Pikachu needs your help in this fun and hilarious new Pokemon adventure, Detective Pikachu. Meet Tim, a young boy who comes to Ryme City in search of his missing father when he literally runs into Pikachu, his missing father’s Pokemon partner. Together, they join forces to search for Tim’s missing father, Harry, and solve many mysteries along the way. Originally released in Japan in February of 2016, this fun loving game has finally come to the States and, let’s be honest, I didn’t know I needed a sassy, talkative, coffee loving Pikachu in my life until now.
While Detective Pikachu may come across as brash or uninteresting, the gameplay is incredibly fun. Pikachu encourages players, who play as Tim, to explore every nook and cranny of a crime scene, as well as the area around thee scene, to discover clues and take testimonies from humans and Pokemon alike, who look at a scene differently and make for a more complete analysis of the situation that happened. It’s incredibly intriguing and lets players ask a series of questions to find out more information, but players can back out of certain prompts in cases where a question asked to a person wouldn’t lead to any new or useful information. Having the testimony of the Pokemon helps solve a case quicker, but also provides the challenge of answering the questions of the humans as to how the players came to the conclusion that the Pokemon’s testimony helped to create. That’s where the intuition of the player comes in hand. Sometimes, it can be rather easy to figure out the puzzle and solve the mystery way before the characters know or allow the player to know. Other times, it can be a struggle to figure out who commited the crime and how the player is going to solve the case. This is where the brilliance of Detective Pikachu comes in to play. It can be rather easy to figure out in the beginning, but the cases become more difficult and intriguing as the game progresses. This allows for players who aren’t familiar with detective games to learn and progress their detective skills and also allows for players familiar with detective and puzzle games to earn a sort of challenge.
Several chapters progress the game forward, each leading further to the discovery of what happened to Tim’s father and Pikachu’s partner, Harry, and why he disappeared over two months prior. It also progresses the story as far as interactions go. Pikachu has lost his memory, but slowly gains it back. Tim gains confidence in himself and his detective skills, and together they will find Harry and discover why some Pokemon have been going berserk lately. To accompany this fun loving adventure is jazzy music that helps set the tone. It reminds me of an older GameCube title that I adored growing up: Pokemon Coliseum. Each location that Tim and Pikachu travel to has its own distinctive sound that can be identified as that place, and also have the pacing that sets the tone for the investigation. The music and gameplay coincide with each other perfectly and creates an environment similar to other kind of spin off Pokemon games.
For those looking for a fun challenge and a new take on the world of Pokemon, Detective Pikachu is perfect for you. It offers some challenge and progresses smoothly from one chapter and investigation to another. While some may find it easy, it can still be a spellbinding game that will have players curious until the end. I personally loved this game and cannot get enough sassy Pikachu. More please! Alongside the launch of the game, Nintendo released a 6 inch tall Detective Pikachu amiibo, almost twice the size of a standard amiibo, who can unlock clues and cutscenes within the game.
Detective Pikachu is now available on the Nintendo 3DS for $39.99 and the reviewer purchased the game for this purpose.