Mixed or average reviews - based on 61 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
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  1. Mar 30, 2018
    Pikachu made a delightful Watson to my Holmes, full of genuine charm and laughs. I enjoyed exploring this Pokémon-filled world with a surly Pikachu so much that I almost didn’t care how we filled our time.
  2. Mar 30, 2018
    A simple puzzle adventure in a magnificent game world, representing a refreshing new way for the series.
  3. Mar 28, 2018
    A brand new world crammed with pokemon from seven generations who share their lives in harmony with humans. Pity that the lack of proper challenges leaves the impression that only true fans of Pokemon and family kids will fully enjoy the title.
  4. Mar 27, 2018
    This brand new entry to the Pokémon franchise feels fresh and captivating, but overall doesn't highlight anything in particular, making the general feeling just good and not as great as it could have been if the developer would have put more effort into its mechanics and gameplay.
  5. Jun 3, 2018
    Mainly geared to young and true fans of the franchise, Detective Pikachu is a neat and beautiful fresh take on the Pokémon universe.
  6. May 24, 2018
    Although Detective Pikachu unequivocally has a charming lead, it's ultimately a few sparks short of being a true bolt of brilliance.
  7. Apr 30, 2018
    An enjoyable interactive movie for kids. It‘s fun, just don‘t expect a proper adventure game out of this.
  8. NF Magazine
    Apr 25, 2018
    A great story for both Pokémon fans and mystery fans – of all ages! [Issue #33 – May/June 2018, p. 73]
  9. Apr 17, 2018
    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.
  10. Apr 10, 2018
    Détective Pikachu has a cool concept and a truly great title character. That being said, the game is way too easy for most players. But it can make a fun first Adventure game for young kids.
  11. Apr 8, 2018
    Detective Pikachu is a good game, friendly and entertaining, mainly focused for the little fans of Pokémon. It has a good sense of humor, but beyond that we are facing a very easy adventure that is not challenging.
  12. Apr 6, 2018
    A different approach to a Pokémon game in which Pikachu acts as the lead character. Puzzles and investigation in the same adventure.
  13. Apr 2, 2018
    A charming detective game that's perhaps a little too simplistic for its own good. Fans of Pokémon's fiction will lap it up, however, and in Detective Pikachu himself we have a new breakout star.
  14. Apr 2, 2018
    The game is packed full of humour, challenging puzzles, and an amusing pair of lead characters. It isn't without its faults, but there's enough here for an ultimately rewarding tale and the potential to develop the formula further in the future.
  15. Apr 2, 2018
    Though it may be short on depth, Detective Pikachu makes up for its lack of difficulty with a ton of personality and charm.
  16. Mar 30, 2018
    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.
  17. Mar 29, 2018
    A fresh Pokémon spin-off with an engaging story and simple gameplay mechanics. Maybe too simple and easy for seasoned players.
  18. Mar 28, 2018
    How anyone came up with the idea, let alone made it work, is baffling but this charming little mystery game is the most entertaining Pokémon spin-off in a long time.
  19. Mar 28, 2018
    The quirkiness, presentation, strong voice acting, and characters help push past the simplistic gameplay and the narrative the game tells is surprisingly engaging.
  20. Mar 28, 2018
    For kids and Pokemon fans, this game is sure to be a delight, but anyone wanting to get into the franchise should start with Sun and Moon.
  21. Mar 27, 2018
    Detective Pikachu ranks as one of the most interesting Pokémon spin-offs we’ve seen in years, and does an wonderful job of offering a fresh perspective on a world we’ve become almost uncomfortably familiar with in recent years. The lack of any real challenge is an issue – and one that seasoned gamers might find hard to stomach – but while it lasts, Detective Pikachu is quality entertainment that’s well written, brilliantly presented and sets the scene nicely for the upcoming Hollywood movie.
  22. Mar 22, 2018
    Detective Pikachu is a simple game. There's not much variety to the way you solve cases; the story follows a standard detective formula, and as long as you're thorough, you won't have too much trouble connecting the dots. But it's full of heart, and its silly characters and intentionally campy tone are what make it fun.
  23. Mar 22, 2018
    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.
  24. CD-Action
    Jul 6, 2018
    The attempt to tell a more mature story in the Pokémon universe is commendable and Pikachu is really cool as a bitter, hoarse-voiced detective, but the game itself is mediocre and despite its genre never treated me as an intelligent being. [06/2018, p.65]
  25. Apr 16, 2018
    Having no interest whatsoever for a seasoned gamer due to an absolute lack of challenge, Detective Pikachu is a rather pleasing game for kids that are taking their first steps into the world of videogames.
  26. Apr 6, 2018
    Detective Pikachu, as a character, is really quite special - but the game itself is unfortunately just not very much fun to play.
  27. Apr 4, 2018
    The investigation of our electric rodent turned out to be rather "elementary".
  28. Apr 2, 2018
    Detective Pikachu is a mystery game built for kids, and that is clear throughout, though adult gamers can still have fun with the mysteries and world of Pokémon. Simple, charming, though certainly far from essential.
  29. Mar 25, 2018
    Detective Pikachu had a lot of potential, but failed to deliver an awesome Pokémon experience. This game might be enjoyable if you are searching for a short game meant for the younger players. Otherwise this game is way too simplistic.
  30. Apr 1, 2018
    Detective Pikachu is a cute and fun little game but it only offers enough challenge to satisfy an elementary school student.
  31. Jul 15, 2018
    It’s a real shame the game’s intriguing cast of characters and witty scripting isn’t paired with inviting, challenging gameplay.
  32. Edge Magazine
    Apr 26, 2018
    Its lead's epiphanies - or 'bolts of brilliance' - are his most underwhelming moments. [June 2018, p.122]
  33. Apr 25, 2018
    Ultimately, I like the concept of Detective Pikachu and will likely see the movie when it releases, but hopefully the developers choose to challenge their audience a bit more with any potential sequel.
  34. Apr 3, 2018
    Detective Pikachu is a deceptively small game with simple cases and not a heck of a lot else. As someone whose detective itch is usually scratched by the Phoenix Wright games, this felt like solving the really easy introduction cases in each, rather than challenging logic and reason. It certainly has the presentation chops, but the people who’ll get the most out of Detective Pikachu are diehard Pokémon fans and younger gamers.
  35. Mar 28, 2018
    Detective Pikachu takes several steps away from the traditional Pokémon experience, with only a handful paying off. The beautiful imagery and distinct world-building will please any Pokémon fan, but the gameplay might leave them wanting more. While the point-and-click-style experience is a novel idea for the gameplay, it never manages to fully grab the player’s attention.
  36. Mar 22, 2018
    I wish the makers of Detective Pikachu made more bold choices, especially early on. I wish they would have infused every scene with even more personality. But when the plot works, it works. Reading-age kids will probably enjoy it, as will Pokémon diehards. But for everyone else, other games offer more pleasures more quickly and more often. Sorry, Detective. Maybe your story will turn out better on the big screen.
  37. Mar 22, 2018
    I want to see a lot more of Detective Pikachu despite my misgivings with his 3DS debut.
  38. games(TM)
    Apr 20, 2018
    A simplified spin-off that misses the mark. [Issue#199, p.79]
  39. Mar 30, 2018
    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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  1. Mar 23, 2018
    An entertaining slice of Pokémon sleuthing set within a vibrant version of the series' world. [Recommended]
  2. Mar 23, 2018
    There are no real stakes to any of the puzzles or exploration because your AI partners always know exactly what to do and the game seemingly always offers up the powers you need to solve any problems. If the game’s gimmick ends up doing this much damage to the design, I’d rather it not have a gimmick at all.
  3. Mar 29, 2018
    Detective Pikachu doesn’t offer an enormous amount of actual game to play, but what’s there is hugely charming and entertaining.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 126 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 126
  2. Negative: 21 out of 126
  1. Mar 23, 2018
    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. Full Review »
  2. Mar 23, 2018
    Good graphic adventure, good and interesting story for what Pokémon can be. Easy gameplay, sometimes repetitive, but acceptable. 8-9h longGood graphic adventure, good and interesting story for what Pokémon can be. Easy gameplay, sometimes repetitive, but acceptable. 8-9h long what its great for a game like that.

    It's a good game if you want to know about the story, and a good spin-off for the Pokémon saga. If you're a Pokémon fan, you should play it. You will like it.
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  3. Mar 30, 2018
    Enjoyable little game. Most likely aimed at the younger audience but older fans may also appreciate this.