Touch Detective DS


Mixed or average reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
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  1. 55
    Touch Detective's greatest failing -- winning is rarely a rewarding experience.
  2. AceGamez
    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.
  3. It will tide you over until "Phoenix Wright 2" comes out, but it's nothing special.
  4. 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.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    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]
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Game Informer
    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]
  9. 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.
  10. games(TM)
    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]
  11. Touch Detective is packed with goofy characters and funny dialogue, but its overly opaque adventure game puzzle designs prevent it from being much fun.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. An occasionally amusing game that can at times be involving.
  18. netjak
    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.
  19. Nintendo Gamer
    Funny and frustrating in equal measures. [January 2007, p.77]
  20. Nintendo Power
    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]
  21. 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.
  22. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    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]
  23. 80
    A unique little adventure game with loads of style, fun characters, and plenty of charm.
  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.

Awards & Rankings

#48 Most Discussed DS Game of 2006
#17 Most Shared DS Game of 2006
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. BobR.
    Jan 25, 2007
    Not at all as bad as some would have you believe, this game mixes traditional point-and-click gameplay with some utterly charming art Not at all as bad as some would have you believe, this game mixes traditional point-and-click gameplay with some utterly charming art direction, wacky humor and puzzles that only rarely reach frustrating. my main criticism is that it is too short! i ripped through all four cases in only a couple of sessions, although the bonus case is a little nicety. I get the feeling from some of the more negative reviews that they didn't find it so easy... I give it a B. Full Review »
  2. Diesel360
    Jan 19, 2007
    Classic Point - n - Click Adventuring comes to the DS. Touch Detective boasts responsive controls, w/ a styus only interface, that work quite Classic Point - n - Click Adventuring comes to the DS. Touch Detective boasts responsive controls, w/ a styus only interface, that work quite well on the DS touch screen. The graphics are crisp and clean with a nice sense of style that matches the quirky gameplay nicely. If your looking for a take along game reminisent of some of the early Monkey Island stuff - then, look no further. Full Review »
  3. RobertJ.
    Oct 24, 2006
    Incredible graphics! I couldn't stop laughing at the dialogue! A true point and click adventure game and a must buy!