Scooby Doo Mystery Cases is a hidden item game. The player chooses a Scooby Doo mystery and then works their way through it one level at a time. In most levels, the player must find the items off a list, one of which is a clue to help solve the mystery. All of the items are hidden in a picture that is a scene from the movie that covers the same mystery/case. There is also one level per case where the player must put together a puzzle, one where they must put together a trap, and one where they feed Scooby and Shaggy.
To successfully earn all three stars for each level, the player must meet three goals. One goal is simply to complete the level. One is usually to complete it within 45 seconds. The third one can be either to complete it without a hint or to wear a specific costume piece. Non-hidden-picture levels will have unique goals. Each level also has a “Scooby Snack” goal once the player has collected all three stars. In order to get all the stars and the Scooby Snacks, the player will have to play each level at least twice. Sometimes more. There are fifteen levels per mystery.
Scooby Snacks are the game’s version of money. The player collects some by collecting all three stars in a level and gets some by completing the Scooby Snack round of each level. Scooby Doo Mystery Cases allows the player to use the snacks to buy costumes. If the player buys the golden version of a costume, they will gain bonuses. Bonuses can include more time in each level, bonus hints, or even extra Scooby Snacks.
The ESRB rated this game E for Everyone and LW4K stands by that rating.
Scooby Doo Mystery Cases helps kids practice and improve the following skills:
Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.
Each level of this game has some hidden items that are easy to find and some that are hard to find. They also have a time limit. Because of these two factors, it is important that the player exercise their focus skills. They need to initiate the task of finding the items on the list immediately, as well as ignore internal and external distractions. If they don't do these three things, the 45 seconds they have to complete a level will fly by. If that happens and they haven't completed the level in the time limit, or their lack of focus causes them to use a hint to finish in time, then the player will have to redo the level at least one more time in order to get all the stars and unlock the Scooby Snack round.
Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.
Memory skills are also very handy in this game. First, the player needs to be able to remember and then follow the directions needed to earn stars. If they can't remember what their goals are, they won't be able to achieve them. They also need to be able to remember what items they are looking for. Being able to remember more than one at a time will help the player find all of them quickly. Finally, having a good visual memory will help the player go faster if they have to play a level more than once. It will also help them in the levels where they build a trap. To complete those levels, the player is given five seconds to memorize the "plans" to a trap and then they have to recreate it. If they can't remember what they saw, they will not be successful.
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