Review

Famicom Detective Club review: A pair of riveting but rigid adventures

Nintendo’s resurrected ’80s murder mysteries are beautifully handled, but may be too linear for some

Original game design
Yoshio Sakamoto
Key Credits
Shinya Takahashi (General producer), Kenji Yamamoto (Composer)

Those with an interest in Nintendo's history should undoubtedly pick up Famicom Detective Club, and those simply looking for a couple of good mystery yarns will have a fun time with it too. Just be aware that it’s a very linear adventure, and once you’re done there’s very little replay value.

  • A visually stunning remaster with beautiful character and location art
  • Both stories are engaging and well-written
  • The option to switch to the original 8-bit and 16-bit music is brilliant
  • It's an incredibly linear story, which won't appeal to everyone
  • Voice acting is Japanese only
3 / 5
Version tested
Nintendo Switch
Famicom Detective Club review: A pair of riveting but rigid adventures
Original game design
Yoshio Sakamoto
Key Credits
Shinya Takahashi (General producer), Kenji Yamamoto (Composer)

Those with an interest in Nintendo's history should undoubtedly pick up Famicom Detective Club, and those simply looking for a couple of good mystery yarns will have a fun time with it too. Just be aware that it’s a very linear adventure, and once you’re done there’s very little replay value.

  • A visually stunning remaster with beautiful character and location art
  • Both stories are engaging and well-written
  • The option to switch to the original 8-bit and 16-bit music is brilliant
  • It's an incredibly linear story, which won't appeal to everyone
  • Voice acting is Japanese only
3 / 5
Version tested
Nintendo Switch