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Elephant Games, the studio that created Mystery Trackers and Haunted Hotel proudly present their latest hidden-object puzzle adventure in the innovative Surface series!

The Virtual Detective Agency is now hiring! Secure your ranking as a top detective in the world’s premiere virtual reality space, sponsored by the Capsule Nexus 2000 – the most realistic full-dive virtual reality device. We’re looking for a few good sleuths to investigate the cause behind the growing numbers of missing players who have become comatose in the real world. Apply today!

  • Dive deeper into the virtual worlds, where evil forces threaten your memories, in the bonus chapter!
  • Replay HOPs, mini-games, and puzzles, and collect enough flowers to unlock the Secret Room!
  • Download unique artwork, screensavers, music tracks, and more!
  • Never get lost with the helpful strategy guide!

Game System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP/Windows Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 10
  • CPU: 1.6 GHz
  • RAM: 1024 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 2241 MB

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WOW THE VIRTUAL REALITY WORLD IS QUITE AWESOME In this futuristic new Surface game you play a recently hired detective beginning a life or death job with the Virtual Reality Detective Agency. The only shadow on the horizon is that new Virtual Reality technology, the Nexus 2000 capsule created by Dr. Stein might not be as safe as was once thought. Recently over 1,000 people using the new capsule have either disappeared or become comatose after a journey into the virtual world. Not long ago you experienced an accident in the virtual reality world and you were effectively banished. After that you gave it all up until your friend Jean became a victim and went missing in the virtual reality world. Your friend Stephen begged you to join the agency so you could work with him to find Jean. Off you go into the virtual reality world via the new Nexus 2000 and begin the adventure of a lifetime. Wow, the virtual reality environment created in the capsule is quite something ? or so you think as you begin to experience this new reality. The graphics are excellent and crisp both in the real and virtual worlds and represent some of the best in the Surface series. The characters are created to perfection and seem very real with voiceovers that bring them to life. A special touch as you enter the Nexus capsule is that you can create your character?s gender as well as body type, which is nice for all the male gamers out there who are often stuck playing a female role in most HOPA games Your tools include an interactive map, a debugging device that can find and repair ?glitches? in the scenes, and your computer journal. I didn?t see any fur buddies lurking around just waiting for the chance to be my helper. The HOPS are wonderful and so well-designed that they fit seamlessly into the storyline. The puzzles are just as excellent though some might think them a bit easy. Some of the seemingly simple ones I struggled with because I just couldn?t understand the instructions. Eventually the light bulb went on and after that it was smooth sailing. If you enjoy the CE version of games, this one includes the following extras: collectible flowers that are the signature of the Surface series, achievements, bonus chapter, strategy guide, wallpapers, concept art, music, a secret room, and replay of HOPS and puzzles. I have never been over the moon with the Surface series so Virtual Reality came as quite a surprise. Another thing that has never really interested me is the virtual reality theme but this game is so well-designed that it is perfect for me. The developer has combined the best of both worlds with the near future ?real world? and the virtual reality of the middle ages. I was so involved in the game and all of its features that I was disappointed when the demo ended. Virtual Reality would have been the perfect game for release in October as it is spooky and creepy without a lot of blood splashed all over the screen. Well done developers, you have a winner with Surface Virtual Reality. I would love to see this amount of creativity in other HOPA games. As always, even though I love the game, please try the demo to see if Surface Virtual Reality will be a keeper for you. November 26, 2016
VIRTUAL REALITY......TAKE ME AWAY......PLEASE! BASED ON 60 MINS OF DEMO PLAY ONLY: Other reviewers will go into detail about the storyline, detailed descriptions of mini-games, or puzzles, and other various things about this game, and other games as well. My review will only cover my PROS & CONS of the game: PROS 1. An excellent storyline that is possibly believable because the virtual reality gameplay is an up and coming type of gaming that is fast becoming popular. 2. The cutscenes (for a change), are clear and distinct. Most cutscenes (in other games) are usually blurry, but this game is an exception. The lip-synching does a fair job also. 3. The graphics in this game are superb. The color palette matches the appropriate scene without becoming overbearing or using undertones. 4. When getting inside the virtual capsule, a unique feature was being able to choose from four different male faces and four different body types. I'm not sure where this 'person' comes into play, as I thought I was a female, because prior to choosing the face or body type, you choose female or male. (But it's possible that (in my sleepiness, as it's only 0500), I chose the male symbol by mistake). 5. Another unique feature is when you have to type in messages to Steven on the laptop. You are ACTUALLY typing in your response, and he is ACTUALLY responding back, just as if you were texting each other or talking on Facebook. 6. The mini-games/puzzles were really different and unique, but still difficult, IMO (some of them). Some gamers have the brains to fly through puzzles and/or mini-games without difficulties. Me, on the other hand, not so much. This isn't an area that I usually feel comfortable with, plus the fact, that in demos, your time is limited. (I know, I'm making excuses for my lack of skills). 7. An interactive map that shows you if you've collected all of the flowers, whether you've completed a scene, and where you still have things to do (a very helpful item to have). Plus it's transportable. 8. HOS's: The HOS that really stands out is the one prior to going inside the crypt. There are four coffins (the one lying on the floor, has a skeleton hand coming out from beneath it, which just gives us an added extra 'little something' feature that makes this game worthwhile). On these coffins are green, glowing dots. Down below you have four symbols and you have to match a particular green dot to that symbol. Once you do this, you then have listed items to find. This is a HOS that I haven't seen before but hope to see again. 9. There are collectible flowers in each scene. They can be found 'anywhere'. 10. I was too absorbed in the game to hear the music, but I'm sure it fits each scene accordingly. CONS I could find nothing negative to say about this game, other than the fact that it was time to rise and shine and start my day, so I, therefore, had to stop playing the rest of the demo and write this review. But I will get back to it, and when I gather some extra funds, this will be a definite buy for me (and I don't usually purchase CE's because I can do without the bells and whistles). All in all, give the demo a try. You might be pleasantly surprised. Enjoy :) November 26, 2016
Once Upon a Time... You stepped into a capsule and found yourself in another world, one created out of bytes and more beautiful than you could have imagined. But there is more, lots more. You had been a player in the VR world until a serious mishap sent you out of it, never to return. Now your two best friends, Stephen and Jean, are part of an agency that is investigating other players' disappearances from VR, leaving their bodies in comas in the real world. Jean is now one of the comatose patients. Can you summon the courage to dive back in and help Stephen solve the threat that now stalks the VR players? The excitement has just begun! Good stuff: A very real VR world, multi-layered HOPs, good mini-games, good characterizations, an intriguing story, along with collectible flowers and figurines with a mix of other CE bling. Bad stuff: For some reason, the animation in the opening scene in the real world is laughable. And there are mono chromatic scenes in the VR world that indicate a sudden love of blue. Mostly, this new addition to the Surface series is well done with a immersive story that pulls you along. I'm so glad to see a new game that brings players back to the glory days of the series! I want to dive back in and save my friends and the other victims. Please try the Demo soon! November 26, 2016
Oh yes! I frequently disagree with the Key Contributors' evaluations, but this time I think that they may be a little subdued! Wow, and I rarely say that about any game, this is as good a game as could be produced. You want a challenge? You've got it. You want a good, almost unique story-line? You've got it. You want great graphics, sound, map ?whatever-? you've got it. Okay, so you figured it out . . . this is a definite buy it! November 26, 2016
WOW what a game! I have all Surface games but this one beats them all. After ten minutes of playing the demo I was hooked. Thank you Elephant Games for another excellent game. I enjoyed the HOPs and puzzles, they were different to the usual ones and I did skip a couple. I am now buying the game and will start again with a new profile. Please give it a try. November 26, 2016
LOSE YOURSELF IN A VIRTUAL WORLD OF AN AWARD-WINNING GAME! 6 CHAPTERS PLUS A BONUS CHAPTER - REVIEW BASED ON THE DEMO PLUS CHAPTER 3 OVERVIEW: Welcome to the next evolution of Virtual Gaming - the Capsule Nexus 2000. Wow! What a fabulous 5-star game! In this futuristic glimpse of a virtual reality, players are disappearing or becoming comatose after entering imaginary game worlds. You will play a newbie virtual detective off to locate your friends, seemingly taken prisoner by the game itself! As you traverse the various virtual worlds, you will find yourself dealing with the Dark Lord, a mastermind behind the games who seems to be turning these virtual worlds into virtual nightmares. Deal with his minions, the Black Queen and her alter ego, a young girl, Naya, who seem to be tied to the inventor of the Virtual World game system ? Victor Stein. Watch out ? Do not end up eliminated from the game! I have been looking forward to this game! I LOVE this game and it was an automatic purchase for me. This is a sci-fi masterpiece. The story explores the consequences of a virtual gaming world gone amok. The graphics well depict the possible dangers of a not-to-distant world of virtual reality in not only gaming but in other aspects of life as well. Both the HOP scenes and the puzzles are creatively designed. I have been anxiously awaiting this game. I purchased this game not only for the great storyline; but also for the magnificent puzzles. HOP SCENES: In the demo the HOP scenes contain the usual silhouette scenes and lists of items. There are a couple of mini-HOP scenes in which you locate a small number of one item. There is one multiple-step HOP scene which we have seen in other games. PUZZLES: Exquisite! They vary in both variety and difficulty. In the demo there are two easy breezy puzzles which include a jigsaw puzzle involving a stain-glass window and a sequence puzzle to light up a fallen Christmas tree. There is a modified old chestnut ? the ?foxes and hens? puzzle with the characters replaced by people and reapers. You must switch the position of the people and reapers on opposite shores of a lake by rowing them across the lake in a boat. However, you cannot leave any person alone with more than one reaper. ITSY BITSY SPIDER: My favorite puzzle involves an @spider.com finding his way off the ?web.? A simple click of a mouse will not suffice. This spider must maneuver his way off this web by creating a complex path. This will prove to be a tricky little venture as you lead him to a metal claw awaiting him at his final exit. Chomp! OTHER PUZZLING DELIGHTS: There is a mathematical puzzle used to close a reaper?s hand in which each finger represents a number. You must total 27 by closing the fingers in correct sequence. There are two pipe puzzles in the demo. In one you create the physical appearance of your character by linking polygons so each link is connected to another link. The other pipe puzzle contains three tubes in which you create paths for liquid to move from the top to the bottom. Finally, choose between several answers to answer some cryptic clues. AFTER THE DEMO: Chapter 3. So awesome (well at least to me)! Enter a virtual world of a space ship in an adventure which is out of this world! Look out for space monsters as you demonstrate your mechanical aptitude in navigating more great puzzles and HOP scenes. Chapter 3 has a top-notch ?a-maze-ing? puzzle not to be missed! LEVELS: Casual, Advanced, Hardcore, and Custom Hints and Skips: 15 to 90 seconds EXTRAS: Map is provided as you play the game 9 Achievements. Some have 3 or more parts Collect Flowers to unlock a Secret Room. They are very easy to locate Collect 12 figurines well-hidden within the scenes. Replay HOP scenes and Puzzles Strategy guide - 50 pages 12 Wallpapers, 12 Concept Art, 2 Screensavers, Music HERE ARE THE DETAILS (SPOILERS) FOR THOSE WANT MORE INFORMATION ON THE HOP SCENES AND MINI-PUZZLES IN SEQUENCE HOP SCENES: (A) Silhouette items. (B) Mini-HOP scene. Locate 7 moons on a skeleton. (C) Multiple-Step. (1) Silhouette. (2) List of items to locate. (D) List of items to locate. (E) Mini-HOP scene. Matching. Locate 6 pairs of items. PUZZLES: Puzzle Rating: (1) Extremely easy 2) Easy (3) A little difficult or time consuming (4) Moderately difficult (5) Difficult A. Typing puzzle: Respond to your boss online by typing in replies. You can use your keyboard to type replies as well. Rating: 1 B. Variation of a pipe puzzle. Connect links between polygons so that all links match up with no links unconnected. 3X. Increases in difficulty. Rating: 3 C. A very old puzzle originally called ?foxes and hens.? Exchange the positions of people with reapers from one shore to the other so that no human is left alone with a reaper. Rating: 2 D. Mathematical puzzle. Close a reaper?s hand by proving the correct numbers which add up to 27. Each finger has a number assigned to it. Rating: 3 E. Maze puzzle. On a spider?s web, using four circular wheels, create a path for the spider to exit through a metal claw. Very tricky. Rating: 4 F. Jigsaw puzzle. Recreate a stained-glass window by replacing the shards. Rating: 2 G. Pipe puzzle. Connect lines for three tubes containing liquid so it creates a pipeline from the top to the bottom of the square. Rating: 2 to 3 H. Sequence puzzle. Turn on all lights on a Christmas tree. Turning on one affects the others. Rating: 3 I. Cryptic clues. Answer a cryptic question with one of four answers. Rating: 2 November 26, 2016
Excellent Gaming! *static* Anyone there? *static* *static* Very pleased with Elephant Games over the years and this newest release is a total, pleasant and welcome surprise! My reviews don't cover the story as gamers can find out on their own--which is part of the fun--without me being a spoiler. I like the entire sophisticated layout as it's very well organized and user friendly. Is straight forward and not too complicated, yet unique with it's own challenges. Gamers asked for something creative and different. Well, here it is served up Elephant Games style! You guys are awesome! Enjoy! -Mama Mia- November 27, 2016
Virtual Reality! I beta tested this one the first of August and it was called virtual Reality, then again when they changed the name to Virtual Detective. I thoroughly enjoyed this game so test it out yourself. How anyone could give this two stars is beyond me. That is why I take reviews with a grain of salt. Not everyone likes the same thing, but this game is excellent for me! November 27, 2016
Fabulous game, what a treat ! 2 great games in a row ! Mystery Trackers and a Surface ! It restored my faith in both franchises which lately were not so hot ! Definitely a buy, great puzzles, all kinds of new Ho's , great ideas, I loved it ! I will have to play it again to get a better score, I am older and I got tired and had to take a nap bfore starting again ! Very happy about the discount and two great games ! November 26, 2016
Virtual Masterpiece What a refreshing hidden objects game!! I loved the virtual reality storyline and different mini games. You truly feel immersed with a sense of urgency to find Jane and help the other victims. November 26, 2016
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