[Writer's Choice] I deleted "Mystic Messenger" after 12 hours

Priscilla Tov, Jan. 5, 2018, 11:57 a.m.

I just want to start by saying that I didn't delete the game because I wasn't in love with it, I deleted it because I love sleep more. I know I'm downloading the game more than a year later but I always hesitated in downloading because of the commitment required to progress in the game. To those who are unaware of what I'm talking about, let me explain.

"Mystic Messenger" is a South Korean dating game released by Cheritz for Android and iOS. Released back in July of 2016, it became immensely popular for adding a new element to the dating game genre and for fully utilizing the fact that people would be playing this on their phones. The plot begins when you're sent to a mysterious apartment by a stranger after your phone has a new app downloaded onto it. While there, you come into contact with an organization that throws parties for charities. You meet an interesting cast of characters and are asked to fill in for a beloved member of their team. Each story (Casual, Deep, and Another) gives you the ability to romance 2 or 3 of the characters. 

The main way to get romance points is if you answer correctly in the chatrooms. The things is, the game is in real-time, meaning 11 days are actually going to take 11 days and you can only participate in chatrooms when they show up. So if a chatroom arrives at 3 AM...

And, sometimes after a chatroom is finished, you'll get a call from the characters! (I really enjoyed this aspect. It was a great way to add voice actors to the game.) You only have 10 seconds to pick up but picking the right answers will be helpful.

So, as you can see, it's very easy to feel stressed from this game, especially when you learn about all the bad endings you can unlock. I hadn't paid attention to the fact that you could only romance Zen, Yoosung, and Jaehee in the beginning and attempted to gain points for Jumin (he's my boy. I really want to romance him. I had a huge smile on my face when I got his phone call.) 

If this game didn't require so much commitment from me as a player, I would gladly play this until I unlocked everything. I really enjoyed the chatroom element because it really makes you feel like you're a part of the story. But for now, this game has no place on my phone. 

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