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Mar 23, 2018

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

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8.2 / 10.0
Mar 21, 2018

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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Metro GameCentral

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7 / 10
Mar 29, 2018

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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7.3 / 10.0
Mar 29, 2018

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

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7 / 10
Mar 22, 2018

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

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6 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2018

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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6 / 10
Apr 3, 2018

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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7.5 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2018

Detective Pikachu is a great surprise and a really good graphic adventure. Pikachu's personality, its gameplay and the point & click style are the main reasons why this game is so entertaining, even though it is too easy.

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78 / 100
Mar 27, 2018

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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8 / 10
Mar 29, 2018

Detective Pikachu has been a solid hit through and through. From Pikachu's weirdly appropriate voice to the fun cases involving both Pokémon and humans to the interesting detective cases to solve, I had a blast getting to the end of the game.

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Unscored
Mar 29, 2018

Detective Pikachu doesn't offer an enormous amount of actual game to play, but what's there is hugely charming and entertaining.

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7.2 / 10.0
Jan 1, 1971

A brand new world crammed with pokemon from seven generations who share their lives in harmony with humans. Pity that the lack of proper challenges leaves the impression that only true fans of Pokemon and family kids will fully enjoy the title.

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8 / 10.0
Jan 1, 1971

A different take on a beloved character, Detective Pikachu is clearly aimed at a very young audience with its interesting, funny story.

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5 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2018

Pikachu's detective career never manages to capitalise on an ok start, and ultimately nothing is discovered when you scratch beneath the surface.

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85 / 100
Mar 27, 2018

Detective Pikachu is a surprisingly charming Telltale-like game filled with humor, twists, and a sassy electric rodent. More than a mish-mash of minigames, it's a shockingly solid title with first-class voice acting.

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Guardian
Steve Rose

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May 3, 2019

The inspired casting of the Deadpool actor transforms this from an average Pokémon movie into fun family fare

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ZTGD

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6 / 10.0
Apr 25, 2018

Ultimately, I like the concept of Detective Pikachu and will likely see the movie when it releases, but hopefully the developers choose to challenge their audience a bit more with any potential sequel.

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GameMAG
Shibito

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8 / 10
Apr 11, 2018

Detective Pikachu is a wonderful quest, where the bright atmosphere of the Pokemon series coexists with 1940s detectives stylistics. Intuitive gameplay, an interesting plot and a great music will please even those who are new to the Pokémon world.

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6.5 / 10.0
Apr 2, 2018

Detective Pikachu is a mystery game built for kids, and that is clear throughout, though adult gamers can still have fun with the mysteries and world of Pokémon. Simple, charming, though certainly far from essential.

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70 / 100
Mar 28, 2018

For kids and Pokemon fans, this game is sure to be a delight

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