Can you guess who, it’s a mystery? That’s the goal in the life of a private investigator, who usually deals with all kinds of complexities, but now it’s in the form of a game thanks to Another Case Solved. It’s a puzzle adventure that uses the familiar match three mechanic to help you solve cases. It comes from the makers of Puzzle Craft, and offers a similar idea, but instead of making matches to farm & mine for your village, you’re making matches to collect clues. It’s an ingenious idea that breaks the tired mold of the match three genre, and uses it just as a piece of an overall detective game experience.
Another Case Solved is composed of multiple logic puzzles that work together to help you figure out mysteries in a town where sugary sweets have been banned. Each case offers a unique storyline in this strange setting, and it does a great job to keep the puzzle mechanics fresh. What truly makes Another Case Solved stand out is that it’s not just another match three game, and instead there are four main mechanics involved in each case. You begin by interviewing witnesses with the match three mechanic by drawing over matches that can lead to big chains. Each witness calls for certain items to be collected, and you have a limited number of matches to find all of the items. There are also special clues available by matching five of a certain type of item at once.
Once you complete the match three portion you then need to pinpoint a suspect, location, and scene of the crime. Suspect identification is set up like the board game Guess Who? as you ask if it’s a man, is he wearing a hat, etc. until you drill down to who it is. Identifying a location is based on finding relative positions on a map until only one address matches all of the conditions. Finally, identifying the scene of the crime is based on using your time limit to get warmer until you finally find the spot. The sequences can come in any order depending on how a case unfolds, so it’s not always the same formula. You unlock clues in each additional puzzle by using what you collected in the match three portion.
There’s such a high degree of inner-workings that show so much detail in the game development to truly create a brand new puzzle experience. Solving each case spurs you on to the next, and you also get paid for successes to upgrade your office, abilities, and access to more high profile cases. The game starts out nice, and simple to appeal to anyone, and then builds at a nice difficulty curve to keep the player consistently engaged. It may be a bit too easy at times in the way the match three highlights matchable pieces when you touch the screen, and how the clues point you in a very obvious direction. That doesn’t really take away from the overall experience because there’s such a high level of personality, and charm applied to everything that you’re presented.
Another Case Solved (Free, Universal) is a brilliant change of pace for puzzle games to give you a thoroughly engaging, and entertaining iOS experience that is well worth your time. It’s worth noting that game is free to play with in-app purchases to help speed things along, but we haven’t even come across any incentive for IAPs while playing, meaning you can full enjoy the game for free too.