Far too short
When I found this game, I was super excited to play a game that casts me just like an older RPG game would! However, I beat the game within a day. I was far too disappointed about that to really enjoy the game to its full potential. The whole ghost thing is fun, plus playing detective and learning about the past is super fun too. However, though the rooms are big, you can only explore certain parts of them and it takes the fun out of trying to look at everything. If the game is so short, the least it could have is the ability to explore every bit you want to. The story is all right, a bit boring, and a little shallow. If I didn't like the ghost boy so much, I'd probably have stopped playing it a long time ago. All you can do is play the same story again and again, with little change but a star on your profile and a few little differences here and there. I only still own the game because I didn't buy it used so I couldn't return it easily. It's a good game to rent, not to buy.
Good enuff to play again
I'm an "older" gamer and love RPG and puzzle type games. Trace Memory offers both. My daughter is the one that interested me in the game, I borrowed hers and totally enjoyed it and even tho I beat the game, I'm now going to purchase my own copy and replay it, (apparently I missed something in the beginning of the game which will give you a "different" ending) and I think the game is that good to replay it. You start out as a young girl being taken care of by her Aunt, abandoned by her father after her Mother was killed (which she witnessed at a very young age) and is now off on a journey to find her father. She ends up befriending a young teenage "ghost", which, to me, becomes kind of a 2nd story to solve while solving original story. Without spoiling the game I will just say, check everything, everywhere. There is a bit much reading, but I found even that interesting. This is a great game for someone like me who loves playing games that aren't too difficult, I'm a great gamer but hate getting "stuck" on hard games, and this was enjoyable to me for the reason that I was able to beat it and have fun at the same time without it being overly complicated or difficult. I'm not one to play a game continuosly until I beat it (like all in one day), but I did play this one pretty steady for a couple weeks or so. In other words, it keeps you drawn in like a good book, you can't wait to see what happens next or what you'll have to do next. I'd highly recommend this game to anyone who likes to sit back and relax and enjoy the combination of a good story, solving puzzles and RPG games all combined into one great game. As for me, I think it's an awesome game to add to my collection and deffinately worth replaying.
A GREAT PUZZLE BASED/MYSTERY GAME, SHAME IT'S SO SHORT
I really can never get enough of these old school PC type adventures and Trace Memory was one that I enjoyed very much. It also makes great use of all the DS functions when playing through the adventure. I should mention that it's also pretty text heavy (much reading), so if you can't stand a lot of reading you may not be able to fully enjoy this game. Trace Memory casts you as a 14 year old girl named Ashley Robbins. As Ashley you receive a letter from your father, whom she thought was dead, explaining to her that she must meet him on an island called Blood Edward. Once arriving on the island you're off solving puzzles, collecting clues, and finding out that everything is (obviously) not what it seems. The story is told in a nice fashion and doesn't ever really slow down at any point. Graphics, for being kind of a 1st generation DS title, are nicely done and detailed. I particularly like the sound and music to the game, as it put me in a weird and strange mood (I mean that in a good way) when exploring the island. Controls are as simple as can be, just point/click for the most part. Sadly, as much as I enjoyed the game it ends pretty quickly. I finished it in a little over 5 hours, but as an incentive if you choose to play the game again after beating it, you'll get slightly different puzzles and a slightly different ending. Overall though I had a good 5 hours with Trace Memory.
A good Puzzle game, with the shortest story ever
This game is probably on my top 10 puzzle games list. The puzzles takes full use of features on the DS. You have to close it to stamp something onto a page, use the touch screen to look at, throw, etc, and even somewhat close the DS to get a reflection on the bottom screen to solve one puzzle. The story is VERY VERY SHORT. I mean it's like one minute I get to the Island and the next I am leaving... There is porbably some parts of the game I missed because the game hinted that I haven't helped D fully (play to find out who D is). Overall, get this game if you are fans of stories and puzzles.
An Excellent RPG
Trace Memory brings you into the perspective of fourteen year-old Ashley Robbins, who at a young age was abandoned by her father after her mothers death. Right before her fourteenth birthday Ashley receives a strange machine, a DTS sent to her by her estranged father. She follows the DTS's instructions all the way to mysterious Blood Edward Island, where she uncovers the mysteries of the islands former inhabitants, the Edwards, and of her own past. This is a DS classic, it takes advantage of the DS's dual-screen, "point-and-poke" stylus in all of the different puzzles you have to accomplish before finishing the game. This game has a LOT of reading and isn't for the less intellectual of gamers who wouldn't prefer a game where thinking and comprehension is a requirement. The puzzles are mind-bending without being overly tedious (with a one or two exceptions) and the storyline is extremely well developed. The only grievances I found were in the beginning of the game where you had to scrape rust off of a sign manually and a puzzle where you had to seek out books and put them together to form two names. The photo-taking feature in the DTS is really helpful in some levels when you need to remember vital information. Overall I recommend this game for a long car trip, or when your somewhere you need an interesting distraction (the DMV!). It doesn't have much re-playability, except for a bonus part of the ending that you can get if you play a second time. I recommend it for all those who enjoyed the game Hotel Dusk and others like it.
I love this game. It had a great storyline and the mystery aspect was great. I have played it like 3 or 4 times over. Even my sister has borrowed it a couple times cuz that's how much she liked it. This is definately a game that is very intriguing and has a great replay value. So AWESOME!