Ghost Trick Phantom Detective Preview

Coming to you from Shu Takumi, creator of the Ace Attorney series, is a new adventure for the DS, Ghost Trick Phantom Detective. I wanted to put out a quick preview, just to get this game on your radar, partially because the Ace Attorney series is an icon at this point, but also because the game looks rather cool.

Utilizing a variety of unique gameplay ideas, this one puts you in the role of the recently departed, and you have to get to the bottom of things before time runs out. Using your ability to possess objects, you have to work through puzzles and situations in a way that is unlike games that have come along before. Check out the information below, including a video, and keep your eyes open for this one.

Ghost Trick™ Phantom Detective will be coming to Nintendo DS™ and DSi™ in Winter 2010. Brought to you by Shu Takumi, the original creator of Capcom’s Ace Attorney™ series, Ghost Trick™ Phantom Detective tells an intriguing story combining logic puzzles and elements of humour that those familiar with the Ace Attorney games will know and love. Gamers will be entertained for hours with over a dozen chapters full of mystery and surprise as the spirit world collides with real life.

In Ghost Trick™ Phantom Detective, players are transported into the spirit world of Sissel, a murder victim who has lost his memory and returned as a ghost to solve the mystery of his suspicious demise. As Sissel’s ghost it’s up to players to possess and manipulate items found in the real world to solve the captivating puzzles he encounters.

Using the stylus players will need to carefully choose the path for Sissel to travel, possessing objects in order to trigger the correct item that when manipulated will alter the fate of others and begin to unravel the strange truth about who Sissel is and why he was murdered. How will you scare off the unwary assassin? There are many routes to choose from but not all of them will be obvious. It’s up to you to solve the crime but be warned, Sissel only has until dawn before he has to leave the supernatural world for good. Will you discover the truth before his time runs out?

By possessing and travelling through phone lines Sissel can move onto the next chapter of his mystery and witness incidents that will help him to find out more about his murder.

Sissel has another unique ability which will help him on his search for the truth. He can possess corpses and rewind time to four minutes before the victim’s death. Not only this but Sissel can talk to the deceased. Surely they’ll have something important to reveal? With the help of these two amazing abilities Sissel is bound to get closer to finding out what really happened in the hours before his death, as well as being able to save the lives of others.

Key features

• Brought to you by the creator of the Ace Attorney™ series, Shu Takumi

• Intriguing plot mixing mystery and humour will draw players into Sissel’s search for the truth

• Utilise the stylus to create a path for Sissel to travel, while possessing and manipulating items along the way

• Hours of engaging gameplay filled with logic puzzles

• Rich animation, unique art style graphics and character designs makes this a truly distinct offering for the DS

• Change the course of over 30 in-game characters’ lives to gather clues to reveal the truth.

• Solve logic puzzles in over 15 game stages and 25 subdivided areas utilising the abilities to possess and manipulate

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