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Detective Pikachu

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Available on:Nintendo 3DSMar 23, 2018

Developer: The Pokémon Company

Publisher: Nintendo

Genre: Interactive Story

Put your detective hat on – it’s time to crack the case of a boy’s missing father in Detective Pikachu, a unique adventure game filled with beloved Pokémon, only on Nintendo 3DS family systems. WHERE COULD HE BE? It’s been two months since Tim’s father mysteriously disappeared after investigating a wave of Pokémon-related incidents. After growing concerned, Tim heads to Ryme City looking for answers, only to encounter a talking Pikachu with a keen eye for solving crime. MISSING MAN Tim Goodman, a bright 18-year-old student, travels to Ryme City in search of his father, who vanished without a trace two months ago. Tim’s father was investigating a surge of strange Pokémon-related incidents before he went missing after a car accident. Tim’s first point of call is the Baker Detective Agency, where his father worked as a private investigator. It soon becomes apparent that Tim can somehow understand this peculiar Pikachu, and it can also understand him! Together, Tim and Detective Pikachu embark on a bold adventure to track down Tim’s missing father and uncover a grand conspiracy sweeping the city. TAKE DOWN TESTIMONIES Speaking to eyewitnesses is a great way to collect evidence – you never know what someone may have seen! Talk to nearby onlookers, ask them questions, and Tim will automatically jot down any key points that might help you with your investigation. Remember: there’s no harm in saying hello! It’s not just humans who can help, either – Detective Pikachu can talk directly to any Pokémon who might be at the scene. Try chatting to the Pokémon you encounter to get a completely new perspective of what may have unfolded! PUZZLING PROBLEMS Once you’ve gathered enough evidence, you can start the deduction phase! Use your judgement and the clues at your disposal to solve puzzles, which you can find in your Case Notes. CALLING ALL NEW RECRUITS! Rookie detectives can start their adventure in easy mode! A light bulb icon will reveal the next necessary step to progress the story, and provide you with the correct answers during a deduction phase. Want to hear more from Detective Pikachu? You can tap the Detective Pikachu amiibo (sold separately) to unlock all conversations for any chapters you’ve previously cleared. You can unlock Pika Prompts by tapping in the gigantic Detective Pikachu amiibo (sold separately)! With this supersized amiibo, you can view all the Pika Prompts for any chapters you’ve cleared and see all of Detective Pikachu’s funny quips. CONVERSATION STARTER If you tap the Detective Pikachu amiibo, you can unlock chapter-specific Pika Prompts for all the chapters you’ve cleared so far. Detective Pikachu has plenty to say – whether that’s expressing his love of coffee, or providing more information on a case – you never know what you might have missed! Want to unlock everything in one go instead? Once you’ve beaten the game, you can tap the Detective Pikachu amiibo to unlock all chapter-specific Pika Prompts, as well as non-specific ones, too.

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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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