Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective DS

Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
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  1. Feb 3, 2011
    70
    This being a Takumi videogame, each environment lies awash with engaging characters capable of development over a period of hours.
  2. Jan 20, 2011
    70
    It's an elegantly crafted thriller that stands out as an original, charming and beautiful adventure.
  3. Jan 18, 2011
    70
    Technically superb, the game quickly enough, however, shows its limitations as a "ghost simulator".
  4. Jan 12, 2011
    70
    The flaws are obvious, and in many cases needless, but personality (and fantastic animation) go a long way in this eccentric puzzler.
  5. Jan 11, 2011
    70
    Part of the appeal of the Ace Attorney series is the "Eureka!" moment, that feeling of brain satisfaction that can only come out of solving a particularly grueling puzzle using nothing but your wits. Ghost Trick has no eurekas, only "Oh … is that it?"
  6. Jan 11, 2011
    60
    The character animations are incredibly fluid and impressive, and several of their conversations are good for a chuckle. Unfortunately, these scattered bits of life aren't enough to bring Sissel's adventure back from the dead.

Awards & Rankings

#4 Most Discussed DS Game of 2011
#5 Most Shared DS Game of 2011
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 127 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Jan 13, 2011
    10
    Shu Takumi might have topped Phoenix Wright. The writing is sheer perfection, seemingly simple at first until it starts revealing the tricksShu Takumi might have topped Phoenix Wright. The writing is sheer perfection, seemingly simple at first until it starts revealing the tricks up its sleeve. The gameplay is quite clever and adds more elements both without ever running out of ideas before introducing them and building the story tremendously. The last several hours feature so many twists that the story and puzzles mesh, putting emotion into rotating a piston or opening a trashcan so that you aren't merely completing a level but saving the lives of characters you actually care about.

    The only possible way for Takumi to improve the experiences he's created is to somehow expand the gameplay elements while keeping the size and sweep of the story intact. Until then, the next iterations of Ace Attorney and Ghost Trick will be warmly welcomed.
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  2. Nov 14, 2011
    10
    Easily one of the best, if not the most well known, DS releases of the year. Includes beautiful plot with hints throughout, challenging enoughEasily one of the best, if not the most well known, DS releases of the year. Includes beautiful plot with hints throughout, challenging enough to keep you interested without becoming a game of random clicking, and an OST which is incredible. Shu Takumi has done an excellent job on this game, both in aesthetics and in concept. I'm hoping to see a sequel in some form1 Full Review »
  3. Jan 17, 2011
    10
    This game is brilliant, very pretty and I must mention that the Animation is almost perfect. It makes the characters very charismatic and theThis game is brilliant, very pretty and I must mention that the Animation is almost perfect. It makes the characters very charismatic and the story even more believable. The design is well done and there is a good balance of difficulty. With many puzzles they throw at you small hints, not obvious enough to spoil the fun and obvious enough to push your thinking-machine. The humor also surprised me in this game, it made me smile and giggle a lot. I recommend this game to anyone who like puzzle games and/or liked the Phoenix Wright serie. Yes it's a 10 point, 9 wouldn't be enough. Enjoy! Full Review »