I have a confession to make. I love hidden object games (and point-and-click mystery games, but we’ll get to that at a later date). Unfortunately, hidden object games tend to be half-hearted efforts – since the core concept is pretty simple, the execution tends to be simple as well. I’m happy to say that this is not entirely the case with Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir, a hidden object game made for the Nintendo DS.
MillionHeir has a pretty basic plot structure, but it’s more than a lot of hidden object games get. A rich man has gone missing, and you are the person who must find the heir to his fortune. The problem is that you don’t know who that person is, so you have to do some extra detective work before you can find out. You’re also trying to see if any of the potential heirs could have had a hand in the disappearance, so really, you’ve got your work cut out for you.
The game has you visit multiple locations, where you have to interview the possible heirs and then find objects to ferret out their secrets. There are a lot of levels in the game – so many that, honestly, it can get a little tedious towards the end. In addition, the game suffers from one of the biggest criticisms I have of hidden object games, which is that none of the objects you have to find relate to the story at all. They’re simply random things found throughout the environments. There are a few sequences where you find actual evidence in this game, but it’s not really a true part of the hidden object interface, and it’s not very fulfilling. Having objects that relate directly to the plot would go a long way towards making this game, and all others like it, feel more integrated.
But that aside, the simple fact is that this game is fun. The story is interesting, the characters you encounter are unique, and overall, the game is put together well. This is definitely a move in the right direction for the hidden object genre, especially on a handheld system, since most hidden object games have been relegated to Facebook and mobile platforms recently. Check out Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir if you want a fun, enjoyable hidden object experience – you won’t regret it.