Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth
A point-and-click adventure game for the Nintendo DS
score: ***** outta five
The point-and-click adventure genre has always been rather simplistic and static, as far as games go. I like to think of them as interactive cartoons, much closer to cartoons than games, and as video games became more complex interest in this genre has greatly waned (at least, in the West; Visual novels are fairly different to point-and-click games but follow the same principle, and they’re still rather popular for different reasons (the popularity of manga and hentai, basically)). And this makes sense to me: as games get more complex you find yourself executing all the actions, rather than pointing to dialogue and items and letting things unfold of their own accord. Nonetheless, there are still those of us who fondly recall the days of the great LucasArts adventure.
Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth is simply the next chapter in one series keeping interactive cartoons alive with great enthusiasm and interesting mechanics. Treat it as such, and you’ll find another entertaining set of tales to experience. But if you’re looking for a gamer’s game, this entry will disappoint you as much as the previous ones (and so will, I imagine, anything in the genre). Read more of this post