Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
What a Dog.
Dire Grove is a HOG that is mired in mediocrity. Along the way there are 14 ?video tapes? or cut scenes to watch that went on and on and on and on ad nauseam; I got tired of watching them and started cutting them short. Lots of HOS but most were poorly drawn. The last one was the worst; I used the hint on 5 items and was not sure what any of them were supposed to be. Very poor artwork. For one thing, they had a penchant for hiding 50 to 90% of the objects in the HOS to make it harder to find them without actually blending them into the scene. They frequently repeated objects in the HOS. After the first time you played a HOS you would get it again and half of the objects were repeats. In game play, if you clicked on the wrong place on the right item, because there was only a tiny spot to hit, you got an insult when it was really poor scripting at fault. But the weakest part of the story was that you had to find items well before you needed them or knew why you were collecting them. You will use the walkthrough at every single step. Boring. The final scene is a joke. For story they get a C-. For repeats and sloppy artwork, their HOS get a D. For cut scenes they would rate an A if they had half as many or shorter ones; give them a C. For continuity of story, an F for sure. For fun I think a D+ is about right. Who let the dogs out? Forget this puppy and buy one of the better games; just about all of the other games out there are better.
April 22, 2012
I played this game based on the slew of excellent reviews and the fact that I really enjoyed the Ravenhurst series (with the exception of the last installment.) This game had a decent storyline, but overall I found it quite boring. The puzzles were far and few in between, and the HO's were way too many and very monotonous. I quite expected this to have more puzzles, and ones that were a bit more engaging. Sorry guys, but for me, this game is barely worth the two stars I gave it. But, to each his own!
February 15, 2014
I don't know how this soared...
The story and the graphics are very good and hidden object scenes as well. But when you get stuck, its over. No way what so ever to get help. As much as like a challenge, this makes you get bored ultimately.
August 28, 2013
I absolutely hated this game.
This game is just one HOS after another. Each time I would be stuck and wondering what to do next, I would wander around and find another HOS, that being the ONLY thing you can do next. Back and forth, back and forth just looking for a HOS to move forward. The SAME HOS scenes, the same items to find more than once. I bought the game after only playing about a half hour, that being the best part of the game. After that, I regretted buying it. I thought, well, I'll play it out since I bought it, but after yet another treck from one end of the game to the far side of the other just to look for another HOS to go way back to use a key, then another search for a HOS...etc etc...Also, I got stuck using an item I KNEW belonged there, checked the walkthrough, and yes, it's supposed to work there...back to the game..try again...yadda yadda yadda...I had absolutely no fun...HATED IT.
December 21, 2012
hidden object games
hidden object games use to be that and where so enjoyable now they are spoilt by spending time trying to find out what to do next.to me they should be strategy games.Bring back the old games.
February 28, 2014
Another dark hidden object game. I play to be entertained, not scared.
February 27, 2013
The live acting is terrible and there was hardly any HO just task hunting. Played it just get through it.
September 28, 2012