Concept and Gameplay
In order to play Tokyo Mysteries with a fair amount of success, you need to have a keen eye and a strong sense of curiosity.
Games like this require you to be very observant and look at everything on the screen because you never know what sort of useful items will be hiding behind an object.
Even though I tend to be a really big fan of hidden object puzzle games, more often than not I end up getting stuck somewhere in the game and become way too frustrated to continue playing. I have to admit that I was afraid that the same would happen while testing Tokyo Mysteries, and unfortunately my fear became a reality.
While the sharp graphics were very appealing, the accompanying audio of Tokyo Mysteries seemed to irritate me from the beginning. I wasn’t a huge fan of the background music, both in the menu and in the game itself. Luckily, though, that’s a quick fix by either turning off the music in the settings menu or muting your device.
Music aside, the idea behind the game is to explore every scene and pick up any objects that might be of use to you on your journey.
You’re playing the role of a detective who is trying to track both a notorious jewel thief and the detective who went missing while working on the case. While investigating, you’ll encounter puzzles and situations that require you to come up with solutions in order to continue.
Personally I almost immediately got stuck while trying out Tokyo Mysteries. Yes, it’s frustrating, but you need to be okay with the fact that this game is a bit more challenging than your run-of-the-mill hidden object game. You will likely end up going back and hunting for something you missed in the previous scene.
Tokyo Mysteries includes a few useful features for players who really get into the game, including a journal that allows you to record your findings while investigating the case. You also encounter tons of items that you can collect and use in various situations.
International players will be delighted to know that Tokyo Mysteries also supports four different languages: English, Japanese, Italian, and French.
Perhaps the biggest thing that Tokyo Mysteries seems to be missing is some sort of tutorial or hint feature that would help stumped players continue through a scene. Trust me, there’s nothing that’s more frustrating than not being able to find the one thing that you need in order to move on.
Naturally you want the game to be challenging, but you also don’t want players to give it up due to getting stuck.
Tokyo Mysteries can be downloaded from Google Play for $1.21, which is a very reasonable price given how in-depth the game itself is.
Overall, this is definitely a challenging hidden object game that will pick your brain and likely stump you. The compelling storyline should be enough to encourage players to keep trying, though.
Tokyo Mysteries requires Android 2.3.3+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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