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Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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If I'd known about Masters of Mystery: Crime of Fashion when I was writing up our Favorite 4: Hidden Object games last week, it would have been right at the top of the list. Hearty praise indeed. Masters of Mystery: Crime of Fashion combines all the best elements of Hidden Object and casual gaming, thus ensuring a very enjoyable experience.
Taking a step into the world of CSI, Masters of Mystery: Crime of Fashion follows Detective Carrie Chase as she attempts to solve a brutal murder of a famous fashion designer. It's not as gritty as CSI but the story adds a bit more bulk to the usual Hidden Object fodder. It's one of the rare examples that mean you actually want to keep track of what's going on rather than solely focus on completing puzzles and scenes.
There are plenty of Hidden Object scenes to explore but many of these are varied. Some locations are repeated but what's needed isn't. Besides the usual search for items, there's also the need to use forensic tools to uncover more evidence. A UV light and fingerprint brush plays a particularly important role in order to find what's been hidden away. These scenes all link together with items relevant to the story popping up, not just random items to entertain.
Masters of Mystery: Crime of Fashion likes to offer puzzles linked to the story with one such mini-game involving piecing together letters to solve an anagram. CSI style elements such as matching up fingerprints and DNA samples also feature. In each mini-game's case, it's possible to immediately skip them but remember: you're only cheating yourself. Similarly, the game offers unlimited hints although a short wait is required, so it can get a little too tempting for the idle.
Because of such a strong story based element, Masters of Mystery: Crime of Fashion isn't really a game that can be replayed. This is highlighted by the fact that there's only really one way to play, although there is the option of playing Timed or Relaxed. It's worth playing through Masters of Mystery: Crime of Fashion that once though as it offers some of the finest Hidden Object gaming I've seen in a while. It mixes things up nicely.