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  • Summary: Los Angeles, 1979. You are Kyle Hyde, an ex-cop turned salesman trying to track down a missing friend. Clues lead you to an eerie, old hotel rumored to have one very strange room – a room where wishes are granted. It's up to you to unravel the mystery in Hotel Dusk: Room 215, a gritty newLos Angeles, 1979. You are Kyle Hyde, an ex-cop turned salesman trying to track down a missing friend. Clues lead you to an eerie, old hotel rumored to have one very strange room – a room where wishes are granted. It's up to you to unravel the mystery in Hotel Dusk: Room 215, a gritty new graphic adventure for Nintendo DS. Players hold their DS like a book and use the touch screen to grill characters, search for clues and solve mystifying puzzles. Players follow the plot twists and turns as they hunt for their missing friend and investigate the mysteries of Hotel Dusk. [Nintendo] Expand
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  1. Positive: 40 out of 57
  2. Negative: 1 out of 57
  1. Though the hotel is seedy Hotel Dusk Room 215 is one place you won’t want to check out of any time soon.
  2. Hotel Dusk: Room 215 is not just a fun play, it's a good read. It's a classic PC-styled adventure with an emphasis on story and realized in a great way on DS hardware.
  3. This game is unlike anything you'll have ever played before. From the sharp dialogue to the memorable graphics, this is a refreshing challenge for the weary adventure genre.
  4. 80
    Though it is slow and subtle, it works out in the end, providing a great story that holds its own against the vast majority of current games. Now all you have to do is manage to find a copy.
  5. A great adventure with an interesting story that will keep you wondering throughout just what will happen next. If adventure games are your style, you won’t be disappointed with this one.
  6. Unfortunately, the overall experience is bogged down with too much dialogue despite its novel influences, and an unfulfilled demand for something to actually play.
  7. Some of the conversations offer multiple paths, but there seem to be as many dead ends as interesting choices. And if you get tired of the dialogue, there's no way to speed-read through it...Save your time and money for some real L.A. crime novels.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 31
  2. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. Diesel360
    Jan 25, 2007
    10
    Just what the DS ordered! The totally original art style just looks great on the DS. The story and characterization is top notch. AND, Just what the DS ordered! The totally original art style just looks great on the DS. The story and characterization is top notch. AND, holding the DS like a book really is a nice touch and allows for a portrait style presentation of the characters. This game moves at it's own pace, and if your not ready to play patiently and enjoy everything it has to offer, then stay away. BUT - for those of you who want something a little different w/ graphics that those around you will just have to see; then, Hotel Dusk is the game for you. A Keeper, for sure! Expand
  2. RachelT.
    May 13, 2007
    10
    A book-style game that you can take part in. Become a detective in this gritty novel and you won't be able to put it down!!
  3. AnonymousMC
    Oct 3, 2009
    10
    This game has truly captured what Nintendo DS is all about. Using the touch screen, the console itself and microphone, the game takes you onThis game has truly captured what Nintendo DS is all about. Using the touch screen, the console itself and microphone, the game takes you on an amazing mystery which you can lose yourself in. Do not underestimate Cing. This game should definitely be in the Top 5 and should be apart of everyone's collection. Expand
  4. AdamF.
    Apr 2, 2007
    9
    If you are a serious gaming fan, this aint for you. But if you just want a good book to read but are too lazy to turn the pages, this could If you are a serious gaming fan, this aint for you. But if you just want a good book to read but are too lazy to turn the pages, this could be a dream come true (albeit in black and white only) The Dusk (as I call it) is about as well written as "games" could be, and truly tests your problem solving abilities and logic with its numerous puzzles and minigames. People who call the storyline "lame" or "halfhearted" clearly wern't even patient enough to play it all the way through to the end. If that's the case, this game isn't right for them anyway. Expand
  5. Feb 19, 2013
    8
    One of the fewest adventure games for the nintendo ds where the features of the nintendo ds were used more often than later games, but withOne of the fewest adventure games for the nintendo ds where the features of the nintendo ds were used more often than later games, but with also a great story behind with unexpected twists, remarkable characters with each one of them having some background that have something to say to you, and good puzzles to keep you entertained. One of the best things of this game, is the main character. Kyle Hyde, the main character, may look the usual "disturbed and broken person who tries to forget his past with alcohol" person, but he actually has more stuff hidden behind his face: he is actually smart, but doesn't show off; he knows how to talk, but without creating too much confusion; he is self confident, but also relies on others when he needs to; he looks selfish, but actually cares to people he loves when they are hurt. All these details makes him a very likeable character among many others simply because...he's normal, and simply tries to act rough but deep inside it's not his intentions, without becoming the "tsundere" or the "silent" guy. He could be definied as a "grey" character, and while some may not like him, it's also very hard to "hate" him as well, because he knows how to behave at the right time. The story as well is very good and hides a lot of twists and backstories that I obviously cannot tell, but it's very well written and very well told. The game is played differently, by holding the console vertically instead (like a small notebook), and even though it can be tiring to keep it like that the game plays greatly due to the fact that dialogues are made as if they are talking to each others (they look like watching face to face). Ah, and I cannot forget how the graphics in this game are made, with a mix of comic-book style and animation (which, if I'm not wrong, it's called Rotoscoping), and it works perfectly and smoothly. Maybe some purists may not like the fact that it's almost black and white (except the areas and places, which are both colored and in 3d graphics), but it's definitely a joy for your eyes and a very unique way to animate characters. And fits the game settings. And puzzles are good, but nothing special and only a few were very hard and interesting to do (like the puzzle where you're supposed to close your nintendo ds). However, I have few complains about this that while not game breaking, it definitely made me not replay more than once or twice. First off, the game isn't very long but it takes a good amount of time to finish it the first time. But after that, it's not very likely that you'll restart, because there aren't multiple endings and there's not much of a point on restarting because the game, while interesting, it has a very slow pace. You can also have game overs in the game, both from making bad actions during some parts...and also bad dialogue choices, which isn't very hard to do but sometimes it's hard to guess the right choice. Because of those game overs however, you'll sometimes have to redo a small portion of the dialogue (and the dialogues aren't very fast, so it takes a while). So my main reason for giving it a 8 it's simply because it's very slow paced and needs attentions sometimes, but even with that I still think it's a great adventure game to try and while not on par with Phoenix Wright or similar, it has unique details that definitely makes it original. Definitely worth a try. Expand
  6. BenR.
    May 16, 2007
    8
    Really enjoyable. Just difficult enough to not become tedious!
  7. Kathrine
    Mar 12, 2007
    0
    This game starts out all right. Then it becomes all about stylus exercises that my DS Lite doesn't really make possible. It would have This game starts out all right. Then it becomes all about stylus exercises that my DS Lite doesn't really make possible. It would have been better if I had realized how lame this game is from the start. Instead it gets really boring about 4 hours in. What a waste of time! Expand

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