Originally released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS in 2013, Capcom has dropped the fifth instalment of its superb Ace Attorney series into the Japanese App Store, seemingly without any warning.
The game (which was heavily praised upon its release) follows the story of attorney Phoenix Wright who returns to action after his premature retirement in the game’s previous instalment, set one year earlier. Going up against former death-row-convict-cum-prosecutor Simon Blackquill, Wright is able to draw on the help of fellow legal eagles Apollo Justice and Athena Cykes.
The game features five cases, with a sixth one downloadable via in-app-purchase. Other IAPs allow users to add extra costumes or access a special mini-quiz.
Ace Attorney 5 (which was released in Europe for the 3DS as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies) differs from the three games included in 2013’s Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD iOS game by featuring polygon-based 3-D graphics. For the iOS port of the game, these graphics have been given an overhaul, resulting in improved resolution.
While there’s currently no announcement regarding an English-language port of the game, hopefully that will follow in the near future. As noted, the game has already been available outside of Japan under the banner Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, so with any luck the game will appear for international audiences before 2014 is in the history books.
For now, you can revisit Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD, which is available as a free download for all iOS devices running iOS 4.3 and above.
- Source Touch Arcade