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.
This title contains:
Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking