Parents' Guide to

Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Intriguing murder mystery, but not without issues.

Game Nintendo Switch 2021
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Perfectly fine

Perfectly appropriate for Any children. Shouldn't be a 16

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This title is for retro gamers who like old Nintendo titles that haven't been released outside of Japan and armchair sleuths who enjoy detective stories and murder mysteries. But everyone else need not apply for Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind. Sure, this game can be fun and offers a unique visual style, but it doesn't live up to the hype. First, the good news: Along with attractive graphic novel-like visuals (including some animations) and a good musical score, there's a great story here, taking place mostly in a high school. Without giving anything away, those who enjoy a good story won't be disappointed, plus many of the characters are memorable. But there are a few nagging issues. While the conversations are good, many won't like scrolling through all the pull-down menus to select a topic of discussion, then exiting back to make things progress, and so on. There's no touchscreen support, so you'll need to use the analog stick and buttons. What makes the interactions more taxing is that the game only has Japanese audio. It's disappointing, as strong English voice acting could really bring this story to life for a U.S. audience.

Another problem is having to comb a screen with the cursor (controlled by the Nintendo Switch analog stick) to look around an environment for clues or to closely examine an object. Looking for clues can also be a bit of a pain, as you must "window wash" the screen and look for key words to pop up, because sometimes nothing shows up and you must click on what you think might be something (and isn't always obvious). Another issue is the lack of replayability once you solve the crime, coupled with the relatively steep cost of $35 for what it is. Overall, those who like these kinds of sleuthy adventures, including Capcom's Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney family of games, might get some fun from these Famicom Detective Club titles, but it's not worth the price of admission.

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