Charts Genres Community
Charts Genres Community Settings
Login

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective

ゴーストトリック

Developer / Publisher: Capcom
19 June 2010
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective [ゴーストトリック] - cover art
Glitchwave rating
4.24 / 5.0
0.5
5.0
 
 
370 Ratings / 4 Reviews
#50 All-time
#3 for 2010
A man who apparently had just been shot dead is greeted by a talking lamp and discovers an ability to possess inanimate objects and perform Ghost Tricks in order to manipulate objects and events around him. After saving a woman from a hitman, he attempts to uncover the truth behind his death before his soul disappears from the world at dawn.
There was an error saving your submission.
Rate / catalog Rate / catalog another release
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Releases 4
Filter by: All 4 iOS 2 DS 2
2010 Capcom  
Game card
JP 4 976219 034371 NTR-BGTJ-JPN
2010 Capcom  
Download
JP
2011 Capcom  
Game card
XNA 0 13388 32019 6 NTR-BGTE-USA
Show all 4 releases
Write review
Title
A mystery at the reach of your hands
Ghost Trick Phantom Detective is a game in which you play as a ghost as you attempt to solve who you are and your own morder. Its one of those games completly about the story, and because of that are not the sort of experience prone to replays. That said, the story and mystery told here are excellent. The game has a huge cast of wacky memorable characters, but there is also space for more tragic sections and real emotional moments. I think the less i say about it the better, for fear of spoiling it, but lets say that they manage to keep the rollercoaster ride going at high speed during its 10 hour lenght, and the ending is as explosive as it gets.

Gameplay wise its puzzle action, in which you pocess inanimate objects in order to reach your goals. These are quite clever, and often ask the player to think outside the box. There are some moments that can be frustrating, but the game will give you clues easily.

The game uses a sort of primitive 3d engine, that through the very talented visual artists, makes for some incredible animations. Cabalera's dancing always gets to me, always. It also has a memorable 8 bit soundtrack, whose main theme got stuck to my head for days after finishing it.

Overal its a brilliant game, recommended to anyone who likes story driven games. Its has a very memorable cast, witty writing, and its fantastic when it comes to its presentations. Probably the best DS game of all time.
Body
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
Threntall 2017-06-23T09:37:20Z
2017-06-23T09:37:20Z
5.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Supplement
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
Attribution
Requested publishing level
Draft
Commentary
Review
review
en
Expand review Hide
Title
Ghost Trick ended up being one of the weirdest experiences I've had with a video game. It's so entirely within its own universe that it would be difficult to find any game to really compare it to. It ended up being one of my favorite experiences I've had with a handheld game.

First and foremost, this is a game about its story. There's no mistaking it, this game was made to tell a specific story in a specific way. I'll start with the gameplay, because that's where a lot of people may lose interest.

For a game like this, that aims primarily to tell a story, I actually think that the gameplay is pretty great. It's a puzzle game, with most missions involving preventing someone's death by manipulating the environment, and the means to do so can be pretty creative. It can also be pretty frustrating. There will be a lot of trial and error in this game, but I think the concept is interesting enough that this doesn't bother me. I like the gameplay, and think it has a lot more going for it than other story-driven point and click or adventure games like Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors [9時間9人9の扉] or Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney [逆転裁判].

Don't be mistaken: I didn't stick around for the gameplay. I stuck around for the story and characters. Like the previously mentioned Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney [逆転裁判] games, from the same creator, the characters in this game are brimming with personality and each has their own unique way of talking, thinking and even walking. The character animations are the best I've seen in any Nintendo DS game; they're smooth, quirky and stylish and give this gave a really interesting aesthetic.

The actual narrative, like everything else here, is in a world of its own. It would be weird to explain it to a newcomer, but it develops so naturally that it generally makes sense as the player progresses. The characters drive the story, and I loved them all so much that I was always wanting to move forward so I could just see what they would do next. It's a thoughtful, often emotional story and one of the best I've seen in a video game. The ending is a little long, but it's worth it when the journey is this good.

There isn't a lot to say about his game. It's simple at its core but it takes the player on such an adventure with such a lovable cast. It's a real gem.
Body
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
Supplement
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
Attribution
Requested publishing level
Draft
Commentary
Review
review
en
Expand review Hide
Title
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective has a bit more up its sleeve than other adventure games on the DS. After nearly ten years working on Capcom’s Ace Attorney franchise, series creator Shu Takumi has achieved something even greater. By making a game and narrative that makes the most of the hardware, Takumi gives DS owners one of the last gems of the system.

Upon starting the game, you enter the role of a lifeless corpse hidden away in a junkyard. It doesn’t exactly hint at great game design possibilities, but it does make for a good mystery. Soon enough, you depart from the protagonist’s body and manipulate inanimate objects that populate each level in an effort to find out your name, your murderer and why you are in possession of these powers. Takumi’s admiration of detective novels shines through every aspect of Ghost Trick, making the 6-10 hours you’ll spend in the night of a ghost solving his own murder an unlikely pairing of a good mystery and colorful, quirky characters, like the ones that have populated Takumi’s previous titles.

Originally devised as a game much broader in scope and methods of input, Ghost Trick has been stripped down to its bare essentials since it was initially planned in 2004. Like the best DS titles, all you need is the stylus in your hand as you tap and drag across the screen, the most basic, tactile methods that remain novel. The bottom screen displays the environment with objects you can possess marked by a blue flame, while the top screen gives a close-up of the selected object and the action it can perform. As complicated as this may seem in text, there is always an apparent, linear path that the objects in the environment lead you down. The trick is in timing and awareness.

Each stage gives the player a simple problem to be solved: either an opportunity to gain intel from a possible suspect or a chance to save someone from dying. You often find a dead body at a new scene, gather clues from speaking to their spirit and then rewind time to four minutes before their murder. By hovering your stylus over the screen and taking possession of various objects, you work your way around the environments and discover the clever logic behind each puzzle. These tasks can often lead to trial-and-error repetition, but the game does an excellent job of breaking up the pace with colorful dialogue that often gives a hint to a problem without addressing the solution directly.

Once you befriend a recently deceased pompadour pup by the name of Missile and save him from his cruel fate, it becomes apparent that Ghost Trick has a lot more going for it then mystery and logic puzzles. Everything about the game oozes personality and charm. The characters have European influence that sets them apart. They are all lovingly animated in a style that recalls rotoscope technology of a bygone era found in games like Prince of Persia and Flashback. The soundtrack of smooth jazz complimented by wonky synths also helps set the mood. But most of all it’s the dialogue that drives forward Ghost Trick and makes it into a memorable interactive mystery.
Body
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
SUPER_Lonely_Panda 2016-04-03T23:30:50Z
2016-04-03T23:30:50Z
5.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Supplement
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
Attribution
Requested publishing level
Draft
Commentary
Review
review
en
Expand review Hide
Title
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective has a bit more up its sleeve than other adventure games on the DS. After nearly ten years working on Capcom’s Ace Attorney franchise, series creator Shu Takumi has achieved something even greater. By making a game and narrative that makes the most of the hardware, Takumi gives DS owners one of the last gems of the system.

Upon starting the game, you enter the role of a lifeless corpse hidden away in a junkyard. It doesn’t exactly hint at great game design possibilities, but it does make for a good mystery. Soon enough, you depart from the protagonist’s body and manipulate inanimate objects that populate each level in an effort to find out your name, your murderer and why you are in possession of these powers. Takumi’s admiration of detective novels shines through every aspect of Ghost Trick, making the 6-10 hours you’ll spend in the night of a ghost solving his own murder an unlikely pairing of a good mystery and colorful, quirky characters, like the ones that have populated Takumi’s previous titles.

Originally devised as a game much broader in scope and methods of input, Ghost Trick has been stripped down to its bare essentials since it was initially planned in 2004. Like the best DS titles, all you need is the stylus in your hand as you tap and drag across the screen, the most basic, tactile methods that remain novel. The bottom screen displays the environment with objects you can possess marked by a blue flame, while the top screen gives a close-up of the selected object and the action it can perform. As complicated as this may seem in text, there is always an apparent, linear path that the objects in the environment lead you down. The trick is in timing and awareness.

Each stage gives the player a simple problem to be solved: either an opportunity to gain intel from a possible suspect or a chance to save someone from dying. You often find a dead body at a new scene, gather clues from speaking to their spirit and then rewind time to four minutes before their murder. By hovering your stylus over the screen and taking possession of various objects, you work your way around the environments and discover the clever logic behind each puzzle. These tasks can often lead to trial-and-error repetition, but the game does an excellent job of breaking up the pace with colorful dialogue that often gives a hint to a problem without addressing the solution directly.

Once you befriend a recently deceased pompadour pup by the name of Missile and save him from his cruel fate, it becomes apparent that Ghost Trick has a lot more going for it then mystery and logic puzzles. Everything about the game oozes personality and charm. The characters have European influence that sets them apart. They are all lovingly animated in a style that recalls rotoscope technology of a bygone era found in games like Prince of Persia and Flashback. The soundtrack of smooth jazz complimented by wonky synths also helps set the mood. But most of all it’s the dialogue that drives forward Ghost Trick and makes it into a memorable interactive mystery.
Body
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
Supplement
tips
Formatting
[b]text[/b] - bold
[i]text[/i] - italic
[s]strikethrough[/s] - strikethrough
[tt]text[/tt] - fixed-width type
[color red]text[/color] - colored text (full list)
[spoiler]text[/spoiler] - Text hidden with spoiler cover
[https://www.example.com/page/,Link to another site] - Link to another site

Linking
When you mention an album, artist, film, game, label, etc - it's recommended to link to the item the first time you mention it. Doing so will make it easier to search for your post and give it more visibility. To link an item, use the search box above, or find the shortcut that appears on the page that you want to link. You can customize the link name of shortcuts by using the format [Artist12345,Custom Name].
Paste the address (or embed code) below and click "embed".
Supported: YouTube, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Vimeo, Dailymotion
Embed
Attribution
Requested publishing level
Draft
Commentary
Review
draft
en
Expand review Hide

Catalog

meadowforever Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective 2022-11-28T15:34:59Z
DS • XNA
2022-11-28T15:34:59Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
1068396 Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective 2022-11-25T21:48:14Z
DS • XNA
2022-11-25T21:48:14Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
SpacePirateJ Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective 2022-11-25T09:04:02Z
DS • XNA
2022-11-25T09:04:02Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
TogetherLemon ゴーストトリック 2022-11-22T18:51:34Z
2022-11-22T18:51:34Z
4.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
fshwers ゴーストトリック 2022-11-22T16:50:17Z
2022-11-22T16:50:17Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Ravaro ゴーストトリック 2022-11-22T07:49:07Z
2022-11-22T07:49:07Z
4.5
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
clairedurant322 ゴーストトリック 2022-11-21T21:53:49Z
2022-11-21T21:53:49Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
zsombro ゴーストトリック 2022-11-21T20:31:10Z
2022-11-21T20:31:10Z
5.0
1
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Dudelittle ゴーストトリック 2022-11-18T17:28:36Z
2022-11-18T17:28:36Z
4.0
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
eliasdaler ゴーストトリック 2022-11-18T14:52:57Z
2022-11-18T14:52:57Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Jewelofthesea ゴーストトリック 2022-11-15T09:21:17Z
2022-11-15T09:21:17Z
4.5
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Girlsrock ゴーストトリック 2022-11-13T19:28:50Z
2022-11-13T19:28:50Z
In collection Want to buy Used to own  
Content rating
CERO: B
Player modes
Single-player
Media
1x Game card
Also known as
  • Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
  • View all [1] Hide

Comments

Rules for comments
  • Be respectful! All the community rules apply here.
  • Keep your comments focused on the game. Don't post randomness/off-topic comments. Jokes are fine, but don't post tactless/inappropriate ones.
  • Don't get in arguments with people here, or start long discussions. Use the boards for extended discussion.
  • Don't use this space to complain about the average rating, chart position, genre voting, others' reviews or ratings, or errors on the page.
  • Don't comment just to troll/provoke. Likewise, don't respond to trollish comments; just report them and ignore them.
  • Any spoilers should be placed in spoiler tags as such: [spoiler](spoiler goes here)[/spoiler]
Note: Unlike reviews, comments are considered temporary and may be deleted/purged without notice.
  • Previous comments (3) Loading...
  • palceu 2020-12-23 14:20:59.116685+00
    ios/android version any good?
    reply
    • Roganjoshua 2021-01-02 16:03:25.634029+00
      I played it on the iPad back when it came out. Can't say how it compares to the DS but I encountered no problems.
    • akasinan 2021-09-24 20:16:53.584744+00
      Lower frame rate, and no pictures to show the objects in close up on the top screen like the DS version but besides that it's a good port.
    • Convalescence 2022-09-30 00:32:37.294412+00
      I just played the first chpater there and it felt pretty solid. a lot better than using a mouse on an emulator imho. seems like a perfectly fine way to play the game, though I can't say since this is my first time through
    • Convalescence 2022-10-08 18:38:44.227704+00
      having played most of the game now on the ds version, I think the mobile version would be excellent. might replay it there for kicks.
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • batubalci 2021-05-23 10:24:41.153579+00
    one of the best there is. i'm not gonna say anything to you, just go and play this.
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • new_you 2021-07-20 09:32:55.629138+00
    the animations are slick in this one
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • ruth1120 2022-05-17 19:29:58.060488+00
    deserves a switch port more than anything, need to be able to bug all my friends to get this game.
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • kaibo 2022-09-07 22:40:29.874765+00
    i am BLOWN AWAY. what an amazing game.
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • Convalescence 2022-10-05 20:57:04.054923+00
    Really enjoying this so far but chapter 9 guiding kowd out of prison in the dark is BRUTAL
    reply
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • okayfrog 2022-11-03 15:25:34.443058+00
    reply
    • batubalci 2022-11-28 16:32:08.316404+00
      yooooooooooo
    • More replies New replies ) Loading...
  • More comments New comments (0) Loading...
Please login or sign up to comment.

Suggestions

ADVERTISEMENT

Contribute to this page

Examples
1980s-1996
23 mar 2015
8 apr - 12 may 2015
1998-05
Report
Download
Image 1 of 2