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  • Summary: As Tim Goodman, you will partner with a self-proclaimed "great detective" Pikachu to solve strange occurrences all over Ryme City. Together you must investigate, take notes, and meet up with other Pokémon to unravel the city's greatest mysteries. Tim is searching for his missing father inAs Tim Goodman, you will partner with a self-proclaimed "great detective" Pikachu to solve strange occurrences all over Ryme City. Together you must investigate, take notes, and meet up with other Pokémon to unravel the city's greatest mysteries. Tim is searching for his missing father in Ryme City, but instead encounters a witty, tough-talking Pikachu! Along the way, experience over 150 fun-filled animated cutscenes starring this unique Pikachu, providing helpful hints or talking up a storm. You can also tap the extra-large Detective Pikachu amiibo™ figure to access all cutscenes up until the current chapter played. As you investigate crime scenes, gather testimonies, uncover information, and interact with Pokémon to solve cases. You’ll have to put your detective skills to the test to foil the mastermind behind the disturbances in Ryme City. All in a day's work for detective Pikachu. [Nintendo] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 61
  2. Negative: 0 out of 61
  1. Mar 27, 2018
    85
    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.
  2. Mar 29, 2018
    80
    Detective Pikachu is simply a delightful time and shows that there is a lot that can be done with the Pokémon world outside of training to be the very best.
  3. Game World Navigator Magazine
    Apr 28, 2018
    77
    Pikachu is shown as an assertive man who can’t live without his espresso, loves to crack jokes and speaks in deep baritone of a hard-boiled detective. In short, he’s charismatic to the point of instantly becoming one of the best characters Nintendo ever made. [Issue#229, p.58]
  4. Mar 22, 2018
    70
    Detective Pikachu is an above average point-and-click style game wrapped with a great lead character in Detective Pikachu. The heart and the humour of the story more than make up for any clunkiness in the game’s mechanics and a slow start. Fun for everyone, let’s bring on the movie.
  5. Apr 17, 2018
    70
    While it may feel too simple at moments and its gameplay not as varied as it would be expected, it's a good departure from the Pokémon world for one of its most recognizable characters and one which will be a pleasant surprise for many.
  6. Mar 30, 2018
    70
    Detective Pikachu is a weird entry in the Pokémon franchise, especially because it somehow works: this crazy noir version of Pikachu is brilliant, however we can't tell the same about the game itself.
  7. Mar 30, 2018
    50
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Mar 23, 2018
    10
    The pinnacle of human invention, Detective Pikachu bestows meaning upon my empty life. I was initially disappointed that Danny DeVito didn'tThe pinnacle of human invention, Detective Pikachu bestows meaning upon my empty life. I was initially disappointed that Danny DeVito didn't voice Pikachu, but being honest with myself, we as a race couldn't handle it. If there's any criticism to be made, the part where Detective Pikachu waterboarded Charmander in an attempt to extract info on the whereabouts of Boss Muk was arguably a bit much. Expand
  2. Nov 30, 2018
    10
    I seriously don't understand why this game only got a 70 and a 7.6 user rating, its seriously a great game. A great storyline, solid graphics,I seriously don't understand why this game only got a 70 and a 7.6 user rating, its seriously a great game. A great storyline, solid graphics, and filled with minigames and puzzles. Aimed for a younger audience, and also worth picking up for those who don't know much about Pokemon. The only thing I can really can complain about is the giant cliffhanger at the end which would seriously make me stay in a locked coffin filled with spiders for 24 hours for a sequel. Expand
  3. May 24, 2018
    10
    its really a Amezing game you must buy it you MUST BUY IT or you life would suck
  4. Aug 8, 2018
    8
    I really liked this game. It is a nice change of pace from huge RPGs and button smashers. The story is fun to follow and you grow to loveI really liked this game. It is a nice change of pace from huge RPGs and button smashers. The story is fun to follow and you grow to love the characters. My only complaint is that it is quite short, but still worth the price. Expand
  5. Mar 24, 2018
    8
    Detective Pikachu is a charming Pokemon game, different from any other spin-offs of the series. While the game is not treading any new groundDetective Pikachu is a charming Pokemon game, different from any other spin-offs of the series. While the game is not treading any new ground in terms of gameplay, it does offer a unique view on the daily interactions between human and pokemons, akin to the anime. It made me wish for a main series game incorporating similar side missions to show more than just the battling aspect of pokemon. The game is not particularly difficult but it does offer a good amount of humor and is a nice way to spend time if you don't wish to think too much and are not interested in mashing buttons. I do admit that my 8/10 may be slightly biased because pokemon has been a part of my life since the first games. If you are not a pokemon fan you are probably won't find the game as charming. Nevertheless, for those on the fence I would recommend picking up this game on sale Expand
  6. Nov 22, 2018
    8
    After seing the movie trailer, I played this game. While very simple and at times more childish than other similar games tend to be, it's anAfter seing the movie trailer, I played this game. While very simple and at times more childish than other similar games tend to be, it's an entertaining game to go through in your free time, as long as you take your time to enjoy the characters Expand
  7. May 20, 2018
    4
    Este juego apesta totalmente, no se compara a otros spin offs de la saga, no lo recomiendo si tienes más de 10 años

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