Title: Detective Pikachu
Publisher: Nintendo, The Pokemon Company
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: March 23, 2018
How we got the game: I preordered it
Detective Pikachu was a long awaited game for me. I first saw it announced on Serebii a few years ago and prayed that it wouldn’t be released only in Japan. I preordered it and when it arrived at my house I played it immediately.
You play as Tim, a human, who arrives to Ryme City in an attempt to find out what happened to his father, a detective who had disappeared while on a case. You meet up with Pikachu, your father’s partner. Pikachu can talk and you’re the only one who can understand him.
Pikachu wants to find out what happened to his partner as well. He was in the accident with him and lost his memory. Pikachu wants to piece back his memories and find Harry, your dad. Together, you investigate, solving crimes involving Pokemon going awry in the meantime.
This game reminds me a lot of the Ace Attorney games, minus the courtroom. There’s a lot of investigating involved, of course, as you solve smaller crimes to find answers to the bigger one – your missing Dad.
You control Tim with the analog stick making him run around with Pikachu far behind you since he only has one speed – slow. Using the A-button you can click on various people, Pokemon, and objects in the scene to find clues and gather testimony.
Once you’ve gathered enough, Pikachu will grab your attention and tell you to piece everything together. From there, your case notes will open up and ask certain questions, asking you to drag the pieces of evidence into fill-in-the-blank spots to solve the puzzle.
It’s not just gathering evidence and piecing it together. There are moments in the game when you have to tap the A-button repeatedly or press the button when the circle gets to a certain point on the screen. This is usually to help Pikachu or yourself avoid trouble due to a Pokemon or something. It’s simple, but it adds a little more to the game.
There are hints, even though the game is pretty easy to deduce yourself as you go along. You can check your case notes and evidence list whenever you want to remind yourself of things or look things up.
There are a lot of cutscenes. I enjoy them because I absolutely love how they portrayed Pikachu, but they’re long. The cutscene beginning chapter three actually seemed to be the longest. I normally don’t mind, but there is a point when you want to just play the game.
Speaking of, the game is broken up into chapters. Again, it reminded me a lot of Ace Attorney because I’d think I was done with the case and then something else would happen and I’d be playing the same chapter for another hour or so. The cases were a decent length being a couple hours long to play through.
I enjoyed the graphics so much. It’s typical 3D graphics that you would expect from the latest Nintendo 3DS games. It was crisp and bright but easy on the eyes. My favorite thing about it was that the Pokemon were scaled to size as best they could be. They really made an effort to make Detective Pikachu as realistic as possible… despite Pikachu talking. I think they did a great job.
The music was catchy as well. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a detective game. The sound effects were just as pleasing. Some of the Pokemon sounds didn’t seem to match up with what I thought they would sound like – or what they sounded like in the main series game. I won’t complain about though, it was still pretty well done.
This is a fairly long game and despite it being a detective game, I’d say it’s pretty casual. Even though I’ll know all the answers (that’s the downside of replaying mystery games) I can see myself picking this one back up whenever I get in the mood.
Detective Pikachu gets…
5 out of 5 lives.
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