Mixed or average reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 2 out of 28
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  1. 80
    Difficulty notwithstanding, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir is a delightful game.
  2. A fine level of polish was heaped on MillionHeir, yet the framework of the adventure falls short of providing a cohesive gameplay experience. The object hunting puzzles are excellent, but they don't always feel connected to the story or the characters.
  3. 77
    Mystery Case Files might be lacking in personality (sorry, bad puns don't equal personality), but it is an engaging diversion.
  4. If you are looking for a simple (maybe too simple), fun and "light" hide-and-seek game, MillionHeir is probably the right choice.
  5. Mystery Case Files is a fun, albeit slightly repetitive, experience.
  6. Missing persons isn’t something to joke about, but it makes for great games. Especially when the game controls well and the presentation is spot on. This is the case for Mystery Case Files: Millionheir. The game might be boring at one point, because of the lack of innovative elements, but we can assure you that solving a crime has never been such a lovely thing to do.
  7. Nintendo Gamer
    It's not a new idea but it's done well on DS, with enough variety to hook you. A good budget addition to a puzzle fan's library. [Dec 2008, p.66]
  8. This hidden-object game introduces a number of features that work well on the DS and has a good amount of replay value.
  9. 70
    Better break-time puzzle rounds and a story that's not throwaway filler would make a truly excellent game; this is merely a fun diversion.
  10. There isn’t much to the game, but with plenty of paintings to scour, it makes for an enjoyable eye exercise.
  11. 70
    Sadly, it's over far too quickly. I can easily recommend this title for casual and non-gamers. As for the rest of us, it's worth checking out, but don't expect the next big DS release out of it.
  12. 70
    Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir is a worthy addition to the DS library. It’s great for quick pick up and play sessions, there’s a lot of replay value on offer, and it’s neatly presented. If you haven’t liked other Touch Generation titles however, then you need not apply.
  13. A more taxing challenge that required real thought and detective work would have been preferable, but MillionHeir does what it sets out to do very well.
  14. 70
    A good effort on Nintendo's DS - especially with the inclusion of wireless multiplayer and quick puzzles.
  15. Nintendo Power
    Mystery Case Files: MilionHeir isn't going to take the place of the latest platformer or RPG in your DS library, but for what it is--a visual puzzle that tests of your power of perception--it fills the niche well. [Nov 2008, p.101]
  16. Overall, MillionHeir isn't a bad game but it lacks the interest of a Phoenix Wright, the challenge of a Professor Layton and the depth of a classic PC adventure game.
  17. MillionHeir is a very singular game. It has a good graphical and acoustic system and, most of all, it has an unique style, linked to “objet trouvé” and “ready-made” aesthetic wave. On the other hand, the gameplay mechanic is a little bit linear and repetitious. If Big Fish Games had offered more diversions to the central formula, MillionHeir would have been a great game, suitable even for the graphical adventure fans, and not only for extravagances lovers.
  18. Those with a sharp pair of eyes who like a decent visual challenge will find Mystery Case Files to be a worthy commute companion. It's not as challenging as most puzzle games and constantly uncovering hidden objects grows tiresome, so we only recommend it for the terminally bored.
  19. This is an “I Spy” game. If you like such things, you might like this, and if not, you can safely ignore it.
  20. If you find joy in snooping around for hidden objects, this might be a game for you. If you like to solve clever puzzles and mysteries, this isn't a game for you. Despite it's name hinting otherwise, this isn't a game that challenges your ability to solve crimes. The fact that you can play with friends does help a bit, but the overall feeling is that this game is too easy and lacking when it comes to variation.
  21. The good controls don't motivate enough to play through the repetitive missions and the irrelevant story.
  22. 58
    The meat (and, hell, the bones, too) of this game is comprised of one thing: searching for a series of hidden objects. At first, this is fun in a Highlights for Children sort of way, but once you realize that it's practically all you do, it starts to get as exciting as finding your lost remote in your messy apartment.
  23. Pelit (Finland)
    Puzzle pictures are interesting to some extent, but for a full scale game they are just not enough. I'd also rather wonder where Wally is than search for Millionaire's lost socks with a flashlight. [Feb 2009]
  24. Compared to the lush screens, smooth animations and high-quality musical scores of the PC versions, MillionHeir feels more repetitive, and the gameplay simply wears out its welcome more quickly.
  25. The greatest puzzle with the DS's latest blockbuster, is why it's proven such an instant hit.
  26. Despite appearing to be a story-driven detective game, Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir is a simple puzzler that isn't interesting enough to hold anyone's attention.
  27. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    A weak hide-and-seek game that's as laborious as it is devoid of fun. [Feb 2009, p.49]
  28. It's not a terrible effort, but there are dozens of missed opportunities over the course of the game that could enhance the entire experience, and the fact that practically none of them were taken left me scratching my head.

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#94 Most Discussed DS Game of 2008
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  1. Jun 21, 2013
    The game had the most basic story that only served the purpose of getting you from one scene to the next. You had a certain number of items toThe game had the most basic story that only served the purpose of getting you from one scene to the next. You had a certain number of items to find over a certain number of scenes, with a set given number of hints. You'd go like this from case to case until you solve the bland story. What helps make up for it is the story is comedic, and doesn't take itself seriously (the main person related to the storyline is a wealthy man named "Phil T. Rich," if that gives you a clue). Other than that, the sounds and music were nice as well as the scenes. The actual item finding was decent fun too. Overall, it was an enjoyable game for what it is. Full Review »