By Phatmac 20 Comments
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a game that I should've played a long time ago. It's made by Shu Takumi which is the creator of the Ace Attorney franchise(which I love), it has a fantastic art style that is used on some incredible characters. The gameplay is fun and makes you feel smart after solving each puzzle. These should've been clear signs that I would probably love this game. Unfortunately, I was ignorant and mostly ignored my DSi during it's last years of relevance. I missed out on a ton of great DS games and that fact is still something that haunts me. After getting my 3DS for Christmas I've made a promise to beat my long list of DS games that I've missed out on. I already beat 999(which I talked about on Giantbomb) and now I've beaten Ghost Trick. So what do I think about it?
I love a lot of different things about this game. Some of the best aspects of this game are the story and characters. The story starts off with your death and then suddenly getting your ghost trick powers. The main gameplay of it is being able to manipulate objects such as ladders in order to do one trick with them. You can use these tricks in order to move around the area in order to solve puzzles. These puzzles involve saving a person's life in 4 minutes. You can see the death of a person and use it to see how you can avert their death. These puzzles are quite tricky and have different solutions that are in areas that are pretty different. I won't spoil any of the story as it is the main reason to play it so don't worry about that. I'll just say that the story and characters are incredible. It is really like the Ace Attorney games with the focus on characters and their unique quirks. This does feel like a game that the Ace Attorney guys would make.
You should really play it. I know saying that it's unique isn't enough for most people but it really is. It has some wonderful characters with great arcs that are fully realized by the end. The music and art are both spectacular which is to be expected from the Ace Attorney guys. It is also a great looking DS game that has incredible animations in game. All of it makes for a great game that I can recommend full-heartedly. I haven't even talk about the twists that occur in the story that honestly blew my mind. I don't have any big problems with it so there isn't much that I can complain about.Go check it out on your DS and Iphone. You'll be missing out if you don't play this quirky japanese game! Be sure to check out the video above with me talking about Ghost Trick in depth with my dumb face.