Hotel Dusk: Room 215

Common Sense Media says

Decent, dialogue-heavy detective story.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The main character is a detective who is sometimes gruff, but tries to help the hotel guests.

Violence

The violence is minor, but a shooting and a clubbing are depicted in cut scenes.

Sex

Not much, except a couple of flirty conversations and some bikini models on posters.

Language

A few mild swear words: "hell," "ass," "damn," "crap."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Many references to drinking and alcohol. Some action takes place in a bar.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this mystery game requires players to slow down, do lots of reading, and solve puzzles. Though the story is involving, this will be a hard sell for fans of fast-paced action games. The mystery centers on crime and murder and includes a few gritty elements: drinking, some swearing, and brief scenes of violence (a shooting and people being knocked unconscious). But the overall vibe isn't bleak thanks to bright artwork, an upbeat soundtrack, and plot threads focused on family love.

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What's it about?

Nintendo is marketing HOTEL DUSK: ROOM 215, an adventure game for the DS, as an \"interactive mystery novel.\" The star of the show is Kyle Hyde, a New York City police detective-turned-traveling-salesman who just can't quit his sleuthing ways. When Hyde finds himself at a seedy Los Angeles hotel in 1979, he discovers that nearly all the guests have mysterious pasts. Players will guide Hyde -- a man with a troubled past of his own -- through one long night in the hotel as he unravels the tangled relationships around him.

To play Hotel Dusk, players turn the DS on its side, like an open book. The screens either display a map and what Hyde sees, or they show Hyde in text-heavy conversations with the guests. The game often looks like a limited-motion comic book on two screens, with the characters depicted in a captivating hand-drawn style.

Is it any good?

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Players with twitchy fingers and minds may get bored reading through pages of text, but those up for a stylish and moody story probably will find Hotel Dusk to be a unique and satisfying experience. Players select from questions and conjectures Hyde can make. Selecting the wrong thing can make guests clam up or even get Hyde booted out of the hotel. The game also sprinkles in some traditional adventure game-style logic puzzles that utilize the touch screen.

Since the 15- to 20-hour game is so story-heavy, actual play sometimes feels awkward. The game lets players walk all over the hotel, but it maintains control over the story by making guests available in a very linear manner. The mystery plays at being hard-boiled (with guns, murder, and hard-drinking), but that toughness wanes against a backdrop of bright artwork, an upbeat soundtrack, and plot threads focused on family love.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the role of a story in video games. It's essential in this game, but is it for all games? If the mystery wasn't compelling, would this game still be worth playing? Families who get deep into the plot can also discuss the themes of parental love and abandonment.

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS
Price:$34.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:February 28, 2007
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:T for mild violence, use of tobacco and/or use of alcohol, mild language (Nintendo DS)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byUnknown7 April 9, 2012
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Pause, but don't think too hard.

I've played T games before, and, though I certainly do not encourage it, language is one of the least worries I have with games. This game made me cringe, having the occasional D and A words. However, this alone shouldn't be enough to scare you away from such a good game. Everyone I've heard review this game say it is great, and I agree. The game includes some moral problems, which are solved by the main character (i.e. a young man steals a large sum of money, and the main character teaches him responsiblity). This is not too prominant, but if you are looking at this game simply for its educational value, you are looking in the wrong place. There is some violence (mainly one scene where the main character fires a gun, and then a man is shown falling--this scene appears about 7 times in the game). There is also some scenes which a young child (fair warning--her mom is missing, and I know that might by a sore topic with some) argues with her father. There is no violence, simply what you would see in a father-child movie. There are other scenes/refrences to violence, but nothing I would worry about. An issue for most parents would be the drinking. The main character is a drinker, and spends some time in the bar later in the game, as do some other characters. Perhaps the worst of this is when one of the characters gets heavily drunk and slurs his words and gets angry easily. I personally find this slightly funny, as it is rare for me to see people getting drunk in games. Nevertheless, parents who are trying to steer clear of this subject in games may not want their children to play this. I was 12 when I played this, and all I could focus on the entire game was the storyline--that's a good sign, folks.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byMister McMuffin June 20, 2013
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12
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Hotel Dusk: Room 215: Would it be okay for your kid to play?

I think that this is actually a very good game. It is quite long, so expect spend alot of time on this. The main character, Kyle, is a businessman, also an ex-cop. He is rude and cocky time to time, but he is willing to help others. He's also looking for his ex-partner, so he's devoted to find him. He's one of the more realistic characters I have seen in games, so I enjoy playing as him. He can be somewhat a role model for teens and young adults, but not for children, as they might get confused by his behavior. The violence is quite low. There are less then five violent scenes, if I can remember. The deaths aren't too graphic. For a 15+ hour play through, I was surprised. Language would be a bit much for children, even if there isn't any S or F words, but teens wouldn't mind the language. The alcohol content is probably the worst problem in this game. Kyle is a drinker, and there is a bar in the hotel. one character even gets heavily drunk, making him angry and violent. This might bore children, as it's long, it includes long and frequent conversations and you have to move around alot in the hotel with limited change of scenery. Okay, now for positive. I really admire the artwork in the game. The characters in the conversations are almost like moving pencil drawings, but it really looks nice. The background are nice, because you look through Kyle's eyes while walking around, and it looks like you're actually walking through the hotel. The gameplay is interesting, because you hold the DS sideways, which isn't common, and there are quite a few different ways of interacting with the objects around you. So think: Is your kid okay with mild swearing, and are you okay with it? Is your child willing to go with this gameplay, will (s)he get bored? Is your child okay with some violence, and knows about alcohol, and what it can do? Finally, is your child mature enough to know why the characters act as they do? If your okay with all the content, this will be a game which you will find to enjoy, with the beautiful artwork, the moving characters and the strong plot.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old June 26, 2011
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10
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Tweens+

An difficult, but entertaining interactive murder mystery. They puzzles and challenges all require logic. However the plot revolves around a shooting and several other murders. THe cut scenes shown dead people lying on the ground, people being shot. Posters and a magazine show pictures of women in bikinis. Frequent usage of minor swears. But the alcohol usage is the big issue; the main character is an alcholic, scenes take place in bar, you are invited to drink with people, and more.
What other families should know
Educational value
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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