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  • Summary: As Tim Goodman, you will partner with a self-proclaimed "great detective" Pikachu to solve strange occurrences all over Ryme City. Together you must investigate, take notes, and meet up with other Pokémon to unravel the city's greatest mysteries. Tim is searching for his missing father inAs Tim Goodman, you will partner with a self-proclaimed "great detective" Pikachu to solve strange occurrences all over Ryme City. Together you must investigate, take notes, and meet up with other Pokémon to unravel the city's greatest mysteries. Tim is searching for his missing father in Ryme City, but instead encounters a witty, tough-talking Pikachu! Along the way, experience over 150 fun-filled animated cutscenes starring this unique Pikachu, providing helpful hints or talking up a storm. You can also tap the extra-large Detective Pikachu amiibo™ figure to access all cutscenes up until the current chapter played. As you investigate crime scenes, gather testimonies, uncover information, and interact with Pokémon to solve cases. You’ll have to put your detective skills to the test to foil the mastermind behind the disturbances in Ryme City. All in a day's work for detective Pikachu. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. Mar 27, 2018
    85
    Detective Pikachu is a surprisingly charming Telltale-like game filled with humor, twists, and a sassy electric rodent. More than a mish-mash of minigames, it's a shockingly solid title with first-class voice acting.
  2. Mar 29, 2018
    80
    Detective Pikachu is simply a delightful time and shows that there is a lot that can be done with the Pokémon world outside of training to be the very best.
  3. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Apr 28, 2018
    77
    Pikachu is shown as an assertive man who can’t live without his espresso, loves to crack jokes and speaks in deep baritone of a hard-boiled detective. In short, he’s charismatic to the point of instantly becoming one of the best characters Nintendo ever made. [Issue#229, p.58]
  4. Mar 22, 2018
    70
    Detective Pikachu is an above average point-and-click style game wrapped with a great lead character in Detective Pikachu. The heart and the humour of the story more than make up for any clunkiness in the game’s mechanics and a slow start. Fun for everyone, let’s bring on the movie.
  5. Apr 17, 2018
    70
    While it may feel too simple at moments and its gameplay not as varied as it would be expected, it's a good departure from the Pokémon world for one of its most recognizable characters and one which will be a pleasant surprise for many.
  6. Mar 30, 2018
    70
    Detective Pikachu is a weird entry in the Pokémon franchise, especially because it somehow works: this crazy noir version of Pikachu is brilliant, however we can't tell the same about the game itself.
  7. Mar 30, 2018
    50
    Pikachu’s detective career never manages to capitalise on an ok start, and ultimately nothing is discovered when you scratch beneath the surface.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 2 out of 26
  1. Mar 23, 2018
    10
    The pinnacle of human invention, Detective Pikachu bestows meaning upon my empty life. I was initially disappointed that Danny DeVito didn'tThe pinnacle of human invention, Detective Pikachu bestows meaning upon my empty life. I was initially disappointed that Danny DeVito didn't voice Pikachu, but being honest with myself, we as a race couldn't handle it. If there's any criticism to be made, the part where Detective Pikachu waterboarded Charmander in an attempt to extract info on the whereabouts of Boss Muk was arguably a bit much. Expand
  2. Aug 3, 2018
    10
    We now know God exists. I sunk a good amount of time into this game, and there's enough innuendo to appeal to older folks.
  3. May 20, 2018
    10
    Simple, yet fun and with an engaging plot. As long as you enjoy lighthearted adventures and is in the right mood, this game is 100% recommendable.
  4. Nov 15, 2019
    8
    You won't be surprised by any twist.
    No riddle will challenge you.
    However, you'll watch it like a TV series with a relaxing and nice story.
  5. Mar 24, 2018
    8
    Detective Pikachu is an easy game, that's for sure, but it's also quite decent! I am actually very surprised with it. It has many funnyDetective Pikachu is an easy game, that's for sure, but it's also quite decent! I am actually very surprised with it. It has many funny situations, and cases, while sometimes predictable, are also fun to follow and make you want to get to the very end of them. There is a big number of Pokémon, and the interaction with them is well made. That's one of my favourite parts of the game, the interaction with this world of Pokémon, one of the most realistic worlds of Pokémon we have ever seen. Detective Pikachu is quite the character as well, he is constantly making jokes. And graphics, for a 3DS, are nice.

    This game is very enjoyable for any Pokémon fan, and is a great way for younger players to get introduced to graphic adventure games. This is something we are seeing in Nintendo these days a lot, they are making many games that, while enjoyable for everyone, can introduce younger players to certain genres. For example, Miitopia does that with RPGs, and Kirby Star Allies does that as well with platform games.

    All in all, a quite decent game, a good surprise for me, wasn't expecting anything of it but I am having fun! It can get a bit repetitive, and it's easy, but the ideas are good, and I actually want Nintendo to keep evolving this Detective Pikachu saga with future games!
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  6. Sep 18, 2019
    7
    A fun game but it got boring at a few times. I would say watch the movie instead of play this.
  7. Apr 26, 2019
    3
    Even though the pokemon characters are used brilliantly, the pacing is insanely slow, ultimately rendering the game intolerable. I came to theEven though the pokemon characters are used brilliantly, the pacing is insanely slow, ultimately rendering the game intolerable. I came to the table WANTING to love the game, painfully made it halfway through, then, with a sigh of relief tinged with disappointment, removed the cartridge from my 3DS Expand

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