May 29, 2009
New Casual Adventure Title for DS
Released to Retail Today
Unravel this Mystery Behind an
Ancient Mayan Curse in Mystery Stories
Mystery Stories, a vibrant puzzle
adventure game that combines the search for hidden objects with time critical
challenges, is released to retail today by Avanquest Software Publishing. This
latest absorbing adventure for the Nintendo DS requires players to travel across
the Caribbean coastline and mainland Europe, searching for vital clues to
unravel the secrets behind a kidnapping and murder mystery.
The story begins with New York
journalist Michelle Deanfield holidaying on a deserted Caribbean island.
However, peace and tranquility does not last long as news breaks of a kidnapping
and a murder. The natives of the island believe the old Mayan spirits are to
blame but Deanfield is sure there is more to uncover. Players must investigate
numerous crime scenes including Mayan caves, hotel rooms, a museum and the beach
using the stylus to pick up various clues and items and store them in their
Time management and speed is vital
as each level in the game contains a list of objects that gamers must find
before the clock in the corner of the screen runs down. However, assistance is
at hand from a ‘stop bonus’ that temporarily freezes the clock, giving a few
extra seconds for careful examination of the area. There is also a map that can
be opened to switch between locations and a hidden sun symbol can be collected
to help with extra bonus time and hints.
Mystery Stories features an
enthralling storyline with intuitive touch screen controls and 1150 hidden
objects to find. The game has 10 unique search modes that indicate which items
need to be found in each setting. These vary from basic lists to more cryptic
descriptions, requiring players to search in the dark using torchlight in some
levels. There are over 180 puzzles and mini games to complete including jigsaws
and spot the difference type challenges.
Mystery Stories puts budding
detectives’ puzzle solving and observational skills to the ultimate test against
a backdrop of intrigue and secrets in over 40 different environments. Real life
locations include the historical city of Berlin where players guide Deanfield to
the Brandenburg Gate and ‘Checkpoint Charlie,’ the name given by Western Allies
to a crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War.