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  1. Nov 18, 2013
    Single Player/Multi Player (2/2) (If the single player is better than the multiplayer, review this section as if it had no multplayer) (If the multiplayer is better than the multiplayer, review this section as if it had no single player) Gameplay (2/2) Visuals/Story (2/2) (If the visuals are better than the story, review this section as if it had no story) (If the story is better than the visuals, review this section as if the visuals didn’t matter)

    Accessibility/Longevity (2/2)

    (Review this section only on Accessibility if the game has no longevity) (Review this section only on longevity if the game isn’t accessible)

    Pricing (1/2)

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  2. Aug 5, 2013
    "Infinite waiting for a plot twist that doesn't deliver" is how I would describe this game in one sentence. The gameplay seems interesting at first but quickly falls off as it is extremely tedious, repetitive and most of all incredibly easy. I would estimate there are about two 10 second segments that offer any challenge at all for a person of average intelligence.

    The animation is
    excellent and story has great potential that sadly gets wasted in the second half of the game. Even the pacing is really poor since the animation and dialogue is slow and cannot really be fast forwarded. Expand
  3. Jun 7, 2013
    Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is arguably the best DS game I ever played. Yes, you heard me. This game tops Mario Kart to me. Ghost Trick does an incredible job of storytelling and has amazing characters you will remember long after the experience.
    The anime art style is incredible and has almost pitch perfect frame-rate. There are plenty of moments where you will gawk at the beautiful
    art style.
    Gameplay is clever, although having a few miniscule issues. Being a ghost, you have the power to posses objects and manipulate them. You can rewind a person's death four minutes before their final blow and attempt to save them using your powers of the dead. Its an interesting concept and some very clever puzzles were created. The only issue I had with these was that generally the puzzles only had one way to solve them, reducing replay value. Additionally your powers stay basically the same until late in the game. Also, gameplay can require some trial and error, especially during the rewinding death sequences. Don't let this write you off because the gameplay can be extremely clever at times.
    However what makes this game so great in my opinion is the well written story and characters. The story centers you around a man named Sissel who dies during the night and attempts to unravel the truth behind his death and how he gained his mystical powers. I cant give much more on the story because the game is full of plot twists, and trust me, each time it happens, you will not be expecting it. On top of that, the games ends so well with explaining all of the events, you will be both satisfied and surprised by the conclusion. The characters are also amazing. There is never one dull character in the story. Each has a humorous side such as a head detective who enjoys dancing and a dog named missile who will do anything for his mistress, the game has great characters that you will remember long after you play.
    If you enjoyed Phoenix Wright or any text based adventure for that matter, you will love Ghost trick. This definitely has one of the best plots in video games and has a unique gameplay style. This definitely one to add to your collection.
  4. Apr 19, 2013
    While the puzzles can get a little repetitive, it's more than made up for with everything else. The plot is great, the humor is exactly what you might expect from the creators of Phoenix Wright, and it's all held up by a fantastic cast of characters. It's not an exaggeration to say this is one of the best, if not the best game on the DS.
  5. Feb 27, 2013
    This game is perfection in it's genre.
    Great concept, gorgeous art, fun gameplay, deep story with gazillion plot twists and rewarding ending.
    One of the best games for DS.
  6. Dec 22, 2012
    A fantastic story, with a great plot. The influence from Ace Attorney is great (and is a good thing). The game is not very long (about 10 hours), but it is very funny. There aren't impossible "trick". Music is great, so the game engine. 9 of 10 only because for me is short.
  7. Mar 16, 2012
    Innovative and addictive style of gameplay, engaging story rich in creativity without being cliche, catchy music that fits the situation in the game, and a cast of unforgettable characters and their eccentric personalities. Ghost Trick is truly a heartfelt and magical experience that proves how amazing a handheld video game can make someone feel and shows that the Nintendo DS is still a worthy console. Expand
  8. Mar 7, 2012
    Incredible story, mechanics, animations. The tale is harrowing, chilling and simply brilliant. Buy this game, you will not be disappointed. This game deserves the attention of the entire industry for its uniqueness.
  9. Jan 26, 2012
    Hands down, one of the best games on DS. Ghost Trick is completely brilliant from start to finish- with great puzzles, fantastic characters, an engaging story and a truly awesome ending. Each character is fully realised, and everyone has a part to play in this stellar tale. The puzzles can be a bit hit and miss occassionally, but you'll forgive it, if only because it's so utterly likeable.
  10. Jan 23, 2012
    This game is so good it surprised me, even if I already knew it had to be good I didn't expect it to be SO good. The game is entertaining from start to end, with so many twists and turns it will let you wanting for more and more as the chapters flow by and the mystery unravels. Animation-wise it is simply splendid, the pixel graphics are gorgeous and the music incredibly fitting. The game also makes great use of chromostereopsis, especially in the ghost world, to give a sense of depth that those who perceive the effect to a great extent (like myself) will double their enjoyment of the title. Gameplay stays fresh and satisfying for the whole duration. If I had to find a defect, if we want to call it so, it's its strict linearity; you are rarely given an opportunity to explore and look for clues on yourself, instead the characters themselves give so many hints you will want to cover your eyes to leave the surprise unspoiled. Anyway this is a minor flaw and it leaves the game a true gem. Expand
  11. Jan 21, 2012
    It's innovative, the characters are entertaining and rememberable, the animation is absolutely fantastic, the music is catchy, and the puzzles are intelligent. Sure, usually the same method of ghost and tricking works for most puzzles, but that's not the point. It's a genuinely fun game to play. It is a one-shot wonder however, once you complete it chances are you won't want to return to it. Expand
  12. Jan 8, 2012
    fun gameplay, quirky over-the-top animation, fantastic story, this game is just great however it has a lot of text though dialog is top-notch, solutions however only have one answer and one solution, trial and error come with fun results but with the concept of a game that lets you take and manipulate tons of things, it feels quite restricting
  13. Dec 19, 2011
    Great game. A interesting mystery story. A good system to resolve enigmas. Good visuals and very charismatic characters. I recommend to everyone this game.
  14. Nov 29, 2011
    Ghost Trick has to be one of my favourite DS games. The story telling is on par with Phoenix Wright, a game I thought couldn't be topped. You take control of Sissel, a ghost who's been murdered but can't remember who killed him or why. After death he recieved powers to posess and manipulate objects, and travel back in time to before a death. The puzzles in this game consist of saving a character before they're murdered or die by moving around objects to change the situation. The graphics are unique and the character animations are really fluent. The characters in this game are all full of life and the story is one of the most engaging things on the DS. My only gripes with this game would have to be the inconsistant difficulty (the final puzzle is very easy to solve yet ones earlier on in the game are brain scratchers) and that the story takes a short while to get going. But once it did, I literally couldn't put the game down to find out what happened next. This is essential to Phoenix Wright fans and gamers alike and if you haven't bought it yet, why? Expand
  15. Nov 14, 2011
    Easily 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
  16. Jul 12, 2011
    I picked up this game expecting good things from the people who brought us Phoenix Wright, but Ghost Trick has exceeded my every expectation. The gameplay is so innovative, yet at the heart of this game is some truly fanciful storytelling. Contrast this with the Professor Layton series, which for all the praise it gets, does not make any attempt to integrate the puzzles into the actual story. With Ghost Trick, the puzzling is so seamlessly interwoven that you really feel you have a direct hand in the characters' actions. The character design is like a super stylized comic book, and the character movements are so graceful that I have to believe that animators, not programmers, designed the sequences. I hope that Ghost Trick becomes a series on the new 3DS platform, as there are a lot of possibilities when you factor dimensionality. But even if it doesn't, Ghost Trick stands on its own as a very complete, deeply enjoyable piece of art. Expand
  17. Jun 21, 2011
    Phenomenal. This game is the perfect blend of puzzle solving, mystery, and creative gameplay. The characters are charming, the story is captivating, and the puzzles are generally well done, with only a few strange ones here and there. If you love a good mystery game this is something you must play!
  18. Jun 6, 2011
    One of the, if not, THE best DS game of all time. With a stellar plot, lovable characters and charming gameplay, this game is an absolute masterpiece. Capcom.... RELEASE THIS ON THE IOS IN NORTH AMERICA!!!!!... Please?
  19. May 12, 2011
    I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the game mechanics were clever. Just when the gameplay starts to get a little too familiar, they add a welcome change. The characters are fantastic, if a bit ridiculous, but endearing and charming. The animations are superb. I'll never forget Detective Cabalena's "walk" (if you can even call it 'walking'). It's a nice touch when EVERYTHING they present to you becomes important later on. I'm looking at you, [spoiler] and [spoiler] . The ending didn't tie up every loose end, but it's more than satisfactory regardless. Although there's not really a reason to play it again, as there is only one linear story-arc, it's worth at least a rent to play through it once. You shouldn't regret it. Expand
  20. Apr 4, 2011
    Pretty good until the last few chapters, where all the interesting plot points were explained in the worst, most cliche way possible. Level design was okay, but there wasn't much worth mentioning.
  21. Mar 24, 2011
    I was really disappointed with this game given its quite high user reviews. The flow is terrible you are constantly having to click on dialog boxes. The story line is really bad, which would be less of a problem if you could skip the story. The puzzles are not worth the wait to get to them. Don't waste your money.
  22. Mar 5, 2011
    One of the best games on the DS. IGN summed it up perfectly by saying that Ghost Trick brings innovation to an ageing genre. The game draws your total attention for the full 12 hours of game play. I was fixated for the duration and near tears come the end. Whilst there is a lot of text and sometimes you would just like to get on with the game, the storyline is gripping and the characters memorable and heart warming. Don't miss this game! Expand
  23. Feb 7, 2011
    I LOVE THIS GAME!!!!!! A genius idea, with a great story, fantastic twist, amazingness!!! A MUST BUY!
  24. Jan 17, 2011
    This 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! Expand
  25. Jan 16, 2011
    Fun and well animated. An adventure that no one should miss, and a must buy for every DS owner. If you don't have one, borrow it. This game may be one of the best DS games of the year and even the best.
  26. Jan 13, 2011
    Shu 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.
  27. Jan 13, 2011
    There is thousands of puzzlers on the ds, but none of them are as unique as this brilliant title. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective starts with your character, Sissel, lying dead on the floor. When you are dead you discover that you have special powers. You can possess items and trick them, causing the item to do a action. It may sound strange, but it is very easy to use and feels very fresh. You then find out that you cant remember anything about who you were and why you were killed, and that you only have till sunrise before you go to the afterlife. Sissel decides that he is going to use his last hours on earth wisely and try and find out his identity. Its a great story and it gets better and better as you progress. Another brilliant thing about this game is the spectacular graphics. It is very detailed and when people and items move it looks amazing and is very smooth. If you are looking for a new puzzler on the ds which is a fresh and thrilling experience this is the game you need. Expand
  28. Jan 13, 2011
    Shu 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.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. May 2, 2011
    An engaging storyline, memorable characters and wonderful animation make this game a true treat.
  2. Mar 27, 2011
    Ghost Trick is a masterpiece, made by developers who thoroughly understand the medium they're working in and the hardware they're working with.
  3. Mar 7, 2011
    Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a fantastic combination of absurd Japanese humor and point and click mechanics. It's filled to the brim with charm, good laughs and brilliant puzzles that will keep you locked to the screen for hours on end.