Detective Pikachu review roundup: Repetitive gameplay, great lead character, charming cast, clunky interface, etc.

Detective Pikachu is set to launch tomorrow, March 23, for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. To see what several outlets had to say about the latest Pokémon spinoff game, check out the review excerpts below:

CGMagazine – 8.5/10

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.

Nintendo Life – 8/10

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.

Vooks – 3.5/5

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.

Destructoid – 6/10

I want to see a lot more of Detective Pikachu despite my misgivings with his 3DS debut. I hope the next game is a little more fleshed out and doesn’t tease us so heavily; but developer Creatures was able to build the skeleton of a low key adventure romp.



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