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First started in late 2007, Kasey's Mobile Game Review (then just a regular feature of Kasey's Korner) started as a simul-post between here and IGN. Later I realized there's no reason to post it twice, when I can use the traffic on my own site. so, here we are, in 2010, and the mobile game industry has grown a bit. What do you think?

KMGR of "Mystery Mania"

Mystery Mania is a light-hearted puzzle solver where each room consists of a puzzle to solve, by using the items in the proper order. Solve the problem, and you can advance to the next room and advance the plot.

The plot is a bit on the whimsical side. As F8, a robot, you have been awakened. Apparently your creator has disappeared inside the mansion. What is going on, and can you find and save the creator in time?

The graphics are a bit on the childish / caricature side, but things are nice and clear. And the animations are good. All parts that can be manipulated are clearly visible and touchable. It's HOW they go together in what sequence that makes the whole thing a puzzle.

Sound is unremarkable.

Between some levels are cutscenes rendered just like the game, except with some "static" overlay, that gives expository information on the history between you and the creator, and of course, what happened to the creator. Those are rendered nicely, and looks just like a playable level.

The puzzle's difficulty are relatively low. I solved the whole game, dozens of levels, in a few hours. Most took no more than 10 minutes. As you can't "die" in this game it's easy to try again.

All in all, Mystery Mania out to delight junior puzzle solvers who needs a bit of mental challenge. However, adults would find these puzzles way too easy.

Overall rating: 6 out of 10
Pros: simple to learn, puzzles are notthat hard
Cons: puzzles a bit too easy, one way through the game, period

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