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The Scruffs [Download]

by BigWig Media
Windows Vista / XP
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Price: $9.99
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  • Meet The Charming Scruff Family.
  • Immersive Storyline With Witty Banter.
  • Unique And Fun Hint Mechanism.
  • Innovative Mini-Games.
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  • ASIN: B001L5TIUG
  • Release Date: October 25, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,060 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Product Description

The Scruffs need your help to save their beloved family home from being sold! Grandpa Scruff has a solution - a scavenger hunt to recover his valuable artifacts. But in a surprising twist, Grandpa Scruff reveals that he's been hiding something else - a shocking family secret! Help the Scruffs uncover the secret that will change their lives forever by finding lost items and putting together the clues they need! The Scruffs - laugh at their witty family banter and fall in love with their charm!

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4.3 out of 5 stars
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4.3 out of 5 stars
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Elaborate 'I Spy' type puzzle game February 4, 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
This is my first Amazon game download and, since it's 'free' I can't see how I could possibly complain.

The start is a little depressing: daddy just got fired and the family needs to sell the house but... wait... grand daddy, an 'old timer' kind of... remembers that there was something that, if found, maybe they didn't have to sell the house.

What follows is a series of puzzles where you must find various items inside rooms full of hundreds of artifacts. Then, if you do find them, you restore a torn picture off its fragments and then... there's some secret code that it's revealed if you find more items and so on, and so forth...

Not bad, for something that's 'free' (it was so when I downloaded it). You get a story line and you it's a pretty good brain tease.

The following are notable features:

- Compatible with Windows XP, Vista.
- Plays in a window or 'full screen' - resolution seems to be 800x600.
- Time constrained or 'relaxed' mode.
- Some help is available if you really, really can't find an item.
- When played in a window, the game (clock) stops whenever the game is not the 'active' window.
- I experienced no display issues on a Vista laptop
- I found no evidence of any malware/spyware attached to this game. So far, the game played cleanly, strictly on my computer - did not have to reach out over the Net for anything.

Overall, not a bad game, if you have the time and the patience. I've been actually playing it for the past couple of days and, to my surprise, my 11 yr. old kid asked that I downloaded a copy to his own laptop.

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Notes:

- I had to install Amazon's 'downloader' software before downloading the game itself. It was pretty quick and it appears to be harmless.
- When installed, if you keep the defaults, all games go as subfolders inside a folder named Amazon Games.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly amusing! April 26, 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
"The Scruffs" is a hidden object type game directed towards kids but the hidden objects are often very hard to find. As an adult you could consider this game worthy of your sleuth talents in finding all the stuff you're obliged to locate. How many kids know what an "epilator" is, let alone what one looks like? Often some very sophisticated orchids and other exotic plants are mixed into the jumble. Can you recognize an aloe verde? That will help! As an adult you will not be bored with the environments as the objects are often unusual. But kids will also revel in this game with its quirky story line.

There are jigsaw mini-puzzles to do along the way as you travel the world with the Scruffs, and these are entertaining. One object is featured in each puzzle and you will have to locate that object in the Scruff's messy house before you can proceed to the next level.

The "hint" mechanism, the little dog Scruffy, who jumps up and down ecstatically when you feed him a dog biscuit and he gets close to the hidden object is -well- funny. Ten year olds will love him but so will the older folk. This game will appeal over a wide spectrum of ages, an enjoyable escape for all!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kooky characters and interesting story March 7, 2009
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
For the price, this game delivers a great deal. Other than the main scavenger hunt game, there is also a puzzle minigame, and two memory type minigames. The characters are fun and the artwork is good; however, the game gets pretty hard towards the end. This game can get kind of frustrating due to the nature of the game; however, the minigames break it up a bit and keeps it interesting. Depending on how perceptive you are, expect to finish it in about 10 hours.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but some issues February 3, 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
In general, the game seems pretty nice. It's not that well-behaved, though. It resizes windows for most of your applications, and it seems to have a display problem. While searching for an item, it seemed obvious that part of the screen wasn't being displayed. I switched from full-screen and back, but wasn't able to see objects. When I restarted the game, the screen displayed properly, and I was immediately able to find the last piece I was looking for.

Not a bad game, but it does seem to have some issues.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun game, but not meant to work with Vista 64bit April 29, 2011
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While I really like this game, I was having problems with the display. Error messages pop up asking if I want to debug. I have 2 monitors and it seems like the software was not written to work with more than 1 monitor. Also the game does not save when I close, so every time I start it is from the beginning.

I am running a Vista 64bit computer. When I purchased the game I made sure it was compatible with Vista, and there was nothing specifying 32bit or 64bit. I contacted the software support and they told me that the software is not intended to be run on a Vista 64bit computer. The info above shows that it is compatible with XP and Vista, so this really needs to be noted. FYI, although amazon does not offer a MAC version, you can get one from the manufacture's website. Anyone using Vista 64bit beware. The support people e-mailed me back with some suggestions that I have yet to try out.

One thing I really do like about this game is that the items you have to find are not exactly the same. They did a good job of changing it up so that even after playing from the beginning 10+ times, I would get new items to find. This makes the game playable even after you have completed it. Many of the other games I have purchased are really only fun the first time through; after that you know where everything is and it is just a repeat. So this one I can definitely recommend to anyone not running Vista 64bit. I really find the dog biscuit slurping sounds and the dog jumping around highly entertaining.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun & Adorable
Love HOGs' and the Scruffs was fun & has an adorable interface. The HO scenes were not too difficult and not to easy and contained a story line with it which I liked, a welcome... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tad
4.0 out of 5 stars cute game
I played it through once, but was not really excited about this game. Would be great for young children though
Published 13 months ago by William Dege
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Search Game
This hidden search game is okay. Not up to par as many are. You can play it over again and having the actions of the dog is a nice reminder to look for the bone hints.
Published 15 months ago by Jadzea
5.0 out of 5 stars The kids love it!
The graphics on this game are amazing! The kiddos love playing the seek and find games and the mini games with in it are pretty great too!
Published 16 months ago by Deanne
4.0 out of 5 stars Bright, cheerful hidden object game
Lots of hidden object games seem to lean toward the dark, eerie look & storyline. That gets tiresome for me, even though I like the genre. Read more
Published on January 28, 2012 by Puzzler
4.0 out of 5 stars Time killer!
Fun and exciting. Some of the items are really hidden or don't look like what you are searching for but it's fun still. Fun for wasting time without having to play shooting games.
Published on September 9, 2011 by Leecharde R. Bersamina
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun Hidden Object Game
I liked the Hidden Objects to find, but I tired quickly of the MiniGame of recognizing the changes put into the scene. Read more
Published on March 22, 2011 by ~M~
4.0 out of 5 stars Scruff approved
Not a bad game. I bought it as a joke for my kids who call me "Scruff" because of my crew cut hair but right away we all got hooked on it. Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by VZ in Pgh
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining for the casual player
Admittedly I'm not your typical gamer, and I haven't been since Pong (yeah, I'm that old). I downloaded this game out of sheer boredom the other day. Read more
Published on December 24, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Scruffs hidden items game
One of the best hidden object games I have ever tried out of about 6 games. Very good graphics, easy game flow and good options to play. Read more
Published on December 18, 2010 by Paulwa
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