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An "I spy" game with a mystery to solve, fun at first, but gets boring pretty fast.

  • Feb 2, 2009
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 after playing this game for 2 hours as finding objects gets monotonous after a while. I yearned for more action or strategy in this game. The graphics are just average and caused eye strain as I concentrated hard on the screen trying to locate hidden objects.

I am disappointed to report that I did not find the game as fun as some other reviewers, and this is not a game I would play over and over again. However, if you like the "I Spy" or find the hidden object type of games, you may enjoy this more than me.

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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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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 ...
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