iPad App of the Week: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies

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Great apps make great platforms, and iOS and iPad are a great proof of that. One of the most captivating things about the iPad is the incredible range of great apps we are able to use and enjoy on Apple’s tablet. Each Saturday we share a favorite outstanding app as iPad App of the Week.

I was surprised and delighted to find Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney — Dual Destinies available on the App Store yesterday. I really loved the series of Phoenix Wright games on the Nintendo DS and 3DS. Yes, the series is a bit formulaic and the basic gameplay of questioning witnesses and finding evidence at crime scenes hasn’t changed much, but the dialogue is always spot-on and the storyline would usually keep me up for hours.

The game feels like it snuck onto the front page carousel, and the iTunes reviews say that it’s the very best port yet. The older Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD is a functional set of games, but they feel like literal cut-and-paste jobs of the Nintendo DS versions. Dual Destinies, on the other hand, looks right at home on the iPad.

Dual Destinies

Here’s a slice of the App Store description:

There are no “Objections!” to the latest entry in the Ace Attorney series! Become a lawyer and solve the case! Your client’s life is in your hands!

Game Intro

Point Your Way to Victory
Simply tap the screen to play. The intuitive interface includes useful features such as a backlog for you to re-read testimony and story dialogue.

Immersive Investigations
Freely explore 3D crime scenes for evidence and speak with witnesses for information that you can use in court.

Fast-Paced, Entertaining Trials
Dismantle lies and resolve contradictions between witnesses’ words and the evidence. Solve the case and save your client from trumped-up charges!

iCloud Support
Transfer your save data between multiple iOS devices to play wherever and whenever you want!

At $5 per episode or $15 for the whole campaign, this game isn’t cheap by iOS standards, but the writing and other production values are much higher than most App Store titles that this is a price I’m happy to pay. If you’ve been looking for a meaty, story-driven game to jump into this weekend, check out Dual Destinies! The first episode is free to play, so there’s nothing to lose.

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