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The Celtic legend of Dire Grove has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries. In the fall of 2009, four graduate students traveled to a small township near Blackpool, England. They were never heard from again.

Considered a fairytale, its telling was common at campfires and as a bedtime story meant to frighten small children into staying in their beds through the night. However, a recently unearthed artifact in the United Kingdom corroborates the legend and so begins a journey of survival for a small band of graduate students in the secluded resort of Dire Grove.

***** Features *****

Completely new cinematic ending exclusive to iOS.
Collect over 50 morphing objects to unlock an exclusive video teaser for Escape from Ravenhearst - the latest Mystery Case Files adventure.
Challenge friends with Game Center Leaderboards and Achievements.
Studio-quality film delivers the story of the missing graduate students.
Get Help! Auto recharge hints and integrated strategy guide.
Immerse yourself in a mystery thousands of years old.

"...this downloadable game delivers a rich interactive experience that will often keep you on the edge of your seat. Just make sure you don't play with the lights out."- Games.com

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11-17-2011, 10:14 AM
#2
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,313
Got it last night... Was pretty sure it was Free when I got it, now its showing $4.99 / installed ? anyways.. looks like I got it for free then, since there are no adds except the usuall banners.. no IAP.

Anyone else got lucky last night ?

11-17-2011, 02:44 PM
#3
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 586
Quote:
Originally Posted by pka4916 View Post
Got it last night... Was pretty sure it was Free when I got it, now its showing $4.99 / installed ? anyways.. looks like I got it for free then, since there are no adds except the usuall banners.. no IAP.

Anyone else got lucky last night ?
Rats! I did see it when it was free, but I figured there was IAP. Also, I didn't have a spare gig of space! Yikes!

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11-17-2011, 04:30 PM
#4
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Sydney
Posts: 280
Nice! I won't be downloading this, as I've already played the Mac version, but it's great to see Big Fish finally bringing the Mystery Case Files games to iPad. Assuming this is the same as the Mac version, it removes the door puzzles that made the last few so enjoyable (to me), but it does have a strong, Blair Witch-inspired storyline and great atmosphere.

Definitely worth trying if you like these kinds of games and haven't played this one. MCF pretty much invented the hidden object genre.

Cheers.
11-17-2011, 04:45 PM
#5
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 586
Is it mostly hidden object or more adventure?

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11-17-2011, 05:04 PM
#6
Joined: Jan 2010
Location: Sydney
Posts: 280
Quote:
Originally Posted by tecwrtr View Post
Is it mostly hidden object or more adventure?
It's been a couple of years since I played it, but I remember it having some adventure-style puzzles. (I think there's one where you have to rebuild a generator, for example.). There's a heavy dose of hidden object scenes as well, but they're very well done. The production values on the last four MCF games have been outstanding.

If you have any interest in these kinds of games, give the free trial a go. The Mac version is, in my opinion, one of the top five hidden object games ever, and I've played a lot of them.

Cheers.
11-17-2011, 06:11 PM
#7
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: Richmond, VA
Posts: 586
Quote:
Originally Posted by Georgina View Post
It's been a couple of years since I played it, but I remember it having some adventure-style puzzles. (I think there's one where you have to rebuild a generator, for example.). There's a heavy dose of hidden object scenes as well, but they're very well done. The production values on the last four MCF games have been outstanding.

If you have any interest in these kinds of games, give the free trial a go. The Mac version is, in my opinion, one of the top five hidden object games ever, and I've played a lot of them.

Cheers.
Thanks for the advice! Much appreciated.

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11-21-2011, 07:50 AM
#8
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 387
Drat! I just bought it at 4.99. I'm usually the first one off the blocks, when they're launched, but I missed the freebie.

And IIRC, from a few years ago, this was one of the best Big Fish desktop games I ever played. Must-buy.

Currently Playing: (iPad2) Angry Birds Space HD | MASS EFFECT™ INFILTRATOR | Hunters 2 | Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy | Flight Control Rocket | Azkend 2 HD: The World Beneath | rComplex | Zuma's Revenge HD | Rhianna Ford & The DaVinci Letter HD | Zepi:Spring HD | Reiner Knizia's Deck Buster | (iPhone) Doodle God™
11-21-2011, 08:15 AM
#9
Joined: Oct 2009
Posts: 617
It's hard to tell if this was a freebie or not since they flip back and forth between prices with IAPs and release (Full) versions.

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11-21-2011, 08:18 AM
#10
Joined: May 2009
Posts: 387
Quote:
Originally Posted by Revlisoft View Post
It's hard to tell if this was a freebie or not since they flip back and forth between prices with IAPs and release (Full) versions.
But since this is just launched, it would never be alternated with the (Full) version so quickly. It's the IAP version only. Full comes only a month or so later.

Currently Playing: (iPad2) Angry Birds Space HD | MASS EFFECT™ INFILTRATOR | Hunters 2 | Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy | Flight Control Rocket | Azkend 2 HD: The World Beneath | rComplex | Zuma's Revenge HD | Rhianna Ford & The DaVinci Letter HD | Zepi:Spring HD | Reiner Knizia's Deck Buster | (iPhone) Doodle God™