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05 July 2011

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective [DS]

Plot Synopsis: 8/10
Ghost Trick is, at its core, a murder mystery. However, you are the victim. As your spirit leaves your body, not only do you realize that you've lost your memory, but you also learn, through the help of what appears to be a talking lamp named Ray, that you have special abilities that you can use to avert people's fates. Except your own, of course. That would be far too simple. You learn this as you witness another woman get murdered after checking your corpse for signs of life. Thus, you decide to use your newfound abilities to rewind time and avert her fate, saving her life, in the hopes that doing so may help you to learn who you are and why you were killed. Solving the mystery starts there.
I'll give the plot an 8 out of 10. It's relatively original, and it does have a few plot twists that I legitimately did not see coming at all.

Game Play: 9/10
Ghost Trick's game play is quite simple, really. The player simply has to mash the A button to get through the cutscenes between puzzles, then drag the main character's spirit from one object to another, interacting with some objects on the way, in order to get to change enough things around that a given character's fate is averted. The complexity comes from determining what exactly needs to be done in order to avert the particular character's fate in the first place.
I'll give it a 9 out of 10, for having just the right amount of simplicity and difficulty.

Graphics: 7/10
The graphics are alright. Not spectacular, but I've seen far, far worse. They're fairly simple, and have a distinctly cartoony look to them. Some characters have blue skin. Others have purple skin. It's a bit unrealistic, to say the least, but still looks interesting. Things are easy enough to read to make it through the game without too many issues.
I'll give the graphics a 7 out of 10. I'd consider them to be slightly above average.

Audio: 6/10
There is no voice acting in this game. The music, much like the graphics, are adequate, but nothing spectacular. The songs are well written, and fit the scenes, but are easily forgettable.
I'll give the audio a 6 out of 10. The music is okay, and no voice acting is better than bad voice acting, but nothing about it jumps out at me.

Overall Score: 7.5/10
This game is a lot of fun. The pace keeps you wanting to play. Each chapter is short enough to get through without it feeling tedious. The story keeps you guessing. All in all, I found the game to be entertaining, and well worth playing.

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