I had hoped that this might have been fixed in an update, however we have yet to receive an update in the North American App Store despite the presence of an update to the game on the Japanese App Store. If the update does fix the lag, I am at a loss as to why Capcom hasn’t released it with the game having been out for nearly 3 months.
Besides these hardware-related changes, there was one change that didn’t really fit, the artwork that is displayed for each case.
In the DS version, when selecting which case to play you’re presented with a beautiful case-related piece of artwork. For example, the third case which revolves around a murder that takes place during the production of a TV show, the corresponding artwork features an epic clash between the hero and villain with the other characters involved in the case appearing above and below this image. This artwork sort of reminds me of the original Star Wars movie poster which focused on the primary characters of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia while the supporting characters, the main villain, space and spacecraft are relegated to the background. In the iPhone version you still see a piece of artwork, but it’s from in-game footage and is covered with text that has the potential to spoil the case, and game, before you even start.
Despite these minor detractions in this version of Ace Attorney, the basic gameplay, funny and interesting characters with their wild reactions and the story make up for them in the long run. For those who are fans and for those who haven’t played the Ace Attorney games before, they’re worth playing, especially considering the low price of $4.99 and how readably available this version of the game is over the Nintendo DS one these days.
- Fun and easy to play
- Enjoyable story and characters
- Low price and availability (in comparison to the Nintendo DS version)
- Medium difficulty
- Confusing controls
- Poor use of iPhone/iPod Touch screen
- Gimmicky use of the iPhone accelerometer
Axis of Bozz Rating: 73