The action moves seamlessly between four main elements -- the ongoing storyline, home-related tasks, matching games, and challenges that involve searching for objects in a room. In Mystery Match Village, the main character has inherited a stately mansion. Gamers play her cousin who came with her to the estate. They have some say in what they do next -- they can choose one of two activities to perform, but whatever they pick, they'll be guided through the activity and brought back to the next step -- which makes the app easy to use.
The app's various elements are fairly entertaining. Aside from character conversations, which advance the plot but can feel drawn out, the matching games regularly introduce new aspects, including unique booster items and different board structures. The games' difficulty shoots up significantly after several levels, and since every failed attempt costs a life, players can buy another chance to finish the game with coins. But that costs more than 900 of them, so their reserves may not go far. There's another way to earn additional coins -- players can spend energy to retry room search puzzles as many times as they'd like, as long as they have enough energy to pay for it. But earning just 25 coins per successful round won't provide enough funds to be able to buy another turn, so if you don't want to put down real-world cash to buy more coins, you'll have to wait 15 minutes until a life is replenished. Players aren't forced to watch any ads, and if they're willing to potentially factor some waiting time into the experience, they don't technically have to buy anything. They also don't have to muddle through the plotline, related mystery, or the to-do list of tasks geared toward sprucing up the house. If you're just looking for a game to play, they can try to tackle level after level of matching -- and should consistently find Mystery Match Village challenging, thanks to the puzzles' varied goals and stipulations.