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Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney



Best in text-driven, courtroom drama series on DS.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some gambling -- a man is killed while playing poker.


Each case involves a murder. Murder victims are depicted in flashbacks and photos with the occasional blood stains.


Some mild innuendo like a sleazy doctor making fondling gestures at a 15-year-old girl. There's a running joke about panties.

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This is the 4th title in the Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney series.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that like the earlier games in this series, this game will expose players to mature topics like murder (by shooting and poisoning), crime scenes, and the odd blood-stain in photographs. Nothing is overly graphic thanks to a cartoonish and tasteful art style. The game is text-driven and requires above average reading and comprehension skills to fully appreciate the game.

What's it about?

Capcom has shaken things up with the fourth game in its Ace Attorney courtroom simulation series, which is set about seven years after Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations. Defense lawyer Phoenix has been stripped of his attorney status for reasons that aren't immediately clear, and players step into the shoes of 22-year-old rookie lawyer Apollo Justice.

The dialogue-heavy, menu-driven game spans four cases divided into the investigation phase -- where players interview witnesses, gather evidence, and search the crime scene -- and the courtroom phase where testimony is heard and evidence is presented.

Is it any good?


Designed from the ground up for the Nintendo DS (unlike the first three games which were ports of Japanese Game Boy Advance titles), APOLLO JUSTICE: ACE ATTORNEY boasts significantly better audio quality and crisper graphics. You can now explore crime scenes in 3D, rotate and zoom in on pieces of evidence, lift fingerprints and bootprints, and use Apollo's special powers of perception in court to tell if a person is lying through body language.

It's best to think of the Ace Attorney games as serialized novels, so if you haven't played the first three games, chances are you'll be rather lost amongst all the in-jokes and references to past characters and events. Nonetheless, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is as polished, intriguing, and entertaining as its predecessors.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the similarities between this type of text-driven game and a book or TV show. Which medium does the best job of telling a story? The character of Apollo can tell when someone is lying -- have you ever been able to do that?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Available online?Not available online
Release date:February 19, 2008
ESRB rating:T for Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes, Violent References

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Kid, 11 years old April 11, 2011
This is a perfect and fun game for bright kids, it does not have much educational value and requires kids to use what they already know, but it is a puzzle game and may inspire the children to become a lawyer or writer, the game is simpler than an actual court, phoenix wright is a good role model, but all the cases are of murder, and there are a few d**ms in it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great role models
Teen, 17 years old Written bycupcake_demi September 12, 2009

Fangirl's delite =D

As a fan of the ace attorney games, This one has to be my favorite. I got it for christmas last year along with Justice for all and Trials & Tribulations. There are many funny running jokes that even if you haven't played the first couple of games you can easily pick up on quickly. The characters are fun and believeable and I especially like the hintings of Apollo and Klavier having some sort of "deeper" relationship. However: I did dislike how Apollo didn't get much character development, He's the main character and we know very little about his past. It was more focused on Phoenix (sorta). I was also disappointed that some of my favorite characters from the other games didn't make a return (Like Larry and Maya - although Maya is mentioned just not by name). If you like games that will get you thinking, or have you shouting "OBJECTION!" into the DS mic then pick up this game for sure =D
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byPokeloverz April 9, 2010
The game is genius. Apart from your regular hand-to-hand combat games, you think your way through tough cases and help justice prevail every time for good or for bad. User-friendly commands are simple enough for a 6 year old to play too~ I sound like a walking advertisement don't I? Well, the game is that good so think about playing it okay?
What other families should know
Too much violence


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