Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice Is Heading to Mobile
The forth game in the Ace Attorney saga will finally join the main series trilogy on mobile in December.
The Ace Attorney series are known as "visual novels," games that are a lot less game-y and more about experiencing a story. Yeah, there's some point-and-click adventure stuff to them, but most of the puzzles are logic-based and about presenting the right arguments. While the series started out on 3DS, android and iOS ports of the original trilogy have been available for quite some time now. Now, the forth game in the series: Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice.
The game will launch on the Apple App store on December 1, and a few days later on Android on December 8. For the smartphone and tablet version of the game, Capcom has optimized the UI and graphics to take advantage of the superior resolutions and aspect ratios available with these current devices. Additionally, the smartphone game will offer full English and Japanese language support.
Ace Attorney is a great series, and while the mobile ports are still two games behind the main series, it is something that lends itself to smartphones quite well. If you've never played them due to not having a 3DS, it's never been a better time to pick them up!
Capcom did not note pricing on the game. For previous games, the first episode is free, and episodes 2-5 cost $4.99 each. Alternatively, you can purchase the full game for $14.99.
The mobile version of AA5 came out 2 years ago. This is the first one to come out on android, the others were only on iOS.
Game itself looks like it had more work put into it than trilogy. Then again, it is only 1 game instead of 3 this time around. I'm sure that allowed them to focus on it more.
Weirdly enough, it seems like they are preserving the aspect ratio this time around, and opted to put borders on the sides. Wonder why. They cropped the backgrounds for the first 3 games and used borders only for the videos. It was awkward in a few places, maybe that's why.
It kinda looks like they remade everything in flash. If that's the case, then it looks like they are finally future proofing the games so they don't have to redo art assets all the time. I'm almost certain this will be ported to other platforms soon enough.
Since the Switch ditched the dual-screen gimmick, it looks like AA will have to rework their ui again for future titles. It has to be controller only capable too, what with the whole docking thing. Seems like the ideal opportunity for AA to branch out on all the other consoles and PC too.
I am very keen to see more of the mobile version in action. There seems to be a few frames of animation missing here and there, but I can't tell if it's the video skipping frames, or the game itself. Could be just an unpolished, work-in-progress too.
Yay, Apollo getting some love. Sure, it might be the second weakest game of the main series (in my opinion), but I still enjoyed it, despite case 3's best tries.
This is actually kind of old news, but still rather interesting to see. I'm glad this game is finally getting added to the digital front so now more people can stay completely caught up rather than have to take our word on Turnabout Serenade being kinda annoying.