Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
Buy On
  1. The story is deep and well thought out, the script at times dark, at times humorous, but always entertaining.
  2. 90
    Invested Phoenix fans get five well-written, twist-filled cases to end a trilogy that unquestionably deserves a seat right next to titans like Maniac Mansion and the Space Quest series. Just make sure you play the first two Ace Attorneys first -- this is one courtroom you shouldn't enter unprepared.
  3. This is by far the deepest, darkest game in the series, yet the superb writing means that it will also be the funniest you'll encounter.
  4. While Capcom is known for milking its franchises, Trials and Tribulations is not a mindless sequel. You'll cheer. You'll boo. You might even yell, "Objection!" The first entry is still the best, at least in English, but the final Phoenix Wright game definitely surpasses the second.
  5. The third game in the much-loved lawyer-sim series makes a watertight case for classic status.
  6. The story is phenomenal, the music is some of the best, and it leaves Phoenix Wright and friends off on a spectacular note.
  7. 90
    The Ace Attorney series has got increasingly better with each entry and the conclusion to the Phoenix Wright trilogy ties all plot threads together so seamlessly it makes this a must-have for those who became engrossed with the first two.
  8. Games Master UK
    The best Ace Attorney game by miles - just play 1 & 2 first! [May 2008, p.89]
  9. It's been a great run; court is adjourned.
  10. 86
    It ranks as my favorite installment in the trilogy. The gameplay brought nothing new to the table, but playing it for the plot and characters has left me more than satisfied.
  11. 85
    Why complain if “more of the same” is serving up consistent goodness?
  12. Nintendo Power
    Phoenix Wright lays down the law for the third time in two years, and the outcome is no different from before: we've got another excellent DS graphic-text adventure on our hands. [Dec 2007, p.85]
  13. Trials and Tribulations is a great ending to the trilogy. The gameplay is no different and may have gotten easier, but it's easily the best plot yet in a Phoenix Game. The final case is the best case yet in the series.
  14. While it doesn’t do anything differently, if you enjoyed the first two Phoenix Wright games you’ll surely want to pick up the latest installment for more old-school adventure goodness with the same quirky sense of humor and quality writing.
  15. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Familiar gameplay, but the finely crafted stories make this the best game in the series. [Nov 2008, p.86]
  16. Knowing that the next game in this series will star a new up-and-coming defense attorney, Trials & Tribulations is a fun and fitting farewell to Phoenix and company. [Nov 2007, p.162]
  17. Although Trials and Tribulations is essentially the same gameplay as the previous games, let’s admit it…the series is innovative. Who would have thought that the courtroom could be entertaining, better yet enjoyable?
  18. Nintendo Gamer
    The best in the series. [Dec 2007, p.68]
  19. Though it's probably not the best game in the series, Trials and Tribulations could not have ended up any better than it is and it's a fantastic final hurrah for everybody's favorite defense attorney.
  20. Although Trials and Tribulations doesn’t present anything new to the series, it helps to close out one of the greatest video game trilogies in recent memory.
  21. The last game in the Phoenix Wright's trilogy gives us the opportunity to discover five new cases in a very conservative title that lacks any other kind of innovations. It's basically an expansion from the original Phoenix Wright videogame, but it's also a great time to discover the past about the lawyer and his mentor, Mia Fey.
  22. A classic case of it "if it isn't broke, don't fix it", Trials and Tribulations carries on the series' high quality and is a fitting end to the trilogy, but it won't convert anyone waiting for the series to break out of its somewhat rigid menu-driven process of elimination.
  23. The premise may seem downright ridiculous and this is reinforced by the witty, pun-filled dialogue bursting with enough memorable and laugh-out-loud quotes to inflame one's haemorrhoids. The actual cases themselves can, however, be quite sombre and very touching at times – sure, you will laugh, but you may also shed a tear.
  24. It's a 9-flavoured 8, but again the mechanics of the court sequences are often so stupidly frustrating that it would be wrong to mark any higher.
  25. If you like the first two games (even mildly), there's no need to plead a case. Go get it.
  26. AceGamez
    The brilliant conclusion that the trilogy needed.
  27. 80
    It's by no means the end of the Ace Attorney series, but in regard to tying up loose ends and leaving the game's rabid fans happy, it's the best in the series so far.
  28. games(TM)
    Capcom’s writer-translators have crafted a cast of believable characters to root for, two utterly detestable villains, and a script so dramatic and humorous that you’ll wish every game had this much care poured into it. [Dec 2007, p.116]
  29. 80
    If anything, Trials and Tribulations is guilty of just being the "same old thing". After all, the formula hasn't really changed whatsoever from what was present in the first two games, aside from some tweaks to the defense system.
  30. 80
    It'd be interesting to see what would happen if Capcom took this same mechanic and setup and actually created courtroom dramas that weren't goofy and crazy. Nevertheless, one has to appreciate Phoenix Wright just for the fairly unique niche it holds in the videogame space.
  31. 80
    [Trials and Tribulations] much like the titles that preceded it, is fueled by a quirky and colorful cast that you'll remember long after the experience is over.
  32. Trials and Tribulations is at the least as good as its predecessor. Although technically nothing has changed, you still get pulled into the game. Gamers with experience in the series will, without a doubt, enjoy Trials and Tribulations.
  33. This is the last entry of the original Phoenix Wright trilogy. It includes all-new runabouts that are set in the past and present of the ace attorney. The story is very well-driven, and it links every character in the game with each other, leading to a great conclusion. Sure, it's not the best DS game at a technical level, but it offers everything that we want in a Phoenix Wright game: it's fun, big, interesting and charming.
  34. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Phoenix Wright latecomers risk confusion, but invested fans get a well-plotted conclusion to the trilogy--and that's what's important. [Dec 2007, p.126]
  35. Taken as a whole, the experience has been incredible for both developers and gamers. While it lacks captivating gameplay mechanics, the series brings a novel premise, sharp visual and musical presentation, great story and top-notch localization, creating a franchise that doesn't need trendy themes like war mongering.
  36. 77
    Trials and Tribulations, being stylistically identical to the first two games, will appeal to those who have enjoyed the series thus far. For them, it’s a must-own. For others, however, be warned. There’s no action here. This is a game where you read -- a lot -- and must make choices based on wit and thought.
  37. Trials and Tribulations is yet another enjoyable Phoenix Wright game--just don't expect anything new.
  38. 75
    The courtroom antics of Phoenix Wright are well worth the trip, even if the formula hasn't changed.
  39. As an end cap, the game does its job beautifully, wrapping up the Phoenix Wright series, yet at the same time allowing for characters to, hopefully, make an appearance in Capcom’s upcoming Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney game.
  40. 75
    Fans of the game will get it for sure because it successfully continues the overall hilarious plot that makes the series so great and it does bring the trilogy to a close with a nice bang.
  41. The music is also wonderful, giving the extra detail to each character that makes them even more memorable.

Awards & Rankings

#5 Most Discussed DS Game of 2007
#59 Most Shared DS Game of 2007
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 193 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 193
  1. Cynthia
    May 10, 2009
    All three games were wonderful, but Trails and Tribulations is simply the best game in the series. The music was good, the cases were All three games were wonderful, but Trails and Tribulations is simply the best game in the series. The music was good, the cases were interesting, and the characters were like always entertaiming. I really enjoyed it! I almost cried at the end because it was the last game of Phoenix Wright. I really did. Almost. But...! You really have to play 1 & 2 first, or you don't get the whole story! It's a perfect end of the series, thanks, Capcom! Court is adjourned! Full Review »
  2. May 11, 2011
    Best of the trilogy. It's got fun, awesome cases and the end is a seriously intense rollercoaster. If you liked the first games be preparedBest of the trilogy. It's got fun, awesome cases and the end is a seriously intense rollercoaster. If you liked the first games be prepared to be blown away by this one! Full Review »
  3. ChrisA.
    Dec 26, 2007
    I have played all three Phoenix Wright games to the end, and I have to say that if this one is indeed the very last, it will be a sad time. A I have played all three Phoenix Wright games to the end, and I have to say that if this one is indeed the very last, it will be a sad time. A really great storyline that ties all three games together neatly, and it's just plain fun! Not many games have caught my attention so well like these have, and I'm not even fond of lawyer style games. Full Review »