GBAtemp game of the week - #70

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  1. FAST6191

    FAST6191 Techromancer

    pip Reporter
    Nov 21, 2005
    United Kingdom

    70 is the number of this GBAtemp book game club. As ever is the introduction which begins with the rough overview of what we are about. There are many games worth playing and at GBAtemp we have several series dedicated to sharing titles worth having said you played, this is one of them. However where some others might be more about a single person reviewing a game we like to have this as more about those commenting in the threads than the topic opener discussing the game.
    Our main sources for the suggestions are the large libraries of code for the GBA, DS and Wii. Each of those have things in the form of ROM hacks, commercial games, homebrew code and all manner of other things like leaked betas and unreleased games. We might occasionally stray onto platforms the DS can emulate, equally if there are notable entries on another platform we will try to mention those too.
    The "worth having said you played" part was careful wording on our part as well for this is not intended to be a top ? games list. We hold those get quite samey very quickly, beyond that it leaves out a lot of the interesting attempts made by developers to try to forge new franchises or take interesting directions with established ones that might fall short in the attempt. What goes into the selection process is not going to be elaborated upon much more than that other than when there is a special reason for a selection or there is a running theme. Occasionally there will be a compare and contrast posed for a group of related titles or a run/challenge set as well but for the most part it is a single vanilla (give or take the ROM hack we might be selecting) game.

    #70 - Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective (NDS)

    Probably one of Capcom developer Shu Takumi's (the Ace attorney series and Dino Crisis 2, among other things) lesser known works, though one that bears all the hallmarks of such a talent. Without venturing too far into spoiler territory (nothing you will not really find out from a trailer or the first few minutes) you play as kind of time travelling ghost with abilities to move some objects in the real world, the game is then something of an investigative puzzle game as you attempt to change the future for the better and maybe solve the riddle of your own death. Fans of 2d animation will not be left wanting by this either, which is to say some of the effects and animations are top notch. There is also an IOS version which is pretty faithful to the DS original.
    The game was heralded as one of the best handheld titles going when it was released, and for the most part that label has stuck around since. However there are still those that have not played it so for those, and those that might just want to replay it, we have it here today.

    Gameplay trailer, much more is available as well

    For all their flaws do Capcom occasionally do things right or does it fall short for you?

    gbagotw should get you other links in this series
  2. Arras

    Arras GBAtemp Guru

    Sep 14, 2010
    Easily one of the best DS games I played, maybe even my personal favorite. Everyone should've played this, really. I tried the iOS version as well; it's actually pretty nice. It's the same game but the graphics look a bit better. (top screen is not really needed in this game anyway)
  3. adamshinoda

    adamshinoda GBAtemp Fan

    Apr 24, 2011
    Ha Noi
    I must say this is my most favorite number of GBAtemp game of the week :D
  4. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    A brilliantly original title and we're really lucky that this got localised. Think it's the last DS game that I purchased, either that or Monster's Tale.

    Easily Capcom's best release for a long time.
  5. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

    Oct 23, 2004
    Dar es Salaam
    In the beginning I found it boring but the storyline is like the phoenix wright series, was really great. I also love the cat.
  6. Aeter

    Aeter A walking contradiction

    Apr 1, 2009
    The lands of nether
    One of my favorite DS Games of all time.
  7. SuperrSonic

    SuperrSonic GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Dec 9, 2011
    Puerto Rico
    I'm currently playing this one, really awesome just as great as Ace Attorney.
  8. Geren

    Geren GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 15, 2011
    I loved everything about this game: the characters, those damned plot twists, the animations, OH the music!

    Once I got hooked, I didn't stop until I finished it. I encourage everyone who hasn't played it to give it a go.
  9. Ron

    Ron somehow a weeb now.

    Dec 10, 2009
    This game is one of the best on the DS. It's a really unique style of gameplay, and the ending is simply mind-blowing.
  10. Sonic4Ever

    Sonic4Ever GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 21, 2008
    This game had a really touching story. The creators behind this masterpiece are damn gods.
  11. ShadowNeko003

    ShadowNeko003 ~Nyah~

    Jun 9, 2008
    United States
    Love this game. I did wished that it was bit longer though.
  12. Qtis

    Qtis Grey Knight Inquisitor

    Feb 28, 2010
    The Forge
    Personally thought this felt fresher in one way or another compared to the Ace Attorney series. Great series and well worth the little $$ needed nowadays to buy it! :)
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