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Mystery P.I. Portrait of a Thief is a single player puzzle game for Nintendo DS and DSi which mixes classic seek and find puzzle play with an engrossing crime theme in which players are tasked with exposing an artful thief. The game is packed with over 1,600 objects, hidden within 70 puzzles of various types, across 18 locations. Players must find objects and answers hidden throughout the gameplay environment in order to solve the mystery. The game also features four mini-games and two unlimited game modes.

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Player's case log screen from Mystery P.I. Portrait of a Thief
Puzzle solve to capture an art thief at-large.
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Gameplay
Puzzle play action in Mystery P.I. Portrait of a Thief consists of a series of timed chapters linked to the mystery of who raided the art collection of your client, Kensington Billingsley. The goal in each chapter is to find a set list of items and answers hidden throughout the urban landscape of the gameplay area and solve any additional puzzles that are presented to you along the way before your allotted 30 minutes runs out. Each list consists of ten items, which are displayed on the DS' top screen and are ticked off the list as you find them. The actual puzzle-solving happens on the lower touchscreen of the DS/DSi, where players can use either the DS stylus or button combinations to identify hidden items and answers. Along with seek and find puzzles, where players have to find specific objects hidden in a larger jumble of items, the game also features word puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, pair matching challenges and more. Players start the game as a rank amateur sleuth, but with success rise in status and gain points. Along with the challenge of seeing how many can be accumulated, points are also valuable in that they can be used to buy hints when/if players get stuck.

Key Game Features

  • Find over 1,600 objects in 70 seek-and-solve puzzles within 18 locations.
  • Test your skills in 4 stylus-based mini-games, with high-score leaderboards.
  • Keep track of suspects and clues in your case log.
  • Collect bonus objects and unlock two modes of unlimited play.
  • Enjoy a rich character-driven story written exclusively for Nintendo DS.
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Seek and find puzzle screen from Mystery P.I. Portrait of a Thief
Seek and find puzzles.
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Themed word search puzzle from Mystery P.I. Portrait of a Thief
Themed word challenges.
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Third-person view of cityscape gameplay area with puzzle available from Mystery P.I. Portrait of a Thief
An expansive play area.
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Jigsaw puzzle play screen from Mystery P.I. Portrait of a Thief
20 exciting chapters.
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review by . February 02, 2009
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This game is in the I Spy category of games where you have to find hidden objects on each screen which will take you to another place. Some paintings have been stolen from the museum and your task as the Private Investigator (P.I.)is to find them.     You pick a building and then the game presents you with a screen where you have to find the objects mentioned in the game. Finding a paintbrush and the key in addition unlocks the bonus mini games.    I was bored …
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