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  • Summary: (Known in the UK/EU as "Mystery Detective") After her father unexpectedly passes away, Mackenzie inherits the family business: a renowned
    detective agency in a fantastic world of mystery and intrigue. With the aid of her investigative
    assistant Funghi and her faithful servant Cromwell,
    Mackenzie sets off to prove herself worthy of
    being called... the Touch Detective. With the DS stylus, players can guide Mackenzie through crime scenes, talk to witnesses, and discover new evidence. Touching mysterious objects, people, or places allows essential case cracking clues to develop. The dual screens also enable players to simultaneously view clues, inventory, and maps throughout investigations. Features four thrilling full-length episodes with an additional 20 mini-quests. Gather evidence, question witnesses, and wrack your brain to crack the case! [Atlus Software]
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. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. It will tide you over until "Phoenix Wright 2" comes out, but it's nothing special.
  5. Touch Detective is packed with goofy characters and funny dialogue, but its overly opaque adventure game puzzle designs prevent it from being much fun.
  6. 55
    Touch Detective's greatest failing -- winning is rarely a rewarding experience.
  7. 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. 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!
  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 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. Expand
  3. 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 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. Collapse