Review by jaggedtears
Enjoy your stay...you're in for a long night
Hotel Dusk: Room 215 was released in Japan in January, 2007 as Wish Room: Angel's Memory. You play Kyle Hyde, a former member of the New York Police Department. The year is 1979 somewhere near Los Angeles, California.
The black and white pencil drawn characters add a unique touch. The rest of the game is in color, though. For the most part, you can tell what everything is.
The music is charming. It's a cross between tinny elevator music and jazz. The sound effects are great, too.
You're searching for your old partner, Bradley. Apparently, he was into something major and had something up his sleeve during his involvement with some sort of art theft ring. You shot him for whatever reason, but he survived and recovered. The plot really thickens once the game picks up. You'll be surprised at what information you uncover. Now you're at this place called Hotel Dusk. You currently work for Red Crown, which to my understanding you sell stuff that they order, a door to door salesman.
Game play: 9
This is a point and click game. I think it's reminiscent of the old school point and clicks, like Uninvited, Shadowgate, and Dejavu. You move your character along the touch screen with the stylus. You are shown as a red circle with a triangle in front. You can also move with the arrow pad. You'll meet all kinds of people in the hotel. They all have their mysteries and reasons for being there, too and they may seem unimportant in the beginning, but don't be quick to brush them off. Talking to all of them is necessary to advance. But be careful when you interrogate them. You can make them angry or annoyed with you by asking the wrong question or saying the wrong thing. Your game will be over if you do. They'll indicate when you've upset them. They'll basically tell you to take a hike and a red or purple color will wash over them. So be sure to save often. Some puzzles are easy, others require more thinking. If you get in a real jam, you can always check a FAQs. Figuring out what to do next isn't always obvious.
If you like mystery and intrigue, and the point and click games, then this one is a total winner. I know I was hooked. Definitely worth it.
Rating: 4.5 - Outstanding
Product Release: Hotel Dusk: Room 215 (US, 01/22/07)
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