Kay | May 8, 2012 Games
Mysteryville 2 HD: hidden object crime investigation (2,99$) by Nevosoft
Available on iPhone, iPod and iPad
Mysteryville 2 is Nevosoft’s sequel to their original puzzle game release in 2011. The story begins with Laura Winner (journalist and physic) returning to the Mysteryville for a vacation. When a town is called Mysteryville it’s no surprise that Laura’s vacation is cut short and she finds herself investigating the disappearance of her missing friend. The game is primarily a hidden object game. Different levels require players to find either a specific list of items, spot the difference, match pairs items etc. However, there are also several mini-games that involve tasks such as unscrambling letters to find hidden messages or rearranging images. Ultimately, these puzzles reveal clues to help Laura to unravel the mystery of her missing friend and the strange goings on in town.
Overall this game has some great points. It reinvents the hidden puzzle game and the different mini games helps to keep it interesting. There are 22 levels to complete and as you finish a level various trophies are unlocked. Game progress can be shared in a number of ways including Facebook and Twitter. The storyline is pretty good but personally I would have liked some voice actors instead of reading the lines to add a little something to the story. The graphics are very detailed…in fact it made some of the objects difficult to find (however there are hints available if you’re not in the mood for too great of a challenge). The controls are ok. You just tap the screen to select an object. Occasionally, I found I was missing my target and suffered a “random tapping penalty” as a result. Scrolling across the screen also registered as a mistaken tap but fortunately this didn’t result in a penalty. The music is good but I wished there was a bit more variety as it started to wear on me as I moved onto the higher levels. Finally there is no tutorial or instructions. In fact, when you start on chapter one it says “help find Lorna’s glasses” but you are actually supposed to find the items that match the outline on the left hand side of the screen.
There is a free “lite” version of this game that I would definitely recommend trying before you buy.
|Sound & Graphics||Graphics are good, music is ok.|
|Controls||Easy to use…just tap the screen|
|Replay Value||With 22 levels it’s bound to keep you busy.|
|Overall||Not bad but try the free version first.|
|App Name:||Mysteryville 2 HD: hidden object crime investigation (iTunes)|
|Price as of this writing:||2,99$. :)|
|Available on:||iPhone, iPod and iPad|
|Device & iOS used for review:||iPod touch, iOS 5.1|