WEIRD DIS­COV­ER­IES

Quirky ex­am­ples of the genre

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PHOENIX WRIGHT: ACE AT­TOR­NEY

■ Thanks to a bum­bling po­lice force that fre­quently nabs the wrong cul­prit, Wright ends up hav­ing to un­der­take his own in­ves­ti­ga­tions to find ev­i­dence to prove his clients’ in­no­cence. The court­room bat­tles where you strike down the lies in wit­ness’s tes­ti­monies are the game’s high­lights.

DAN­GAN­RONPA

■ In the sur­real Dan­gan­ronpa games, the twisted stuffed bear Monokuma ini­ti­ates a bizarre killing game where the stu­dents he’s im­pris­oned in an en­closed area are en­cour­aged to mur­der each other. When a mur­der oc­curs, a trial is held. If the cul­prit is cor­rectly iden­ti­fied, they are ex­e­cuted. If not, they are free to leave, and the oth­ers killed. SNATCHER

■ Hideo Ko­jima’s cult clas­sic cy­ber­punk de­tec­tive ad­ven­ture fea­tures some el­e­ments that haven’t aged well, such as the creepy op­tion to smell fe­male NPCS. How­ever, its tale of mys­te­ri­ous body-snatch­ing boogey­men can still prompt some in­trigu­ing thoughts on ‘the fear of the other’ and of­fer an early look at Ko­jima’s love for break­ing the fourth wall.

D4: DARK DREAMS DON’T DIE

In SWERY’S silly and sur­real ti­tle de­vel­oped to help show­case the Xbox One Kinect’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties, you play as a de­tec­tive suf­fer­ing mem­ory loss who has gained the abil­ity to travel back in time by touch­ing ‘me­men­tos’. He uses this power to try and track down his wife’s mur­derer.

GHOST TRICK

The mys­tery that you must solve in Ghost Trick is the main char­ac­ter’s own iden­tity and how he met his end. You learn snip­pets about this mys­tery as you use pro­tag­o­nist Sis­sel’s new­found ghostly pow­ers to pre­vent other peo­ple’s mur­ders, rewind­ing time and pos­sess­ing and an­i­mat­ing ob­jects to avert their ghastly fates.

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