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70

Mixed or average reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 60
  2. Negative: 0 out of 60
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  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 22, 2018
    85
    Detective Pikachu is a title that fans of Pokémon shouldn’t miss out on, especially those who are fans of the anime series or those who can’t get enough of Pikachu’s rosy red electric cheeks. For those looking for a bit more substance in their Pokémon games are encouraged to check out one of the numerous RPGs based on the series available on the 3DS.
  3. Mar 22, 2018
    82
    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.
  4. Apr 10, 2018
    80
    Detective Pikachu is not a typical Pokémon game. Anyone going into this adventure expecting the familiar formula is going to be sorely disappointed. But anyone looking for a new spin on a too-well-worn formula, or those looking to play a classic adventure game, will have a fun time. Is it the best adventure game? No. But it’s nice to see a classic formula revived with plenty of love and passion. And at the end of the day it is fun a game with a very unique perspective on the pokémon world. I dig it.
  5. Apr 8, 2018
    80
    His lightning-quick powers of deduction and obsession with gulping down coffee blends from High Hat Café aside, the greatest praise that I can throw at Detective Pikachu is how it always felt like you were really working alongside the electric mouse. And, as we cracked our last case, I can only hope that this is only the start of our adventures together.
  6. 80
    You're not going to forget your time with Detective Pikachu in a hurry, and those memories are going to be all very positive.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Mar 27, 2018
    80
    This is a very interesting take on the Pokemon franchise. It's quite accessible, so if you're looking for a light-hearted adventure with a very unique protagonist, this is your game.
  10. Mar 27, 2018
    80
    A different take on a beloved character, Detective Pikachu is clearly aimed at a very young audience with its interesting, funny story.
  11. Mar 22, 2018
    80
    The gameplay can be a little too easy and repetitive at times, and we were surprised to see the ending appear so abruptly, but everything is presented within a very solid package that will have kids and adults alike hooked. Dedicated fans of the series will likely get the most out of the experience, with the game’s art, storytelling, and genuinely likeable cast showing the world of Pokémon in a great new light, but we’d urge anyone interested to give this one a go.
  12. Mar 30, 2018
    78
    Detective Pikachu is one the best Pokémon spin-offs. Its charming and full of personality, sadly it doesn't offer any challenge. As a Pokémon experience it feels great and adds quite a bit in terms of the relationships between pokémon and humans. Detective Pikachu and Tim make a team that we would like to see in action in the future.
  13. Mar 27, 2018
    78
    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 difficult and repetitive, but it's a game worth playing.
  14. 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]
  15. 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.
  16. Mar 28, 2018
    76
    Detective Pikachu is a simple yet charming adventure, with a great roster of cast members and an adorable couple as the main characters. A must buy if you have kids who love Pokémon; on the contrary, if you consider yourself a true adventurer, remember that this one's a pretty easy game.
  17. Apr 20, 2018
    75
    Playing through Detective Pikachu, it became readily apparent why the title will be the basis for the upcoming live action film: the game offers up a unique take on the Pokémon world, while simultaneously providing something that feels familiar, much like Pokémon Snap once did on Nintendo 64. Some players will get frustrated having to figure out the puzzles in the exact way the game dictates, and they can get a little monotonous at times, but the game’s style and humor will make most Pokémon fans grin from ear-to-ear.
  18. 75
    Detective Pikachu is a solid, unique spinoff in the Pokemon series that stands out from other spinoffs. It’s a relatively easy point-and-click adventure game that won’t take much to complete in a few sittings. But some aspects of the gameplay do get clever, and the story does resonate. It’s nothing revolutionary, but I can always appreciate a fun with a fun feel and colorful aesthetic.
  19. Apr 2, 2018
    75
    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.
  20. Mar 28, 2018
    75
    Detective Pikachu is a fun game that combines Sherlock and Pokémon. There are a lot of familiar elements from the Pokémon games in there, that are a blast to recognize as a Pokémon fan.
  21. Mar 28, 2018
    75
    Detective Pikachu moves far away from the main series, boasting a strong narrative and a charismatic protagonist that bears little to none resemblance to the Pikachu we're familiar with. In spite of its faults, this first experiment managed to entertain us, and we can't wait to get some new adventures with this coffee-lover detective.
  22. Mar 30, 2018
    73
    Pikachu made a delightful Watson to my Holmes, full of genuine charm and laughs. I enjoyed exploring this Pokémon-filled world with a surly Pikachu so much that I almost didn’t care how we filled our time.
  23. Mar 30, 2018
    73
    A simple puzzle adventure in a magnificent game world, representing a refreshing new way for the series.
  24. Mar 28, 2018
    72
    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.
  25. Mar 27, 2018
    72
    This brand new entry to the Pokémon franchise feels fresh and captivating, but overall doesn't highlight anything in particular, making the general feeling just good and not as great as it could have been if the developer would have put more effort into its mechanics and gameplay.
  26. Jun 3, 2018
    70
    Mainly geared to young and true fans of the franchise, Detective Pikachu is a neat and beautiful fresh take on the Pokémon universe.
  27. May 24, 2018
    70
    Although Detective Pikachu unequivocally has a charming lead, it's ultimately a few sparks short of being a true bolt of brilliance.
  28. Apr 30, 2018
    70
    An enjoyable interactive movie for kids. It‘s fun, just don‘t expect a proper adventure game out of this.
  29. NF Magazine
    Apr 25, 2018
    70
    A great story for both Pokémon fans and mystery fans – of all ages! [Issue #33 – May/June 2018, p. 73]
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. Apr 8, 2018
    70
    Detective Pikachu is a good game, friendly and entertaining, mainly focused for the little fans of Pokémon. It has a good sense of humor, but beyond that we are facing a very easy adventure that is not challenging.
  33. Apr 6, 2018
    70
    A different approach to a Pokémon game in which Pikachu acts as the lead character. Puzzles and investigation in the same adventure.
  34. Apr 2, 2018
    70
    A charming detective game that's perhaps a little too simplistic for its own good. Fans of Pokémon's fiction will lap it up, however, and in Detective Pikachu himself we have a new breakout star.
  35. Apr 2, 2018
    70
    The game is packed full of humour, challenging puzzles, and an amusing pair of lead characters. It isn't without its faults, but there's enough here for an ultimately rewarding tale and the potential to develop the formula further in the future.
  36. Apr 2, 2018
    70
    Though it may be short on depth, Detective Pikachu makes up for its lack of difficulty with a ton of personality and charm.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. Mar 28, 2018
    70
    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.
  40. Mar 28, 2018
    70
    The quirkiness, presentation, strong voice acting, and characters help push past the simplistic gameplay and the narrative the game tells is surprisingly engaging.
  41. Mar 28, 2018
    70
    For kids and Pokemon fans, this game is sure to be a delight, but anyone wanting to get into the franchise should start with Sun and Moon.
  42. Mar 27, 2018
    70
    Detective Pikachu ranks as one of the most interesting Pokémon spin-offs we’ve seen in years, and does an wonderful job of offering a fresh perspective on a world we’ve become almost uncomfortably familiar with in recent years. The lack of any real challenge is an issue – and one that seasoned gamers might find hard to stomach – but while it lasts, Detective Pikachu is quality entertainment that’s well written, brilliantly presented and sets the scene nicely for the upcoming Hollywood movie.
  43. Mar 22, 2018
    70
    Detective Pikachu is a simple game. There's not much variety to the way you solve cases; the story follows a standard detective formula, and as long as you're thorough, you won't have too much trouble connecting the dots. But it's full of heart, and its silly characters and intentionally campy tone are what make it fun.
  44. 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.
  45. CD-Action
    Jul 6, 2018
    65
    The attempt to tell a more mature story in the Pokémon universe is commendable and Pikachu is really cool as a bitter, hoarse-voiced detective, but the game itself is mediocre and despite its genre never treated me as an intelligent being. [06/2018, p.65]
  46. 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.
  47. Apr 6, 2018
    65
    Detective Pikachu, as a character, is really quite special - but the game itself is unfortunately just not very much fun to play.
  48. Apr 4, 2018
    65
    The investigation of our electric rodent turned out to be rather "elementary".
  49. Apr 2, 2018
    65
    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.
  50. Mar 25, 2018
    65
    Detective Pikachu had a lot of potential, but failed to deliver an awesome Pokémon experience. This game might be enjoyable if you are searching for a short game meant for the younger players. Otherwise this game is way too simplistic.
  51. Apr 1, 2018
    61
    Detective Pikachu is a cute and fun little game but it only offers enough challenge to satisfy an elementary school student.
  52. Jul 15, 2018
    60
    It’s a real shame the game’s intriguing cast of characters and witty scripting isn’t paired with inviting, challenging gameplay.
  53. Edge Magazine
    Apr 26, 2018
    60
    Its lead's epiphanies - or 'bolts of brilliance' - are his most underwhelming moments. [June 2018, p.122]
  54. Apr 25, 2018
    60
    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.
  55. Apr 3, 2018
    60
    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.
  56. Mar 28, 2018
    60
    Detective Pikachu takes several steps away from the traditional Pokémon experience, with only a handful paying off. The beautiful imagery and distinct world-building will please any Pokémon fan, but the gameplay might leave them wanting more. While the point-and-click-style experience is a novel idea for the gameplay, it never manages to fully grab the player’s attention.
  57. Mar 22, 2018
    60
    I wish the makers of Detective Pikachu made more bold choices, especially early on. I wish they would have infused every scene with even more personality. But when the plot works, it works. Reading-age kids will probably enjoy it, as will Pokémon diehards. But for everyone else, other games offer more pleasures more quickly and more often. Sorry, Detective. Maybe your story will turn out better on the big screen.
  58. Mar 22, 2018
    60
    I want to see a lot more of Detective Pikachu despite my misgivings with his 3DS debut.
  59. games(TM)
    Apr 20, 2018
    50
    A simplified spin-off that misses the mark. [Issue#199, p.79]
  60. 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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  1. Mar 23, 2018
    An entertaining slice of Pokémon sleuthing set within a vibrant version of the series' world. [Recommended]
  2. Mar 23, 2018
    There are no real stakes to any of the puzzles or exploration because your AI partners always know exactly what to do and the game seemingly always offers up the powers you need to solve any problems. If the game’s gimmick ends up doing this much damage to the design, I’d rather it not have a gimmick at all.
  3. 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.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 61 out of 81
  2. Negative: 15 out of 81
  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. Full Review »
  2. Mar 23, 2018
    8
    Good graphic adventure, good and interesting story for what Pokémon can be. Easy gameplay, sometimes repetitive, but acceptable. 8-9h longGood graphic adventure, good and interesting story for what Pokémon can be. Easy gameplay, sometimes repetitive, but acceptable. 8-9h long what its great for a game like that.

    It's a good game if you want to know about the story, and a good spin-off for the Pokémon saga. If you're a Pokémon fan, you should play it. You will like it.
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  3. Mar 30, 2018
    10
    Enjoyable little game. Most likely aimed at the younger audience but older fans may also appreciate this.