A colossal success on the Nintendo DS, Mackenzie the diminutive detective and her Funghi to be with finally lands on Android for some truly touching times…
The term ‘Touch Detective’ could be misconstrued in these days since the onset of the Savile enquiry, but rather than being an app that focuses on all that horror, this port from the DS is a far more innocent adventure that comes mercifully free from dodgy DJs. In short, you play curious child Mackenzie who, ably assisted by her constant companion, Funghi (a walking talking mushroom, as you do), uses her sense of touch to learn information from people and objects and, eventually, applies all that new knowledge to solve mysteries.
Charmingly animated with detailed, colourful graphics, some may find the oversized, hollow, dead eyes of Mackenzie and some other characters a bit haunting after a while, but hopefully you’ll be able to distract yourself from gazing into them aghast by busying yourself with things like capturing the Dream Thief and rescuing a Snow Fairy. It is Japanese, you know.
Initially a free app for the first chapter, prices apply to play all four chapters of the story, but they also come with three bonus chapters of Funghi’s own adventure, a short intro movie and the option to listen to the music from the app on its very own jukebox to help justify the expense.
THE BOTTOM LINE
A fun, engaging game that presents a refreshing spin on the standard puzzler, you’ll find that Touch Detective is not the most challenging app of its ilk once you get your head round its quirky (and often confusing) approach, but if there’s a touch of time to be killed, get your digits detecting.
Current version: 1.00
Requires Android 2.3.3 and up