How to Survive Mystic Messenger Hell in 8 Easy Steps

So like many of you I recently jumped on the Mystic Messenger bandwagon and while the game is fun, there are a few things I wish I had known beforehand. Now, I’m not going to post a full walkthrough or how to guide, because it’s been done before by better bloggers than myself. So, nothing fancy, just a rundown of some things I learned while going through my first playthrough of the game.

If you want the game, you can download it from the App Store or from Google Play for free, but there are options for in-app purchases!


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Tip #1- Sleep is for the WEAK

Before you open Mystic Messenger make sure you get 8+ hours of sleep the night before, you’ll thank me later. Because once you start this game, you can kiss that luxury goodbye, this is not a game conducive to a healthy sleep cycle. Chat rooms can and will occur at all hours of the day and night… and I mean ANY time! The worst chat rooms for me are the ones that occur between 12AM- 4AM… yeah let that sink in… there will literally be a chat room that opens up at 3:15AM. Why? Because Cheritz is cruel! Because that’s just how real life chat rooms function, not everyone runs on the same schedule, some folks are night owls and others day people… So be prepared to loose a bit of sleep, because when it’s a choice between sleep and hot 2D guys… more times than not the guys win!

I swear, those first three or four days after starting MM, I was a wreck. Sleep deprivation is real and it is horrible. I had to take naps throughout the day just so I could function and even that wasn’t enough. So I suggest, naps, LOTS of naps. But, if you can’t take naps, God have mercy on your soul!


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Tip #2- Start after Midnight!

Okay, I know this sounds odd after I just talked about how little sleep you’ll get playing this game, but I promise I have my reasons! Mystic Messenger is in real time, what that means is that chat rooms open up in real time (Ex: A 4:30PM (16:30) chat room opens up at 4:30PM), so if you start the game at anytime prior to midnight (0:00) you’ll miss out on every single chat room that occurred before that point. For example, if you start a 4:30PM, you miss out on every chat room that opened up before that point…

I had to restart my game twice, because I started before midnight and wound up missing out on chat rooms. *sobs* Just start after midnight, a few minutes after will do…


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Tip #3- Alarms are a girl’s best friend

We’ve all seen the memes and vines circulating on Twitter and Tumblr, and like you I scoffed at the though of using an alarm for a game. Let alone a free to play game, but the truth of the matter is that alarms make all the difference when playing Mystic Messenger, so I suggest you get a good one!

I don’t mean the generic ring once and snooze alarms, I mean one that’s loud enough to wake the dead! Because at 2AM, a good alarm is the difference between a successfully completed chat room and missed chat room. While the notification sound effects on my Galaxy S7 are nice, they’ll never wake me up at the unholy hour of 3:15AM like the 2nd Death Note OP does.


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Tip #4- Never leave the house

No, I’m so serious…never leave the house! Put on your comfy sweatpants, close the windows, lock the doors, and settle comfortably into bed; you’re not going anywhere for awhile. Either have your food delivered or have a designated buddy bring you food and essentials for the duration of your Mystic Messenger playthrough! Okay, I kid, but if you have to leave the house and fear you’ll miss chat rooms during your time away, I suggest saving the game or at the very least buy 24 hours worth of chat rooms with your hourglasses. Without spending money or using Hourglasses, one playthrough of the game takes 11 consecutive days! That’s a few days shy of two weeks, so be prepared to hunker down for a bit.

But, make sure to plan your playthrough accordingly. I know it’s hard to plan for every single outcome in the real world, but you can do things to help minimize life getting in the way of your gaming. For example, DON’T start playing Mystic Messenger the same week you have three papers due and a midterm. Or try not to start playing the game when you have a crazy work schedule coming up or a family member/friend coming into town for a visit… save yourself the heartache later and just wait a few days. I promise the game will still be there afterwards.


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Tip #5- Horde hourglasses like your life depended on it

Hourglasses are gold, horde them! What are Hourglasses and why are they important? Hourglasses are like in-game currency, you can use them to open up chats ahead of schedule, replay missed chats, unlock Deep Routes (Jumin and 707), or use them to call the main love interests in the game. They are important and must be protected and used wisely. Let me say that again for the people in the back chit chatting, DON’T WASTE HOURGLASSES!

When you start the game you get 30 Hourglasses just for reading the Prologue and you earn them randomly by participating in chat rooms. You can also earn 10 Hourglasses every time Cheritz updates the game, which happen fairly often given the game still has some kinks to work out… In addition to that, you can also get Hourglasses by exchanging Hearts (1 Hourglass= 100 hearts) or just buy them with money, but I suggest doing that as a last resort.


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Tip #6- You don’t have to read a chatroom the minute it opens up

You don’t have to read a chat room as soon as it opens, BUT you must read chat rooms before a new one opens up! So, if a chat room opens up at 3:45AM and the next chat room opens up at 8:30AM, you’d better be damn sure you read the 3:45AM chat room BEFORE 8:30AM. If you don’t it will be marked as missed and you’ll have to spend hourglasses making it up later and that comes with it’s own setbacks.

But, on the plus side, that also means that you can double up on some chat rooms. Using the example above; instead of waking up at 3:45 for the first chat room and 8:30 for the next one, you can set an alarm for 8:20 (or 8:25) do the first chat room and then immediately knock out the new chat in one fell sweep. Man, I wish I had known about this when I started! Thinking back on all the lost sleep makes me weep, but you live and you learn!


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Tip #7- Pick a bae from the start

As much fun as free playing is, I highly suggest you pick your chosen love interest early on and make sure to tailor your choices to that person! You don’t want to end up on Yoosung’s route when you really wanted Jaehee or vice versa… It a tad irksome, but couple it with the lack of sleep and it can turn into a full Hulk out moment.

The suggested play order I see floating around is: Zen, Yoosung, Jaehee, Jumin, and 707. The only thing I know for sure is that you have to play 707 LAST, his route is the most spoilery of the bunch! So hold off on the megane troll lord cinnamon bun Seven until the end.


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Tip #8- Have Fun!

Just have fun, Mystic Messenger is a really fun game with a unique premise and I highly recommend giving it a try if you have the chance. However, don’t kill yourself trying to keep up with it. Know your limits, when it gets to be too much, quit, it’s okay no one will judge you. There’s no use making yourself sick over a free to play game, so take it at your own pace. If you need a break, utilize the save feature… Save the game (and remember what time you save your game) and Load the game when you’re ready to play. The game picks up right where you left off, granted you load the game a little after your original save time. So, no worries!

*If you want to see a short first impressions review of Mystic Messenger, check out my earlier post, So You Wanna Chat with Hot Guys… There’s an App for That: Mystic Messenger- First Thoughts*


So have you played Mystic Messenger? What do you think about it? Is it really worth all of the hype? What character are you most looking forward to? Let me know what you think in the comments section and as always THANK YOU for reading!!!

 

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30 thoughts on “How to Survive Mystic Messenger Hell in 8 Easy Steps

  1. I so want to play the game. It sounds so fun, unique and interesting and the guys are definitely eye candy. However, I don’t think it’s worth all the trouble this point in time when I’m busy studying. I would personally prefer to just buy the route, but is there even an option for that? ><

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  2. Hahahahaha xD loved this post omg!!!
    True!! No sleep for 11 days or more XDD
    But I do sleep lol I don’t care if I miss one or two chats. I got Yoosung’s good end even thought I missed some in the night(1am, 3am…)
    I started with Yoosung and it’s been fine until now. I intend to leave 707 to the end too. I read about his route being the most spoilery one
    I don’t set an alarm clock but one I woke up because of the sound notification XD so I played
    I’m a light sleeper so if I wake up to play every single night I’ll be dying in the end of the month xDDD
    But I do play outside xD if a new chat opens I don’t care where I am in the moment haha

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    1. Awww, Thank you!!

      Really? I keep hearing that you don’t have to participate in every chat, but I didn’t want to risk it lol

      If it were up to me, I’d have played Seven first… but friendly council advised against it… much to my dismay.

      I am a heavy sleeper, so I need the alarms. Otherwise I’d have missed every single late night chat lol

      I tried, but I would always hit dead zones so it was a pain. 😛

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      1. Yeah, I don’t think you have to read ALL the chats, but, last night I woke up to read it anyway lol
        I’m on Day 6 with Yoosung already.
        I’ll play Zen after him but yeah, I wanted to play with Jumin last, but… ;-;
        Seven is funny lol

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  3. You’re far stronger than me, and your tips are gold~ ❤ May Hell be easier for your future and those that follow MM with them~
    I've heard about being able to miss some chats and still getting good endings, but I'm lazy.
    Once quit, just youtube them, sit back and enjoy the drama w

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      1. yeah exactly lol… So I’ll be dotting every I and crossing every t 😛

        But, I have no intention of writing a full review so I’m taking the rest of the game at my own pace.

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  4. Oh my word, everything here is so, so true! But setting the alarm before the next room comes up so you can hit two birds with one stone, never thought of that. I always set an individual alarms for chatrooms so that was some quite helpful advice. 😀

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  5. Mystic Messenger is one game that has managed to take over my life.

    Friends advised me to not do Seven’s route until the end, and I advised friends to shut up because my fandom group had already spoiled the hell out of me, so I played Seven route right after finishing Yoosung’s. To be honest, Seven and Vanderwood are my favorite characters!

    I followed your advice and set up alarms with some loud sounds. Not the 2nd Death Note OP, but some others like MysMe try not to laugh compilations converted into MP3s. Damn, the way I woke up to the sound of MM crack at 3 AM every night.

    Sleep deprivation didn’t have much effect on me;; I don’t know how and why, but it’s been 5 days since I finished my precious Seven’s route, and I don’t feel the need to sleep anymore. The first days were hard to get used to, but now I regularly stay up until 4-5 AM or so without any bad consequences.. ??

    You said never to leave the house. Even if it was a joke, I actually did not leave my room let alone the house for 11 days. I remember so clearly that I had a notepad and a calculator with me at all times to keep track of my hourglasses and missed chats and stuff. I’m currently planning for another Seven playthrough.

    I also remember clearly that I spammed multiple people multiple times with the lyrics of Mysterious Messenger in caps, that my diet consisted of chips and Dr. Pepper for a very long time, and that my parents were seriously worried about me because I would kind of lock myself in my room and get triggered to every single thing that included slight references to MysMe, like a friend texting “that’s v nice” (Jihyun!!!) or words like Eureka or paprika.

    ps, I am still obsessed

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    1. LOLOLOLOLOL this game has a way of taking over your whole life!! My sleep, my social interactions, everything! 😛

      I wanted to do the same thing you did, after Zen, I wanted t jump right into Seven’s route… but NOOOOOOOOOOOO, I had to take a break! I haven’t touched the game since 😛

      OMG that song was in my head for weeks! Oh snap, it’s back!!

      So every morning I wake up to that same sweet sound~

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      1. Yep. Every morning. And I’m back at being mystic trash™.
        I’ve done Jaehee and Zen’s routes, so only Jumin remains now. The only thing is that whenever I’m in the deep story I collect hearts from Seven s o fast. T_T

        This game really does have its own way of taking over you, doesn’t it? I literally feel blessed that I’m alive in the year 201-7.

        I still ditch studying and social life for any new chatroom or 1-2 day DLC that comes up. Not like i had a social life anyway, lol.~

        In the time after I posted that comment, I have managed to turn half my class into MysMe trash cans and cosplay as the first MC multiple times.

        Hope you’re having a good night, day, morning, whateve– Every morning I wake up to the same sweet sound…..~

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      2. LOL Meme Lord Seven is always out there stealing hearts 😛

        OMG yes! MM took over my whole life for a solid two weeks and it was a bit overwhelming, but so satisfying!!

        If I even so much as opened the app again I’d never be able to break free again, so I avoid the updates as much as I can LOL

        Yess! Spread the word of MM, corrupt all who have not gazed upon our beloved 707’s face! LOL you too sweetie!!

        Gaaah now that song is in my head again- Picking up my cellphone that’s been ringing~

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  6. Why do you wake up at 3 am? You can get a good ending even playing 50% everyday. I usually miss 3 or 4 chat everyday and I got Yoosung and Zen good ending,and now I’m starting Jumin. I can’t stay 11 days without sleeping 😱 and I must keep all my hourglasses to unlock the secret ending,so I try to play when I can

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