Like Phoenix Wright with better graphics, less fun
posted by rasterbatr (COLLEGE PARK, MD) Jan 28, 2007
Member since Dec 2006
gamers (29%) found this review helpful
If you liked the Phoenix Wright games, love mystery and detective stories, and don't mind the frustration inherent to puzzle games like Myst, you'll love Hotel Dusk: Room 215. The environments and animations are immersive, but ironically the plot is on rails and the story is dark and humorless.
You move through a 3D environment interacting with objects, talking to people, and examining and sometimes taking evidence. Each character (including yours) is animated in a rotoscoped, 2D pencil-sketch style that constantly scintillates, similar to the "Take On Me" video by A-ha. The cutscenes are especially compelling and combine the 2D elements in 3D rendered scenes, again similar to the A-ha video.
You can write anything that seems relevant in your notebook and view or edit it later. Unfortunately your notebook only has three touchscreen-sized pages and your "pencil" draws lines three pixels thick, so it's hard to fit more than ten to twelve legible words on each page.
Unlike the Phoenix Wright games, the story does not depend at all on your choices. At each branch in a conversation, conflict, or physical act, you have only two choices and the plot goes in the same direction no matter which choice you make. In that sense it's like watching a movie you have to read that requires you to press Enter on your remote after every sentence and either Up or Down (it doesn't matter which) at every choice. Every few minutes you must wander around until you find the magic door, person, or item that lets the plot advance.
posted by vegasbaby (LITTLE FALLS, NJ) Jan 23, 2007
Member since Jan 2007
gamers (7%) found this review helpful
This game seems to have a great concept of how you hold your ds, sideways, however this action is often covers the speakers on the DS itself. The gameplay was more of a very slow role playing game then an action/ adventure. Overall game takes between 5-15 hours to complete.