Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove

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The Celtic legend of Dire Grove has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. Considered a fairytale, its telling was meant to frighten small children into staying in their beds through the night. A recently unearthed artifact in the United Kingdom, however, proves the dark legend to be true! Use your wits and Hidden Object talents to follow the trail of a group of missing graduate students in Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove!

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Game System Requirements:

  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
  • CPU: 2.0 GHz
  • RAM: 1280 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 517 MB

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  • Mild Violence
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Mystery Case Files: Dire Grove is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 317.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best of the Dire Grove series I downloaded this game after having played 'Dire Grove Sacred Grove' and wow, do I ever wish I would have bought this one first! There's no hand-holding so it takes a long time to figure things out - reminds me of the Vanishing Hitcher, that way - but isn't that what we play these games for? To figure mysteries out and spend a good few days on them, instead of just zipping right through in the space of a few hours? The plot has been perfectly summed up by others but here I go: you arrive in a small town where a Celtic relic has been unearthed and it's clear that something went badly wrong for a group of students who came here to learn more about it. You're tasked with finding them, and when you do you'll have the shivers for all kinds of reasons, both literal and metaphorical! I can't recall being so spooked by a game before (except the Vanishing Hitchhiker, again). You also get videos left behind by the vanished kids and the acting is spot-on, with just a few cheesy moments to lower the tone. But overall, it's just like playing the protagonist in a real life horror film. Amazing! Be warned: if you're used to the newer games (I'm writing this in 2016) you'll be frustrated at first because progress is slow and you have to use all your brain cells to put 2 and 2 together. The upside of this is that there aren't any illogical moments, when you come upon an obstacle, you have to find the same tools to overcome it that you would in real life, and you use them as you would in real life. The realism level for such an 'old' game is breathtaking, in my opinion. More of the modern developers should use this game as their model (at least as far as horror and chiller games are concerned). Great game! The next time I want to play something that I can't just sleepwalk through and forget about in the space of a day, I'll be buying from these guys / girls!
Date published: 2016-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUTSTANDING & BRILLIANT…A STUNNING GAME…1,000,000,000,000 STARS FROM ME! (Game available at BFG since 2011, but if you’re up for the challenge, this game outshines many games of 2015-2016) ***BEAUTIFUL*** bitter-sweet*** captivating*** REALISTIC, snow scenes. Graphics are Amazing. But even more unusual than that, the STORY is just as AMAZING, from start to finish, builds atmosphere, and never lets up. The characters are likeable. It is a rare game that can present these factors at the same time. A BFG WALTHROUGH is AVAILABLE (I had to use it on numerous occasions). I’ll say straightaway that there’s***** NO HINT ***** except for in the HOPS, and *****NO MAP***** Also this game is NOTHING like Return to Ravenhurst, or Ravenhurst Unlocked or even Dire Grove Sacred Grove. A relic has been dug up in the English country-side. There’s a legend associated with the relic, and you go to investigate the occurrence of 4 missing archeology students. Falls into the category of horror, but I wouldn’t rate it above PG-13. Still, I wouldn’t recommend it for kids at all. GRAPHICS: CLEAR, beautiful graphics and scenes. Mix of real and generated, mainly a realistic look. Only full screen, not widescreen. HOPS: -30- Nice to look at. Straightforward wordlists. PUZZLES: A handful. Mixed ability. All skippable. SOUNDS: 3. Music, Ambient, Voice. HINT: ONLY for HOPS. 2 minutes to recharge. Use BFG Walkthrough. DIFFICULTY LEVELS: ONE MODE ONLY MAP: NONE INVENTORY: NOT lockable JOURNAL: YES. Your journal is very important in this game. CHARACTERS: Real people are used. They’re not even animated; it’s basically cut scenes/movies of real people. You find video tapes that are scattered around. It was perfect timing for me to play this game in August! The frozen world was a welcome change from the humidity and high temps!
Date published: 2016-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Game!!! I love the Mystery Case Files games and this is the first one I bought then I bought the Collector's Edition too. Overall great game, outstanding visual/sound quality, awesome storyline, absolutely fun and spooky.
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Played Several Times, Still Great I have played this game through quite a few times and it never gets easier the more I play it. It's a challenging game, and quite creepy overall, but it is still fun to play.
Date published: 2016-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Starts where the last one left off! Review based on completed game. On your way back from Ravenhearst, you get caught in an unexpected snow storm! Looking for a place to stay, you decide to stop at the nearby town of Dire Grove. The town is completely deserted and plagued with unnatural cold. Soon after arriving, you discover that a group of post graduate college students have mysteriously disappeared while trying to prove the truth of an ages old folk tale. Many relics have been discovered in dig sites near Dire Grove. There was recently a new one uncovered. The students think that it is possible to open a portal to another world with all four of the relics. Can you solve the Mystery of Dire Grove and save the students from their tragic fates? At the time of its release, this was the greatest hidden object game to date! My only regret is not buying the CE instead.
Date published: 2015-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING SCARY ADVENTURE GAME BUY IT!!! LOVE THIS ADVENTURE GAME!! After playing the SE Twice I purchased the CE I do scare easily in the dark alone at night Playing a scary game This one did it for me And even after palying it the first time I still get scared I recommend buying the CE Instead of this SE You wont Regret It BUY IT!!
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best MCF Game Ever! I have been playing hidden object games since 2010 and this was one of the first games I played. I have played many hidden object games since and I still go back and replay this one! You will find it exciting, scary, challenging, and very hard to quit playing it once you start! The graphics are so great that even if you play during the summer it will make you want to put a jacket on! If you are a beginner I recommend that you play the trial game first!
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from dire grove An in-game ID is a unique sequence used to identify your player profile in free to play games
Date published: 2015-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another mystery worth solving I have enjoyed all of the MCF games so far and this one was no exception. An interesting story which is fleshed out through the use of video tapes found throughout the game. You are dealing with ancient relics and legends that unfold as you play and you must release a spirit to set things right. Being more of an adventure game then HOG, there are a lot of puzzles to figure out with some HOS sprinkled throughout. You need to find a lot of items during the game that are used to solve the puzzles while some objects are not needed until the very end. I especially enjoyed the final scenes where the celtic alphabet was needed. I almost forgot I had found a piece of paper that had that on it but when I did realize I had it I was able to finish the game. Another area I had trouble with was one of the objects needed at the very end which was obtained from the thermometer you discover early in the game. The graphics and sound were excellent and you actually get the illusion that it is getting colder if you are immersed in the game. A very well done game.
Date published: 2015-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! What took me so long to find this game?! This game's been out for a few years so, of course, there are things that were annoying at first just because they're out of date - i. e. no transporting map, no map at all, no lockable inventory, no help other than in the HOSs, and junkpile HOSs without the interactivity we've come to enjoy. With all that you may ask yourself why in the world would I give this 5 stars? Well, because even without all of that, this is hands down, ONE OF THE BEST GAMES I HAVE EVER PLAYED! Seriously.... and I own a lot of these BF games. Those missing components simply added to the intricacy and made the game more entertaining. The game is challenging. Very challenging. If you're a beginner, you may wanna skip this one. There is a lot of backtracking - but it's a good thing. This game really makes you work your memory. You have to pay attention to detail and actually listen to the cut scenes because a great many of the clues are in the cut scenes. There are no hints or info provided for puzzles, and there are no hints during the adventure parts of the game. You have to figure it out cold turkey... (or quit the game and check the forum, heh heh.) I enjoyed the challenge! The story line is great! I'm a sucker for a good story. If the plot has holes then it ruins it for me, but this one was perfect! The puzzles were excellent, the HOs were just good. There's no info that tells you what to do in the puzzles so you have to figure it out. Great! The HOs were junkpiles - like pretty much all the games 3 or 4 years ago; but they were fairly simple and made sense in the story. There's hint in the HOs. The cut scenes weren't animated with voice-overs but live actors and actresses playing the parts of the lost students. They were actually very good!!! It was believable acting that pulled you into the story and made you want to find out what happened to the actors. All around this was an excellent game! I can't sing its praises highly enough. Now I'm looking forward to completing the newer game Dire Grove, Sacred Grove. If it's anything like this one, then it'll quickly become one of my favorites.
Date published: 2014-11-30
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