Mystery Valley

Mystery Valley

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A rash of murders has struck, and it’s up to you as an FBI agent to find the murderer in Mystery Valley, a dark and spooky Hidden Object game! Explore an eerie mansion and find clues and the motive behind the murders. As you dive deeper in the case, you realize that you’re more connected to the murders than you ever would have imagined.

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  • OS: Windows XP/Vista/7/8
  • CPU: 1.2 GHz
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • DirectX: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 253 MB

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Mystery Valley is rated 2.9 out of 5 by 33.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from cool backstory yes, it's another creepy one. Vampires? Haunted house? FBI agent visits location of personal nightmares. This has a cool backstory. Do play with sound ON.
Date published: 2015-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little disappointing The graphics are hard to see. The plot was a little slow. THERE IS NO HINT BUTTON unless it's in a HOS!! I spent about an hour trying to figure out what I was supposed to do next and trying to find objects that were essential but could not be found especially since THERE IS NO HINT BUTTON!
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh The game was just okay. The scenes you can't skip through without skipping all of the dialogue. But the scenes take forever especially since there are no voices. The hidden object scenes are a bit dark. Overall it was only the story that kept me playing.
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from MISSED - COULD HAVE BEEN MUCH BETTER WITH A LITTLE EFFORT Game took 3 ½ hours. Game had great potential that was missed. You play an FBI agent who visits her hometown. Story turns into a mystery once you find out you were born after your mother died and delve into a few adventures, including a harrowing escape, as you pursue what really happened. Ending seemed sudden and a lot more could have been made out of the ending given the subject matter. It was like they ran out of imagination - and what became of our heroine? Started out with a nice voice over, telling about a recurring childhood nightmare; then suddenly, there were only cutscenes with no voices, which couldn’t be sped up. They could have continued the voice overs to add interest to the characters, since they were necessary to the game. You have a diary with clues and reminders - no help. There are only a few things to do in each scene, which is okay with me – not a lot of back and forth. But a couple times, I had to wonder what I was supposed to do. Hints worked only in the HOS. Artwork was drab and dingy – even visiting a currently open museum in the hometown looked like it was abandoned 50 years ago. When will developers learn that dark and grimy isn’t what makes a HOG good – it’s cleverly hidden objects and the adventures. Okay, to be fair, there were a couple locations that weren't too dingy. There were dark ghostly apparitions floating in some of the scenes, but no mention was ever made of them. They could have been included in the story and gameplay to make it more interesting. Now I’ll just have to go through life wondering what and why they were and what became of them. That being said, I did like what there was of the game while it lasted.
Date published: 2013-06-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not that bad and OK for a diversion if on sale. This is not one of the highest-quality games I've played, and I wouldn't recommend paying full price for it because it was fairly short. Still, it wasn't a total stinker, either. There are some typos and incorrect labels for objects, but this happens a lot considering they are translated from other languages. The puzzles were really not that difficult, although some of them took a while to solve. I did not use any walkthroughs or skips and enjoyed being challenged (I find most puzzles way too fast and easy, sometimes even insulting). The HO scenes were challenging, and I had to use a few hints to find everything. The story line was compelling but ended too abruptly. The graphics were oddly mixed and looked like they were done by different people or with different programs; for example, the main character's face was well done, but then she has the ugliest hairstyle ever! LOL. I am recommending only at a sale price.
Date published: 2011-12-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Some features I liked.... Not the greatest game, but not bad either. And it had a couple of things I really liked. Some common sense approaches! A locked cabinet... You have a crowbar. You don't go looking for the blue key with the yellow jewel. You use the crowbar. Ta-Da! You search in the back yard, and later work into a room adjoining the yard, and need something from out there. Do you go through the long route through all the rooms back to the yard, and then make your way slowly back? Nope, you open the window! Then go in and out from there. This kind of thing I like, and it is all too rare. It is shortish, but I do find the story engaging. Had to buy it at the 2.99 special. It has been more than worth it. I haven't found objects that hard to find, or the scenes that dark or obscure, and I am usually picky about those things. Hate them. Haven't run across an impossible puzzle, but I haven't quite finished yet. Ok, back to the game....
Date published: 2011-12-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not a great game but it's certainly not bad either! I love spooky games with vampire themes and the title intrigued me, so of course I had to try it. The hour demo sold me on purchasing so I waited for the next sale since I'm financially strapped right now. I bought it during the Thanksgiving half off sale but the very next sale that came only a week later offered it for $2.99! I wish I'd have gotten it for $2.99 instead. Not only to save needed funds, but also because I don't think I would have paid the $4.99 if I'd played the entire game first. It's not a bad game by any means but it's certainly not up to the standard of "great" like many games deserve to be named. The story starts off interestingly enough but seems to grow thin during the last chapter. Maybe it's because I didn't realize that I was so close to finishing it that the ending seemed so abrupt and anticlimactic and the vampire theme seemed almost nonexistant to me. Although the ending provided closure, it just didn't seem to be enough and the story could have unfolded more and better at the end. With that said, there was a lot that I liked about Mystery Valley. I loved the look of the artwork. The scenes are hand-drawn and very gothic looking. It reminded me of the way pictures looked in storybooks I read as a child. It was very different to see this in a game and I appreciated seeing it here. I hope Big Fish has other games that use these kind of illustrations in them. Mystery Valley is an older game so I don't want to criticize too much, but I know computer graphics were still very good 2 years ago so the character animations could have been done better. Especially towards the end with the guard. His movements were embarassingly sophomoric looking and very choppy. It distracted me from the story because I noticed how bad his movements were. The scenes with the other characters when they were in conversation looked to be of another kind of design, very cartoonish. I didn't like this much because it didn't contrast well with the other drawing style that was presented in the background (the gothic backdrops). The cartoon drawings with its pale colors against the dark, gloomy backdrops were just too much of a contrast for me to keep from being distracted and it took some enjoyment away from the game for me. Yes, the settings are somewhat dark and gloomy as they're supposed to be for this story, but there are plenty of burning torches around that give enough light to see well. It looks especially beautiful in the final chapter when you're faced with a hallway with passages opening to the sides. I just really enjoyed exploring there and there is plenty to do. The hidden object scenes were challenging with some items blending a little too well into dark corners but the hint button was always there to point them out. And the puzzles/minigames were not too difficult but required patience to figure out but the skip button was always available as well. Sometimes I just used the skip when I wanted to get on with the gameplay even though I knew how to solve a particular puzzle. I just grew impatient. The music is lovely throughout and appropriately moody for the type of environment you are exploring. The one glitch I found in the game is during the final chapter when all the sound just cut out. It just stopped...all the music and ambient sounds just stopped! I checked the options to see if somehow the bars were reset to the off position but they were still all the way to the right like the last time I moved them there. I had to completely close out of the game and open it again to get all the sound back but at least it worked! Speaking of the sounds, there are wonderfully creepy ambient sounds all around, including whisperings at one point, to increase the spook factor. And let's not forget those scare moments like you see in the preview. Unfortunately, those are few and far between and are seen early in the game. I wish there had been more of them scattered throughout. But what you do have scattered throughout are the ghosts that suddenly appear. They hover and move slowly in and out of random scenes so just when you've forgotten about them, another one appears! It's fun and they look like the spooky girl from the movie "The Ring". Another fun thing that cranks up the creep factor are the passing shadows that frequently occur. Like the ghost images, they appear in random scenes but are very effective in maintaining the mood. These are the things that I loved about this game. It's visually and audibly atmospheric but the glitches bring it down a notch and are too distracting that it interrupts the enjoyable gameplay. The typos and misnamed items in the HO scenes add to it, as well as the abrupt and unclimactic ending. I just think the ending could have been developed better and longer. So overall, it's not a bad game by far, but just not enough to give it more than 3 stars for a really fair evalution by me. Like I said, if I'd known I could have bought it for $2.99, I would have as I like it enough. It's definitely worth playing the trial hour but definitely not worth the full price for it. Not even the half off price. Use a coupon or wait for another $2.99 sale. I'm no longer buying games at the half off price. I have a stockpile of played trial versions that I'll wait to buy for $2.99 and I'll just play my other dozens of games until then.
Date published: 2012-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from NOT WHAT I EXPECTED This game was not to my liking. I listed the storyline as ok, was going to go with good because I believed it to be a subject I enjoy. I'll never find out because this review is based on about two hours game play. Animation/Avatars/VOS - At start of game only then changed to still characters with text dialogue. IHOS - Grey and murky. Small items and hard on the eyes Hint/Skip - Slow to recharge No hint outside of HOS but journal acts as guide Misclick Penalty - Cursor circles for a few seconds If the devs had continued the avatars and VOS throughout the game, I could have overlooked the other annoying issues. Storyline was good. You're an FBI agent who had the same nightmares as a child. While investigating a case, it seems your nightmares are coming true. I may attempt to replay this game if I can get through the small HOs and the decline of the avatars/vos. I must admit I'm anxious to know the ending. :-D
Date published: 2012-11-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not for me All I can say is read the reviews. Lots of better games out there than this one. Not fun at all.
Date published: 2012-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from JUST OKAY It kept me busy for just a few hours. I am glad that I bought it at the special price, if I had payed full price I would have been a little disappointed. It wasn't very difficult in terms of challenge and when finding the hidden objects the size of a needle could be larger than a computer (just an example).
Date published: 2011-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A great game but I won't buy it Fortunately I played the trial version of this game because so many games on this site no longer play in fullscreen since Windows10 came along. This looks like a cracking good game but I will not buy it unless it can be played in fullscreen.
Date published: 2015-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I agree just OK This was an ok game not the best. If it was a special price I would think of buying it.
Date published: 2012-01-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Actually Terrible But... It's not that good either. The story is not bad, though too much reading involved. The graphics are well done but far too dark and dirty and gloomy. Many objects were difficult to find because they were hidden in a pile of rusty dirty junk. I find this tedious after a while. There are typos throughout, which makes the game seem amateurish compared to some of the really GOOD games available for hidden object fans. I played it through and kept it back when I first discovered HO games, but I couldn't go on with it this time.
Date published: 2011-12-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing and Frustrating This seemed like a really good game, I bought it after previewing it and the preview went really well. But there are some very serious mistakes in this game (even grammar and visual mistakes), puzzles that are literally impossible to solver without hint or a walkthough (I am not being arrogant, they were impossible!) and the plot was subpar at best. I did like it a bit but these issues really ruined it for me.
Date published: 2011-12-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Uninteresting If you want a game that's easy almost to the extreme, Mystery Valley is for you. The only highly relative difficulty will be found in the HOS's where some items are not easy to spot, one because some are tiny, two because others are buried in junkpiles, three because most scenes are dark. But on the easier of the two levels, hints recharge so fast that you should complete each HOS almost at warp speed. No challenge in the puzzles which are as simple as pie; I found one that was interesting, though. Actions are a piece of cake, you only have to find a couple of useful items per scene and using them is also child's play. The game is totally linear. A voice-over comes up at the beginning, but all the rest is in the form of scripts. I actually liked the artwork -it is quite good, and the dramatic music in general, except for one tune which got on my nerves. There is an element of horror popping up every now and then, but there's nothing scary about the rest. Skipping the cutscenes, I reached Scene 4 of Day 4, that is Chapter 4, in the one hour allotted by the demo, even though I didn't skip any of the rare puzzles, and only used the Hint Button 4 times in the HOS's. And you have... 6 Chapters in all ! Do I need to say more ?
Date published: 2011-12-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Discouraging Game Starts well but it gets boring and tiring. It's slow, dark and confused. The challenge is being able to see! Unable to do a few things without help, but there is no help! Just a question mark and nothing else. Neither the free trial is worth playing to the end. Don't waste your time !!!
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bad game The whole game is amaturish - story, graphics, format and presentation. I did get a few laughs out of the spelling errors and bad "acting". I really think that Big Fish should be ashamed to charge anything for this thing called a game.
Date published: 2011-12-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Um, a no go Wish I hadn't spent the money on this one. It's feels old, tired, murky and dirty. The scenes are not well painted, and the dialog is clearly ESL. I can't think of a good reason to buy this.
Date published: 2012-11-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from save your money This is the worst hidden object I have played yet. Horrible graphics, long narrations, rooms with barely anything to do in them, very few challenges. Boring.
Date published: 2011-12-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Game I Have Ever Played! BEYOND TERRIBLE! The seek and find sections of this game are at best frustrating. The main character's dialog and thoughts are unbelievably poorly written. The visual elements look as if they were drawn with muddy water. In all honestly, there are no words to describe how awful this game really is.
Date published: 2012-01-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from hated this game this game was very difficult to navigate, slow.
Date published: 2011-12-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful Many rooms with nothing to do. Bad graphics. Boring.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from boring Not interesting in the least, much too slow, nothing new.
Date published: 2016-01-17
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