A woman is in peril! Unbeknownst to her, a killer is leaning out from the shadows, murder weapon at the ready, and only one man can save the day. Just one problem—her potential savior is a ghost, invisible and intangible. Guess it's time to get creative.
That may sound like the plot to a Righteous Brothers-reviving 1990's Patrick Swayze film (which it is). It's also the plot to Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective, a much-lauded 2011 adventure game that arrived at the Apple App Store last week in fine form.
Ghost Trick was originally released early last year (in North America) for the Nintendo DS—it is published by Capcom and created by a team led by Shu Takumi, the goofy storytelling auteur behind the beloved Phoenix Wright/Ace Attorney games. It's a story-intensive puzzle/adventure game, and probably closer to Machinarium than Monkey Island. Like the Ace Attorney games, Ghost Trick made great use of the DS' touch-screen, so it is tailor-made for the iOS touch-screen. (In fact, the Ace Attorney games are also going to make their way to iOS. And there was much rejoicing.)