One of the more unique games I played on the Nintendo DS last year has finally crept its way onto iOS in the United States. The mystery adventure Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is now available as a universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The iOS version has been optimized for touch screen control and a wider viewing area with enhanced graphics for more immersive puzzle solving.
Created by Shu Takumi, the father of the critically acclaimed Ace Attorney series, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective combines his signature style of quirky humor, logic puzzles and an intriguing story wrapped in a unique art style. Players take on the role of Sissel, the ghost of a murder victim who has lost his memory and must solve the mystery of his suspicious demise. Gamers guide his blue-flamed soul through dynamic environments, possessing and manipulating inanimate objects found in the world to solve the captivating puzzles he encounters.
As I explained in my review of Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective for DS, “… the game is very well designed. The story moves along at a brisk pace, becoming quite frantic during some of the puzzles. Also, I liked all of the characters, even the incidental ones. Nearly everybody has a personality and a story, no matter how significant they are to Sissel’s.” Those characters include a talking dog, a detective with a pigeon on his head, and a punk rock guitarist who flushes secret messages through a prison toilet to a guy who looks like a sausage.
You know…in case those gems and hidden objects are all starting to look the same.
The first two chapters of Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective are available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Subsequent chapters will be available in three different packs for $4.99/£2.99/€3.99 each or $9.99/£6.99/€7.99 for all chapters through in-app purchase.