Mysteryville 2: Hidden Object Crime Investigation for iOS
Nevosoft, App Store.
Wide variety of levels; excellent graphics; good response to touch; trophies can be shared on social networking sites
Can be frustrating when you can find items; lots of dialogue; not very inspiring music
Mysteryville 2 is a clever hidden object game. As you play as Laura, a young honest psychic in training, you meet lots of people on a journey to find her friend Ben who has recently disappeared.
The tutorials at the beginning explain everything that you need to do and everything that isn’t covered here is described when you get to the relevant level. The standard interface is relatively simple to use and it’s easy to navigate around to get from level to level.
The game is split up into chapters, which are then split up into varying amounts of levels. Each chapter involves meeting a different character who asks for your help to find missing things.
Each level is similar, where the aim is to find several items shown in the bar on the left of the screen. To make the game a bit different and to ensure that the players don’t get bored of the repetitive gameplay, extra puzzle levels have been included, which require players to complete tasks such as rearranging a letter to make it a readable clue and unscrambling words.
The graphics are reasonably good and the game doesn’t seem to use up too much battery power. Unfortunately, the music isn’t particularly original, so hearing the slow, repetitive music just there to fill the silence, doesn’t make the game the most inspiring hidden object game we’ve played.
After each chapter, you will gain a trophy, which can then be posted onto Facebook and Twitter for all of your friends and followers to see.
Macworld Australia Buying Advice
Overall, we think this game is a must have for any hidden object or point and click game fan, due to the huge amount of levels and the added variety of gameplay. We also think the game is good value for money, at $2.99 for iPhone and $5.49 for the iPad version. If you’re not sure whether you’ll like the game, there is a free Lite version available, so you can try out a few of the levels before you cough up any dosh.