Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
WHAT.....only hints in HO scenes??
I was wanting to like this game because of all the high reviews but I didn't. The main thing for me was the hint button ONLY works in HO scenes. It does not work in showing you where to go or giving ANY kind of hint as to what to do next, how to use an object you're stuck on or anything but the HOs. That did it for me.....bottom line. Nope....it's not for me.
October 25, 2012
Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove
Unable to get very far, therefore disappointing. Know what to do but game does not allow me to do it.
July 18, 2012
Reality Check is in Order
I hate to say anything negative about these great games, and if you will notice I get level of challenge 5 bars. However, when is too much challenge too much?
It seems that all these MCF games are true adventure. There is no help button except in the HOS and I found myself totally lost most of the time. This game and all of these in the MCF series need at least a map of some sort to help you realize where in the world you were. I played for over 7 hours and eventually gave in and used the walkthrough to figure out where I was and what I needed to do. I even ended up with something left over in my inventory... I think. It just took the fun out of it for me. Even the mini games had no instructions or help. I know there are those who enjoy wandering aimlessly about a computerized world but I'm not one of them.
Now that the complaining is out of the way, the graphics are fantastic. Real people are intertwined in the story which is very good. The sound is fantastic and did I mention it is extremely challenging. The music and sounds are great also. The designers did a fantastic job.
The story is well written and true to the MCF series. You get an attachment to them and the ending, it was fantastic.
If you enjoy a level of challenge above and beyond all others, beautiful graphics and music, and a really good story, this game is for you! I highly recommend it. However, if you are like me and prefer and a little help along the way, then maybe you might consider passing this one by.
Having said all this, I do highly recommend this game.
May 1, 2013
MCF Two words for you - BASIC RESEARCH
I have previously held off commenting on the laughable way that MCF represend parts of the UK because it really didn't matter too much but here I must say something.
I am presently situated in the precise location that Dire Grove is meant to be set and travel the York to Weatherby road every day. This is actually one of the UK's highest areas of social deprevation, drug use and Gang crime so for MCF to present it as "Quaint English Countriside" (actually filmed in Argentina!) is both irrisponsible and dangerous to people who might be encouraged to visit.
What they are representing as "Historical Artifacts (scanned)" are actually relics of Henry VIII and at least Two Thousand Years (and about Seventy miles) removed from the Neolithic ledgends they are attempting to recreate here. Lazy, Sloppy and Cheap.
The game itself -
Again this has apparently been two projects that have been slopily spliced together - one an intense and scary Blair Witch type scenaro that has been innapropriatly incorperated into a light and comedic gameplay. The feel of this is awkward and embarresing.
The graphics are georgeous and so it the sound but in no way represent the area they are meant to be taking place in or any historical relevence.
The actual game play is among the slowest and most boring I have ever encountered. It just goes nowhere, and nowhere again, parts of the plot are inconsistent with the video clips and scenarios that are set up are dropped somewhere at the half way point and never picked up.
Final opinion - Lovely Graphics and some rather good acting that has been given to a programming team that has just thrown the bits together in a random way withthout actually looking at it.
February 13, 2013
It was a good game about two hours of length for me. I don't really see what the buzz is. I didn't like the fact they used actual people for the videotapes you find within the game. Call me old fashioned but I like animation not actors.
The story was really good though. They were creative for using a Celtic myth as the story line.
February 6, 2014
Feels a bit amaturish
I think the live actors in this game killed it mostly for me. They were bad. It was an ok game, but I didn't enjoy it enough to play any other games by the same makers. Felt a bit anti-climactic for me as well. Like the end was too easy and there wasn't enough build up to it. At least the length was pretty good though. The vast majority of these games aren't long enough to warrant their prices.
November 21, 2011
NOT AS FUN AS 13 SKULLS
This game was just "okay". I thought the MCF 13 Skulls was much more interesting and fun.
The graphics, music and sound effects were good and the HOS were easy #no eye strain!#
You really need to watch for clues on what to do next. I was able to play the entire game, but still had snow shoes leftover in my inventory? I'm not sure what that was all about.
I had to go back and forth between the game and the free on-line cheater sheet because I'd miss a clue and didn't get enough information from the game to know where to back track to.
I wouldn't recommend this game if your easily frustrated!
December 4, 2011
Fun Hidden object game.fun hidden object game.
fun hidden object game game game game game
June 13, 2012
was a pretty hard game got reallly stuck
November 17, 2011
If you hated Blair Witch Project, this might not be for you
Kudos to Big Fish Studios for improving the production values of hidden object adventure games. Dire Grove's live action scenes, detailed art and varied music score are superior to what you normally find in the casual games industry. The plot, however, was truly a drag: slow-moving and trite. This dissertation should have been rejected.
November 11, 2012