Miami Law DS

Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14
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  1. In spite of all the similarities, Miami Law turned out to be a better game than Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles—but not by much. Miami Law has higher production values and a more ambitious scope, but overall these games share a surprising number of pitfalls, which leaves me wondering who they were designed for.
  2. Five missions offer a solid amount of play time, but you won’t want to be revisiting this drama when it’s all said and done.
  3. 50
    Weighing in at five cases, Miami Law isn't a terribly long game nor is it terribly original, but for what it is -- a rather mindless police point and click -- it's a decent enough adventure.
  4. Games Master UK
    50
    If you want to play cop on your DS, try to Import "Tokyo Beat Down" instead. [Oct 2009, p.80]
  5. Miami Law is a simple, short, and thoroughly ridiculous buddy-cop graphic adventure steeped in mediocrity.
  6. Miami Law isn't horrible. But its fast-paced 24-style plot just doesn’t mesh with the slow and methodical gameplay found in point-and-click titles like these.
  7. Miami Law provides some solid old school adventuring and a few decent mini-games, but the plot is generic and the gameplay doesn’t stand out enough to make it recommendable over other similar DS titles.
  8. Miami Law could have been an edge-of-your-seat adventure game, a mash-up of 24 and Hotel Dusk. Unfortunately it takes too long getting to the point and is rarely fun along the way.
  9. Nintendo Gamer
    50
    A package riddled with niggles. [Sept 2009, p.69]
  10. Nintendo Power
    30
    Adventure games could get away with cheap trial-and-error challenges 20-odd years ago, but that definitely doesn't wash anymore. [July 2009, p.89]
  11. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    67
    It's not terrible, just awkward. [Oct 2009, p.84]
  12. As digital comics go, I had a lot of fun with Miami Law. Though it's a little rough around the edges at times and could have been longer, it has a lot going for it and doesn't let up once the story kicks into gear.
  13. 66
    It's fun, but incredibly flawed. As long as it's taken as such, fans of the adventure genre will probably have fun playing it like I did.
  14. Miami Law is certainly an acquired taste. It's not a visually stunning game and the sound, or lack thereof, leaves something to be desired.

Awards & Rankings

69
#69 Most Discussed DS Game of 2009
User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 31, 2012
    7
    Not a great game, but deserves a good score. Why? Because of the idea itself and the effort! First of all, something, anything, is good or atNot a great game, but deserves a good score. Why? Because of the idea itself and the effort! First of all, something, anything, is good or at least better when it does what it is supposed to do, looks like it's supposed to look, feels like it should/wants you to feel. That said, this game tried to evoke that feeling of almost stereotypically american police dramas, the ones I'd usually see on early mornings when at home from school such as Nash Bridges or whatever. I'd say it did a pretty good job! They even hired a group of musicians from Miami to give a better feel of the setting! I honestly had a hard time believing the producers were japanese, who are notorious for misinterpreting foreign cultures in videogames!

    As for the gameplay, the base is basically a graphic novel, during which you'll be able to make choices both to change how the story will go, both to determine a game over or not, both to just choose to see a different point of view: in fact, it is kinda cool how they managed to integrate the clichè of the action cop and the cop who uses his (in this case her) brains and translate it into the game mechanic of "choose if you want to shoot the bad guys with the guy or stay here and hack a system by solving a puzzle with the gal".

    Which brings me to the main point of the game: the action segments. Action segments in a graphic novel! Like, Phoenix Wright but with guns every once in a while! And there are branched story patterns with different endings in something as plot-centered as a graphic novel! Should be an utopia to put together plot, action and replayability in such a way... so, awesome! Right?!

    Well, not really. Actually, the game doesn't excel in neither the graphic novels aspect nor the action one. It's not bad, but not terribly good either. Even the puzzles are average with the occasional added difficulty of time limit, which again is good for the setting the team was going for, as it emulates those kind of last-second bomb disposals typical of cop dramas.

    So overall, I think the idea was very, very good, and I hope this doesn't come off as an ignorant comment, since maybe there are plenty of games like this but better and I am not aware, but I haven't seen many. While it's not a game I would properly recommend, it certainly is a genre of game I would like to see more often. But that's not enough to justify a 7 alone, so again I'll say that the setting really "felt right", whatever that means, and also that the graphics and music are good and overall the game experience is not bad as the reviewers score make it seem. I'd say try it if it's free or cheap, but even if it's great that they tried to throw in replayability in such a kind of game where it is difficult to, don't expect to be in the mood to replay it ever, and don't expect a terribly long playthrought either.
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  2. KeiUchiha
    Aug 16, 2009
    8
    I think this is game is pretty good. It combines the story with fun mini-games. The Graffics are comic-type most time, but mini.games areI think this is game is pretty good. It combines the story with fun mini-games. The Graffics are comic-type most time, but mini.games are usually in 3D. It's a little bit short, but looking for all the endings(almost unlimited) make it longer. The story is like a Thriller film, you never know what's gonna happen. The music is correct and make you feel in the 80s. It's a good game if you like thriller and policial films. Full Review »