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Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is not recommended for players under 13 because it shows people murdered in many different ways. It frames the player as the spirit of a deceased murder victim who can rewind time and prevent these murders from happening. The game shows people being shot, pushed off a ledge, exploded, impaled, and crushed -- though it's not graphic (think Saturday morning cartoons). As an example of humor, a hit man is crushed by a wrecking ball but you can see the man flattened and stuck to the ball as it rolls away. The game also has some potentially offensive text dialogue.
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What's it about?
In Capcom's GHOST TRICK: PHANTOM DETECTIVE you’re the ghost of a murder victim named Sissel who must possess bodies and manipulate items in the real world in order to solve the mystery surrounding your untimely death. But there are a few challenges that stand in your way: you can't directly touch anything in the physical world; you've got amnesia, so you don't recall anything from your previous life; and you've only got until dawn before you have to leave the supernatural world for good. How will you succeed?
Is it any good?
Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is a great Nintendo DS title. The clever concept, thought-provoking puzzles (which require some trial and error), and huge cast of characters you'll interact with makes for a refreshingly entertaining mobile adventure. Particularly fun is when your disembodied soul possesses other victim's bodies and rewinds to four minutes before their deaths, so you can try and prevent them from happening (this helps gather clues related to your own demise). While the theme sounds morose, the game is quite light-hearted because of the zany characters, silly dialogue, and often-humorous death scenes (such as possessing a guitar so that the strumming noise distracts a hit man from killing his target). Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective offers a lot of enjoyable head-scratching gameplay for discerning Nintendo DS players.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about game designers like Shu Takumi (the original creator of Capcom's Ace Attorney series) and how they take a chance on delivering a more unique game concept. Do you want to try daring and original interactive experiences? What did you think of playing as a character who is already dead?
Talk about the difference between watching violence in a game and committing it while acting as a character within a game. How is the player's gaming experience changed when he or she is an aggressor as opposed to an audience?
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