Published: 20 Mar 2012 by Jeff | Comments: 2
Ghost Trick is a Nintendo DS game that has now been ported over on to the appstore! Woohoo!
Well... to be honest, I actually had never heard of it... until a mate told me about it. You can play through the first two chapters on iPhone, iPad, or iPod for free as well!
It looked pretty cool, and it is made by the same team that did Phoenix Wright, so I thought it was worth trying out. It also won the best handheld game of the year in 2011! Here's the Nintendo DS trailer for it:
That trailer is pretty cool, it shows a snapshot of what the story and gameplay are about.
This is really a game that focuses heavily on the story and plotline, with gameplay thrown in to progress to the next event. It's kinda like watching a movie, but it is interactive. I love this kind of game as they usually have a great plot, as opposed to some lame excuse for a story.
Just briefly, the story is actually about "you" (the character you control) and how you wake up to find yourself dead! That's right, you exist as a ghost in this game. The purpose of the game is to try and find out how and why you died, at the same time seeing the story unfold from the perspectives of many other involved characters. Right from the beginning, the story is intriguing, and does a great job at pulling you in and wanting to find out what happens.
As a ghost, the game gives you the ability to possess objects, and then manipulate or move them. Your "Ghost Tricks". A really cool concept that I haven't really encountered before, you move around possessing different objects in order to change the outcome of certain events. You also have the ability to rewind time, to four minutes before someone's death. And it is with this ability, that you find yourself constantly rewinding time, and then changing someone's fate with "Ghost Tricks".
Just the concept of this is awesome. Imagine being able to possess an inanimate object and moving it! Although... I wouldn't want to be dead to have that power though...
Anyway, I've played through a decent amount of the game now, and it really is very well made. The gameplay is satisfying coz you get to save people and screw over the bad guys. The storyline is great, with many twists and turns and really gets you hooked. The graphics, I have to say, are incredible. I didn't know the DS could handle graphics like this. All the character models are 3D but rendered in a comic like finish, so all the movements are really fluid. The soundtrack is also really good, very happy with that. I guess the last best thing is that you can play it on a super portable device, such as your phone. Anytime you are out somewhere waiting for someone, or on the bus, it is right there in your hands.
All in all, a brilliant game. Definitely worth looking into!
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