Mysteryville 2 HD: iPad Written App Review
In Mysteryville 2 HD you’ll quickly see that things aren’t always as they seem in the quiet town of Mysteryville. You’ll play journalist Laura Winner, star of the prior Mysteryville title, who comes back to town for a little r and r, but ends up staying to solve a case close to her heart. It’s easy to see why the first title from Nevosoft garnered so much praise. As hidden object search apps goes, this one’s pretty prime.
Concept & Gameplay:
Mysteryville 2 HD is a detective style who-dun-it game propelled by hidden object searches and other simple puzzle games. But, don’t be confused. The bulk of this game is automated story line and hidden object search. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the hidden object genre. It gets a bit monotonous as you repeatedly search site after site in this app, with other mini games occasionally peppered throughout. However, on the whole Mysteryville 2 HD does deliver streamlined and graphically interesting user experience.
The mystery is broken into 22 chapters, keeps a log of the persons of interest you come across in your detective work and integrates with Game Center for achievement and score sharing. The storyline is pretty simplistic, and I found myself wishing for a pause button during dialog more than once. But, you’ve gotta hand it to the folks at Nevosoft, once you start in you do want to find the answer to Laura Winner’s missing friend mystery. I could definitely see this app appealing to a younger crowd that loves detective mysteries.
Layout & Design:
The graphics are bright and precise in the Mysteryville 2 HD iPad app, and they’d have to be: you spend most of the game time searching carefully through cluttered screens for hidden objects. It makes sense that this title is iPad only. I can’t imagine trying to play it on a smaller screen.
It does make full use of the iPad’s screen real estate, and navigating the story is quite intuitive. There’s no chance of a user getting lost or having issues. Again, the only real item on my wish list for this app: a pause button to use during dialog. It’s way too easy to look away for a second and miss important clues in the interpersonal banter between Laura and the residents of Mysteryville.
Mysteryville 2 HD contains hours of gameplay and detective-style fun. If this is your sort of app, it’s going to cost you $4.99 to add it to your app library, but that gives you access to all of the app’s features, so I think it’s a pretty fair value. Would it be better at $2.99? Yeah, but, hey, even developers have to eat.
Mysteryville 2 HD iPhone app requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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