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It's a Mystery, Oh it's a Mystery
Mystery Stories (DS)
Member Name: kat1234
Mystery Stories (DS)
Advantages: Easy to play
Disadvantages: annoying music, backgrounds repeated, frustrating
I like to play on my DS now and again for a spot of relaxation. Therefore, I do like a game that allows me to use my brain, but won't get too stressful as well as one that I am able to put down and pick up again easily. I have found Mystery Stories to be appropriate for both, so it is a game that I play from time to time. I bought it online for £10, currently it is pricing at around £7.
There has been a kidnapping on an ancient Caribbean Island and a 'Mayan' curse placed. As the player, you become a journalist on holiday and you need to collect and piece together the clues and solve the mystery. As the story unfolds, you come across various different characters that you interact with such as an antique expert and diver.
The game is quite simple in concept. The idea is that you are given a scene and a list of objects to find. You then have to explore the scene and identify all of the objects on your list by tapping them with your stylus. This is the basic concept followed by the game but different levels offer slightly different challenges to hold your interest - for example a scene may be totally blackened out and you need to search with a torch or you will not be given a list of objects but a noise will play and you need to work out from the noise what you are looking for and then find it in the scene.
If you can't find an object of just tap the screen you are given time penalties. Imbetween the scenes there are other tasks that you need to complete, such as putting a map together and there is dialogue between you and other characters to work through.
This game is basic and easy to play. This is both a positive and negative for me. I like that fact that I can pick this up weeks after I last played and not have to remember how to play and that it is easy to play without thinking too deeply. However, there is no real depth to the game and no real imagination shown by the makers as the tasks are all much the same.
If you were to play this for any length of time I think that you would probably find this quite boring. Not only are the tasks the same (finding objects) but as you get further along in the game, you find that some of the scenes are repeated too - museum, beach, railway station. Also, a lot of the objects that you are looking for are repeated too. This means that, whilst the first time you look for an object it may be challenging, you grow used to what the object looks like and you know what you are looking for so it is easier to find.
The scenes themselves are good and there are a lot of places that you need to look but sometimes some of the colours of the scenes have not been well thought out and make it really hard to differentiate between the object and the background. I also find the music irritating as there is not much to it and after a while it becomes repetitive. I usually play this with the volume right down.
It can also be irritating when you select an object and the game doesn't recognise it or you haven't quite put the stylus in the exact right place. This can cause you to rack up the time penalties.
For me, this game serves a purpose in that it is simple, I get to use my brain and I can play this for as little as I want and come back to it. I do find that if I play it for too long, my eyes can ache a bit so I tend to just play in short bursts.
I wouldn't recommend this game to anyone that plays on their DS regularly as it is quite simple and there isn't much to it. I think there are probably better puzzle games out there for more avid gamers and this does get extremely repetitive. The storyline is also quite poor and it can be really irritating working through the lengthy dialogue. Not for everyone.
Summary: No mystery, it's average
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