Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

Fans of the Ace Attorney series should be excited to hear about video game developer, Shu Takumi’s new game Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective.  Along the same lines as the Ace Attorney series, Ghost Trick is mainly a stylus controlled game.

You play as the ill-fated Sissel who’s first entrance onto the screen is as a dead body.  Sissel has no memory of how he died but he is aware of things around him.  Through the help of a mysterious guiding voice you are able to move your spirit from object to object, possessing it and performing “Ghost Tricks”.  A Ghost Trick is specific to the object you possess so it’s important to possess everything you can to find out if the actions will help you or not.

Unfortunately Sissel cannot travel around anywhere.  He can only move his spirit a limited distance from the object he possesses so you must figure out ways to get from point A to point B.  And your first task is to save the life of a girl you don’t even know…or do you.  Unfortunately for her, you are not yet smart enough to save her.  She dies by the gun of a mysterious man and here you learn another ability.  By possessing dead bodies you can not only talk with the dead but travel back in time to 4 minutes before their death.  This will give you another chance to save their life and try other Ghost Tricks.

I played the brief demo for the game and really loved the 2D art style and puzzle style story telling.  It really feels like an Ace Attorney game at hear but the different animation style and puzzle solving spices it up enough from Shu Takumi’s other games.

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is being developed by Capcom and comes out on January 11, 2011 for the Nintendo DS.

Written by Bryan

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  1. Hamu-chan says:

    Oh, I wanna buy this too. I did this demo when it came out in June in Japan. I liked the demo but I haven’t gotten this game yet because of the price. Its still more than $40 in Japan…….(don’t you think this is ridiculous?) hopefuly I can buy it around Christmas time. I will keep checking the price at Amazon japan

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