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Metacritic: 60/100
Release: Dec 2013
Reviewed on: iOS

Hidden Objects: Mystery Crimes

Site Score
7.5
Good: Great crime stories with variety
Bad: Falls into the freemium trap of requiring premium currency – Some replay required
User Score
8.8
(5 votes)
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Hidden Objects: Mystery Crimes gives away its two primary game mechanics right in the title; hidden object puzzles and mysterious crimes that need to be solved. Available only for iOS with a free price tag the game is similar to others in this sub-genre.

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Jumping into the shoes of a private detective this free crime game throws a number of unique scenarios at you which all offer a similar logical crime puzzle. This puzzle requires you to figure out the motives of the suspects while finding the clues that will put them in jail for a long time.

While the majority of these clues are buried in hidden object hunts there are also a number of other mechanics that can boost your case. Things like hacking into computers, analysing documents or finding some prints on the crime scene itself. Players can even unlock their own canine companion for extra bonuses.

Hidden Objects: Mystery Crimes is slightly faster than comparable games with time based bonuses within the hidden object portion of the game for players that can quickly snatch up multiple hiding items. While it doesn’t have a huge impact on gameplay it does factor into bragging rights through the Facebook leader boards.

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While everything is generally fun and well designed there is one unfortunate element that becomes painfully obvious the more you advance. This is the three currency system that requires you to manage energy (used for item hunts and clue searches), stars (used for interviews and clue analysis) and finally gems the premium currency that can speed up your forensic team or provide some powerful boosts.

Awkward three currency system aside the gameplay of Hidden Objects: Mystery Crimes is fairly solid, it just has to be enjoyed in bite sized pieces.

Summary:

  • Collect the clues and analyse it to solve criminal cases.
  • Combines hidden object gaming and other mini games.
  • Compete against your friends on the Facebook leader board.
  • Plenty of locations and suspects.
  • Play free on iOS.

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Hidden Objects: Mystery Crimes, 8.8 out of 10 based on 5 ratings
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