Let’s talk about something that “real” gamers hate.
Otome games (female oriented games usually focusing on romance) and mobile games.
If you’ve ever been on Facebook for any amount of time on your phone, you’ve probably seen advertisements for dating games featuring pictures of half-dressed anime guys. They usually look quite cheesy and I love reading the comments on them to see what people say. However, one of the comments pointed to a game called Mystic Messenger by Cheritz. Several people were praising it in the comments one day so I decided to check it out.
The premise of the game is simple…starting out. The player character is bored one day and downloads an app from the app store to kill time. All of a sudden a mysterious person, Unknown, messages them and asks them to do a favor. Claiming to have found a lost phone with no information but an address on it, the person asks if you will go to the address and see if the person who owns the phone is there. Of course, you say yes because it’s not much of a game if you don’t, and of course there is no one at the apartment. Fortunately Unknown has the pass-code to enter the apartment and always up for a little breaking and entering, you agree to go in and leave a note for the person.
Thus kicks of a whirlwind adventure of fundraising and hot guys. The apartment is associated with a fundraising organization that used to host parties full of influential people. Due to circumstances and such, the parties have been put on hold. But with you there, well, why not try to hold one again?
All of this takes place through the messenger app during conversations that take place throughout the day in real time, phone calls (voice acted in Korean, subbed in English), text messages, and emails. Everything happens at a set time. People are available for conversations during certain times of the day and if you miss them, they post what they were going to say with no input from you. When you are present for the conversations, much like most of these games, you’re given two or three choices to respond with. If you pick the right one, you can earn hearts passed on who likes the answer. The game itself last Eleven Days during which you flirt with the guys, field emails from potential party guests (you have to answer their questions correctly to woo them into attending), and uncover the mystery of just why you were led to the apartment and to the organization.
The characters are super lovable and interesting making in impossible to choose who you want to pursue. Choosing the right choices will open up more of the story, allowing you to find out more about the person, opening up their personality. It’s exciting to go through and learn more about the characters. Currently, I’m on the tenth day and I’m already planning on replaying it several more times to open up the other paths. I love all the characters and want to find out even more about them.
There’s Jumin, a wealthy business man who’s one of the oldest in the group. He’s the heir to large company and probably a robot despite what he says. He’s seemingly unfeeling, treats his assistant like a slave, and is maybe a little too obsessed with his cat.
Jaehee, Jumin’s assistant who may also be a robot. Practically a slave to her boss she’s the less willing to trust you and hates cats.
Zen, a musical actor who’s starting to gain more and more fame. He’s egotistical, vain, and loves posting pictures of himself.
707, or Seven, who is the hacker of the group. The one who set up the messenger and an unrepentant prankster with an apparent love of cross dressing (I dig it). He’s self-referential and will occasionally break the Fourth Wall. He’s also a cat harasser. Plus his glasses are sexy.
And of course Yoosung, the youngest of the group. Naive yet impossibly sweet he’s addicted to gaming and a bit of a slacker. He is also a precious cinnamon roll who needs to be protected and if anything happens to him so help me god…
The last of the main group is V, a mysterious photographer who hasn’t been around much and seems to be both loved and hated with fervor depending on who you talk to.
Through conversations with them you learn that something darker might be at play and also fall in love (with every single one of them!).
I cannot stop playing it. The game is a free game though there are in app purchases. None of them are needed to enjoy the story and though I found myself wanting to learn all of the story at once, I actually don’t mind having to wait for conversations to unlock at certain times of the day. It was pure genius on the parts of the devs to use something so familiar (instant messaging) to tell their story. There’s also a very catchy video at the beginning that I definitely recommend watching before playing; it really gets you hyped for the game.
Cheritz also has at least two other games on steam that I’m planning on looking into soon as well because of how much fun I’m having with Mystic Messenger. I cannot recommend this game enough. Go, play it. And just know you’re wrong if you’re not crazy about 707.