Capcom's Phoenix Wright [$4.99] started its life as a Japanese Gameboy Advance game all the way back in 2001. In 2005, a touchscreen-enhanced port of the game made it to the Nintendo DS and the rest of the world. Five years later, and the game is here on the App Store at a fraction of its original DS price.

We described the basic premise of the game following its announcement late last year:

Phoenix Wright games are a strange mixture of a visual adventure game that play a lot like mixture of a hidden object game and a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book. The game is segmented in to two portions, the investigation and the trial. While investigating, you visit various location and gather evidence by looking around and interviewing anyone who is around. When you're finished with that, you go to court where you cross examine witnesses, present evidence, and object to the arguments presented by the prosecuting lawyer.

Even just from looking at screenshots alone, it is amazingly apparent that this is a fairly direct port from the DS game, with the output of the two screens just stacked on top of each other on the iPhone. When playing through the game, the bottom half is loaded with all kinds of buttons and menus depending on if you're investigating or arguing in court, and these UI elements seem to be reworked from the original to be finger-friendly instead of built around the Nintendo DS stylus.

All of the Phoenix Wright games are a fun, and often silly adventure through crime scenes and court rooms. Successfully completing the game requires a keen eye both when gathering evidence and when arguing your case in court. Because so much of the game is based on finding/noticing little things between hidden evidence or inconsistencies in testimony, Phoenix Wright has little if any replay value.

Five cases from the original game are included, and each case should take you a few hours to go through depending on how quickly you read or how much you goof up in court. Phoenix Wright is an insane value at its launch price of $4.99, as when it first launched on the DS it was the kind of game you couldn't find anywhere in stock, and when you did, it was at least $40.00 because of how rare it was.

It would have been nice to see Capcom do more to the game in its port to the iPhone. It seems like Phoenix Wright would be the perfect kind of game to offer with a single case for free to act as a lite version of sorts, with the rest of the cases (and cases from other games in the Phoenix Wright series) available as individual DLC packs. Regardless, I'm just glad the game is finally here, as it was one of the best and most creative games I played on my DS, and a fantastic fit for the iPhone.

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  • christine

    do i need internet connection to play this game?

    • jooso

      This is something I also need to know. I want to give my moneys to you Capcom!

      • HawkEye

        No, you do not. All the cases are installed in the app for the US version. On the flip side, this means that the app takes up about 230MB of space, and quite a bit more to install. I had to take some stuff off my phone to get it to fit, but it was more than worth the effort. Hoping it sells well so that the others get brought to the iPhone.

  • christine

    do i need internet connection to play this game?

    • jooso

      This is something I also need to know. I want to give my moneys to you Capcom!

      • HawkEye

        No, you do not. All the cases are installed in the app for the US version. On the flip side, this means that the app takes up about 230MB of space, and quite a bit more to install. I had to take some stuff off my phone to get it to fit, but it was more than worth the effort. Hoping it sells well so that the others get brought to the iPhone.

  • Ultimate Zohan

    ZOHAN APPRO- OBJECTS!

  • Ultimate Zohan

    ZOHAN APPRO- OBJECTS!

  • Ashraf

    hurm the price =_=".

    • Pete

      Are you for real? that is so cheap for a game that costs at least 5 times as much on DS..

    • SeveringGecko

      You are complaining about a $5 price for a game that was $30 on ds and provides hours of gameplay?

      Are you one of those people that also complain about the lack of good games? Big budget games from real big devs can not go for 99c if the dev wants to make any money

    • SiDCrAzY

      I hate people like you.

    • Ashraf

      i never play DS :P. People had their own interesting ^^Y.

    • HawkEye

      This really just makes me face palm. Seriously, go play Doodle Jump if you want a cheap game. This was worth the price on the DS when it first came out, and at $5 it is a steal for the quality and quantity of game play you get.

    • Ashraf

      :) Nah... that why i say everyone had their own interest. i would like spend my money to RPG or MMO kind of game only. Relax man, i didn't say this game is bad or something, my friend buy it already. Its good if got Lite version for the people like me didn't know what kind of game is this and never play DS before.

      • SiDCrAzY

        I see what you mean, I don't hate you as much anymore ;)

  • Ashraf

    hurm the price =_=".

    • Pete

      Are you for real? that is so cheap for a game that costs at least 5 times as much on DS..

    • SeveringGecko

      You are complaining about a $5 price for a game that was $30 on ds and provides hours of gameplay?

      Are you one of those people that also complain about the lack of good games? Big budget games from real big devs can not go for 99c if the dev wants to make any money

    • SiDCrAzY

      I hate people like you.

    • Ashraf

      i never play DS :P. People had their own interesting ^^Y.

    • HawkEye

      This really just makes me face palm. Seriously, go play Doodle Jump if you want a cheap game. This was worth the price on the DS when it first came out, and at $5 it is a steal for the quality and quantity of game play you get.

    • Ashraf

      :) Nah... that why i say everyone had their own interest. i would like spend my money to RPG or MMO kind of game only. Relax man, i didn't say this game is bad or something, my friend buy it already. Its good if got Lite version for the people like me didn't know what kind of game is this and never play DS before.

      • SiDCrAzY

        I see what you mean, I don't hate you as much anymore ;)

  • Electrolite82

    No internet connection needed!!I tested it on an ipod touch for that reason and it played great!!

    • christine

      oh wow thank you! deffo getting it ^^

  • Electrolite82

    No internet connection needed!!I tested it on an ipod touch for that reason and it played great!!

    • christine

      oh wow thank you! deffo getting it ^^

  • Electrolite82

    P.S!Great game by the way.......Thanks loads Capcom and for a great price!!!!!

  • Electrolite82

    P.S!Great game by the way.......Thanks loads Capcom and for a great price!!!!!

  • MrMuesli

    Wow! I'm impressed. This is one game I passed by on ds. Very glad to have it on my iPod. It suits the iPod interface perfectly. Can't quite belive that Capcom have done this.

  • MrMuesli

    Wow! I'm impressed. This is one game I passed by on ds. Very glad to have it on my iPod. It suits the iPod interface perfectly. Can't quite belive that Capcom have done this.

  • tonyunreal

    Full version with all 5 chapters? Instant buy.

  • tonyunreal

    Full version with all 5 chapters? Instant buy.

  • eric cartman

    first there was resident evil, then there was mega man 2, then there was street fighter, now this? manwe live in a pretty cool world.

  • eric cartman

    first there was resident evil, then there was mega man 2, then there was street fighter, now this? manwe live in a pretty cool world.

  • Trogador

    'Phoenix Wright has little if any replay value.'

    Wrong. Not only is PW one of my favourite series of games, I always find myself coming back to it every couple of months due to its enticing storyline and epic plot twists. unfortunately, I was be purchasing this since I'm one of those people that carry thier DS and iPod everywhere.

    • Jassen

      I concur, I always come back to Phoenix Wright, the story is so zany and fun, it's great to pick up again after a little time, kinda like a good book.

      • HawkEye

        I have to third this. The Ace Attorney games are the only series I've gone back to and replayed on the DS, and it's entirely to see the story and the characters again.

    • Stevie

      Dude I don't know anymore how many times I have played through the whole series frm 1-latest which is investigations so dude I totally agree that it has a veeery high replay value!

  • Trogador

    'Phoenix Wright has little if any replay value.'

    Wrong. Not only is PW one of my favourite series of games, I always find myself coming back to it every couple of months due to its enticing storyline and epic plot twists. unfortunately, I was be purchasing this since I'm one of those people that carry thier DS and iPod everywhere.

    • Jassen

      I concur, I always come back to Phoenix Wright, the story is so zany and fun, it's great to pick up again after a little time, kinda like a good book.

      • HawkEye

        I have to third this. The Ace Attorney games are the only series I've gone back to and replayed on the DS, and it's entirely to see the story and the characters again.

  • gogoph

    Oh my god!

    I'm playing this game now for about 5 hours.
    I thought the second chapter would be the last but..... holy **** !
    There are 3 more !
    That's the best buy I've ever done on my iTouch ! :D
    Thank you Capcom for the game!
    Thank you TouchArcade for the news!
    Thank you Apple for the Ipod ! :D:D:D

    Sorry for my bad English. I'm German ^^

    • Mike

      Not called an iTouch - it's an iPod Touch.

  • gogoph

    Oh my god!

    I'm playing this game now for about 5 hours.
    I thought the second chapter would be the last but..... holy **** !
    There are 3 more !
    That's the best buy I've ever done on my iTouch ! :D
    Thank you Capcom for the game!
    Thank you TouchArcade for the news!
    Thank you Apple for the Ipod ! :D:D:D

    Sorry for my bad English. I'm German ^^

    • Mike

      Not called an iTouch - it's an iPod Touch.

  • Deewin

    The game looks great on the iPad!

  • Deewin

    The game looks great on the iPad!

  • http://www.generationstarwars.com John Hood

    Capcom is full of win on the App Store! Downloading now...

  • http://www.generationstarwars.com John Hood

    Capcom is full of win on the App Store! Downloading now...

  • christine

    i was really impressed, i loved it ^^ i hope its not that short though.

    • HawkEye

      The cases vary in length. The first one is quite short, and knowing how it goes, I blew through it in about an hour and a half last night. The second and third cases are 2-3x as long, and the fourth and fifth are probably 4x as long as the first one. The first time I marathon played through these games, they probably took me upwards of 15 hours total per game, and the later games have even more complex (although sometimes frustratingly so) cases than this first game. For your $5, you will be getting a LOT of content.

  • christine

    i was really impressed, i loved it ^^ i hope its not that short though.

    • HawkEye

      The cases vary in length. The first one is quite short, and knowing how it goes, I blew through it in about an hour and a half last night. The second and third cases are 2-3x as long, and the fourth and fifth are probably 4x as long as the first one. The first time I marathon played through these games, they probably took me upwards of 15 hours total per game, and the later games have even more complex (although sometimes frustratingly so) cases than this first game. For your $5, you will be getting a LOT of content.

  • http://www.meadiciona.com/charles_anjos Charles

    'Phoenix Wright has little if any replay value.'

    I beg to differ. Just because you already know the story it doesn't mean you won't play again. Is just like that great movie, or your favorite book: you end up coming back just for fun.

    For everyone interested in a different gameplay, well written stories, good humor and brain-melting puzzles, this is a must buy. Seriously.

    • mike

      there's a sequel right? i agree the replay value is pretty negligible.. i'm glad its a 5 dollar game (fun as hell!!) ..why wouldn't they just sell new 'cases' through DLC/Microtransaction

  • http://www.meadiciona.com/charles_anjos Charles

    'Phoenix Wright has little if any replay value.'

    I beg to differ. Just because you already know the story it doesn't mean you won't play again. Is just like that great movie, or your favorite book: you end up coming back just for fun.

    For everyone interested in a different gameplay, well written stories, good humor and brain-melting puzzles, this is a must buy. Seriously.

    • mike

      there's a sequel right? i agree the replay value is pretty negligible.. i'm glad its a 5 dollar game (fun as hell!!) ..why wouldn't they just sell new 'cases' through DLC/Microtransaction

  • shin

    I hate Edgeworth

    • Nick

      Blasphemy!

      • Michael

        Quite frankly, I thought "Miles Edgeworth: Ace Attorney Investigations" was almost as good as (if not better than) "Trials and Tribulations". And if you're talking about the character himself, it's just because of his mentor. He is actually much more noble than he appears to be in the first couple cases.

  • shin

    I hate Edgeworth

    • Nick

      Blasphemy!

      • Michael

        Quite frankly, I thought "Miles Edgeworth: Ace Attorney Investigations" was almost as good as (if not better than) "Trials and Tribulations". And if you're talking about the character himself, it's just because of his mentor. He is actually much more noble than he appears to be in the first couple cases.

  • DeadCell

    Trying to keep myself away. I have played the series to death on my DS, and really don't have the money to throw down just to play it on my phone. Really tempting though.

  • DeadCell

    Trying to keep myself away. I have played the series to death on my DS, and really don't have the money to throw down just to play it on my phone. Really tempting though.

  • kopiikat

    Oh, please please please please put out a native iPad version of a game like this, Capcom.

    • DeadCell

      Who would want to buy an iPad only version of a game? I'd rather have the version that works on all devices if I had an iPad and iPhone/iTouch.

  • kopiikat

    Oh, please please please please put out a native iPad version of a game like this, Capcom.

    • DeadCell

      Who would want to buy an iPad only version of a game? I'd rather have the version that works on all devices if I had an iPad and iPhone/iTouch.

  • Lum-chan

    A great game as everyone knows my wow is this a lazy port. (although not quite as lazy as the Wii version) Capcom really phoned this in. They couldn't even be bothered to make the dialogue text run to the full width of the screen. (it ends at the DS' 256 pixel wide screen limit)

  • Lum-chan

    A great game as everyone knows my wow is this a lazy port. (although not quite as lazy as the Wii version) Capcom really phoned this in. They couldn't even be bothered to make the dialogue text run to the full width of the screen. (it ends at the DS' 256 pixel wide screen limit)

  • Anthony

    Well that's why they are selling it for a 5 spot, they didn't have to do much work to bring it to the Ipod.

    • mike

      they would have loved to sell it for 35 bucks though. you think MS re-writes windows every three years?

      its a different model, no hardware, no packaging...cheaper prices, but instantaneous automatic distribution... man i love iPhone games

  • Anthony

    Well that's why they are selling it for a 5 spot, they didn't have to do much work to bring it to the Ipod.

    • mike

      they would have loved to sell it for 35 bucks though. you think MS re-writes windows every three years?

      its a different model, no hardware, no packaging...cheaper prices, but instantaneous automatic distribution... man i love iPhone games

  • Wim Lauryssen

    Wasn't this $40 on the DS just because it was the standard retail price? I remember having trouble finding it, but I don't remember it costing more than other DS titles. Especially not Nintendo's first party titles.

    Either way, at $5, it's a no-brainer. So I bought it again.

  • Wim Lauryssen

    Wasn't this $40 on the DS just because it was the standard retail price? I remember having trouble finding it, but I don't remember it costing more than other DS titles. Especially not Nintendo's first party titles.

    Either way, at $5, it's a no-brainer. So I bought it again.

  • MrMuesli

    I worked my way through the first couple of stories and just started the third. It's fun, and the way the characters overlap into the other stories is great. Well written, good artwork, and despite other peoples issues with the port, I find it quite perfect. Game-play wise I'm a bit unsure. It's an interactive novel, the story of which, I assume, is linear, so really regardless of your choices, you'll end up in the same spot in the end. It's fun to tag along with the characters and find out who did it, but at the same time I do feel as though I am just tagging along really, whilst the game sort of plays itself. So far it has been pretty obvious what to 'present' to the court etc. I'm hoping the next three stories step up the challenge a bit.

    • mike

      Yeah, its a little strange to 'play' ... sometimes I'm thinking, "How the hell did they program this game?" Sometimes it's not obvious how 'when' you Present the right evidence will change the outcome.

      So far, I'm loving it, and I sure hope we can get a sequel in a few months :P

      • Mike G

        No, you don't :P The second game sorta-kinda-maybe sucked. If you still would want to play it, I'd recommend getting it on an emulator first to see if you'd like it.

        I, personally, can't wait to see what they'll do with the edgeworth game (IF they make it) :P

  • MrMuesli

    I worked my way through the first couple of stories and just started the third. It's fun, and the way the characters overlap into the other stories is great. Well written, good artwork, and despite other peoples issues with the port, I find it quite perfect. Game-play wise I'm a bit unsure. It's an interactive novel, the story of which, I assume, is linear, so really regardless of your choices, you'll end up in the same spot in the end. It's fun to tag along with the characters and find out who did it, but at the same time I do feel as though I am just tagging along really, whilst the game sort of plays itself. So far it has been pretty obvious what to 'present' to the court etc. I'm hoping the next three stories step up the challenge a bit.

    • mike

      Yeah, its a little strange to 'play' ... sometimes I'm thinking, "How the hell did they program this game?" Sometimes it's not obvious how 'when' you Present the right evidence will change the outcome.

      So far, I'm loving it, and I sure hope we can get a sequel in a few months :P

  • http://ozarin.co.uk Bryan

    Loving this game so far! A bargain at only £2.99 on the UK App Store.

    Having never played the DS game, I was so excited to read about the iPhone release, furthermore when it was revealed at a fraction of the price.

    Would definitely recommend this game to anyone who travels a lot.

  • http://ozarin.co.uk Bryan

    Loving this game so far! A bargain at only £2.99 on the UK App Store.

    Having never played the DS game, I was so excited to read about the iPhone release, furthermore when it was revealed at a fraction of the price.

    Would definitely recommend this game to anyone who travels a lot.

  • Shin

    Hey guys, i cannot play this game on my ipod touch, i don't know why, i've tried re installing it, and still, it doesnt work, does the game required certain os, my itouch os' is 3.0, any ideas guys, why i can't play it?, want this game badly..

    • Mike

      Maybe you should learn to stay updated to the latest software - 3.1.3, you're a little outdated, it came out in February.

  • Shin

    Hey guys, i cannot play this game on my ipod touch, i don't know why, i've tried re installing it, and still, it doesnt work, does the game required certain os, my itouch os' is 3.0, any ideas guys, why i can't play it?, want this game badly..

    • Mike

      Maybe you should learn to stay updated to the latest software - 3.1.3, you're a little outdated, it came out in February.

  • http://twitter.com/hyucillo Hugo

    I've played the four Ace Attorney series on the DS, and the game is great, the cases are really well created and the background story that is developed in the three first games, is really awesome.
    Now... the first game for 5 bucks? HOLY SHIT!

  • http://twitter.com/hyucillo Hugo

    I've played the four Ace Attorney series on the DS, and the game is great, the cases are really well created and the background story that is developed in the three first games, is really awesome.
    Now... the first game for 5 bucks? HOLY SHIT!

  • http://www.gadgetgirl.ru Gadgetgirl

    Wow, that's a great news! Had a DS a while ago, but never had time to play Phoenix, and now I can buy it now for 5$ only!!! It's unbelievable!!

  • http://www.gadgetgirl.ru Gadgetgirl

    Wow, that's a great news! Had a DS a while ago, but never had time to play Phoenix, and now I can buy it now for 5$ only!!! It's unbelievable!!

  • Rob

    I'm tired of people who dont want to pay more than 59p / $.99 for a game... those cheap twats are making developers fill the appstore with ad driven doodle jump garbage instead of quality console titles.

  • http://none Rob

    I'm tired of people who dont want to pay more than 59p / $.99 for a game... those cheap twats are making developers fill the appstore with ad driven doodle jump garbage instead of quality console titles.

  • Wes

    Amazing Game...
    Have played all the Phoenix wright
    games on ds and bought the app even though I have
    the ds game.
    It was a no brainer with the price.
    For those who said it is a linear story, this is true,
    but it gets much harder farther into the game,
    and if not, definatly into the sequals.
    I literally cannot wait for the next games and
    to have all four of them on one device with ease of access.

  • Wes

    Amazing Game...
    Have played all the Phoenix wright
    games on ds and bought the app even though I have
    the ds game.
    It was a no brainer with the price.
    For those who said it is a linear story, this is true,
    but it gets much harder farther into the game,
    and if not, definatly into the sequals.
    I literally cannot wait for the next games and
    to have all four of them on one device with ease of access.

  • Gabe

    hmmmmm when will capcom port more of the phoenix wright sequels? i would pay good money for this!!

  • concrete Building

    So, just finished the game... More please??

Phoenix Wright Reviewed by Eli Hodapp on . Rating: 4.5