Help Melissa find her son, his kidnapper and avoid the police radar!
User reviews: Mixed (13 reviews)
Release Date: May 15, 2014
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About This Game

Melissa lives an ideal life with her son Noah, but she's no ordinary mom. She was once one of the most sought-after cat burglars in the world. She's given up her life of crime and after living for years under a false identity, she took a trip to her hometown with her son. She thought it was safe. Things go wrong when Noah goes missing at the airport; Melissa's only clue is a phone call with a demand. It's been a long time but now she has one last job. With the help of her old friend Mouse, Melissa must find her son, his kidnapper and avoid the police radar. And she's going to have to crack a few safes along the way.


New Hidden Object mechanics
Unique character customization feature
Immersive puzzles and Hidden Object levels
Crack safes and pick locks

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP/Vista
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible video card
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 183 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Vault Cracker runs at 800x600 and feels as if 2001 came calling. It took me about 4 hours to play on advanced, using at most one hint per scene.

As a hidden object game, it is mediocre, with the genre's all too common collage of objects not constrained by scale, gravity, or even common sense. Vault cracking is very minor: you get 5 simple logic puzzles in all. The most intersting part of the game are the 5 minigames where you eliminate people from a picture based on given criteria such as "is eating" or "wears sandals" until only one is left. You also get 5 chances to dress your heroine up with hair, makeup, shirt, slacks or skirt, and shoes. The major part of your time is spent looking for hidden objects. Plot and voice acting are forgettable.

The game has 5 chapters; best to save when a chapter ends or begins, as otherwise there might be bugs, check the forum.

I'm a general gamer, not a hidden object fan, and I have played quite a few hidden object games that were better than this, such as ClockWork Tales: Of Glass and Ink, Paranormal State: Poison Springs or Isabella. There is no reason to buy this game, unless you have run out of other Hidden Object games to play and this one's on sale.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
Lots of puzzles
Not expensive (If you get it on sale or with a coupon)
Difficulty choice at beginning

Game takes forever to quit (makes it ahrd to shut down Steam)
Low resolution graphics
Gets repetitive
Gender stereotypes
Game glitches (but they did not stop the gameplay)

Overall, an average example of a hidden object game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Short version: 67%
Vault Cracker is a very low-resolution, really old-school hidden object game with an astonishingly good storyline.

Long version:
It’s really hard to write a review on Vault Cracker: The Last Safe, because it’s incredibly good and incredibly bad at the same time.

The story is excellent; a heist thriller that could easily hold on its own in a modern action adventure game, or even in a movie. It is also devoid of all supernatural elements– something that is almost never seen in modern hidden object games.

On the other hand this 2010 product feels like something created at the earliest days of the hidden object genre. The resolution is locked at 800×600. The image quality is horrible with JPEG compression noise everywhere. There is no puzzle variety, just HOPs, which also reminds us of the ancient HO games. And I still don’t quite understand what purpose did the character dress-up sequences serve.

Still, if you don’t mind the outdated mechanics and visuals, and the short length, then play it for the story, it will be worth it.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Average hidden object game, story is not half bad.

The gameplay can get a bit boring though, especially seeing all the silly steps Melissa has to go through to get anywhere. And the dress up feature is completely useless. Granted, there is a plot reasonf or it but it still adds nothing to the game.

Graphics are meh but still not a bad game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26
About average difficulty for these types of games, when set on Advanced. One bad bug: don't exit the game from a tight-focus hidden-object scene or it will forget whet you've found.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8
Bugs, glitches and no support make this game a no-buy!

Would be a quite nice and solid hidden object game, if it weren´t for the glitches and story bugs. I already played some other games from the same dev without any issues, but this one only arouses despair.
No matter which forum I visited, all had the same problems. Asking for bug fixes was never answered by devs. Although it may not be an expensive game, I expect it to work properly
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30 of 49 people (61%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Boing game that never seems to get intresting, even the female voice actor sounds way too bored. 9/10 of the situations you need to find objects in a big room and this combined with not even a real engine (They use Adobe) makes it not worth the €5 (Not even the €2,49 i paid for it at the sale) €0,99 would be a buy.. trough

EDIT: There is not much Vault cracking either...
EDIT2: I don't know why my steam says "0 hours on record"
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
I guess I did not read the description very well as I was expecting more of an adventure/puzzle game. This is almost purely a hidden object game where you click on various objects on your check list for no reason at all. Either way, there isn't much of an "adventure" aspect except in following along with the plot and mission objectives. These seem to involve you fixing various objects like some kind of repairman and picking out a dozen or so particular objects from a room before throwing away all but 1 of them.
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 11
Bored :/
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3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26
Another hidden object game like the other hundreds of games of the same genre.
According to Steam, Vault Cracker was released in May 2014, yet the graphics look like the game is from around 2001.
There's a little story of a woman who's son is kidnapped... all pretty basic.

There are minipuzzles like cracking safes, trying to find the right person in a crowd through hints and lockpicking.

Personally, Hidden Object games aren't really my cup of tea but there are better games of this genre. It took me around 3,5 hours to complete without hints.

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