Atlus, the company behind "Trauma Centre", release their new DS title "Touch Detective
" in October 2006 (US).
Nintendo® The Official Magazine have new screenshots, which can be found here
The game looks lush, and is made up of four episodes. You control Rina (or Mackenzie - there seems to be a bit of confusion about this. Rina is the name of the heroine in the Japanese version of the game, which is known as "Osawari Tantei"), who must solve each mystery by talking to people, and searching for objects. Not doubt there will be lots of puzzles to solve too. Throughout the main game, the top screen is only apparently used to display a picture of Rina/Mackenzie. She will, however, give you clues via speech/thought bubbles and expressions. To me this seems a waste, but then, what else would you use it for?
The official site can be found here
, and the details of the game are as follows:
After her father unexpectedly passes away, Mackenzie inherits the family business: a renowned detective agency in a fantastic world of mystery and intrigue. With the aid of her investigative assistant Funghi and her faithful servant Cromwell, Mackenzie sets off to prove herself worthy of being called... the Touch Detective!
* Gather evidence, talk to witnesses, and use items to further the investigation!
* Four bizarre cases! Find a missing person, track down a stolen dream, and more!
* Touch-screen, dual-screen puzzle-solving that takes full advantage of the Nintendo DS!
The Japanese site is here
, and it gives a good impression of the style of the game (complete with a wierd mushroom fella - presumably Funghi - that you just can't catch!). A video taster can be found here
Sadly there is no confirmed UK release date yet.