Mystic messenger is an otome game that is available on smartphones, produced by a Korean company, Cheritz. This otome game creates a platform for girls to experience love stories through interactive messaging app via receiving phone calls and texts. Once you start playing,you will be chatting with someone with the nickname “Unknown”. This person will try to lead you to go to some studio apartment, and lead you to joining this organisation RFA. Through the game you will be able to ‘date’ 5 characters. The characters are (from left to right):
It will only be revealed to you of the character you will be ‘dating’ on the fifth day, and you have to earn as much ‘hearts’ of the character as possible in order to play the route of your choice in the first four days. Depending on your flow of your game, you will arrive at a ending on the 11th day.
I find this game really interesting in terms of how it is designed. Well, this game has visual novel features included, therefore I would like to consider this as a visual novel. As i mentioned in the synopsis, the game is designed as an interactive messaging app and I get to interact with other characters. However, the game is designed similarly to a visual novel, you do not get to reply the messages like the way you usually do; you have to choose from the list of replies they provide. I really like the way this game is designed.
The character design of each characters is really suit my style too! The character design is details and the characters’ background story is also set nicely. I really enjoyed myself in the 11 days each character provide me! Every character has a different personality and different story to tell. I am deeply attracted to the different charms the different character portrays. To be really truthful, the characters and the stories never fails to make my heart race, especially when I receive calls from the characters ( the characters have a group of really cool voice actors!) However, I feel that the plot of the story is not very well built. After all, 11 days is a little too rushed for someone to deeply fall in love or even get engaged. But, overall, I still love the game as it has kept me entertained for quite sometime!
My favorite Route is probably Jaehee’s (the first character from the right in the image). Jaehee’s route is one of the most light hearted ones, but I think that the pace of Jaehee’s story is the most appropriate one. Also, I love Jaehee’s characterization. She is a very organised and caring character. She has the qualities that I’d look out for in my future partner! Through Jaehee’s story, I learnt that life is about living everyday to your fullest. I should focus on finding myself (and not neglecting the people around me) and lead a life that I will be happy with. The world is full of colors, i shouldn’t paint my life with a single color.
In my opinion, Seven’s route has the darkest story out of all the characters. As I played his route, I came to realize that there may be other people out there who has a very sad background. I came to fully understand the implications of the idiom, ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, that one cannot simply decide others’ personality and the meaning of their action without fully understanding the whole story and rationale.
Jumin has taught me that money is powerful, but it cannot buy you everything in life; Yoosung has made me understand that one should cherish the present and do not cling on to the past; Zen allows me to realize that the world is full of scheming people who is hungry for fame and one should not believe in rumors that we heard. I believe I have learnt and grew up quite a lot through this game 🙂
This game is dependent on the time in real world, so if you are someone who cherish sleep, I strongly do not recommend you to play the game! However if you are truly interested, you could download and play the game.