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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: 21 out of 56
  2. Negative: 0 out of 56
  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 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.
  3. Apr 3, 2018
    77
    Detective Pikachu is an ambitious proposal with an acceptable execution. Take the amazing world of Pokémon and give it an interesting twist. The game experience is accessible to everyone. However, it may be too easy for some players.
  4. Mar 29, 2018
    70
    A fresh Pokémon spin-off with an engaging story and simple gameplay mechanics. Maybe too simple and easy for seasoned players.
  5. Apr 10, 2018
    70
    Détective Pikachu has a cool concept and a truly great title character. That being said, the game is way too easy for most players. But it can make a fun first Adventure game for young kids.
  6. Apr 16, 2018
    65
    Having no interest whatsoever for a seasoned gamer due to an absolute lack of challenge, Detective Pikachu is a rather pleasing game for kids that are taking their first steps into the world of videogames.
  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: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  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. May 20, 2018
    10
    Simple, yet fun and with an engaging plot. As long as you enjoy lighthearted adventures and is in the right mood, this game is 100% recommendable.
  3. Mar 30, 2018
    10
    Enjoyable little game. Most likely aimed at the younger audience but older fans may also appreciate this.
  4. Mar 24, 2018
    8
    Detective Pikachu is an easy game, that's for sure, but it's also quite decent! I am actually very surprised with it. It has many funnyDetective Pikachu is an easy game, that's for sure, but it's also quite decent! I am actually very surprised with it. It has many funny situations, and cases, while sometimes predictable, are also fun to follow and make you want to get to the very end of them. There is a big number of Pokémon, and the interaction with them is well made. That's one of my favourite parts of the game, the interaction with this world of Pokémon, one of the most realistic worlds of Pokémon we have ever seen. Detective Pikachu is quite the character as well, he is constantly making jokes. And graphics, for a 3DS, are nice.

    This game is very enjoyable for any Pokémon fan, and is a great way for younger players to get introduced to graphic adventure games. This is something we are seeing in Nintendo these days a lot, they are making many games that, while enjoyable for everyone, can introduce younger players to certain genres. For example, Miitopia does that with RPGs, and Kirby Star Allies does that as well with platform games.

    All in all, a quite decent game, a good surprise for me, wasn't expecting anything of it but I am having fun! It can get a bit repetitive, and it's easy, but the ideas are good, and I actually want Nintendo to keep evolving this Detective Pikachu saga with future games!
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  5. Apr 29, 2018
    8
    The story is certainly amazing and also develops the pokemon world in a way I've never seen before. It could be harder on theThe story is certainly amazing and also develops the pokemon world in a way I've never seen before. It could be harder on the investigation-gameplay side of it, making it far from perfect but it's still a very insteresting game to play to have a nice, quiet time, just not as a hardcore challenge of any sorts.. Expand
  6. 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
  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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