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Story Gamer (DS)
Family Gamer (DS)
Teen Gamer (DS)
Tech Gamer (DS)
Microcosm Gamer (DS)
Novel Gamer (DS)
Odyssey Gamer (DS)
Reluctant Gamer (DS)
Ghost Trick has been released on DS and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Imagine you've been murdered. That's it. You think it's game over. Now imagine your soul has the chance to find your killer by flitting between both the land of the living and the dead, to bring the perpetrator to justice. In this unique little gem by Capcom, you can..."
- Sketchy Gamer (Sat, 01 Dec 2012)
"Dead Again, and Again - a review in the form of a short story. Going about his daily tasks, one game reviewer finds that sitting down and playing a game can be a tricky - and sometimes fatal - task..."
- Novel Gamer (Mon, 08 Aug 2011)
"Who am I? And why was I killed?.."
- Odyssey Gamer (Sun, 24 Jul 2011)
"Ghost Trick manages a spectacularly deft double act of quality animation with gripping puzzles. With a pixel-perfect attention to detail, its flaws only point to the high quality of the rest of the package..."
- Tech Gamer (Sun, 17 Jul 2011)
"It happened to me again this morning. My boss asked me if I was feeling "glass half full" today. He didn't have to add "for a change", but it was heavily implied..."
- Reluctant Gamer (Wed, 13 Jul 2011)
"Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective DS is a flamboyant mystery adventure. Although quite simple to traverse, its charismatic characters and unique concepts are engaging and memorable, raising microcosms of fate and responsibility..."
- Microcosm Gamer (Sat, 28 May 2011)
"Forget what you know about Ace Attorney, Ghost Trick is fresh, logical and engrossing. The only comparison that does justice to its story, visuals and puzzles is Portal..."
- Family Gamer (Thu, 14 Apr 2011)
"Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective DS is a fantasy murder mystery with great characters, a compelling plot and writing as sharp as its hero's pointy haircut..."
- Story Gamer (Mon, 14 Mar 2011)
"Ghost Trick DS headlines ghostly powers but in fact is all about zany characters, solid plotlines and magnificent butterfly affects. I'm more than happy to play this while my mates harp on about Halo and Modern Warfare..."
- Teen Gamer (Thu, 03 Feb 2011)
Ghost Trick creates a novel time travelling mechanic to Ace Attorney style mysteries. But here solving the puzzles will prevent, rather than solve, the crimes.
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is an adventure game from Shu Takumi (Ace Attorney). The game stars a dead amnesia prone detective Sissel. You help him solve crimes and piece together clues pertaining to his death and true identity.
In some ways foreshadowing the upcoming Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright detective crossover from Capcom and Nintendo, Ghost Trick also picks up on Professor Layton's recent time travelling adventure from the Professor Layton and the Lost Future. Furthermore, although not explicit, both the artstyle and time limited gameplay seem to echo The World Ends with You. (ed: not a bad time then for fans of stylus driven mysteries.)
As a spirit Sissel can control inanimate objects and travel back to four minutes before a person was killed in order to change their fate. But this comes at a price: when the sun rises in the morning his soul will be destroyed forever.
The game proceeds through a series of mysterious murders where Sissel uses his time travelling powers to prevent their death. This is achieved by controlling objects to change the path of various protagonists to avoid the (now) future-crime.
Ghost Trick will be released on 14th January in Europe on the Nintendo DS.
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