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Ghost Trick is a very easy game to play. Everything is done via the touchscreen and a couple of icons and you'll have the controls mastered in no time leaving you able to concentrate solely on the storyline and how to solve the puzzles. The visuals and animation look great throughout, the music is suitably atmospheric (with each major character having their own themes), there's a nice variety of locations and the storyline moves at a fast pace and keeps you constantly interested in what's going to happen next, or what new bit of information you'll uncover about Sissel's death....some of the scriptwriting is laugh out loud funny, though that's to be expected considering it's by the same developer as the Phoenix Wright games. And as with Phoenix Wright, it's full of twists and turns too. I was kept guessing about a couple of things even right up until the very end.
Unfortunately though, as enjoyable as the game is, it isn't too challenging. None of the puzzles will take you more than a few attempts to solve, and even though the story has a decent enough length (took me around 15 hours), it's also extremely linear and once it's done, it's done. No unlockables, no extra modes, nothing. But other than Phoenix Wright, there's really nothing else quite like it on the DS, the whole concept of the 'ghost tricks' is quite original and well implemented and used, and that alone is enough for me to give it a recommendation. It's also fairly cheap to pick up now too, so there's really no excuse for not at least considering giving it a go. Whilst it's not quite on the same level or complexity as Phoenix Wright, I'm pretty sure that any Ace Attorney fans will still lap it up and enjoy the ride immensely while it lasts.
TromaDogg's Final Verdict: 7/10