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Detective Pikachu

Nintendo, The Pokémon Company
Mar 23, 2018 - Nintendo 3DS

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8.2 / 10
Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
Game Informer
7.3 / 10
7 / 10
6 / 10
6 / 10
Hobby Consolas
78 / 100
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Detective Pikachu: Get Ready to Crack the Case! - Nintendo 3DS thumbnail

Detective Pikachu: Get Ready to Crack the Case! - Nintendo 3DS

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Critic Reviews for Detective Pikachu

Detective Pikachu offers a bold take on the iconic Pokemon, which succeeds thanks to Pika Prompts that build Pikachu beyond detective stereotypes. Even though I figured out cases far before their end, each one utilized the world of Pokemon to its fullest, and ultimately offered a unique Pokemon experience that I hope we see done again soon.

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An entertaining slice of Pok'mon sleuthing set within a vibrant version of the series' world.

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Metro GameCentral

7 / 10
Metro GameCentral

How anyone came up with the idea, let alone made it work, is baffling but this charming little mystery game is the most entertaining Pokémon spin-off in a long time.

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Detective Pikachu's mysteries aren't compelling. Fortunately, the world and its star character are delightful enough to entertain

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Detective Pikachu's simple gameplay and story is made better by its goofy and entertaining star.

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I want to see a lot more of Detective Pikachu despite my misgivings with his 3DS debut. I just hope the next game is a little more fleshed out and doesn't tease us so heavily, but developer Creatures was able to build the skeleton of a low key adventure romp.

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Detective Pikachu is a deceptively small game with simple cases and not a heck of a lot else. As someone whose detective itch is usually scratched by the Phoenix Wright games, this felt like solving the really easy introduction cases in each, rather than challenging logic and reason. It certainly has the presentation chops, but the people who'll get the most out of Detective Pikachu are diehard Pokémon fans and younger gamers.

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Detective Pikachu is a remarkable spin-off, which can be enjoyed thanks to the winks it makes to the Pokémon franchise, his humor and, above all, his protagonist: a peculiar and mocking Pikachu. It may not be especially hard and repetitive, but it's a game worth playing.

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