Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective DS

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Universal acclaim- based on 127 Ratings

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  • Summary: Ghost Trick is a story of mystery and intrigue that blends fun logic puzzles with the world of the supernatural, making for an entirely new and unique experience in the handheld gaming space. Part adventure game, part puzzle game, Ghost Trick's gameplay will challenge player's brains whileGhost Trick is a story of mystery and intrigue that blends fun logic puzzles with the world of the supernatural, making for an entirely new and unique experience in the handheld gaming space. Part adventure game, part puzzle game, Ghost Trick's gameplay will challenge player's brains while its distinct art elements and character designs will deliver the fun. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. Jan 24, 2011
    100
    Shu Takumi reasserts himself as an articulator of good storylines inserted into an innovative gameplay.
  2. Jan 26, 2011
    90
    Ghost Trick: Detective Fantasma is a great adventure game with a strong personality, an awsome look and pretty dialogs. The original gameplay is able to keep the interest constantly alive, but the lack of variety and the trial and error mechanics could be a problem for someone.
  3. Mar 7, 2011
    90
    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.
  4. Jan 24, 2011
    84
    Funny gameplay, interesting story and rich characters. Ghost Trick is a mysterious and grateful videogame.
  5. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    I wouldn't suggest purchasing a DS for Ghost Trick - it isn't a system seller. While it's definitely worth experiencing, it is more a story than a game and while I've reread plenty of my favourite books more than once, some time needs to pass before I can.
  6. 80
    One of the most original games we've seen in a long while. You play as a ghost, tasked with solving your own murder case, and in the process saving witnesses and others from the same potential fate by manipulating the enviroment in the precious few minutes before their would-be killer tries to take their life. The puzzles often border on genius and will challenge your imagination regularly. A well-thought out and well-executed puzzle game.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. Dec 19, 2011
    10
    Great game. A interesting mystery story. A good system to resolve enigmas. Good visuals and very charismatic characters. I recommend toGreat game. A interesting mystery story. A good system to resolve enigmas. Good visuals and very charismatic characters. I recommend to everyone this game. Expand
  2. 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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  3. Feb 27, 2013
    10
    This game is perfection in it's genre.
    Great concept, gorgeous art, fun gameplay, deep story with gazillion plot twists and rewarding ending.
    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.
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  4. Jan 13, 2011
    10
    There is thousands of puzzlers on the ds, but none of them are as unique as this brilliant title. Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective starts withThere 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
  5. Mar 5, 2011
    10
    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 drawsOne 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
  6. Jun 15, 2014
    9
    The game is beautiful in almost every way, and if you have the money, buy it. It is not the longest game in history, but it makes you feel soThe game is beautiful in almost every way, and if you have the money, buy it. It is not the longest game in history, but it makes you feel so many emotions. I'm not gonna say anything else. Expand
  7. Mar 24, 2011
    4
    I was really disappointed with this game given its quite high user reviews. The flow is terrible you are constantly having to click on dialogI 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. Expand

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#4 Most Discussed DS Game of 2011
#4 Most Shared DS Game of 2011