Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth Game Poster Image
Courtroom drama shows blood at crime scene in snapshots.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Evil doers are brought to justice and the innocent acquitted. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

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.

Violence

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.

Sex

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

Language

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

Consumerism

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Not an issue

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLang Zi says G. February 13, 2017

Amazing game on crime and investigation filled to the brim with reading and language

Miles Edgeworth Investigations is the 5th entry in the Ace Attorney franchise. The game has murder,crime,smuggling and much more. But that does not mean you can... Continue reading
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 e... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byleinad144 May 29, 2011

Great mystery and crime game

This is an excellent game and i would recomend it for anyone who enjoys crime or mystery games and movies. The game shows bodies at crimes scenes. Most of the... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Price: $24.99
  • Available online? Not available online
  • Developer: Capcom
  • Release date: February 16, 2010
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence

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