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Genre: Action & Adventure / Video Game for Nintendo DS / ESRB Rating: Everyone / Release Date: 2009-02-06 / Published by Nintendo

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      12.12.2009 18:31
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      Yawn.......Yawn.......Yawn......

      ****Story line****

      Multi millionaire Mr Phil T Rich has mysteriously disappeared from his stately home, and like in all of these mysteries, he is thought to be dead, however it soon becomes clear that Mr Rich has been kidnapped, and what's more there are no fewer than a dozen people who would benefit from Mr Rich's disappearance. It is your job, as the player to take the role as the detective who is assigned to look in to the kidnapping and solve the case by finding clues and interviewing suspects along the way.

      At first glance the story of potential murder, mystery, finding clues, interviewing suspects, taking finger prints and solving puzzles sounds quite interesting and entertaining and a bit like Professor Layton, however, in reality this is not the case.

      ****Story mode****

      In a nutshell the aim of the game is to find a list of items, which is presented to you at the start of each level, by searching an environment consisting of many jumbled up items. The quicker you find the items, the more points you get, however you do get penalised for random tapping on the bottom screen so there is a bit of skill required.

      There are 10 "chapters" to this game and they all involve the same concept of finding a predetermined list of items. The story, if you can call it that, progresses as you progress through the levels in that you come across different people throughout the different locations you go to. Whilst there is a bit of dialogue, and fingerprinting, you don't really interact with the characters and the interaction is all a bit academic and meaningless. It adds nothing to the game.

      The number of items you need to find increases with each level, and the level is only completed when the required number of items has been found. There are hints, should you get stuck and have difficulty in finding some of the items, although you are penalised for using these.

      I have to confess that I have not completed this game. I got bored of the repetitive game play after 10 minutes, although I persevered in the hope that it would get better, but it never did. After around three hours play I admitted defeat and just couldn't be bothered with it any more. I had almost lost the will to live.

      ****Investigation tools****

      As you progress through the game there are times when you need additional tools to assist you in finding the items. Such tools include a torch, under water googles, and x-ray goggles. Other than add a tiny bit of variation these tools add nothing to the game whatsoever.

      ****Controls****

      The top screen is the "information" screen which lists the items you need to find (so you don't need to memorise them) and the timer detailing the amount of time left to find the items.

      The bottom touch screen is used to search in and locate the list of required items. Navigating around the bottom screen is easy and involves sliding the stylus up, down, left or right on the touch screen, depending on which way you want the screen to scroll. Alternatively, the same can be achieved using the directional D pad.

      I found using the stylus to be quite clumsy and cumbersome since there were times when it just wasn't responsive therefore my preference was to use the directional pad to look around. At the end of the day it is down to what the individual user feels most comfortable with.

      ****Graphics****

      The graphics are quite good and there is good attention to detail. In addition, the use of bold, bright and vivid colours adds to the overall feel of the game. Given the nature of the game, i.e. it is effectively a find the product game, the level of detail is not that surprising. If the graphics were poor the whole game would be flawed and un-playable.

      ****Audio****

      The audio and sound effects in this game are absolutely awful and I can only recommend turning it off. There is soft and ambient background music constantly playing whilst you are looking for the items. Personally, I found it annoying, off putting and a hindrance.

      ****Quick play mode****

      As well as the main story mode game there is also a quick mode whereby the DS will randomly generate a puzzle in an area that has been unlocked during playing the story mode. In this mode it is also possible to challenge up to three mates (each player must have their own copy of the game) in finding the items first.

      ****Longetivity****

      In my opinion this game has absolutely no longetivity at all. I persevered but in doing so wasted 3 hours of my life that I will never get back. Even with the amount of mini games and the multiplayer function this game is still boring and I think it is one that will be put on the shelf to collect dust, or punted out on Ebay shortly after buying it.

      ****mini games****

      Between the levels you will be required to complete several mini games in order to progress. The mini games consist of simple puzzles including jigsaw, spot the difference and the sliding picture style games. You don't get any hints or assistance in completing the mini games but this doesn't create any issues as all of the mini games are exceptionally easy and you won't have any problems in completing them.

      ****Price and availability****

      I was fortunate enough to be able to borrow this game from my nephew so it cost me nothing to play it. After playing this game I would have felt a bit annoyed if I rented a copy, and would have felt royally ripped off if I had purchased a copy outright.

      At the time of writing this game can be bought for as little as £17.52 (excluding P&P) from Amazon and as much as £24.99 (excluding P&P) from Play.com. Because of the large price differential I would suggest shopping around if you really want to buy a copy.

      ****Conclusion****

      Being a fan of puzzle games, and in particular the Professor Layton style games, when I saw this advertised I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy and take it for a test drive. Now I have, I must say that I am very disappointed and would have to say this is the most boring DS game I have ever played, and that includes many homebrew and retro titles.

      This game is not only advertised as a puzzle game but it is located in the puzzle game section of most retail outlets. In my opinion a puzzle game is one that is meant to make you think and get your brain working. This game does not do that and, therefore, I would not classify this as a puzzle game. I would say it is a modern day "Where's Wally" requiring good observation skills only. Other than finding items the player has to do nothing else since the DS does all the detective work itself, which is just so boring.

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        29.10.2009 17:04
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        Distraction for half an hour or so

        When you first read the synopsis on mystery case files: millionheir you are drawn into what sounds like an exciting world especially for those of you who are fans of the professor layton series. It seems to have it all puzzles, clues, murder, mystery but in the end struggles to deliver on all counts.

        The aim of the game is to find out who is the heir by solving various puzzles and "working" out various clues as an un-named detective searching for the missing Phil T Rich, who you breifly meet at the very beginning of the game.

        The puzzles in this are not the logic based ones of the Professor Layton mysteries, these are a have a picture here's a list of items hunt the picture to find them. I do agree that some of them are more difficult to find than others and do involve searching with xray to find but not that hard!

        The game does have a quick play function which would be ideal for keeping children happy without them having to go through all the listening to the different characters speak.

        The game itself didn't seem to take that long to complete and leaves you feeling a little disappointed and cheated out of your money. The game doesn't change through different levels just the number of objects that you have to find.

        Obviously being on the DS you don't expect cutting edge graphics or fantastic video play but you do expect something.

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        07.09.2009 19:29
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        Not worth the price. In fact not worth anything.

        Mystery Case Files Millionheir was one of those games that I wanted to play from the moment I saw it in the shops. I'm not sure what it was about the game or more the TV advertisement that had me hooked but something certainly did, as when I knew I had a 26-hour coach journey ahead of me for me holiday I decided to purchase this game in an attempt to while away any boredom that may set in. Unfortunately however I found the game to be exceptionally disappointing and to be perfectly honest found myself more bored playing the game than I was simply staring out of the window.

        I don't know what I'd expected this game to be but what it turned out to be just did make me want to play it one little bit. I did however finish the game and although it only took me around 5 hours I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

        I had to be honest probably expected the game to be a lot more hands on than it actually tuned out to be, as the introduction to the game begins with explaining that Phil T. Rich is missing and that it is up to us to uncover his rightful heir. This idea made me think of other games such as Professor Layton and Sherlock Holmes but the game actually turned out to be nothing like them at all and offer little if any brain stimulation.

        The game is for all intents and purposes extremely simple to complete and has a very, very simple premise. In short the game is an electronic version of hide and seek as you simply search the screens you are presented with for a list of items and then tap on them when you locate them. The game is made slightly more interesting, I suppose, by the fact that some items are only visible when you shine a torch, x-ray beam or water camera over them. Again though when you find them you simply click on them.

        Interspersed between seeking hidden items you are faced with small dialogues between the investigator, yourself, and the suspects. This in turn leads you to new look and find locations and the whole process begins over again. After roughly three locations your computer friend will tell you that you have found enough items to gather either fingerprint, DNA or some other type of information and you will then be taken to a mini games.

        These games are exceptionally mini and take usually a matter of seconds, possibly a few minutes to complete, as they are very simple. For example fingerprint collection is conducted by waving the stylus across the screen to cover it in fingerprint dust and then blowing into the microphone to clear any excess. Another of these mini games involves doing a jigsaw and another playing a colour-matching sort of game. Everything considered however they left me feeling a little flat.

        Maybe it was me expecting too much and that's probably the case but when the games box said 'locate cleverly hidden objects in intricately detailed scenes' I did expect to have to use my brain a little and not simply have to do a rather childish in many respects spot the item puzzle.

        The graphics for the game are relatively good and can't really be complained about but to be honest the game itself doesn't really call for fantastic graphics and therefore as long as the items are recognisable you aren't really going to complain about them. The music on the other hand was eternally irritating and grated on me so much that I had to turn the sound on my DS off.

        All in all this game didn't impress me one little bit and had I not been stuck on a coach with very little else to do I think I would have given up on this game very quickly. I'm glad if I'm honest therefore that I was on a coach as otherwise the games £16.00 cost (can be anywhere up to £25) would have been utterly wasted.

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          02.09.2009 10:19
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          Good game, worth a play

          I bought this game back in April thinking it would be similar to Professor Layton however I was wrong and was therefore put off thinking it wasn't my sort of game. I recently got round to playing it, as did my family so now thought it was a good time to write a review!

          As you can see from the picture the case is predominantly brown with a large magnifying glass showing a missing person. This lets us know a little about the game as it tells us it is a detective game. There is a large title at the top and it tells us it is part of the Mystery Case Files series which I believe to be available on the PC aswell.

          So onto the game, Mr Phil.T.Rich has gone missing and basically it is your job to find him! This is where I got confused but the game is infact one of those games where you find things in a number of rooms. After you have found a number of things you get a certain chunk of information about Phil and you also usually get to complete a little puzzle which allows you a breather from the item hunting. The game is very repetative and you find yourself finding items over and over again. As you progress through the game it gets harder and harder, giving you more items to find and making them harder to spot. You are given hints which are very helpful and therefore make the game achievable. As you proceed through the game you are given tools which make items easier to find such as torches.

          For the DS, the graphics are quite good. There are a number of colours in the game and the pictures are all neat and tidy. Due to the type of game, there are not a great deal of special effects but when these are used they are of a good standard.

          As you will see on the case this game is a 3+, my niece got hooked on this and she is 8. She managed to complete the majority of it herself however she did need help through some stages. There is nothing unsuitable in the game for a child of that age though so you can allow them to play it without keeping an eye on them. Aswell as my niece, myself, my mother and my boyfriend all got hooked on this too which suggests that it is very addictive to those of any age! Personally, I did not enjoy this as much as Professor Layton however, I imagine that is due to personal preference.

          I quite enjoyed this game. What I really liked about it was that it was achievable and there were never any sections where you found yourself completely stuck and unable to proceed. Although it is quite repetative, I enjoyed this as you always knew what you were meant to be doing. The small mini games that hit you after each level are enjoyable and help to break up the game well. Although there are no hints available on these small games they are completable due to being fairly easy. The game did not take long to complete, all of us had finished within a week and that was with us sharing it all around. I probably would not play it again unless I had nothing else to play but that is due to personal opinion and is nothing to do with the game itself, for example I know both my niece and my mother are keen to play again.

          I would recommend this game to any adult who plays the DS in particular because from experience I know there are few games out there for the older generations. It is shaped to those who enjoy mystery games and I would recommend it to those who enjoy item hunting games on the internet. It is currently available from around £17.98 from both Amazon and Game however I would recommend looking on ebay.

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            28.08.2009 14:15
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            buy it when it's less than a tenner

            I am a fan of hidden objects games and have played may of them on my PC. usually the story is quite good and the also the graphics which is crucial for a game like this. I was in 2 minds when I bought this game but the guy in the shop said it was the next Professor Layton. I must say I am not extremely disappointed but there is a lot more to be desired from this game. The story plot was a bit dull and the locations were turning quite tedious as there are only so many to choose from. I do not think it was challenging at all but may be because the story was a bad one to start with. Its a good game to kill time but I don't think its one of those that you can not put down or you would recommend. Certainly not me. What a shame but then MCF even on PC are not that nice there are better hidden objects games out there by a mile. Not bad if to kill an hour a day, but more than that gets boring.

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              24.08.2009 16:18

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              bit boring but ok for a point and click

              I thought this game was going to be a lot like Professor Layton and the Curious Village, which I thoroughly enjoyed. So I was really looking forward to buying this game.
              As soon as I started playing I realised it's nothing like Professor Layton, except the point and click concept being similar.

              This game is not like the usual point and click games I have seen previously, as you are only given one scene at a time to view and you have to find the items that are given to you on a list. It actually turns out to be more of a search and solve game. This concept is ok but does get a bit tedious and repetitive. At the end of doing a few of these 'find the items' scenes you get given a puzzle to solve, which makes a change to the searching for items scenes!

              In this game you play the part of a master detective hired after millionaire Phil T.Rich goes missing and presumed dead, to solve the mystery of the 'murder' and find the real heir to his millions. There are 12 potential heirs to the money and over 1000 items/clues to find in the scenes, so there is a fair amount to do.
              There are also more secretively hidden items in the scenes that you must uncover with the help of some of your handy tools, such as an xray, a torch and a scanner.

              Unlike a lot of these kinds of games there is the added bonus of being able to play with or against a friend, where you can either work together to find the items or go head to head. This is a great idea and I think it's a lot like a complicated I-Spy, seeing who can find the items quickest.

              I was hoping this game would have a lot more puzzles, as I did get a bit bored but overall it's not too bad a game.

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              19.08.2009 16:56

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              I would play again

              Mystery Case Files basically is a finding game. You get shown a room, a few different ones, and then have to find the items from a list in the room using various aids (underwater glasses, torches etc). These then lead to you solving the case of the missing MillionHeir. It also involves the occasional puzzle to complete the game.

              It can be a bit tedious, lots of bits and bobs to read and sometimes it just goes on a little too much.

              Personally i really enjoy these games because they dont really require much thinking or consentration from the player. Items are well hid and it does take a while to complete the game. Suitable for adults and children alike in my opinion but i can imagine children getting very bored very quickly by it.

              I have since played similar games, none of which have been as good. I would recommend this game but i would not rave about it.

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              17.08.2009 15:44
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              Do not touch with a barge pole!!!

              After playing Professor Layton..., I got this game as I got the impression they were quite similiar. Wrong, wrong, wrong!! I still can't believe some compare the two games with one another.

              The Professor Layton game actually contained puzzles. MillionHeir does not. Its kind of like I Spy. The story was something about finding someone who everyone thought was dead or something. Throughout the game you're shown rooms which are basically full of junk. Then you're asked to locate a number of items from the room, which I think are clues. Not very challenging at all.

              I continued playing the game, in the hope that at some point it would present a puzzle. No such luck. Not sure how I managed, but I finished the game (which is alot more impressive than it sounds). And still no puzzles.

              I've played a number of DS games, but this is the only one which I absolutely hated. Perhaps my expectations were too high. If you after something challenging do not touch this game. If you're after DS version of I Spy, then go for it. But be warned: you will only enjoy this game if you have an attention span of 30 seconds.

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              12.07.2009 23:11

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              Loved IT! My Favourite!

              I got this game with my nintendo dsi because i love puzzle games. This is great, you`ve to look for all these missing things and get to use a torch and different other objects. Its great with DSi because you get to use the the microphone to blow into to clean things. I did the Rookie first and completed it then started it again as the detective and thats when you get timed. It`s great that no matter how many people play it, its different. You do look for the same objects. I got so hooked on playing this i just could`nt put it down. My 16 year old and 5 year old play it. the one thing i will say is sometimes the game is programmed with different name than what i would call them which was very confusing because i didn`t know what i was looking for so thats the only downside for me. Completed twice and still i find myself playing it!

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              25.06.2009 21:45

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              Well worth the money

              This is by far one of the best DS games out so far. My hubby bought it for me when he couldn't get a copy of the sought after professor layton at christmas and I am glad he did as having played both now I think this is a much better game. The game is similar in that there is a great storyline where a millionheir has suddenly disapeared and you have to try to find out what has happened to him by completing various games and puzzles. Every time you complete something you will get a clue or some object that you then have to use to solve the mystery disapearance. You can also unlock puzzles as you complete others. The game is a little tricky in places though and I needed to get help a lot of the time but I was so determined to get to the end and solve the mystery which was well worth the hours of work. I feel that 3 year olds for whom this game is suggested would really struggle as a lot of the games require quite a lot of thought in order to crack the puzzle. The game is available for around £15 from most game stores and there are a few other games in the same style which I would recommend for anyone who likes to get their teeth into solving things. Excellent graphics and some fantastic mystery music to help motivate you as you go through the game..

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              07.06.2009 21:52
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              Stick to the PC games if you like hidden object games.

              I have always enjoyed the Mystery Case Files games on PC as I felt they were always the best Hidden Object games and in the later ones the puzzles between levels were brain-stretching! I was really pleased to see this for the DS and had no hesitation in buying it for £22.49. How I wished I had read reviews about it first!

              The premise is that you are trying to solve a murder, like the other MCF games it isn't important to follow the story particularly if you don't want to. I actually just enjoy the hidden object part so was looking forward to starting the game. There are three "save game" slots so three people can be playing this game at their own speed.

              I found the graphics very disappointing, they were dark and some of the objects were tiny. I didn't mind this as much as I hated having to keep scrolling around the picture as it is too big for the screen so you can't see it all at once. To collect an item from the list given in each location you simply tap it with the stylus. After a couple of levels there is a little more interest in that you are given the ability to interact with objects and extra search devices like the X-ray viewer. The x-ray was quite good fun and gave some very detailed images. I found that I was soon bored of searching the locations as the pictures and objects were no where near the quality of the PC game, I expected them to be a little poorer due to the smaller size but these were far worse than expected. I found I kept using hints, not because I couldn't find an object but because I couldn't be bothered to look for it!

              Once I had come to the end of a chapter I looked forward to the puzzle. This was even more disappointing. They were mainly sliding puzzles or jigsaws, not at all interesting and incredibly easy. I disliked one of the first MCF games puzzles when they were jigsaws but I thought they had long since moved on from those.

              I have been playing it now I suppose for about 5 hours of game play over a week as I keep putting it down. It just doesn't hold my interest. My son who is 11 really enjoyed playing it at first but also lost interest quite quickly so I am not sure of the target audience.

              It isn't the worse game in the world but I wish I had not spent that amount of money on it. I expect I will finish it as I don't really like to be beaten! I don't however imagine I will want to play it again so I will be taking to exchange at Game!

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                30.05.2009 21:25
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                Extremely disappointing and positively mind numbing.

                Mystery Case Files: MILLIONHEIR

                Manufacturer: Nintendo
                Platform : DS
                Developer : Big Fish Games
                ESRB : Everyone


                The Game:

                Like previous games in the Mystery Case Files series, MillionHeir casts you as a detective investigating a big case, this time the disappearance of an eccentric millionaire.
                In the best traditions of Agatha Christie, the setting is an old mansion with 12 suspects and a few red herrings, played out in a 2d environment, with the objective being to find the missing 30 items in each level, with an option for playing against the clock in a time limit mode.
                There are also a number of minigames available throughout the levels.


                Gameplay:

                Millionheir is one of the most eagerly anticipated but disappointing games I have ever played.
                In true RPG mode I had expected to actually piece the clues together and solve a mystery but in each investigation / level all you had to do was find a list of objects in a spot the difference/ Where's Wally? kind of way upon which the game would lead you to the next level (no detective work required) where you would do exactly the same thing again until all levels were completed.
                You do have to puzzle out a few of the connections, but there are no truly challenging problems, and if you get stuck the "hint" mode more or less gives you the exact answer, but all too often the challenge is simply that the item being searched for is too small to spot easily.
                One big plus (or minus, depending on your point of view) is that you have to re-visit previous locations to complete a puzzle, so a good memory for viewed items is a big help.


                Game Duration:

                I completed the game in about 9 hours and I probably would have done it quicker if the dull graphics hadn't been such a strain on my eyesight. More often than not I had to hold the DS about four inches from my nose to be able to see the objects being "searched" for, and if your DS screen has any scratches then finding the clues will be a nightmare.
                The game is so repetitive I felt like giving up half way through but persevered until the end because I had paid so much for it.


                Conclusion:

                If a simple object search without having to think too hard is what you are looking for then this game could be a pleasant time-passer.
                If you are expecting anything like Professor Layton, then don't bother with this one - if I had paid a fiver for it I would have felt somewhat cheated. Not good value for money at all.

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                24.05.2009 18:53
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                I bought this after completing Professor Layton and the Curious Village because I was hungry for more puzzles!

                All in all, I found it a little disappointing compared to Professor Layton, the graphics are not as good, and sometimes the screen is a little busy with too much going on - if you dont already wear glasses, you will need to after you have completed this game!

                This is not really a puzzle game, more to do with finding a set amount of things on a busy screen (this can be done in a set time limit, or with limitless time depending on which level of expertise you use) rather than problem solving - as the case solves itself, rather than you having to do it.

                The background music is ok, and over all it is an ok game to pass the time, but it was disappointing compared to Professor Layton, nothing too taxing at all.

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                19.05.2009 18:12
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                Very little mystery or puzzle solving

                I was most excited about this game coming out as I had recently bought a nintendo DS and had got myself quite into the mystery / puzzle type games. In fact, this is the first DS game I have ever bought on the day of release. I was dissapointed as I certainly didnt feel like I was solving a murder (all be it a pretend one) but I felt more like I was doing a series of repeated spot the differences, or find the item in a muddle of pictures, a bit like a game of 'where's wallies'. I was hoping you would go through the game and as you progressed you would pick up clues, and from which you would decide what to do next. This is not so at all as at every point the computer picks your next move, so you are quite literally taken step by step through the game. The game features a few scenes, which are different locations or rooms. All of which are set up to be very messy, and the aim in each scene is to find a list of objects. As you progress throuigh the game this gets a bit more interesting as you pick up more tools to help you. These include a torch (to see in the dark) and some googles (to see under water). Unfortunately a lot of the scenes are repeated as you go through the game which makes it very tedious. To me, this was a dissapointment.

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                19.05.2009 01:56

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                Overall, a very good game.

                This is the best DS game I have ever played, but be warned it is very addictive. The only difficulty with it, is that the objects which you are trying to find in order to complete each level, are very well hidden and not particularly easy to spot, therefore if your DS screen is scratched or damaged you will probably find it incredibly difficult to see them. I found that once I had completed it it didnt seem to save up to the very end of the game. There are two levels at which you can play the game, but after completing it the first time on the harder level I think you would be hard pushed to want to play it again, so its a bit of a one hit wonder. The graphics on it are uite good considering the size of the screen, but it can give you a bit of a head ache after a while.

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              Spot hidden clues to find the rightful heir. It takes a keen set of "private eyes" to identify the heir in this interactive detective story. Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir presents a new generation of seek-and-solve games for a new generation of Nintendo DS owners. Whether you like to play for minutes at a time or hours a day, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir has your game experience covered.