From beginning to end, Ghost Trick is one wild ride.
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The game begins with a player as a newly dead ghost. In a variety of situations and puzzles, the player must manipulate the environment to alter the outcome of various events. The result is most often a deliciously complex Rube Goldberg machine that plays out in a spectacular fashion. The player can possess objects in the environment, and can influence specific objects using "ghost tricks". These tricks include rolling balls, strumming guitars, and other very simple actions that end up having big consequences. The player is limited by the distance from an object he can move to possess the next. As a result, you must continually jump from object to object to get where your going. Later in the game, the timing of events becomes critical to success, but is never too difficult to pull off due to the player being able to pause time by moving into the ghost world. In short, movement is done in the ghost world, tricks are done in the real world.
Ghost Trick's graphics are wonderfully inventive and amazingly expressive. Environments serve as 2D backdrops to the simple 3D rendered characters. The games view is just far enough away that the 3D characters look like very smoothly animated cartoons, and this lends the game incredible graphical flexibility. The soundtrack grows ever more tense as you near the moments of peoples deaths you seek to undo, and the sprites used for conversational scenes are very stylized and detailed. The writing is also very well done. Even though all speech is done in text, individual speech patterns and personalities are still present in the characters text.
Where the game really excels is in its whirlwind story. The protagonist is on a quest to discover his true identity, and his power to rewind death itself leads him into an even more complex, worldwide event all taking place in the span of a single night. Sissel must travel through phone lines, undo accidental deaths, and befriend the living if he is to get to the bottom of the mysteries taking place on the night of his death. Later in the game, the player also gets a partner ghost who's power lies not in manipulating objects, but swapping them with objects of the same shape, and this adds even more depth into the puzzles.
The end result is a fantastic game that culminates in an unforgettable experience full of unique, lovable characters and shocking twists and turns. Much like a bestselling novel, this game is almost impossible to put down. I finished in about 1 week with 1 to 2 hour play sessions each day. If your looking to experience an unforgettable story, skip the bookstore and pick up "Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective".