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Mystery P.I. Portrait of a Thief - Nintendo DS

by PopCap Games
Nintendo DS
Everyone
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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  • Enjoy a rich character-driven story written exclusively for Nintendo DS.
  • 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.

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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001EQPDO2
  • Item Weight: 4.5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: December 15, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,044 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Product Description

Priceless paintings have gone missing, and fakes are in their place — but there are no leads to the crime! Uncover clues to paint the thief into a corner in this exclusive story for Nintendo DS!

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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 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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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Fun Seek and Find~Solve the Crime Puzzle Game December 22, 2008
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Yet another twist on seek and find mystery games. I got it for my birthday and played it 3 straight hours yesterday. At first I thought it was going to be too easy but I found it is not. Like usual you have to find items in messy cluttered rooms. What makes it hard is a few of the items I don't know what the item is. Hard to find when you don't know what you are looking for. Just when you get them all found then you have another puzzle to solve and time is ticking away.

Make sure to look for a key and a paintbrush in each picture as they unlock free play games.

I very much like this game. I also suggest Cate West game and Mystery Files. It's fun to have 3 different ones going at the same time. Keeps the mind sharp.

Five stars for sure.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
+ Pros:

+ Very addictive gameplay
+ Builds in difficulty
+ Unlockable awards
+ 3 modes of play

- Cons:

- Repetitive levels
- Game can be beaten in 2-3 days
- A carbon copy of Amazing Adventures: The Forgotten Ruins.

In Mystery P.I., you play the part of a detective assigned to finding an art thief. Each level has a picture with several objects littered throughout it. The goal is to find all the items on the list before time runs out. The time limit is very generous, and there is an option to turn off the timer for newer players.

If you're unable to find an item, a "HINT" option shows the general area to find an object, but using this subtracts points from your final score. Tapping the screen too many times can also subtract points.

At first, the items to find are described clearly:
2 coin stacks
3 lighters

However, as the game progresses, the descriptions become more challenging:
2 Artist's models
Wrist restraints

In addition to the items on the list, each level has a paint brush and a key hidden in it.

Collecting all the paintbrushes unlocks locations in Unlimited Seek & Solve. This mode allows you to visit each location and find every single hidden item. As you find items on the list, new clues take their place until all the items are found.

Collecting all the keys unlocks the games in Mini-Game Free Play.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Us "Oldies" January 8, 2009
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I received "Mystery P.I." for Christmas and have been enjoying it ever since. I'm in my 70's and use these games for mental exercise as well as fun. I was delighted with this game because it allowed me to turn off the timer and play in "Relaxed Mode". It is an "I Spy" clone with a twist and being able to play it at my own speed has made this one of my favorite DS games.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Seek and Find Games, You'll love this! January 19, 2009
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
First of all, I knew I would like this game, as I have become a fan of PopCap made games, especially Amazing Adventures: The Forgotten Ruins. I also like MillionHeir and these are very much like MYSTERY PI: PORTRAIT OF A THIEF. As you become the PI, Private Investigator, it is your job to track an art thief to get back some missing paintings that were stolen. As you collect awards you will meet new characters along the way and unlock some mini-games like in the two above-mentioned games. There are mini games like tile flip and Mahjong tiles that are fun to play when you need a break from the mystery.

If you love "I Spy" type games, then you will love this. The difference is that although you do have many things to find in each picture, MYSTERY PI results in taking you somewhere else so it is a connected story unlike "I Spy". One trick I'll let you in on is that there is a key and a paintbrush in each picture puzzle, and if you find them, they will unlock free play games. It does seem easy at first but every once and a while, you come upon something they ask you to find that you may not have any clue as to what it is. It happened to me and maybe it was just my lack vocabulary knowledge but I don't think so. MYSTERY PI is well worth the money and I highly recommend it for great fun that keeps you thinking but doesn't stress as far as dexterity and timed battles and shooting skills.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Opinion from a Novice Player January 24, 2009
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have had a Nintendo DS since September 2008, and no previous experience with video games. Most games I have explored fall into one of a few categories: games which require skills of moving objects from place to place or solving puzzles, and games which tell more of a story--mysteries--which must be solved. Even these require puzzle solving and moving objects. But they are more fun. The best of these I have tried is Professor Layton and the Curious Village.

So, from my limited repertoire of game expertise, I find that the Mystery PI, Portrait of a Thief is a good and absorbing game. The purpose is to become a PI and solve the mystery of missing paintings by building a portrait of the thief. For those with vast experience in these games, this one seems to offer all sorts of hidden goodies and things to unlock. For the novice player, like me, it is fairly easy to follow and unravel, though more time may be needed and I recommend for impatient players like me, the use of cheat sheets. Once you grasp the concept of what you are expected to do, when you see the problem again, in another form, it becomes a lot easier to solve. For me, these sheets act as learning tools.

This is one of the better and more fun games on the market for Nintendo DS and I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I didn't realize this was for Nintendo and I do ...
I didn't realize this was for Nintendo and I do not have one so have no comment beyond, read what you are ordering carefully.
Published 21 days ago by An Honest Person
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great game, completed it in one night.
Published 1 month ago by Judy L Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars great
thiis is a great game to play the whole family plays it some day we will beat it maybe but love it
Published 6 months ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay game
I like the hidden object aspect of this game but it became a little mundane after awhile with going back to the same places. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Heather Kiehlmeier
5.0 out of 5 stars great!!!!!
Awesome game n storyline.love the continuous play after you end game. Looking forward to next story in the game series.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
Great idea for a game. I love find it games. However this game was a little weird. Concept was kinda weird, could do w/o all the extra and the story line.
Published 14 months ago by K. L. R.
3.0 out of 5 stars good
easy to follow very enjoyable seek and find, go in & out of many different areas over & over again.
Published 15 months ago by peter wilkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Currently Playing This Game
Just the way I like the hidden objects. It gives you plenty of time to find the objects - but you have to remember that you need extra time to finish the puzzle after the scenes. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Brenda Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Fun
Keeps me occupied for hours at a time. Fun and interesting. I have recommended this game to all of my friends.
Published 23 months ago by Ciaran Mackay
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game.
I owned this before and gave it to granddaughter she like it also, Yes, I am an old lady that likes to play her DS when her granddaughter got her hooked on it 2 or so years ago. Read more
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