Help Melissa find her son, his kidnapper and avoid the police radar!
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Mixed (26 reviews) - 42% of the 26 user reviews for this game are positive.
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
    • Storage: 183 MB available space
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32 of 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
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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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
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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34 of 54 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
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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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2015
really disappointed with this game, it looked like really good hidden objects game until, i got to chapter 3 and the bookshelf glitch in the senators office, if you want to waste money on a game that you cannot complete then be my guest but honestly, dont bother
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
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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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2014
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 1, 2015
Cute - but very, very bugged. Since it's auto-saving your progress, a bugged save is useless.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
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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3.1 hrs
Posted: June 16
The good.
Interesting take on the HOG genre that doesn't involve the supernatural for a change, (Although you are looking for your kid again ... *sigh*) , where you play a master thief who needs to come out of retirement for one last job.
Original story-line with lots of voice acting.
Lots of HO scenes, that have HO scenes within HO scenes, and inventory items are also used within the HO scenes.
Some object elimination scenes which were different.

The bad.
The graphics are average to below average in some scenes. Object definition on HO scenes can be grainy.
The lock picking mini-games were incredibly easy and were basically QTEs (quick time event.)
There were very few puzzles and again, they were easy. It felt that over 80% of the content was based on HO scenes.
Although I only experienced one small bug that I could cancel and continue, others are reporting glitches and being unable to complete the game as a result.
Part of the game is "dressing up" the character between chapters, which involved more HO scenes, and seems a pointless and tacked on time sink. It adds nothing to the gameplay.
The object elimination scenes were stupid. Original, but stupid. For example, you are looking for a woman in a crowd, why can't you just eliminate all the men and children? You can't. You have to go through pointless clues to eliminate every man, woman, and child, one by one, and some of the clues are ridiculous as well. "He doesn't like lucky charms." Apparently, that meant having to eliminate someone wearing a sports jacket with the number 7 on it, or someone else with an outline of a horseshoe on their jumper! It made little sense.

Overall, the game, while not executed perfectly, with minor annoyances, is a very different from the usual HOGs in the use of it's setting and storyline. I enjoyed my time in the game, and believe the journey was worth the few speed bumps.
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13.5 hrs
Posted: June 5
How to do I get this game to play. evertime I try and pkay it frezze.This game sucks......
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3.3 hrs
Posted: May 25
Decent little game. Nothing really amazing, but what it did, it did well. Good HOG with well drawn environments. The voice acting was a nice surprise and pacing was handled well. Short but organized, each story piece was fleshed out and logical. Overall an easy 3 hours blown and considering it goes on sale fairly often it's a worthwhile grab for fans of the genre.
As a sidenote I liked the chapter interludes where you got to choose the player character's gear and look, nice addition into the HOG framework. Very cool.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: January 19
i bought it as a joke. it wasnt even funny.
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5.8 hrs
Posted: November 1, 2015
Could not complete the game, because there was a bug in it. It was also a bit boring, because it was much of the same. 3/10
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18.4 hrs
Posted: July 11, 2015
I like this game.I enjoyd playing it.
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8.0 hrs
Posted: July 10, 2015
Filled with glitches. Inventory items disappear, cursor goes inactive, can't pick up objects etc. etc.. Only paid 50 cents but what the hey it wasted my time.
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3.3 hrs
Posted: June 1, 2015
The puzzles where you were trying to find a single person in a crowd was entertaining. The hidden object puzzles themselves were frustrating and uninteresting. The mini games were so simple they were kind of insulting.
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8.0 hrs
Posted: May 19, 2015
I really enjoyed this game. It has many layers and depth to it. I acknowledge it is geared more toward those of us of the feminine persuasion due to the clothing choice segments of the game. If this doesn't deter you (and you can choose to ignore it) then I believe it is still a very engaging game for all HOG fans.
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