The Scruffs - More Than Just a Hidden Object Game
When I saw this game first, I though - hm, must be funny. A very funny
and somewhat crazy family (looking pretty much like The Adams) are
trying to solve their financial hardships and rummage through the piles
of lumber stocked in every room of their chaotic house.
The first thing to know about Scruffs is
that this is the first game that blends hidden object game play with
comic plot and wacky characters. So, no person or animal was kidnapped,
harmed or cast under spell during the game development.
when I launched it and went through the introductory story and got to
know of the characters, I realized that there was much more about it
than just a game. First of all, every hero of the game has its strong
personality, and it is not just for decoration like in all other games.
Every character has its own mission:
First, of all, Father - a seemingly self-confident man(but in fact as
wacky as the rest of his family members) who gets a boot at work...
A Son and Daughter - just average kids - and naughty and annoyingly
noisy. But from time to time they show up with useful tips and invite
you to play so-called Scribble-game(more on it - below).
Grandpa - a good-old man with strong
heart and weak memory. He was the one to hide a terrifying family
secret in his Cryptum and the one who brought about all this chaotic
In order to open the Cryptum you'll need to uncover each of the digits of the secret code.
Don't worry - you won't need to do this randomly. In order for each
digit to be revealed, you just need to play a stage of the game that
consists of several levels of different mechanics:
-. Hidden Object Levels - means sleuthing for the tiny and
cleverly-hidden objects in the lumbered rooms of the house that seems
to be lumbered just as well as the sinister manor where Emma
Ravenhearst spent the rest of her days. But those rooms have humoristic
touch and are so bright and eye-catching.
Scruffy - a cute dog is a real
decoration on every hidden-object level. He is the one to watch over
every level and guide you through it.
will even show you the tip - the object you couldn't find yourself.
After you treat him with a bone, mouse over the room and Scruffy will
start barking and jumping when you get closer to the object.
- Scribbling mini-games - means finding the scribbles on the family
photo. You can get to play Scribbing by finding a photo on the hidden
object level. There will be 20 of scribbles appearing one at a time,
and each time you are to click on the latest scribble. If you click the
scribble you have pointed to before, you'll lose the game.
- Jigsaw levels(and those, too, seem to parody hair-raising Ravenhearst
levels) - you will have to solve jigsaw puzzles(but they are easier
since you won't have to rotate puzzle pieces) and get the pictures of
some breath-taking episode of The Scruffs family life.
The other great thing about the game is that The Scruffs is much more than puzzle-packed title.
The Scruffs is a parody to many great games and movies - at least it sounds so.
Thus after getting to know family secret the Father says in the voice
of Forrest Gump - "Life is Like a box of chocolates - you never know
what you gonna get".
There are much more references to games and movies that you are yet to
discover, much more rooms to be scoured and lots of mysteries left to
be discovered. Too pity, I cannot cover them all in one short game
review. But I guarantee: this game is enough to keep you laughing and
hidden object hunting during the coming weekend.
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