Omescape – Detective Mimo [Hivemind Review]

Detective Mimo is a point-and-click mobile app game created by Omescape.

Detective Mimo cover art depicts an anthropomorphized cat police officer standing beside a desk.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on-demand (i.e. purchase and play any time)
  • Point-and-click

Required Equipment: Mobile device

Recommended Team Size: 1

Play Time: This is an untimed game. Expect about 2-4 hours of play time.

Price: $2.99

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Detective Mimo is a single-player, point-and-click game available on iOS (iphone or ipad) and Android.

You must guide Detective Mimo to do cat-detective-y things in pursuit of the mysterious Cat Rogue. As in typical point-and-click games, you interact with characters and objects to gather information and progress through the game.

A cap police officer looking at her reflection in her computer monitor.

Hivemind Review Scale

REA's hivemind review scale - 3 is recommended anytime, 2 recommended in quarantine, 1 is not recommended.

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Matthew Stein’s Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

I’ll get straight to the (laser) point(er): Detective Mimo is a work of genius. Go play it right now.

Detective Mimo initially leans into many of the tropes of classic point-and-click escape games, presented with absolute purr-fection. Even if this style of gameplay isn’t to your taste, I encourage you to keep at it as the game takes a meta twist partway through which I think will delight just about any escape room enthusiast. The rabbit holes go pretty deep in this game, so make sure to keep an eye on the Achievements page to check whether you’ve discovered all the secret details and multiple endings Detective Mimo has to offer.

Cara Mandel’s Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

I cannot overstate how much I loved this game. As a fan of mobile puzzle games (The Room, everything by Rusty Lake), I consider myself well versed in the mechanics of these point-and-click adventures. Detective Mimo surprised me multiple times with mechanics I’d never encountered. The game is deceptively silly at the onset – so much so that one might be inclined to dismiss it too quickly. I implore you, stick with it. Without spoiling anything that isn’t already included in the game’s App Store description, I will say this game has some incredibly interesting 4th-wall-breaking conceits and multiple possible endings. I enjoyed it so much that I was compelled to play through the entire game a second full time to try for another ending. Omescape has now thoroughly impressed me twice with their clever use of medium, first with Pursuit of Assassin Artist and now with Detective Mimo. I can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with next!

Joel Smileypeacefun Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

We found ourselves in the world of cat-humans. The city Shrimp was attacked by a thief. We had to identify and stop the thief and by doing so we learned about the deeper reasons beneath the surface.

At its best, the app went far deeper story- and puzzle-wise than I expected. The game threw many unique challenges my way. There was much more interaction than just tapping the screen and funny aha-moments occurred a couple of times. Also, the game was available in many different languages.

At its worst, the German version had some minor weird translations. One puzzle tried to frustratingly force the players to understand and remember the storyline, with no chance of going back and fact-checking. Another puzzle made me borrow a second phone for a moment. Also, a small handful of interactions were a little unintuitive.

I had a blast playing this game with its puzzles and challenges. Just be prepared for things to not be what they seem to be.

An open vent shaft.

Sarah Mendez’s Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

Detective Mimo stands out from other point-and-click adventures for the ways that it immerses the player in reimagining the boundaries of the game world. As a mobile game, it explores game mechanics that aren’t available via other platforms, which can be delightful or elusive depending on your relationship with your phone. At a certain point in the game when I finally had a good understanding of what to expect from the experience, I seriously wondered if I had the patience to complete it. However, I pushed through and found it ultimately to be the exact right amount of brainbending for me. My primary complaint is that the game lacks a hint system. This might be fitting for the game’s immersive conceits, but at one point we got stuck for hours due to a forgotten and irretrievable piece of information. Also, if it bothers you to not know if you completed a game “correctly,” beware… or be prepared to play again. Ultimately, this is truly an innovative game that is unlike others I’ve played. Despite some road bumps along the way, I genuinely marvel at its ingenuity and am glad to have played.

Cindi S’ Reaction

Rating: 3 out of 3.

The overall premise is cute: you are a police detective in a cartoon cat world gathering evidence and searching for clues to catch a thief. At first it appears to be a pretty typical point-and-click game, and I actually thought I was doing pretty well. But just when I thought I was close to solving the case, I realized I wasn’t close at all! In fact – wait, what just happened??!! It’s hard to describe without spoilers, so all I will say is I enjoyed this game so much, I insisted several friends play it as well. It takes full advantage of the platform (iPhone or iPad) in its puzzles, resulting in inventive and often surprising solutions. I smiled all the way through, to the very end of the credits. Detective Mimo was a wonderful game that is worth much more than its $2.99 price tag.

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