The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles

LQ: 9.8


Brain grade: 9.7
Fun score: 9.9

Game Type: , , ESRB Rating: Teen Platform/Console: , , LWK Recommended Age: 13+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

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The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is a game in the Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney series of games. In this game, you play as Ryunosuke Naruhodo, a Japanese University student in Meiji-era Japan. At the beginning of the game, you are wrongfully accused of murder and need to enter into the courtroom to defend yourself. You are not a lawyer but you will need to think like one in order to avoid being found guilty.

The results of this first trial will take Ryunosuke and the player from Japan to England where they will encounter the world’s most famous detective, Herlock Sholmes. Together Sholmes and Ryunosuke will investigate for clues and present the information in the courtroom to a jury. Whether or not you as the player will be able to find the contradictions in the witnesses’ statements will determine whether or not you can swing the jury onto your side and have your defendant declared Not Guilty. 

In order to investigate, the player points and clicks on objects and talks with witnesses to gather information. In the courtroom, you gather your evidence together and carefully compare it with the statements you hear from the witnesses. This will help you find contradictions, which can be used to encourage witnesses to provide more information, or even shift the blame onto other parties involved. 

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is available for purchase now on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Steam. It is rated T for Teen; parents are encouraged to use the information from the ESRB and consider it in conjunction with what they know about their individual child. To read more about the ESRB and game ratings, please click here

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

Focus: Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks. 

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is partially a visual novel, which means that the player needs to use their focusing skills to read through all the text in the game. There are clues to be found by looking around or by having conversations with other characters, meaning that the player needs to pay attention to what they have read in order to bring it up later in the courtroom. Players who struggle with focus are encouraged to play in small increments so as not to be overwhelmed with the large amount of reading and get burned out on the game altogether. 

Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.

During the courtroom scenes of the game, the player will hear witness testimony several times. Sometimes this testimony will directly contradict what you have heard from another witness or a piece of evidence you previously found. The player needs to use their working memory skills to recall old information as new information is being presented to them. For users who struggle with working memory, the evidence can be looked at by calling up the menu. The player can then click on each individual piece of evidence to read the information as many times as they need to. Witnesses can also be asked to repeat their testimony, meaning that you can listen to it several times if necessary before you present your contradictions. 

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