Video Game: Touch Detective
in most of Europe) and its sequel, Touch Detective 2½
, are games made by Success
for the Nintendo DS
. In both titles, the player takes control of a young girl named Mackenzie, who inherited a detective agency from her father and wants to become a world-famous sleuth. Now add in Funny Animals
, walking fungi, zombies that act like normal people
and just plain old wackiness, and you have Touch Detective
in a nutshell.
In November 2012, both Touch Detective
and Touch Detective 2½
were ported to the iPhone, with new bonus episodes added to both games.
In addition to puzzle game spin-offs starring Mackenzie's assistant Funghi, a third game in the main series is planned for release on the Nintendo 3DS, tentatively titled Touch Detective Rising 3: Does Funghi Dream of Bananas?
Both games contain examples of:
- All Myths Are True - Chloe subscribes to this. Dream trouble? It's the Mouse King. (Note that even Penelope, the resident Cloud Cuckoo Lander, knew better than this.) Need everyone to go to sleep earlier so the Dream World's not empty when you visit it? Call The Sandman, he'll take care of it. Note that this universe isn't exactly a stranger to fantastical elements she just happens to be, well, wrong most of the time. This mentality pays off, though, when in the third case of the first game she successfully completes an Angel summoning ritual. Even better, Matilda, the Fortune Teller explains that rituals in this universe are powered by Clap Your Hands If You Believe, meaning that if she didn't have this mindset the ritual would have failed. Mackenzie helped, but Chloe was the one who actually came up with the solution for that case.
- All There in the Manual - The Web sites.
- Cloud Cuckoolander - Penelope. Even her hair is cloud-like (it has floating balls on the sides...).
- While Penelope is the ultimate example, the whole cast (minus Mackenzie) could qualify.
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Mackenzie, Chloe, and Penelope.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Antoinette. She can actually make normal pastry, but her fondness for 'experiments' push her into this territory. Eel shortcake? Mushroom cookies?
- Shorty may also count. He does fine with hotdogs, but his ideas for his choco bananas are pretty weird.
- Cuteness Proximity: Mackenzie is very fond of Funghi, and just loves to pinch Linsey's cheek.
- The Ditz - Penelope
- Embarrassing Nickname - Combined with Title Drop. Mackenzie hates being called "Touch Detective," even though it's her official title due to Cromwell accidentally sending in her Touch List to the Great Detective Society instead of her Investigation Report.
- First-Person Smartass - Mackenzie
- Five-Man Band (if you replace The Big Guy with Team Pet)
- Fortune Teller - Katrina, the oddly purple-skinned fortune teller. She serves as a sort of go-to expert of the strange that Mackenzie often makes use of during her cases.
- Funny Animal: Beatrice is an anthropomorphic bird, Dover's a man-shark, the ringmaster is a fat man-eagle, and the skating ring owner is a walrus.
- Gadgeteer Genius - Cromwell, who managed to identify a futuristic anti-gravity device and power source which he has never seen before at a glance, and turned what's basically a small theme park ride into a working re-entry vehicle.
- Guide Dang It
- Hammerspace - Where does Mackenzie store things such as large masks and broken briefcases?
- She lets Fungi hold onto it.
- Inner Monologue
- Inspector Lestrade - Chloe in the first game. And Inspector Daria in Touch Detective 2½.
- Kid Detective
- Leitmotif - The three main girls each have one.
- Little Bit Beastly: Daisy has cat eyes and generally has catlike features.
- Medium Awareness - Mostly in the second game, though Cromwell remarks on the credits that appear halfway through the first game's fourth case.
- A businessman says that there's advantages to living under 'a glass ceiling'.
- The Cornstalker says he'll "see you in the next episode" after Case #3.
- During Case #5, Mackenzie makes reference to Japanese popularity polls, and identifies something from Case #2 as being from "Episode #2". She can also challenge the player to a mini-game during the Bonus Episode if you click on the drawers in the main office.
- Old Retainer - Cromwell
- Only Sane Man - Mackenzie.
- Parental Abandonment - Mackenzie inherited her detective agency from her father, and it's never mentioned in-game what happened to her mom.
- Perky Goth - Daisy in the first game, and Daisy again in the sequel.
- Red Herring
- Room Escape Game - The tutorials for each game involve Cromwell putting Mackenzie through one of these as a test. This is also the main objective in the "Funghi Breaks Out" episodes in the iPhone version of the first game.
- Series Mascot - Fungi
- Trademark Favorite Food - See All There in the Manual above.
- Updated Re-release: Both games, originally released in 2006 and 2007, received ports to the iPhone in 2012 with new bonus content added to them.
- The Voice - Most of the girls living in the Condominium, as well as Shorty the hot dog/chocolate banana salesman.
Touch Detective contains examples of:
Touch Detective 2½ contains examples of:
Touch Detective Rising 3 contains examples of:
- The Rival: Shiro desires to be the best detective in the world. In addition to directly rivalling Mackenzie, this also make her professional detective assistant Kinako a rival to Funghi.