Scooby Doo Mystery

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a game by Sunsoft
Genre: Adventure/RPG
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 7.1/10, based on 6 reviews
User Rating: 9.1/10 - 9 votes
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See also: Mystery Games, Fear Games, Scooby Doo Games, Ghost Games
Scooby Doo Mystery
Scooby Doo Mystery
Scooby Doo Mystery

Heads up, cartoon fans. Another Scooby Doo game is on the way--this time on the Super NES.

Unlike the Genesis version, which was more of a puzzle game, this cart contains some action elements.

Scooby can use his snout to sniff out clues, and Shaggy can use weapons found throughout each mystery.

Scooby Doo Mystery has a bunch of brainteasers that'll puzzle the most hardened sleuth. The graphics are just like the show and the music really creates an eerie mood. It even has Shaggy and Scooby talking in key segments. If you enjoy the show, it's a sure bet you'll like it.

  • PUBLISHER - Acclaim
  • THEME - Action

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Game Reviews

Scooby-Doo Mystery was released rather late in the 16-bit era. While I am focusing on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis version today, there is also a SNES version. Despite sharing the same name, each game offers a rather different experience and the majority of people much prefer what the Sega version is offering. I loved Scooby-Doo as a kid and still do now and this was a pretty fun game.

Two For One

One of the things that makes the game stand out is that you are kind of getting two for one. Rather than having one large story, you have two “episodes” that you can play through. In Blake’s Hotel, you are trying to help Daphne’s uncle who owns a hotel and all his patrons are being scared away by a native American ghost! The other Scooby-Doo Mystery that you need to solve is called, Ha, Ha Carnival; and as the name suggests you are in an amusement park that is being wrecked by an evil clown. Both stories capture the spirit of the show very, very well.

Oh, Gee Scoob!

As I said, this is a very faithful adaptation of the show. This rings most true for Scooby-Doo and Shaggy. They have captured their personalities very, very well and no matter what you do they will have some kind of little quip that will make you smile. The rest of the Mystery Gang is here and you can talk to them, but they do not have that same kind of magic, Shaggy and Scoob do.

It is a great looking game. They have some fantastic background art here and Scooby-Doo Mystery was clearly made by people that had a lot of love for the show. It looks as close to the real thing as the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis was capable of doing.

If It Wasn’t For Those Darn Kids!

The two different mysteries that you need to solve offer the same kind of gameplay. While the SNES version is more of a platformer. For this game, you have a point and click adventure game! There were not many games of this type on the 16-bit consoles and seeing them do it here is pretty awesome stuff. This kind of gameplay fits Scooby-Doo perfectly.

You can interact with pretty much everything on any given screen. Much of the gameplay is about talking to people and solving puzzles by finding one item and using it on something else. It is typical point and click adventure stuff. The problem is, this is one of those “what the hell am I supposed to do?” kind of games. There is very little direction here and it can get frustrating as you very often have no clue what to do. It is workable, but there is a great deal of trial and error on offer here.

I know some might see a 16-bit cartoon-based game and just assume it is another platformer. With that in mind, you have to give them credit for making Scooby-Doo Mystery a point and click adventure game instead. This fits Scooby doo perfectly and for a console, I feel that they did a good job. I just wish there was a bit more direction or a hint system letting you know what you need to do. If there was one of these, I probably would have scored the game a tad higher.


Final Score


  • It captures the spirit of the show very well
  • The graphics are fantastic
  • Shaggy and Scoob have a ton of personality
  • You get two mysteries to solve
  • It is not just another platform game based on a TV show


  • You are left wondering what to do
  • Some of the other characters lack a bit of personality
  • Genre: adventure
  • Players: 1
  • Save feature: battery backup
  • Publisher: Acclaim
  • Developer: Sunsoft
  • Available: 1995

Ruh Roh Raggy! That's right - Scooby, Shaggy, Thelma and the whole gang are now part of a graphic adventure!

The look of the TV show is captured wonderfully, from Shaggy's walk to Scooby's dialogue. However, watching the cartoon is a much more exciting way to enjoy these elements. What Scooby suffers from is a slow interface that has no place on a gaming console. It takes forever to choose Talk, Look, Use, etc. and then click on the proper item which ultimately makes you not want to play. The idea is a good one, solve one or two mysteries with the hapless Shaggy and Scooby, but the application of the idea was done in an uninventive old format.

If you have the patience to wade through the slow interface, there are puzzle elements, humor, and surprise endings that reward you, but the amount of reward you get isn't worth the amount of pain this game causes.

The mystery-solving bunch of Saturday morning has gotten its own video game. Scooby Doo, along with his other Hanna Barbera pals now faces a new mystery within the confines of an old hotel. It's up to you and the rest of the gang to solve it. You must search throughout the hotel for clues and items. There are plenty of places to go and you can use many things within your immediate area, such as doors, books, chalkboards, garden hoses, and many other items.

ProTip: To get clue points, take new objects to Velma whenever you find them.

Hop inside the Mystery Machine with Shaggy and Scooby. You guide the pair through a series of side-scrolling mysteries, getting clues from Freddy, Scooby snacks from Daphne, and the Mystery Status from Velma. Bonus games like the "Wac-A-Monster" or "Make a Scooby Sandwich" help you.

The characters are successfully re-created, and the monsters will scare the pants off you. Although there isn't much action, the backgrounds are detailed. The sound lacks voice effects and the famous theme song, but you'll enjoy the limited soundtrack.

Reading maps and piecing together puzzles may not fulfill the action quota, but Scooby Doo does provide an intriguing adventure for kids.

  • Use Scooby's sniffing abilities to find hidden items.

Zoinks! The Mystery Machine posse needs you to help solve the riddles of Blake's Hotel and Ha Ha Carnival.

As Shaggy (with Scooby in tow), you investigate mysteries based on actual episodes. The easy interface has a menu of commands to help you collect items and clues. The puzzles aren't all easy, however.


  • In the hotel, Use the dumbwaiter to descend to the kitchen. Then Push the flour and Look through the peephole.
  • In the Carnival Arcade, Look through Window 2 to see Velma, Daphne, and Fred stuck in the boat. Go help them!

Both mysteries are broken up by cinematic ghost chases. These and the graphics capture the show's flavor. The average sounds are rescued by music that kicks with a solid translation of the TV tunes.

If you're a fan of the series, this is a nice rental down memory lane. If not, this is a "Scooby Don't."

Snapshots and Media

Sega Genesis/Mega Drive Screenshots

SNES/Super Nintendo/Super Famicom Screenshots

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