Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

Common Sense Media says

Courtroom drama shows blood at crime scene in snapshots.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Evil doers are brought to justice and the innocent acquitted. 

Positive role models

The protagonist advocates clear thinking and self control. His detective partner however, is a stereotypical, dumb side-kick used only as a foil in which to show off the protagonist's intelligence.

Ease of play

As long as kids read and follow along with the game, they will easily learn how to play it. The instruction manual is a good backup reference.


The game is about crime scene investigations and players will see flashbacks as well as the crime scene where a murder has taken place together with blood and bloody fingerprints, but not the actual violence itself. They may hear gunshots but will not see the shooting.


One of the female characters is dressed in revealing clothes and shows cleavage.


Some use of words like "Damn," "bastard," and  "Idiot."


This is an ongoing series of Courtroom drama and investigations, this time going into crime scene investigaiton.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Not an issue

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth is the 5th in a series of excellent courtroom-drama games where players have to use logic to solve the crime scenarios. This particular title takes players out from the courtroom into crime scene investigations. Like the earlier titles, players will be exposed to mature themes such as murder, theft and other criminal activities. Although there are depictions of dead bodies and blood, the anime style graphics do not render it realistic. Also, the player does not commit any violence nor actually view it.  They only see snapshots of crime scenes.

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Kids say

What's it about?

ACE ATTORNEY INVESTIGATIONS: MILES EDGEWORTH, is a DS game about prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, the nemesis of an earlier game protagonist, Phoenix Wright. Miles is thrown into a crime scene investigation when a police detective is found murdered in his office. He gathers and examines evidence, then defends and cross-examines another Prosecutor who shows up on the scene, claiming to be the dead detective's partner and accuses Miles' own partner of the crime. In a series of five different episode that Miles stumbles into, the player is required to investigate the crime scene, examine the evidence, piece the information together, and cross examine witnesses to solve several scenarios within each episode.

Is it any good?


Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth is a text-heavy, menu-driven game. Most of the action is conveyed through dialog. Players examine evidence by looking at the crime scene carefully and pin-pointing areas to examine. Pieces of gathered information can then be connected, witnesses pressed for further information, and evidence presented to contradict or disprove suspicions and accusations. In this manner, players feel very connected to the solving of the crimes.

To win, players must use good reading comprehension, logic, and deductive skills in order to solve each piece of the puzzle in an investigation. Nuances in conversations can be easily missed and unfortunately, there are no hints available in game. Progression is linear and players cannot move on until they have successfully rebutted each accusation by presenting evidence to point out the flaw in the opponent's logic. Like most games though, if you get stuck, cheats and hints can usually be found on gamer blogs and forums.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about dramatic depiction of criminal investigations on TV, in the movies, and in video games like this one. How realistic are they? How much of it is overly exaggerated for the dramatic value?

  • Families can also talk about stereotypes in media. What is a stereotype? Why are they employed in some stories?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Available online?Not available online
Release date:February 16, 2010
ESRB rating:T for Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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Teen, 14 years old Written bytommy18 March 7, 2010

Good for older kids.

I'm not putting that because of violence, Its because there is SO MUCH dialogue. A younger kid (10-12) would be bored stiff unless they like reading. There are very complexed puzzles and things to work out. And can get frustrating if you KEEP getting it wrong. Because you have to restart. Violence is minimal, The blood looks like Strawberries as the graphics on DS are crap. Not much swearing. Well its ok for 10+ if they like reading, if not 15+
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byMilesEdgie November 11, 2012

An intriguing investigation drama continues the Ace Attorney series

Ace Attorney Investigations is the fifth game in the wonderful Ace Attorney saga. In this game, you take the role of Phoenix's arch-enemy Miles Edgeworth to investigate crime scenes and find the true killer. Although it holds a remarkably different gameplay idea, cross-examinations and many other concepts from the previous games still remain. Although you do not go to court except in a flashback case, the game makes up for it in gameplay and plot. As with any Ace Attorney game, a significant amount of intelligence is required to be able to play the game, but there are several walkthroughs available online for this game, so if you are worried about that, still, this game should be considered. Violence is the occasional body. Blood is not seen much in this game, aside from a possible bloody object or blood stain from bodies, however, when people are exposed as the true killer, they sometimes have violent breakdowns. One main character frequently whips people. This game holds significantly fewer women with revealing outfits. Although there are some, they aren't as common as they are in some of the games. There really isn't much to comment on this matter. Language is hardly used at all, aside from a few select points. In fact, I have yet to come across (or don't remember) any language. The worst drinking thing I've found was simply a bar that can be examined while investigating. Drugs and smoking aren't really even mentioned. Since this is a game in a virtual world, there is no consumerism. There are a few positive role models, as long as you're looking for the right person to look up to. For instance, you wouldn't want to be looking up to a murderer, but a man who exposes murderers and the truth. The same goes for positive messages. Like the Commonsensemedia review stated, this game is centered around proving that innocent people are proven innocent, the guilty are proven guilty, etc. This game is very easy to play. You mainly hit one button to scroll text, another to look through your evidence, and another to ask for more information from a witness or to find flaws in their statement with the evidence. I'd say this is alright for about 11 year olds, as long as they understand how the game works.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byhawkeye123 December 19, 2011

if u dont have this game buy it now before they discontinue it (believe me they do that a lot)

great game overall, but some parts might be too scary. there are plenty of dead bodies in this game, and everytime I know I'm about to see one I close my eyes and slowly open them up. You can see the wounds to, but theres nothing gory, just bloody. This game makes the gamer think critically on how the person got murdered. Then they have to present evidence contradicting the witnesses testimony. Some parts have a tiny bit of swearing (for example in the last chapter it kinda caught me off guard but lang zi shouted B*ST*RD to the witness) but thats about as far as it goes. miles edgeworth himself is a great role model, fighting for truth and justice. and he always puts the bad guys behing bars. great game, highly reccomend it.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence


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