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  • Summary: Ghost Trick is a story of mystery and intrigue that blends fun logic puzzles with the world of the supernatural, making for an entirely new and unique experience in the handheld gaming space. Part adventure game, part puzzle game, Ghost Trick's gameplay will challenge player's brains whileGhost Trick is a story of mystery and intrigue that blends fun logic puzzles with the world of the supernatural, making for an entirely new and unique experience in the handheld gaming space. Part adventure game, part puzzle game, Ghost Trick's gameplay will challenge player's brains while its distinct art elements and character designs will deliver the fun. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
  1. Jan 24, 2011
    100
    Shu Takumi reasserts himself as an articulator of good storylines inserted into an innovative gameplay.
  2. Jan 26, 2011
    90
    Ghost Trick: Detective Fantasma is a great adventure game with a strong personality, an awsome look and pretty dialogs. The original gameplay is able to keep the interest constantly alive, but the lack of variety and the trial and error mechanics could be a problem for someone.
  3. Mar 7, 2011
    90
    Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a fantastic combination of absurd Japanese humor and point and click mechanics. It's filled to the brim with charm, good laughs and brilliant puzzles that will keep you locked to the screen for hours on end.
  4. Jan 24, 2011
    84
    Funny gameplay, interesting story and rich characters. Ghost Trick is a mysterious and grateful videogame.
  5. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    I wouldn't suggest purchasing a DS for Ghost Trick - it isn't a system seller. While it's definitely worth experiencing, it is more a story than a game and while I've reread plenty of my favourite books more than once, some time needs to pass before I can.
  6. 80
    One of the most original games we've seen in a long while. You play as a ghost, tasked with solving your own murder case, and in the process saving witnesses and others from the same potential fate by manipulating the enviroment in the precious few minutes before their would-be killer tries to take their life. The puzzles often border on genius and will challenge your imagination regularly. A well-thought out and well-executed puzzle game.
  7. Jan 11, 2011
    60
    The character animations are incredibly fluid and impressive, and several of their conversations are good for a chuckle. Unfortunately, these scattered bits of life aren't enough to bring Sissel's adventure back from the dead.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 51
  2. Negative: 6 out of 51
  1. Jan 23, 2012
    10
    This game is so good it surprised me, even if I already knew it had to be good I didn't expect it to be SO good. The game is entertaining fromThis game is so good it surprised me, even if I already knew it had to be good I didn't expect it to be SO good. The game is entertaining from start to end, with so many twists and turns it will let you wanting for more and more as the chapters flow by and the mystery unravels. Animation-wise it is simply splendid, the pixel graphics are gorgeous and the music incredibly fitting. The game also makes great use of chromostereopsis, especially in the ghost world, to give a sense of depth that those who perceive the effect to a great extent (like myself) will double their enjoyment of the title. Gameplay stays fresh and satisfying for the whole duration. If I had to find a defect, if we want to call it so, it's its strict linearity; you are rarely given an opportunity to explore and look for clues on yourself, instead the characters themselves give so many hints you will want to cover your eyes to leave the surprise unspoiled. Anyway this is a minor flaw and it leaves the game a true gem. Expand
  2. Jan 13, 2011
    10
    Shu Takumi might have topped Phoenix Wright. The writing is sheer perfection, seemingly simple at first until it starts revealing the tricksShu Takumi might have topped Phoenix Wright. The writing is sheer perfection, seemingly simple at first until it starts revealing the tricks up its sleeve. The gameplay is quite clever and adds more elements both without ever running out of ideas before introducing them and building the story tremendously. The last several hours feature so many twists that the story and puzzles mesh, putting emotion into rotating a piston or opening a trashcan so that you aren't merely completing a level but saving the lives of characters you actually care about.

    The only possible way for Takumi to improve the experiences he's created is to somehow expand the gameplay elements while keeping the size and sweep of the story intact. Until then, the next iterations of Ace Attorney and Ghost Trick will be warmly welcomed.
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  3. Mar 7, 2019
    10
    Underrated joy of the DS. 10/10 Story 10/10 Art 10/10 Character 10/10 Music
  4. Jun 6, 2011
    10
    One of the, if not, THE best DS game of all time. With a stellar plot, lovable characters and charming gameplay, this game is an absoluteOne of the, if not, THE best DS game of all time. With a stellar plot, lovable characters and charming gameplay, this game is an absolute masterpiece. Capcom.... RELEASE THIS ON THE IOS IN NORTH AMERICA!!!!!... Please? Expand
  5. Feb 27, 2013
    10
    This game is perfection in it's genre.
    Great concept, gorgeous art, fun gameplay, deep story with gazillion plot twists and rewarding ending.
    This game is perfection in it's genre.
    Great concept, gorgeous art, fun gameplay, deep story with gazillion plot twists and rewarding ending.
    One of the best games for DS.
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  6. Jul 20, 2014
    9
    Hmn, so this is what the spirit realm is like?

    From the same devs as Phoenix Wright, comes this little charmer. GHOST TRICK! You play as
    Hmn, so this is what the spirit realm is like?

    From the same devs as Phoenix Wright, comes this little charmer. GHOST TRICK!
    You play as a spirit who has a lost memory, and you work through the game to find out who you are. Such a story based game may put a few people off, but it IS a good one.

    Gameplay is much like Phoenix Wright, as in you solve simple puzzles. Much like said game, there is usually only one solution, so you repeat until that has been solved. Puzzles are solved by "possessing" things, but your power is not strong, so you can mostly just slightly move things. Another character you come across can "swap" objects around with the same shape.

    The game plays more like an interactive story book, so if mad action is what you're searching for, you won't find it. Zip.
    You could finish it very quickly if you skipped story and knew all the puzzles, but it took me around 25-30 hours to complete.

    Where the game EXCELS in is its story. You follow a spirit trying to regain its memory, but you only have until midnight- or you die! Following the story, you develop an attachment to the other characters, who are all incredibly well thought out. Each has their own style, noone is generic.

    Graphics are also beautiful. So pleasurable to the eye. The way that the cop in white dances around whilst walking. Animation and graphics style works so well on a system as old as the NDS.

    Lets put all the people who like action movies like "Terminator 4", or "AVP" onto one side, then put something like "Bladerunner" on the other.
    Them who like story driven narrative (Bladerunner) will love this.
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  7. Dec 28, 2021
    0
    The game is **** because the plot taking place in the game is complete nonsense, the music, and indeed the whole soundtrack itself, does notThe game is **** because the plot taking place in the game is complete nonsense, the music, and indeed the whole soundtrack itself, does not cling. It feels like the game was created for consoles after the next generation of video game consoles. Since the game has realistic motion animations. But why for after the next generation of consoles, the answer is simple, PIXELS! From the Nintendo DS hardware, the game pulls out all the juices, which makes the game look like some kind of unfinished. Expand

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#3 Most Discussed DS Game of 2011
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#4 Most Shared DS Game of 2011