Mystery Case Files Dire Grove

  • Release date: 4/3/2014
  • Developer: Engine Software
  • Content rating: ESRB E 10+
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  • Release date: 4/3/2014
  • Developer: Engine Software
  • Publisher: Tulip Games
  • Genre: Misc
  • Content rating: ESRB E 10+
  • Features: 1 player

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Mystery Case Files Dire Grove

Mystery Case Files Dire Grove

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Nothing is quite as captivating as a video game engulfed in mystery. This excitement is what you can expect from Mystery Case Files Dire Grove which was released in 2014.

Graphics: 5.0

The 3D graphics design features highly detailed and very clear images that create a life-like look and feel. Some of the cutscenes even go as far as including actual video footage for a more realistic experience. Mystery Case Files Dire Grove is one of the few games out there that can pull off a dull color scheme and still look good. This look complements the soundtrack perfectly for that eerie and mysterious vibe.

Gameplay: 3.0

Mystery Case Files Dire Grove is a puzzle and object-finding video game. It is set in the creepy little tourist town known as Dire Grove. Your character ends up stranded there after a freak snowstorm only to discover that there might be a group of college students in need of help. As you explore the town, you will find different clues including expositional videos that tell you all you need to understand what happened there.

Despite having such an exciting storyline, the gameplay is a bit of a letdown. There is no particular order to things as the challenges are scattered all over the background. This means you solve them as you stumble upon them. The tasks come in 2 formats. The first is a puzzle format where you must piece together different clues to solve a specific problem. The second form is that of locating objects in piles. These items double up as collectibles with some coming in handy in later stages of the game.

Controls: 2.0

You can play the game on the Nintendo 3DS. However, the control options do not allow you to fully enjoy what this device has to offer as they have an elementary point-and-click design. All you get to do is control the character’s direction and point at different items on the screen. There is no action to keep you engaged or to make the game more than just mentally challenging.

Replay Value: 1.0

The replay value on Mystery Case Files Dire Grove is very low. One of the main reasons for this is the absence of alternative endings to the plot. There is also the fact that the gameplay relies heavily on the storyline. Once its secrets have been revealed, there is nothing for you to look forward to. The same applies to the puzzles that cease to be challenging once you figure them out.


There is no denying that this game has its fair share of flaws. From the low replay value to the limited control options, you will have a lot of compromising to do. However, if you are willing to put up with these cons, then you will be in for a treat with what is otherwise a pretty decent game. You will have a lot of fun solving puzzles and uncovering this creepy little town’s secrets.



If you are a fan of mysteries and solving puzzles, then get this game and play detective as you try to uncover the Dire Grove mystery.

Pros : The graphics are amazing.
It has a fascinating backstory.

Cons : Limited interactive objects.
Flawed controls.

Graphics 5.0

Gameplay 3.0

Controls 2.0

Replay Value 1.0

Average : 2.8

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