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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (DS)

by Nintendo
Nintendo DS
 Ages 12 and Over
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Compelling and intriguing story, boasting great writing and characterisation
  • Enter the Ghost World to affect things in the living world
  • The game boasts a very distinctive visual style, bright block colours and cel shaded look, in motion the graphics are equally as charming with characters moving in a very lifelike way and quirky cartoon-like elements
  • Such as a dancing detective and in a later level a Heath Robinson / Rube Goldberg machine
  • The gameplay is like a puzzle, there is only one solution in each scenario and the player need to work which objects to manipulate and in the correct sequence to successfully open new paths of investigation. A secondary task is and need to watch what is happening and eavesdrop on people present to gather information
  • This in turn can also open other paths of investigation, such as new locations to travel to
  • The player can enter the Ghost World where the passage of time pauses with the "Ghost" option. Here he can possess objects by moving Sissel’s soul (a blue flame) onto the "core" of the object, these are white spots seen in objects, to possess them. The world is in red when in the Ghost World and only objects with cores can be possessed
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Nintendo DS
  • Media: Video Game

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  • ASIN: B004GHMKQK
  • Release Date: 14 Jan. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,015 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a story driven puzzle game where the player controls the ghost of the recently deceased protagonist to try to find out who murdered him; he has limited time as when the sunrises on the following morning he will cease to exist.

The game starts with the death of the protagonist, Sissel, who has lost his memory and has no idea who he is. The player then controls his soul to possess various unanimated objects to travel to various locations and eavesdrop on conversations of living people around him to gain clues about his missing identity and who murdered him.

Sissel can only travel a limited distance between objects, and possess selected items that have a “core”. Certain objects allow him to perform Tricks”, where Sissel can use the of the dead” to interact with the object, for example flip a switch or to open a door.

The player can travel to different locations of the city in which the story takes place by possessing telephones and “calling” the desired destination. Sissel cannot take control of living beings or dead bodies, however he can communicate with the souls of the recently deceased and witness the four minutes leading to the death, he can also act in those four minutes to try to change their fate.

The gameplay is puzzle based, but there are elements of timing and precision required. The player must perform Ghost Tricks on different items in the proper order and timing to affect what is happening in a scene. Another big part of the game mechanics consists of witnessing murders and the events leading to them and then trying to find an alternative chain of events that leads to a different outcome.

  • Compelling and intriguing story, boasting great writing and characterisation
  • Enter the Ghost World to affect things in the living world
  • The game boasts a very distinctive visual style, bright block colours and cel shade

Manufacturer's Description

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a story driven puzzle game where the player controls the ghost of the recently deceased protagonist to try to find out who murdered him; he has limited time as when the sunrises on the following morning he will cease to exist.

The game starts with the death of the protagonist, Sissel, who has lost his memory and has no idea who he is. The player then controls his soul to possess various unanimated objects to travel to various locations and eavesdrop on conversations of living people around him to gain clues about his missing identity and who murdered him.

Sissel can only travel a limited distance between objects, and possess selected items that have a “core”. Certain objects allow him to perform “Ghost Tricks”, where Sissel can use the “powers of the dead” to interact with the object, for example flip a switch or to open a door.

The player can travel to different locations of the city in which the story takes place by possessing telephones and “calling” the desired destination. Sissel cannot take control of living beings or dead bodies, however he can communicate with the souls of the recently deceased and witness the four minutes leading to the death, he can also act in those four minutes to try to change their fate.

The gameplay is puzzle based, but there are elements of timing and precision required. The player must perform Ghost Tricks on different items in the proper order and timing to affect what is happening in a scene. Another big part of the game mechanics consists of witnessing murders and the events leading to them and then trying to find an alternative chain of events that leads to a different outcome.


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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DS game for grown up kids! 15 Mar. 2011
By Riviley
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have often been disappointed with the "puzzle / logic" style games that get released on the DS - often they have too much linear question and answer and less interaction than I would wish for. Ace Attorney, whilst I enjoyed I became increasingly frustrated with the Cross Examination, scrolling through reams of dialogue until getting the right bits in order. Hotel Dusk, similarly held far too much dialogue and too little puzzle.
Ghost Trick is exactly the opposite - graphically it is far superior to anything else I have encountered on the DS, with the cartoon animation working perfectly with the storyline. The puzzles themselves, whilst not too strenuous, certainly allow for some thought before picking the correct chain of events. The dialogue adds value to the storyline as opposed to monopolising it.
If you, like me have been waiting for a game that has you thinking before making a decision, considering the outcome of your action before taking it; rather than pressing A over and over again; you will not be disappointed with this game.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful animation and superb level design 9 Mar. 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I can't speak highly enough about this game.

I don't normally have the patience to persevere with adventure games, so it takes a good one to hold my attention, but this is one of the best DS games I've ever played.

Think of it as the reverse of the 'Final Destination' movies, in that you get to set up a chain of events that usually leads to saving lives rather than ending them. The lives you're saving belong the characters in the game who then aid you in your quest to discover the truth about your own death.

Some of these set-ups are jaw-droppingly clever, so it's probably not suitable for younger children (unless they're pretty smart).

The animation and characterisation is stunning too - it's like watching a very quirky (but accessible) Anime cartoon.

Still playing it at the moment and really don't want it to end. It'll have a treasured place in my collection once I do though..

Buy it!
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possess this 17 Jan. 2011
By possessed.by.a.lemon TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
It's 2011 and Nintendo's next handheld, 3DS, is looming, but there's life in the old DS yet. The same can't be said for the protagonist of this new title from Shu Takumi, creator of the Ace Attorney series. Sissel wakes up dead with no memory of what happened or who he is (was). He is told that he has until dawn to discover the truth behind his murder and identity in his new but temporary ghostly form. As soon as the sun rises, his soul will disappear forever. I've had mornings like that.

The smartly written, engaging narrative and cast of Ghost Trick should turn a purchase into an instant no-brainer for Ace Attorney fans. That welcome familiarity is swapped for a pleasant change in direction where the gameplay is concerned. As Sissel you traverse the world by possessing inanimate objects and manipulating them to change fate. Not your own fate, but that of others. You'll encounter many sublimely animated and memorable characters throughout your adventure, some of whom are in peril. Well, peril isn't quite the word, they've just been murdered as well. But after seeing their gruesome and/or humorous deaths play out, Sissel can rewind time by four minutes in order to save them. This is where Ghost Trick transforms from adventure to puzzle. There are numerous objects on the screen and Sissel has to work out how to use them all in order to stop the murderers.

Should you go wrong, you have an infinite amount of chances to unwind time and try again without punishment. This is either a good or bad thing, depending on the individual player. It keeps frustration at bay for all but can also dilute those eureka moments, often boiling down to a case of trial and error.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Ace Attorney, get this 22 Jan. 2011
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a game spawned by the creative genius of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Shu Takumi has a reputation for creating games with fantastic writing, clever twists and wonderful characters, and his latest work doesn't disappoint in that regard.

Ghost Trick has you playing as the disemodied soul of a man who has just died. You don't remember anything about what has happened, and no time is left for you to figure this out before a scene presents itself before you; a man with a gun has a woman cornered, after she discovered your body.

The title comes from the gameplay elements, which I'll explain. The person you play as, Sissel, can exist in what is known as the 'ghost' world. You lack physical form, but are able to possess inanimate objects and manipulate them. This is done by entering 'Ghost' mode, possessing the 'core' of the object you want to manipulate and then pressing 'Trick' to affect it. You can release the claw holding a demolition ball, sending it crashing below; you can move a swing to hit someone and momentarily distract them. All of these manipulations can be used in an attempt to save someone's life.

And thankfully, the game is graphically able to show these manipulations with grace. The developers painstakingly animated every little movement in Ghost Trick, of which there are thousands. The result is quite potentially the most beautiful game on the DS, with some of the greatest 2D animation I've ever seen, even in anime and cartoons.

Unlike Phoenix Wright, Ghost Trick features engaging, very interactive gameplay; a rarity among point-and-click adventures.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars If you don't mind waiting...
Item as described, no problem there. But 2 weeks delivery time for a Nintendo DS Game is definitely too long for my taste.
Published 17 days ago by Viola Baumgärtner
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning: Hard to put down!
This game is exactly what puzzle adventure games should be.

A while back I bought a Professor Layton game for my 3DS and was disappointed that the puzzles were not more... Read more
Published 19 days ago by Ross Original
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I could not get on with this game at all.
Published 1 month ago by Sadie Blue
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun game to play
Published 2 months ago by Emabernathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and interesting
Very unique game, playing as a ghost to find your killer isn't something that happens everyday!
Lovely art style, fair length (10-15 hours) and a extremely enthralling story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by G. S. Shankrowalia
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Game is quite confusing and directions poor and unclear. Gave up after a short while as it seemed pointless to continue.
Published 9 months ago by Chris Gill
5.0 out of 5 stars yes, I like
Really good. Very innovative storyline. You get lost in the adventure like you would a good book, I can never get enough of these type of games.
Published 10 months ago by rosy
5.0 out of 5 stars Only on DS
Time and time again it surprises me how good the DS platform is. The kind of games we did get from it is just amazing. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andreas Kroon
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING AND TEDIOUS
Going by the other ratings I thought I would give it a try but its just too boring, haven't bothered with it again
Published 14 months ago by kel
1.0 out of 5 stars waste of monay
Can't get into this game poor controls and instructions very disappointed I was really looking forward to playing this game
Published 15 months ago by nannylondon addictive game love it
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