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Hotel Dusk: Room 215

By Chris Jozefowicz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Decent, dialogue-heavy detective story.

Game Nintendo DS 2007
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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.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: 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
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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