• Publisher: Atlus
  • Release Date: Oct 24, 2006
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. I understand that the slow-paced adventure gameplay isn't for everyone, but there is so much to love here that I firmly urge each and every one of you reading this right now to open your mind and try it for yourself.
  2. 80
    A unique little adventure game with loads of style, fun characters, and plenty of charm.
  3. Touch Detective’s old-school, slow-paced gameplay may not be for everyone, but fans of the genre will enjoy the quirky aesthetic and witty story.
  4. All but the most hardcore adventure gamers or those totally smitten by the art style and characters will easily bore of the game halfway through the second case.
  5. 75
    For those looking for a nostalgic adventure game experience, you'll be pleasantly surprised, at least in function. For anyone else, Touch Detective offers a quirky and off-kilter, albeit short and at times frustrating, adventure.
  6. 71
    Despite the relative brevity of the experience, I can honestly say that Touch Detective is an excellent game to go through... but only once. It's disappointing that the game is so short, because the eccentric cases and endearing cast just deserve to have more than just a brief few hours in the spotlight.
  7. Atlus did an excellent job further augmenting this with another great, humorous localization: whoever came up with the unexpected and hilarious, "Murder case! Woot!" remark should be applauded.
  8. It's also fun, with a story is further shows the potential of the Nintendo DS as the new home for adventure gaming. That's the good part. The bad part is that the game only features four cases and a handful of forgettable side stories, with very little replay value.
  9. Touch Detective definitely stacks up in the same category as the Phoenix Wright games, by being a game that is fun for being a well written, quirky title and not for blowing stuff up endlessly.
  10. Touch Detective is packed with such funny dialgue and stylistic quirk that it may take a few hours to realize that it isn't a very good game. [Nov. 2006, p.146]
  11. Mystery Detective looks great but is lacking in the gameplay department because the puzzles are often too obscure to be worked out properly. Trial-and-error isn't much fun. [May 2007, p.84]
  12. 65
    Just don't expect it to change the way you look at games and I think you'll really get a kick out of it.
  13. Touch Detective is packed with goofy characters and funny dialogue, but its overly opaque adventure game puzzle designs prevent it from being much fun.
  14. Experienced gamers will probably look for more than what Touch Detective has to offer--both in story and gameplay--but Touch Detective will be a nice diversion for the younger set. [Dec. 2006, p.109]
  15. 60
    Point and click newbies may find some of the puzzles challenging but most people will be wishing for more adventure and depth to Touch Detective.
  16. It will tide you over until "Phoenix Wright 2" comes out, but it's nothing special.
  17. An occasionally amusing game that can at times be involving.
  18. 55
    The package is littered with confusing puzzles, uninformative AI, and an overall shallow experience that will have players wandering the town more than using their head, and it won’t take long for the novelty of the game to wear very, very thin.
  19. 55
    Touch Detective's greatest failing -- winning is rarely a rewarding experience.
  20. Funny and frustrating in equal measures. [January 2007, p.77]
  21. I am certainly a big fan of the game's vibrant, anime-inspired graphics, but with no replay value and a lot of frustrating, nonsensical puzzles, Touch Detective isn't quite worth solving. [Nov. 2006, p.141]
  22. There’s no visual distinction between what is and isn’t interactive – and the fact that some items are ridiculously small and innocuous brings much gritting of teeth. [Jan 2007, p.102]
  23. 40
    Touch Detective has great stylized graphics, interesting-looking characters, a simple interface, and humorous writing, but it all adds up to nothing when the core storyline and gameplay are so lackadaisical.
  24. Touch Detective is terrible in all the ways that make an adventure-puzzler (like the aforementioned Phoenix Wright, or Monkey Island, or Grim Fandango, or etc.) worth its salt. Go spend your £20 on Cluedo, because at least then you're controlling the pathfinding.

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