for a closer view.
  • Use the Kerosene to fill the Lantern.
  • The Lantern goes into your inventory.
  • Go to the Farmhouse by clicking downwards 4 times; go in through the window in the hotel. Leave the hotel and go to the left, through the covered bridge and take the LEFT path.

Farmhouse Path

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Pick up the VHS Tape #12 on the lower left side.
  • Click on the back of the path and go towards the right.

Outside Farmhouse

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  • Make note of the ice covered bridge on the left side of the scene, you will return to this area later.
  • Enter the farmhouse.

Inside Farmhouse

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Silver Key in the lower right corner.
  • Go to the Barn by placing your cursor downwards 2 Times.

Outside Barn

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the door for a closer view.
  • Put the De-icer on the lock.
  • Place the Silver Key in the keyhole.
  • Enter the Barn.

Inside Barn

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  • Click on the ladder to go upstairs.

Barn Loft

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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Fallen Beam in the lower right corner.
  • Go back to the Farmhouse by going RIGHT once outside.

Farmhouse

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Place the Wooden Beam in the hole in the floor.
  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the 50P Coin in the lower left side of the scene.
  • Walk into the hallway on the right.

Farmhouse Hallway

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  • Pick up the VHS Tape #13 in the lower left side of the scene.
  • Click on the drawer on the right for a closer view.
  • Click on the drawer again to open it.
  • Pick up the Wrench inside the drawer.

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  • Click on the hole in the ground.
  • Place the Lantern in the hole in the floor.
  • Retrieve the Cell Phone in the hole.
  • Go back to the barn.

Barn

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  • Go inside the barn.
  • Take the Ladder
  • Go back to the Farmhouse.

Farmhouse– 4th Frozen Student

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  • Cross the wooden beam and go into back room.
  • Use the Ladder at the base of the ice fall.
  • Go up the ladder.

Upstairs Farmhouse

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Pick up the VHS Tape #14 in the lower left corner.
  • Click on the frozen student in the upper right.
  • Click on the relic to trigger a puzzle.

Relic Puzzle # 4

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Farmer’s Relic

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  • Pick up the Farmer’s Relic
  • Go back outside.

Chapter 6: Into Portal

Outside Farmhouse

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  • Click on the lawnmower on the left side of the house for a closer view.
  • Use the Wrench on the old lawnmower to obtain the Boldman Brand Sparkplug.
  • Go to the grocery store by clicking downwards 3 times, go right, and click on the grocery store for a closer view.

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  • Click on the vending machine outside the grocery store for a closer view.

Vending Machine

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  • Insert the THREE 50P Coins into the coin slot in the upper right side of the vending machine.
  • Pick up the Sunflower Seeds by clicking on the red button below the sunflower seeds.
  • Go back to the hotel by clicking downwards several times, make a right by the hotel and a left by the birdbath.

Start Generator

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Please watch the video for a step-by-step solution for this puzzle.
  • Use the directions in the journal to start the generator. The directions are on page 5 of the Journal.
  • Use the Sparkplug on the loose wire on the right side of the generator.
  • Toggle power switch B to position shown.
  • Set selector toggle C to the UP position.
  • Press the primer (red button) button D, 4 Times.
  • Pull the throttle lever E, 2 Times. It is in the upper center of the generator.
  • Pull the ignition cord F, 3 Times. It is in the center of the generator.
  • Go upstairs to the nautical room located through the right door of the hallway.

Nautical Room

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  • Click on the outlet below the painting on the right for a closer view.
  • Place the Cell Phone Charger in the outlet.
  • Put the Cell Phone in the Cell Phone Charger to trigger a mini-game.

Cell Phone Mini-game

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  • Please watch the video for a step-by-step solution for this puzzle.
  • Your goal is to switch the sides of the squares in the puzzle. The blue squares need to be on top and the yellow squares need to be at the bottom.
  • Pieces can jump each other.
  • Once the puzzle has been solved, a phone number will appear on your screen.
  • Close out the pop-up window and the phone number will be entered into your Journal.
  • Go into the bedroom on right side of the stained glass hallway.

Suitcase Combination

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  • Click on the suitcase for a closer view.
  • Open your Journal to see the number you’ve been given. The number is random so it will be different for everyone.
  • Use the last 4 digits of the phone number on the locked suitcase. Click on each digit to change it.
  • As soon as the number has been entered correctly, the suitcase will open.
  • Click on the suitcase for a closer view.
  • The paper with the numbers and the symbols will be entered into to your Journal.
  • Go to the manager’s office first and then go into the basement.

Basement

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  • Click on the shelf on the left for a closer view.

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Pick up the Sea Salt from the shelf.

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the hose on the pillar for a closer view.
  • Use the Wire Clippers on the hose.
  • The Rubber Tubing will go into your inventory.

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the torch in the lower left for a closer view.
  • Place the Glue on the hole in the rubber tubing.
  • Place the Rubber Tubing on the hole you just covered with glue.
  • The Acetylene Torch will automatically go into inventory.
  • Go back to the farmhouse and make a left to access the ice covered bridge.

Ice Covered Bridge

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  • Use Torch on Bridge until all the ice has been cleared (hold the button down)
  • Click forward to get closer to the tent.

Outside Tent

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  • Go into the Tent.

Inside Tent

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Click on the Hidden Object scene.
  • Pick up the Glass Vial in the lower center.
  • Click on the table on the right side of the tent.
  • Use the Tape Reel on the Player.
  • Click on the large button in the lower right.

Mercury

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Use the Hammer on the thermostat outside of main door.
  • Use the Glass Vial to collect the mercury.
  • Go back to the Celtic Ruins by going to the left of the hotel, through the covered bridge, take left path, and pass the barn. Click to the left of the farmhouse, through the bridge and past the tent.
  • Please use the video map to search for all the locations you may have missed in the game. If you haven’t completed all your tasks you will not be able to reach the last part of the game.

Chapter 7: The End

Celtic Ruins – Standing Stone Puzzle

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Pick up VHS Tape #15 in the lower right.
  • Click on the ruins in the center to trigger a puzzle.

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Please watch the video for a step-by-step solution for this puzzle.
  • The solution to the puzzle is found on the Crime Computer screen.
  • If you look at the Crime Computer screen you will see certain symbols appear over some of the screens.
  • Your goal is to place the relics in the same location as their matching symbol on the screen.
  • Use the rocks on the left and right side of the puzzle to adjust the height of your relics.
  • If one of your symbols is all the way at the top, place 3 rocks in the corresponding slot before you place the relics. That will give them the height they need.
  • If the relic is at the bottom of the screen, all you have to do is place the relic without any stones.
  • You do not have to place a stone above any of the relics.
  • If you make a mistake and want to clear the board, click on the large circle below the puzzle.

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  • The solution for this puzzle is random, please look at the screenshots provided or the video for a random solution.
  • Once all the relics are correct, the gate will open.
  • Descend into the tunnel.
  • Your Journal will open, click on it to read it. It says you need the ladder from the farmhouse.

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Return to Farmhouse and go into the door on the right. Your Journal opens again and tells you that the ladder has been stolen.
  • Go back to the ruins through the path to the left of the farmhouse.

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  • The ladder is in the tunnel. If the ladder is not in the tunnel for you, make sure that you have not missed any steps. Go back in the game to see what you may have missed.
  • Climb down the ladder.

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  • Pick up the last tape, VHS Tape # 16, in the lower center of the scene and play it in the Crime Computer.
  • March forward.

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Watch the students drop relics into the portal.
  • Click on the hole in the ground below the students.

Riddle Puzzles

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • There are 5 riddles in total, and 5 caves you must go into. Each cave has a different riddle.
  • Your goal is to decipher the riddles shown on each stone.
  • Click on the symbols on the rocks to form the correct words.
  • Open your Journal and look for the page with all the symbols. Use those symbols to form the correct words.
  • Click on a cave and decipher the correct word. Each time the solution is correct, a stone slab will rise to the top. Place the appropriate item from inventory on the stone.
  • Once you finish one riddle, move on to the next one until they are all solved.

Feather Solution

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Riddle: I gather the dust and make arrows fly true before jotting it down in a letter to you.
  • Spell out the word ‘FATE’ and place the feather on to you.

Sunflower Seeds Solution

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Riddle: A grain of hope and the reaper’s toil. My body sends life through the rock and soil.
  • Spell out the word ‘SEEDS’ and place the Sunflower Seeds on top.

Sea Salt Solution

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Riddle: I am what’s left when all water drys. From the sweat of your brow to the tears in your eyes.
  • Spell out the word ‘SALT’ and place the Sea Salt above.

Urn with Ashes Solution

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • All life’s variance of form, mass, and hue. Soon wither to me ‘neath the grate and the flue.
  • Spell out the word ‘ASHES’ and place the Urn with Ashes above.

Mercury Solution

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

  • Messenger god of trade and exchange. My size relies on the brightest stars range.
  • Spell out the word ‘MERUY’ and place the Mercury Vial above.
  • Watch the ending scenes!

List of VHS Tapes Locations

  • Abandoned Car: Interior – This is automatically added into inventory once you pick up the video camera.
  • Barn: Snowy Path – It is on the lower left side. This is the path that takes you to the barn.
  • Boathouse Path: In the lower center. This is the path that leads you to the boathouse.
  • Celtic Ruins Path – It is on the lower right side. This is the path just before you begin the relic puzzle.
  • Farmhouse: Living Room – On the lower left side of the ground.
  • Farmhouse: Upstairs – It is in the lower left corner.
  • Grocery Store: Inside – In the middle of the floor.
  • Hotel Hallway – Pick up the VHS Tape in front of the right door.
  • Hotel: Nautical Room – The VHS Tape is under the bed.
  • Hotel: Outside – It is on the lower left side, buried in the snow.
  • Hotel: Stained Glass Hallway (Right Door) – The VHS Tape is on the left side of the floor.
  • Hunting Lodge: Outside – The VHS Tape is in the lower right.
  • Live Wires Scene – Pick up the VHS Tape in the lower right corner.
  • Museum: Blacksmith Exhibit – On the lower right side.
  • Museum: Inside – The VHS Tape is in the lower right.
  • Tunnel – It is in the lower center of the scene. This is the tunnel that opens up after the relic puzzle has been solved.

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Margie B is the Strategy Guide Editor for Big Fish Games, working on the East Coast. She has been creating guides for the past 7 years and has several hundred guides under her belt. In her spare time she enjoys playing games on her iPad, going to the movies, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.