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Dr. Lynch: Grave Secrets

JohnBFrom the same group that brought us Agatha Christie: Peril at End House and Women's Murder Club: Death in Scarlet comes an equally alluring hidden object game, Dr. Lynch: Grave Secrets. This entry veers away from the more adventure-oriented direction and hugs the item finding wall fairly close, but the same high production values and great storyline remain intact.

drlynch.jpgEngland's leading skeptic, Dr. Ignatius Lynch, is looking to challenge his mind with a new story to pick apart. He finds a newspaper article telling the tale of a haunted archaeological site where a mysterious ghostly woman appears. Lynch immediately sets out, ready to turn his skeptical eye on the situation.

The game is divided into a series of investigations where you'll search the scene for items and a few key clues. Afterwards a witness will hand you a Clue Card which will be used in conjunction with the items you found to uncover new facts about the case. After a short mini-game you'll jump right in to the next investigation.

Analysis: When evaluating hidden object games one question always floats to the top of my mind: are the items hidden intelligently or did the developers go out of their way to give me a hard time? Dr. Lynch strikes a fair balance between logical item locations and camouflaged objects, so I didn't have a very tough time finding what I needed. A few of the descriptions were a bit too obtuse for my taste, however.

Dr. Lynch: Grave Secrets is a gorgeous game that shows polish in every area of presentation. Despite the good looks, however, the underlying structure is a bit formulaic, almost as if it were afraid to step out of the set path hidden object games before it have carved out. If it followed the design of, say, Azada, Dr. Lynch would be an unstoppable juggernaut of a game.

Great set-up, nice storyline, Dr. Lynch: Grave Secrets only falters a bit in the gameplay department where it loses the crucial ability to bring in cross-genre fans. Still, hidden object buffs will find plenty to love in this release, and the game has enough dark mystery for everyone to enjoy.

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72 Comments

I played the demo. Pretty good.

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I completed the game a couple of days ago.
You forgot to mention it's got an amazing storyline, it's one of those games I had to finish in one sitting because I wanted to know who the culprit was (though I could have guessed it).
Plus, the graphics are nice and the items are mostly where you'd expect them to be, not giant things hidden in the sky or along the walls.

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It's not that I didn't like that game.

But: The characters remind me a lot of Sherlock Holmes, the investigation at Hercule Poirot. It feels like Floodlight put a few successfull concepts (in parts even created by them originally) in a bowl, mixed it and here we go.

That does not have to be negative. The game is great in the graphics, nice in the gameplay and good in the story. But there is nothing we didn't see before, nothing new.

Floodlight Games showed before how innovative and creative they can be. Let's hope that the next game will show that again.

Greetings
Kayleigh

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What is the secret or solution for lining up the six acorns? help

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Hi,

I like this game but I am totaly stuck because I cannot find the Humingbirds and the hints don't work. I have search the screen with my trifocals and my husband's bifocals but still can't find even 1 hummingbird.

Is there a way to bypass these optional items or does anyone know which part of the screen they are located?

Any help would be deeply appreciated.

Thanks,
Helen

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Anonymous October 29, 2008 9:25 PM

if you fill up the bird feeders, they will come. How do you open up the candle alter?

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To open the candle alter,

you have to put the candles in a cross patter, down the center and across the second row from the top.

I'm stuck on the last piece of the light pink artifact piece. =

Oh, and for the acorns, you just kinda guesstimate the order.

It's on the bench and just line up your pointer [not the acorn] where you think it should go. There will be an outline and faint picture, like with the busts.

[Edit: Spoiler tags added. -Pam]

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Can anyone tell me where the "L" is in the tea room?

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I'm having trouble with the tea room letters also, where is the L, or is it an I?

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Jane Ware October 30, 2008 1:52 PM

To get the hummingbirds,

You need to take the bird seed ( it is in the bucket). There are three birdfeeders. Fill up the birdfeeders and the hummingbirds will appear and fly to the birdfeeders. You can then click on them and you will win. There are three or four of them. They fly to the birdfeeders randomly.

Hope this helps you.

[Edit: Spoiler tags added. -Pam]

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Does anybody know where the "L" or the "I" is in the Tea Room...I'm stuck and it's getting really frustrating....HELP!!

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The L is in the top left corner of left curtain

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Where is the anchor and the X for the post office bin?

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@ R

Have a look here for the X
Dr. Lynch ->post office letters

I have no clue, where the anchor is, as the objects are random

Greetings Kayleigh

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Anonymous November 2, 2008 9:34 AM

the last piece of the light pink artifact piece is above the wooden trunk right of the blue bag. It was difficult to find. Diana

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Where is the line to hang the clothes?

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Dorothy Fletchinger November 3, 2008 7:24 AM

Does anyone know how to fix the fountain?

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Where are the letters for the board in the town square? I have found all but the "L" and the other "O"
Thanks

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Does anyone know how to line up the candles?

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Theresa Sexton November 6, 2008 5:59 PM

The candles are placed in the shape of a cross.
X
X X X
X
X
X

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Can anyone tell me where the missing letters T and S for town board's "Cotswald" word are? I found all the others. Please help!

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T& S is on the board itself half hidden behind the notices

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I am being blind! Where is the teddybear or white pebbles please on level 4?
Thanks

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I found the S and the T among the posters on the board, but can't seem to find the L. Help, please.
The white stones are in the planter to the right on the screen, a copper tub. The teddy bear is in one of the wheelbarrows, or crates, not really sure, I have a hard time finding it myself when I replay that level.
Thanks

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Any help would be appreciated. I am having trouble finding the G in the tearoom. Thanks in advance for any help.

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The G in the tearoom is located on top of one of the chocolates in the box of candy. Found it myself after much searching. Good luck all!

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investigation 14 ,the invisible message,where is it, what is it??? i stack , please help!!!!

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can not find the last two letters in the tea room...e for earl grey and the last one I can't even guess...jharling?

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Can anyone help me with the 6 acorns. Where do you line them up or is it just a matter of clicking on them in a certain order? Please help. It will be greatly appreciated.

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can not find the last letter in the tea room...e for earl grey, please help!

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Please help! I cannot find the e for Earl Grey in the tea room. I'm stuck until I get it. Please rsvp!

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acorns. place them on the bench by order of size

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how to make coffee in jail?

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e is on the box where the cat is looking up... it is colored red

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janiedigh Author Profile Page December 6, 2008 4:48 PM

Thanks for the info on the e, nyx!

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janiedigh Author Profile Page December 6, 2008 7:52 PM

How do you make the letters stick to the bins at the post office?

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Never mind about the letters in the post office. For those who don't know, place the letter just to the right of the drawer knob.

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#14 where is the message please help

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In investigation 13 (Lydia) in Carstair Manor, Portrait Hall, you are supposed to find 20 pieces of paper. I don't find any at all. Where are they?

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graneekara Author Profile Page December 24, 2008 5:58 PM

HELP! Cannot find the "O" in the tea room! Thank you!

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Anyone?? PLEASE??

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For the fountain, I have the valve on it and its flowing a bit but it says that some dirt is still clogged in it. How do I fix it?

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@Summer

Attach the knob to the bottom of the fountain. Hold the knob with your mouse and spin it around until the water flows freely through the fountain.

Greetings, Kayleigh

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How do you fill the humming bird feeders?

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Where do you get the water to make coffee in the jail? I have the filter and the coffee in the coffee maker.

Thanks,
MK

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At Pam

You will see a bucket/pail by the centre near the right side labelled bird seed click on it and then move to each of the three bird feeders click again on each and it will fill them up

Regards Jodie

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At MK

To get the water you need to pick up the coffee jug and then move it to the cooler however you need to clickon the cooler button to fill it like you would if you were using it that will fill it up then move to the top of the coffee maker to fill it up and the rest you can figure it out.

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please can some one tell me where the plug is for the fountain

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@Alan

Which investigation is that, please?

Greetings, Kayleigh

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Hi Kayleigh,

can you please tell me where the plug is for the fountain in investigation 13 much appreciated

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@Alan
Please have a look at the screenshot :)
Screenshot for valve

Greetings, Kayleigh

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I can't find the L for Lapsang Souchang in the t room. Can you please help me this is the second time I have played the game and got stuck here

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Ok found the L on the top left of the left curtain pelmet, the D is on the table cloth on the left
Hilary

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guys i cannot find the sticky note in the vicar's office?

any ideas?

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Cannot find invisible message in investigation #14. Have been trying for hours. HELP!!!

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cjmajor25 Author Profile Page March 12, 2009 4:57 PM

investigation 5, where are the 2 airplanes

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cjmajor25 Author Profile Page March 12, 2009 9:00 PM

guys i cannot find the sticky note in the vicar's office?

any ideas?

it's on left wall

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cjmajor25 Author Profile Page March 12, 2009 9:02 PM

Where do you get the water to make coffee in the jail? I have the filter and the coffee in the coffee maker.

Thanks,
MK

place coffee pot beneath water on right, it will fill up and then pour the water into the coffee pot, hit green button to turn it on

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cjmajor25 Author Profile Page March 13, 2009 1:05 AM

In investigation 13 (Lydia) in Carstair Manor, Portrait Hall, you are supposed to find 20 pieces of paper. I don't find any at all. Where are they?

Posted by: janiedigh | December 15, 2008 4:42 PM

click on the picture of the girl in green, pieces of paper are behind it, they fall and then you pick them up

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cjmajor25 Author Profile Page March 13, 2009 1:37 AM

Could someone help with this answer please as I am stuck on it too. Thanks.

***investigation 14 ,the invisible message,where is it, what is it??? i stack , please help!!!!

Posted by: bushdaisy | November 16, 2008 1:34 AM

***#14 where is the message please help

Posted by: judy | December 12, 2008 8:47 PM

***Cannot find invisible message in investigation #14. Have been trying for hours. HELP!!!

Posted by: gerry | February 26, 2009 5:28 PM

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unexzistenz March 26, 2009 6:18 PM

the hidden message in level 14 :
on the bed lies a little book
you need the coal to go over the blank page then there is your message

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Ummm.. hwhere is the 2nd letters R and O in the word Brumbery something.. :(

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@ Kanako - R and O

Go back to the scene before - the R you will find on the trash bin right to the bench - The O you will find the word telephone of the telephone booth R and O

Greetings, Kayleigh

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Kay Yeomans April 9, 2009 1:48 PM

Can some one tell me how to make the coffee in the jail. l have the jug, the water, the filters, the coffee, but l can not get it to work. HELP PLEASE

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Please help me with the fountain. Where is the spicket for the fountain?

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allison May 25, 2009 4:55 PM

Could someone help me with the fountain scene? I'm turning the valve but nothing is happening! Help I'm stuck! Thanks.

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Anonymous January 22, 2010 5:24 PM

On Level 9 in Carstairs mansion, what is a handle and where is it?

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The 'Sleepy town of Hereford'??? Having been there on a Saturday night, I would'nt call it 'sleepy'.. drowsy and slurry maybe!

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Where is the handle in the Carstair Manor-Parlor? It's the only item I have left, and I have about 1 minute and 24 seconds, and no hints. Help, please

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Anonymous July 17, 2010 3:51 PM

how long do you have to twist valve on fountain before it works? Been doing it for five minutes now and my time is almost up.... investigation # 14 please...

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Please help. I'm on investigation 13, fountain, and unable to finish. I've found all items and knob but am obviously still missing something on fountain repair. It does not show fountain repaired and I can turn knob all day and accomplish nothing. HELP!

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Where is the propeller in Game 10 missing lady?

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