It wasn’t until just recently that I discovered Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney for the Nintendo DS but it didn’t take me long to fall in love with the series. In the Ace Attorney series players take on the role of the defense attorney Phoenix Wright. The game play is simple, yet addicting, focusing on gather interacting with various characters and examining crime scenes for evidence to be used in court. Once in the courtroom players must then use deductive logic and the evidence available to keep their client from receiving a undeserved guilty verdict.
This series really does everything right. It combines simple adventure game elements with logic puzzles, has a great sense of humor and fascinating characters. Needless to say, when I heard that Shu Takumi, the creator for Ace Attorney, was coming out with another logic game, I was thrilled. So, without further ado, let me present to you Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective.
Phantom Detective starts out with the main character, Sissel, being dead. Tough break. Don’t let that fool you, this is just the beginning of the adventure. Along with being the victim in a mysterious murder, Sissel now has no memory of the events leading up to his death. Returning as a ghost to the physical world, Sissel sets out to solve the mystery of his own murder. This makes up the core element of game play, with players being able to possess and manipulate objects found in the real world in order to solve various puzzles. The stylus comes into play here, allowing players to control possessed objects and use those objects to save other innocents from their would be murderers. Changing other characters fates by preventing their untimely deaths seems like it will play a large role in the game as you seek to unravel your own death. Be warned though, events unfold in real-time and you only have until dawns first light to solve the mystery, or your soul will disappear forever.
This game was originally slated for release in late 2010, but the release date was pushed back until January 2011. The street date is now January 11th 2011 which is just around the corner. If your a fan of the Ace Attorney series, or if you like puzzle games and think you will enjoy the supernatural twist be sure to pick this game up upon its release. A demo is available for play if you have a Wii, just head over to the Nintendo Channel and then check the DS download section. Turn on Download Play for your DS and beam the demo over for a chance to try Ghost Trick for yourself!