Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD Review
- It's the Phoenix Wright trilogy in a convenient, affordable package.
- Well implemented touchscreen controls.
- The high-definition visuals are a mixed blessing.
- Excruciatingly slow text crawl when first entering an area.
The Phoenix Wright trilogy is a great adventure game experience full of humour and intrigue. The updated visuals and higher-than-average price tag might make some gamers think twice, however.
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It's been over two years since Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was released on the App Store, and fans have been eagerly awaiting the next two chapters in this trilogy ever since. Well the good news is that And Justice For All and Trails and Tribulations have arrived as part of the Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD. The bad news is that while the graphics have been sharpened up, there are a few niggling issues that do bring the whole experience down a little.
The games are essentially text adventures.. As fledgling lawyer Phoenix Wright, you have to represent your clients in a court system that regards everyone who enters as guilty until proven innocent. Squaring off against devious prosecutors, lying witnesses, and a very easily persuaded judge, it's your job to press the witnesses and present evidence to contradict their false testimonies. When you're not in court, you'll also have to conduct your own personal investigations. As you advance through the campaign. the game sucks you into this slightly barmy world through through its humour, intricate mysteries, and memorable characters.
The app is initially free, and the first two cases of the first game are available from the off. The rest of the first game, and the two sequels, will cost you around seven dollar each. Alternatively, you can unlock everything for the price of eighteen dollars. Considering the cost of the handheld and Wiiware releases, this is a bargain. However, its still a lot more than iOS gamers are used to paying, and may an impact on your willingness to continue.
The new visuals are a mixed bag. Yes everything looks a lot crisper, but some of the images, with their thin outlines and peculiar shading, look a little sterile. Then there's the huge frame drop when the camera whirls between characters in the courtroom, and the snails pace text scrawls at the beginning of each area. Weirdly, the text speed cannot be adjusted or skipped. Especially in some of the later cases, when you're swapping between locations for your next lead, this time wasting quickly becomes a drag.
But, at the end of the day, you're still getting the Phoenix Wright trilogy for an affordable price. If you love adventure games, murder mysteries, or games with a lot of humour and character, these are classic examples of the genre. Once you reach Trials and Tribulations, we reckon you'll be glued to your touchscreen until its captivating conclusion. It's a harder sell for those that have already bought and played through the series. But, with the release of the fifth game due later this year, this refresher course is probably deserving of a day in court.