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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!

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  • 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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Surface: Virtual Detective Collector's Edition is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 35.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Robots, Aliens and Monsters I just finished the game with the bonus chapter and let me say there are twists and turns. I read reviews that sounds like they quit in Chapter 1 or 2. Chapters 3,4 and 5 are mainly spaceship, robot related. I call that Sci-fy. Chapter 6 is the rescue with a Halloween note. The bonus is father and daughter related with a dog named Toby and a Christmas Tree. I Loved the Storyline. It was a great ride. I thought the puzzles were hard. I skipped 20 of them. Some hops were hard too, so I wished they were in the guide. The puzzles I did like were shooting aliens and later ghosts, the elephant puzzle is where you run him through a maze and try to avoid the clowns, while picking up items that will help you get out. Liked jigsaw and grab claw to move boxes. I collected 148 flowers out of 153. So I had entrance to the secret room where I played a game. Had a message Completed the Secret Room puzzle and unlocked bonus prize. I still can't see or figure what that bonus prize is. It took me to the screensavers. I don't know if I had 2 screensavers before. So I entered on a different profile and I still had 2 screensavers. So it's a mystery alright. Collected 12 figures that are morphing when found. They have info when you hover by them in their room. My favorite hops in the main game has coffins and in the bonus chapter it has blowfish. Since it is a Elephant game I have Elephant sighting in the game. 5 sighting with one being a tie pin. ( A Elephant Tie Pin) Most of them are in the Hops. Replay 14 Hops and 13 Mini-games. 10 Wallpapers, 10 Concept Art, 2 Screensavers and 5 Music. Special detail honors goes for-Silly Skelton Trio, Bleeding Hearts, Bird whistle and Toby the Dog.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling Voyage through Cyberspace All those who complain that the title is misleading and the game does not relate to virtual reality have no inkling. Virtual reality is the main topic of this excellent game which held my interest until the end. The storyline might be a bit complex for biased players, but it's all the same comprehensible and makes sense. Of course there are scenes with graveyards, medieval churches or fiery deserts; they are all part of the VR, are different sceneries in which VR-players may chase monsters or whatever they do in cyberspace. The game leads us through these simulated fantasy worlds and back again to reality, where we climb out of our Nexus capsule. There is just the right amount of sci-fi stuff, to not annoy people who are less keen on tinkering with high tech. For my part, I was happy not having to assemble motherboards all the time. Generally I found it an enjoyable, highly entertaining adventure, since it provides such a variety of scenery and puzzles. Of truly challenging puzzles, oh yes. I needed several attempts to guide that nanobot through the blood vessel and jump all obstacles. But I prefer these kind of funny mini games any time to dull slider puzzles - of which, by the way, not a single one was found in the whole game. If I'm not mistaken. The puzzles' descriptions were at times not very clear - but we always can peep into the Strategy Guide, can't we? The characters are drawn on the verge of being cartoonish, especially the cute, too sugary Naya and the Xenos monsters. Those weird creatures have six eyes, pointy teeth and claws, poisonous tentacles and are somewhat undecided whether to be funny critters or dangerous vermin. But they mean anyway not more than targets for a shooter game. I also marveled about Jean's bra, a stiff hard shell construct which could contain either deadly weapons or fluid reservoirs. Above all, it just looks very uncomfortable to wear, lol. All in all, the figures are congenial and winsome enough, even the evil ones. Even Aion has a rudimentary story and is not only a black shadow out of the blue. It is a long game which lasted for me over seven hours, or nine including the bonus chapter. Although I believe that I had the one or other coffee break, now and then. It certainly is suitable for kids, and also a perfect Christmas game: it ends in an sumptuously decorated living room with a fireside, under a big, sparkly Christmas tree. These are the EXTRAS of the Collectors Edition: - 14 HOPs, 13 PUZZLES which can be played again. - 12 wallpapers, 10 sketches, called Concept Art - The 5 MUSIC tracks I found a notch above the usual Muzak quality. But these are short loops of one or two minutes and can become monotonously repetitive when we spend a bit more time with difficult puzzles. - 50 pages of Strategy GUIDE. It alas lacks for some reason the clues for the collectibles in the bonus chapter :( - We collect 11 FIGURINES which are scattered in the main game (8) and bonus chapter (3). They morph and are fairly easy to spot. - The 153 collectible FLOWERS are a kind of reversed hearts (buds?) in garish lollipop colours with golden, squiggly leaves. Coming directly out of granny's tinsel box? Imho, they display bad taste, obsolete times and are rather unfitting to the VR topic. However, they are well hidden and not at all easy to find. If we collect enough of them, we gain access to ... - ... the SECRET ROOM, where we can play the dice game, the final mini game fight against Aion. But instead of solving riddles or shooting at monsters, we simply use the dice until we throw certain numbers. Pretty boring. - We can try to get 9 ACHIEVEMENTS. One of them is for playing a HOP in over 10 minutes, but all others are genuine challenges. Some have several levels, e.g. pick up 3 items in 3 seconds / 5 in 5 seconds / 10 in 10 - so we can gain one or two or three stars. I wonder whether somebody managed to gather all rewards. To me it seems pretty impossible, since we cannot better the results by playing the HOPs again in the extras. The achievements only count how we play during the game. The BONUS chapter is a sequel. It has 9 sceneries, six of them new, three we saw already in the main game, however they are partly altered. If I didn't mis-count, it contains 5 HOPs and 10 puzzles/mini games. We play as Naya who is trapped in her father's virtual world - which was actually invented to save her. Currently, Naya is merely an amnesic avatar. Advised by Stephen, Jean, the Black Queen and her father, she tries to find her memory, SPOILER ….......... because if she succeeds, it's possible to bring her back into the real world. …........... END SPOILER. How this is achieved is beyond me. It has to do with the fantastic idea of uploading someone's brain/personality onto a hard drive. But it's no joke, I also heard it as a proper topic in real life. There exists a whole bunch of neurologists and programmers who try to reach exactly that. They call it Whole Brain Emulation (WBE) or mind transfer. My overall rating would be 4.3, but I rounded up since in the whole game I never had to use those darned, noxious biocides. Thank you, Elephant; it has been noted and is very appreciated :)
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 :)
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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-
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dive in ....... Welcome to the virtual world. Dive in to the challenges and enjoy this great game and beautiful graphics. I went actually quite fast through the demo, but I didn't mind at all. I got taken in from the first minute, I really enjoyed it and had fun. It is not all to difficult and straight forward , even beginner will have fun with it. My favoured game , from the Surface sequels,used to be : Mystery of Another World , but this is definitely a contender to take over the first place. I definitely buy it and enjoy the rest .
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 !
Date published: 2016-11-27
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