Review: Detective Pikachu (Nintendo 3DS)

Put your detective hat on – it’s time to crack the case of a boy’s missing father in Detective Pikachu, a unique adventure game


  • Really nice graphics.
  • 14,079 Blocks download size.
  • Three save slots.
  • Subtitle support.
  • The top screen is the game and the second bottom is touchscreen menu management.
  • 3D world to explore.
  • Ongoing tutorial.
  • Can use stylus or buttons.
  • Detective gameplay, You get a scenario where you need to find clues, Talk with witnesses and try and solve the scenario.
  • Pikachu notification to get his input or help.
  • Collect clues to add new questions and fact choices.
  • The game plays like a hidden object game.
  • Case list option-Lists all collected evidence, Conversations with people.
  • Case notes option-Lists case details and acts like a case description.
  • Tip button for if you get stuck.
  • You get constant nudges and tips.
  • In your case, you may need to show off what you have learned by doing mini-games like dragging and dropping evidence onto a map location or put them in order.
  • Decent voice work.
  • Features many Pokemon.
  • Nice chilled out the game.
  • Easy to get into.
  • A game perfect for a brief brain workout.


  • Cannot change difficulty without starting a new save.
  • No 3D implementation.
  • Slow paced.
  • Cannot skip scenes even if you have seen it before.
  • Not particularly difficult.
  • Drag and drop system is fine but there is no real penalty meaning you can just brute force it.
  • Not for all Pokemon fans.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10


Detective Pikachu is the first breakaway game I have played in the Pokemon universe, I didn’t really get on with it all. I mean it is very approachable and does the detective thing really well, Its just plodding along at such a slow pace and has you doing very meager tasks for little payoff. Kids will maybe get more out of it but older gamers will tire quickly with the stop-start pace of it all. In short a good start but needs to be a bit smoother.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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