Parents' Guide to

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Compelling courtroom drama promotes reading.

Game Nintendo DS 2007
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This game isn't the best entry point into the Phoenix Wright series, since it makes a lot of references to events and characters that have appeared in past games. If you're already familiar with the series, however, Trials and Tribulations delivers more of the same investigative problem-solving and dramatic courtroom scenes that you've grown to love.

Trials and Tribulations is as compelling as any TV courtroom drama, provided you don't mind scrolling through the endless dialog boxes that make up the game's narrative -- or starting over again at the beginning of the trial if you make too many mistakes along the way, such as presenting the wrong evidence or asking the wrong question. Players can get even further into the spirit by shouting "Objection!" or "Hold it!" into the DS microphone at the appropriate moment (instead of just tapping the appropriate dialog box with the stylus). In short, Trials and Tribulations lives up to the Phoenix Wright moniker by delivering another satisfying courtroom adventure that emphasizes reading and problem-solving.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Capcom
  • Release date: October 23, 2007
  • Genre: Adventure
  • ESRB rating: T for Mild Blood, Mild Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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