Reviews and Problems with Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir
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5 January 2011
Conclusion: I do not want to end on a negative note though as I really enjoyed the (short) time I spent in this world. Its charm certainly won me over, and as a puzzle game it works really well. Maybe it is a compliment to the developers that I really did want more out of the game. This cute world they have created would be much more suited to an adventure game though as it seems the presentation might have eaten into too much of the space allowed for an Arcade title.
Pros: Presentation gives the game a wonderful personality and the puzzles are quite challenging in the majority.
Cons: Lacking in length and misses a great co-op opportunity.
Excerpt: Are you a fan of the Where's Waldo books? When one of your friends loses a contact lens, do you jump at the opportunity to find it? If you enjoy hunting for well-hidden items, Mystery Case Files will put strain into your eyes in a good way. The goal of the game is simple: find a specific number of items within a heavily cluttered painting before time expires. This may sound easy, but you'd be surprised how well a fish can be hidden.
Conclusion: Petty criticisms aside, Little King’s Story is a great game; it’s fresh, original, and occasionally daring. But considering the history of fresh, original, occasionally daring third-party games on the Wii, it’s likely Little King’s Story will sell a grand total of twelve copies in the western market. It would be heartbreaking to see this happen, as the game really is deserving of your attention.
Pros: Deep, challenging adventure with lots of replay value; beautiful art style; surprisingly mature sense of humour.
Cons: Lots of backtracking and grinding; sound effects annoying.
Excerpt: Not too long ago we reviewed Xbox LIVE Arcade title Interpol, a game in which you have to scan a series of still images in order to find what is essentially a shopping list of items. On the Xbox 360 this proved to be a dull, rather soulless experience. It is something that we saw working very well on the DS though, and that's more or less what we have in Mystery Case File: MillionHeir.
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a game full of visual observation puzzles, like those found in Where's Waldo or I Spy books. There is also a story mode that creates a mystery around the disappearance of an eccentric millionaire and his possible death. This possible death reference warranted a descriptor from the ESRB for "Violent References" but no violence is shown or described.