22nd Apr2021

‘The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ Review (Switch)

by Alain Elliott

One of the reasons I was most looking forward to playing The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was because it is a genre of game I have never really played. Although I have my favourite genres I’m not the type of gamer that will just stick to a few. Platformers, racers, sports, fighting, shoot-em-ups, first-person shooters, and many more, I will play almost anything. So a heavy puzzle-based game is something I wanted to try out.

It also helped that it involved the famous story of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. As a big horror fan, that hooked me in as well. That said, the game isn’t exactly scary or horror-centric. The big part of the game is about visiting murder scenes and finding clues in them but it doesn’t feel like you’re ever really in any kind of horror story.

The start of the story and in between each ‘scene’ is told on screen n the style of a book which the player needs to read. With this, the scene and next level is set-up. The main part of each level is one screen showing a murder scene covered in symbols, objects, and a variety of other things in which the player must search through. You are given a number of things to look for and when you touch the screen (in handheld mode – there’s a cursor to use if the Switch is docked) the object will disappear and you continue until you have found all that is needed. It sounds simple, and it mostly is but some of the objects are cleverly, sometimes annoyingly well-hidden. It makes the game harder of course and I don’t expect things to be easy but it also shouldn’t be unfair and often it feels that way.

There also seem to be a couple of bugs in the version I played of the game. If you are struggling to find something the game gives you five ‘hints’ at the start of the game. These hints actually just tell you where one object is, as simple as that, but you can also earn a hint on each level (never having more than five at one time). Unfortunately, when using this hint on several occasions the game just wouldn’t let me find the object. This meant that I needed to restart the game from the beginning. Very frustrating.

The levels themselves do differ ever so slightly each time, so if you choose to play through the game on more than one occasion, it does change a little. There are extra puzzles on each level too. These are kept simple, such as matching cards and images or figuring out basic clues from notes. Nothing is very difficult, which is a a shame because the puzzles are at a low level, almost child/teenage level but the game is all about solving murders so I’m not sure exactly who it is aimed at?

I did enjoy parts of this puzzle adventure, I did feel like my eyes were getting a workout as I searched the screen, moving my Switch on its side and upside down – I recommend playing in darkness surprisingly because any reflection of light on the screen can hard some of the clues!

This said, the game does get too repetitive, no level feels much different from the last and when the main challenge becomes unfair ones, the fun starts to go away. The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde hasn’t put me off puzzle games for good but I will think carefully about the next one I play.

The Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is available on the Nintendo eShop now.

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