Cute and Fun
Touch Detective is a very cute game! The graphics aren't the best, but the drawings are very cute. The game has four Episodes that you can solve, each one a different story. New characters and places every Episode. You have to talk to people to get clues, and find items. You also have to mix and match the items sometimes. You can also do bonus missions. If you want you can touch items and it'll be recorded down in her book. Not much character development. You learn bits and pieces about side characters but not much about the main character Mackenzie. Just a fair warning that the Episodes can get.... strange and adult. As mentioned in a previous review of a reference of drugs there's also abduction, and the circus master isn't very nice. Side note, it's a one save only game. There are no slots. All in all this game was fun to play, not very difficult. It's a casual game-but doesn't have much replay value.
Detective Mackenzie is on the Case!
Touch Detective is a clever little game packaged on the DS. This mystery game has you taking the role of Mackenzie, a young girl detective. Throughout the game you will touch the different areas of the map and talk to some well done characters ranging from Mackenzie's odd ball friend Penelope, to the crazed owner of the Planetarium. Toss in some catchy music, hillarious dialogue, and a handful of frustrating game mechanics and you've got Touch Detective. Now let's break everything down: Challenge: The game is challenging alright. Most of the time you will be given random items which need to be put together, such as getting cookies from the bakery, a bag from the fashion store then you must place the cookies in the bag and microwave them in the top level of the condominium. Random, right? There are no hints whatsoever. Controls: Since the game is called "Touch" Detective of course the main control system is using the stylus. You can use buttons as well, but I find this too slow. Use the stylus and touch the areas you want Mackenzie to visit. Once you get use to it, it isn't that hard. Graphics: The graphics are well done for a DS game. Handrawn backgrounds and 3-D characters make the game pop. I loved it. Interface: The interface is OK, but I found the menu slow to push through and making the "quick to save your game" nearly impossible. Music: Catchy tunes plague the game throughout. Before you know it, you'll be humming along. Overall: It's hard to give this game a low score considering the dialogue is hillarious and leaves you "LOLing" all the time. But the game mechanics were frustrating as ever. This game isn't for those who get frustrated easily, only the patient ones should pick up this mystery. Case closed.
NOT for kids under 13
I loved the game so much until near the end of the first case or "Episode". There is a drug reference that is very definitive. Mckenzie has to sniff heated up mushroom cookies to get into "The dream world" (you have to do this to find the person behind everything). In another case, you have to put tweezers in a electric socket to disable the power in the planetarium. I did like all of the twists and turns, but it was iffy on the parts i mentioned.