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Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir

By Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Solve the case by playing I Spy-type puzzles.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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age 8+

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age 8+

Be the Detective and solve the mystery.

This is an enjoyable game, but it does involve a bit of patience, reading and understanding, and learning how to use some of the tools acquired in the game. As mentioned above, it is very much an interactive Where's Waldo and I Spy type of game where you are in the role of a detective, and you just need to find items on a list. Sounds easy, huh? Sure, as long as you read along with the story. As you read it explains the tricks of using some of the tools you obtain, like a magnifying glass, flashlight, and so on. You can set up various profiles, and even do a quickplay, but if you want to solve the mystery, plenty of time and patience must be available to make it happen. You know, time and patience can be fun. I completed the game, my nephew preferred the quick play.

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Combining hidden picture puzzles with a mystery theme works well in Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir. Because you earn clues by doing the puzzles, the mystery plot motivates you to play. Plus the mystery can be played on two levels of difficulty. As a rookie detective, you have unlimited time to find the hidden objects and can get numerous hints when stuck. On the Detective level, your time is limited and there are fewer hints available. Unfortunately, when you find the hidden objects, they don't directly relate to the mystery, rather the in-game's Crime Computer takes the objects and then presents you with the clues.

Even with this crime-solving disconnect, the game sustains your interest with many extras that add pizzazz. Ambient music accompanies the puzzles and appropriately sets a tone for the scene you are studying. High resolution graphics appear so it is easy to study the details. Plus the I Spy-type puzzles vary by adding gadgets and gimmicks. For example, sometimes your stylus turns into an X-ray machine allowing you to see inside another object. At other times, you must blow on the DS microphone to make something blocking your view move away. There are even mini-puzzles including jigsaws and find-the-differences.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: September 9, 2008
  • Genre: Puzzle
  • ESRB rating: E for Violent References
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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