Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney returns gamers to this popular Japanese
franchise on the Nintendo DS with the developers utilizing the
capabilities of this unique gaming console via touch screen and
microphone. In Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney, gamers take control of Apollo
Justice who is a suave attorney at law and happens to be reminiscent of
the previous hero, Phoenix Wright.
Although our hero has a slick look,
he also lack the confidence of Phoenix but has a few aces up his sleeves
such as his spunky sidekick who will assist you throughout the game. For
fans of the previous series, a variety of characters make a welcomed
return to this latest incarnation of the series and provides a good link
between all the games.
1st fully new title in the
series to be developed specifically for the Nintendo DS.
Two distinct gameplay segments:
Investigation phase – survey crime scenes, interview witnesses and
gather evidence that will be used in court. Court phase – present
findings from the investigation to support your case, listen to
testimonies and examine witnesses
Touch screen interface
progresses players through the game
Microphone can be used to yell
“Objection!” and “Hold it!” as you cross examine witnesses
Diverse cast of characters
In its essence, Apollo Justice: Ace
Attorney is an adventure puzzle game where the player must solve four
cases and even defend a client of murder. The gameplay is similar to the
previous games where the player must investigate crime scenes and
collect evidence. The best part of being out of the court is interacting
with witnesses as you question them over the evidence which is quite clever.
You even get to appear in court as
you cross-examine witnesses and even present evidence which makes this
game quite original in this aspect. Fortunately Apollo has a magic
bracelet that gives him the power to know if someone is lying. The
microphone is also used in this instance where you can yell "Objection"
and "Hold it!" as you try to call your witnesses bluff. Classic stuff!
What sets this game apart from its
predecessor is the inclusion of the touch screen to the gaming mechanics
which allows you to rotate evidence in a 3D view, use the stylus to dust
for finger prints and even make plaster casts of perpetrators
footprints. This gives the game a more interactive experience that at
the end of the day, gives you a sense of ownership to the title and is quite
Graphically, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is a visual treat on the
Nintendo DS that has a anime feel to its animation. The environments
that you visit are also quite detailed and the characters are well
animated. The title even contains some great cutscenes which helps draw
you into this exciting world of law and order.
Musically, the title is quite catchy and feels like it has been taken
from a Saturday morning cartoon that changes throughout the game and
adds some nice background ambience to the game. Match that with a
variety of sound effects and you have everything you need for an
enjoyable gaming experience.
In conclusion, fans of the previous series will definitely enjoy this
title on the Nintendo DS, however for those unaware of this gaming
universe, most gamers will definitely get a kick out of playing Apollo
Justice as he attempts to solve crimes and gather evidence. It's unique,
it's original and best of all, it's entertaining.