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Nintendo DS Review: Hidden Objects Mystery Stories

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Hidden Objects Mystery Stories is a new game by Knowledge Adventure for the Nintendo DS. You start the game on a deserted island somewhere in the Caribbean. While you’re there enjoying your vacation, there is a kidnapping and a murder. The natives all think it’s the old Mayan spirits. It’s your job to find the clues, solve the crime, and unravel the mystery. After you complete that mystery, you get sent to Eastern Europe to solve another mystery. This time there is a strange machine found in underground tunnels. You have to find the hidden clues to piece together what the machine is for and why it was made.

The game goes on this way, revealing a new mystery with each mystery you solve. There are over 40 different locations for you to explore and uncover clue; over 180 different puzzles, tasks, and bonus games to unlock; and over 1,150 hidden objects. In short, there is a lot to be done.

The game is very simple to play. Imagine an I-Spy book where you can touch the objects to reveal clues. That’s basically what you do in game. The top screen tells you what you need to find & gives you hints to find the items. The bottom screen is basically the picture you need to search. You touch the objects on the screen as you find them and they get crossed off the list. As you get all the objects on the screen, you finish each level and move on to the next.

Both my 13-year-old and 17-year-old enjoyed playing this game. It held their interest well and the title moves along fairly quickly. The 17-year-old did say however that he would have preferred more upbeat musical accompaniment as the music in the game is rather slow. The graphics are fantastic and I am very impressed with how much detail you can see in the game.

If you’ve always liked I-Spy books but also long for a story component for them, this may be the way to go.  It does make it a lot more fun to play.

Hidden Objects Mystery Stories is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) by the ESRB for Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Violent References.

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