At GDC 2010, iPhone developer 99games showed us what they have been working on as their next major iPhone title. The Jim and Frank Mysteries - The Blood River Files is an adventure puzzler in the vein of the Professor Layton game series.

In the Jim and Frank Mysteries, players assume the role of Jim and Frank who uncover a mystery left by their grandfather. As they follow the story and clues, they start to unravel the mysteries and must solve the various puzzles along the way. The game is an original iPhone title with 60 puzzles and an estimated 20-30 hours of gameplay.

The game is story-driven with 60 puzzles, 4 chapters, 8 mini games and 27 different characters. The puzzles are designed with the iPhone in mind and take advantage of iPhone specific inputs such as touch and tilt.

A hint system is also included so you can get help along the way. Here's a few screenshots of some of the in-game puzzles.


The Jim and Frank Mysteries is due in late April, early May.

  • Mooro

    Wow. Love the look of this. Can't wait for it.

  • Mooro

    Wow. Love the look of this. Can't wait for it.

  • Bosconian

    Looks like a total Layton ripoff...

    But that's a good thing. ;-)

  • Bosconian

    Looks like a total Layton ripoff...

    But that's a good thing. ;-)

  • Cookies

    The graphics are somewhat reminiscent of the Legend Of Zelda TV show.

  • Cookies

    The graphics are somewhat reminiscent of the Legend Of Zelda TV show.

  • beatsbOoM

    Accept for the character design it looks quite promising. Makes me want a REAL Professor Layton game on the iDevices even more! Do it Level 5!

  • beatsbOoM

    Accept for the character design it looks quite promising. Makes me want a REAL Professor Layton game on the iDevices even more! Do it Level 5!

  • CrocStock

    When will iPhone developers stop leaching off popular trends and get original! There isn't any other description for it but pathetic.

    • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

      When? When people stop buying those trends. Besides, there are tons of original developers, *beside* the trend-followers. Obviously, a lot of people are into them, or they wouldn't be trends.

      Those pathetic, filthy rich developers, tssk. :)

    • spiffyone

      o_O

      You...you do know that the adventure genre is far, far, far older than the Prof. Layton series, right? I mean...honestly now...do people actually think before posting things?

      • CrocStock

        It doesn't mean though that the developer isn't trying to copy off a trend in the hope of financial success, rather than making something original and having confidence that people will like and buy it.

        It shows weakness, :P

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Or common sense ;).

  • CrocStock

    When will iPhone developers stop leaching off popular trends and get original! There isn't any other description for it but pathetic.

    • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

      When? When people stop buying those trends. Besides, there are tons of original developers, *beside* the trend-followers. Obviously, a lot of people are into them, or they wouldn't be trends.

      Those pathetic, filthy rich developers, tssk. :)

    • spiffyone

      o_O

      You...you do know that the adventure genre is far, far, far older than the Prof. Layton series, right? I mean...honestly now...do people actually think before posting things?

      • CrocStock

        It doesn't mean though that the developer isn't trying to copy off a trend in the hope of financial success, rather than making something original and having confidence that people will like and buy it.

        It shows weakness, :P

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Or common sense ;).

  • Songbird

    Wow, this looks like fun. Round of applause for 99games for another exciting game.

  • Songbird

    Wow, this looks like fun. Round of applause for 99games for another exciting game.

  • Rachel

    I don't care if it is a rip off. It's not like prof. L is coming to the iPhone, and it would be nice to have a similar game to play. We should all welcome anything that isn't a castle defense, time management or a physics game.

  • Rachel

    I don't care if it is a rip off. It's not like prof. L is coming to the iPhone, and it would be nice to have a similar game to play. We should all welcome anything that isn't a castle defense, time management or a physics game.

  • Joe

    want. this. looks like a great adventure, imaginative animation and puzzles to solve. can't wait to try it out!

  • Joe

    want. this. looks like a great adventure, imaginative animation and puzzles to solve. can't wait to try it out!

  • Joey

    This... is just Professor Layton ._."
    The characters and the lacations is in Layton style...
    It looks funny, though

  • Joey

    This... is just Professor Layton ._."
    The characters and the lacations is in Layton style...
    It looks funny, though

  • 99Games

    Hi guys, we are the developers of The Jim & Frank Mysteries. The game includes puzzles of the sorts that are tough to put down. Each puzzle takes the player closer to the mystery of Blood River. It's definitely unlike any other game on the App Store!

    Get ready for an amazing journey! One that you're sure to love! :)

    FB page of the game: http://bit.ly/aKUBf4

  • 99Games

    Hi guys, we are the developers of The Jim & Frank Mysteries. The game includes puzzles of the sorts that are tough to put down. Each puzzle takes the player closer to the mystery of Blood River. It's definitely unlike any other game on the App Store!

    Get ready for an amazing journey! One that you're sure to love! :)

    FB page of the game: http://bit.ly/aKUBf4

  • markc

    any news on the release date? can't wait to get my mitts on this game!

  • markc

    any news on the release date? can't wait to get my mitts on this game!

  • Truth

    Stealing code from client projects, combining all of them together and selling under a your banner name… That makes you famous…?? That makes you thieves…!! Shameless Thieves….!!

  • Truth

    Stealing code from client projects, combining all of them together and selling under a your banner name… That makes you famous…?? That makes you thieves…!! Shameless Thieves….!!