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Famicom Detective Club

Nintendo, Mages
May 14, 2021 - Nintendo Switch

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6 / 10
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Critic Reviews for Famicom Detective Club

Metro GameCentral

6 / 10
Metro GameCentral

An interesting historical curio that has its charms, and some surprisingly good storytelling, but the old school gameplay and very modern pricing are not a good combination.

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A beautiful-looking game, which is perfect for those with a lot of patience and a natural desire to uncover the truth. I just wish it was more interactive and allowed to do more than just ask questions.

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Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir lets Western audiences experience an adventure game they never could before. The story is engaging for what it is, but its pages are well-worn, and it shows

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The Famicom Detective Club games show their age, but The Missing Heir still packs a twisty, Agatha Christie punch.

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I was worried both of these games would only be considered good from a historic standpoint, that they would be celebrated solely due to their longstanding absence outside of Japan. But thankfully, both Famicom Detective Club games stand on their own even thirty years after their initial release. These are two beautiful, gripping games that show the timelessness of a well-written mystery.

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It's wonderful to have the classic Famicom Detective Club games remade with modern artwork and with full Western localisations, but the flow of these visual novel detective stories is distinctly lacking and infuriatingly obtuse at times. Still, we can hope this is a sign that Nintendo is considering a truly modern revival of the Detective Club series in future.

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‎"Famicom Detective Club: The Missing Heir & Famicom Detective Club: The Girl Who Stands Behind" presents us with two excellent stories, full of mystery and excitement. In addition, the artistic section is very well maintained. The graphics look beautiful anime style, and both the melodies and the dubbing of the voices are a delight. This mix of three excellent elements (history, graphics and sound) make the game a very outstanding and recommended work. It is a real shame that it does not come translated into Spanish, as it will keep many players away from this jewel.‎

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Overall, the Famicom Detective Club games are interesting gaming curiosities from an older era of gaming. If you are more of a Nintendo historian, then you will find these games fascinating. For everyone else though, they are an acquired taste.

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