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Hotel Dusk (2007): Room 215 is a point-and-click adventure game about detective Kyle Hyde staying in a Twin-Peaks-like, rundown motel near 1979 Los Angeles. You move around the hotel to find clues, talk to other guests and ultimately solve what happened to his former partner Brian Bradley. It stands out for how un-game-like it feels and its hard-boiled detective vibe.

You slowly piece together the mystery and discover the hotel has connections to your past. The game is played with the DS held at 90 degrees like a book, and interactions are via the touchscreen, microphone and closeable cover. This sets the scenes for an experience that is as much a detective novel as it is a video game and requires attention to detail and inquisitiveness from the player. There's even a journal to write your notes in.

As you progress you talk to the various hotel patrons and employees to uncover vital information. This culminates with an interrogation scene with a major character at the end of each chapter. Showing characters particular items can also be an important way to gain information or jog their memories. Care is needed, however, as pressing people too hard can confuse, frighten or anger them and result in failure.

There are a series of games from the people who developed this:
  • Hotel Dusk: Room 215 (DS)
  • Last Window: The Secret of Cape West (2010) on DS
  • Chase: Cold Case Investigations (2016) on 3DS

The result is a game that draws in the curious like a good Agatha Christie book. It's a sad tale with interweaving characters and stories that hold together because of the strong sense of place and time. It's a story about loss, guilt and the human tendency to want closure even if that's not possible.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Hotel Dusk 17 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Narrative and Point-and-Click game with Adventure, Brain Game and Communication elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 16 hours and 19 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 12 for language and violence.

Rated for younger players in Australia. Rated Parental Guidance (PG) for Mild Themes, Infrequent Mild Violence.

Skill Level

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. You need to be willing to do a lot of reading and meticulously search each area. Combining evidence and making connections is also important. Younger players that enjoy the detail of life will rise to this challenge.

CostsCosts

You can only play this on older systems (Nintendo 2DS|3DS and Nintendo DS) but can usually find it second hand on eBay. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 22/01/2007

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS and DS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Narrative, Point-and-Click (Adventure, Brain Game and Communication)

Accessibility: 0 features documented

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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