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  • Summary: Hone your detective skills by interviewing witnesses, uncovering clues, and following leads, all helping to bring you closer to the truth! Experience three unique murder mysteries as Detective Jake Hunter. [Aksys Games]
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  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. 69
    Since there is no dynamic gameplay to fall back on, the visual novel genre is driven 95% by story, and the stories were below average in this game.
  2. Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles tries to capture the essence of hard-boiled sleuthing, but it falters mainly because it takes itself way too seriously. [June 2008, p.101]
  3. 64
    Jake Hunter is a decent way to kill a few hours, but there wasn't enough effort put into it to really stand out. It lacks personality. Jake is a stereotype, and the stories are straight forward, humorless affairs.
  4. The cases aren't terribly creative and the dialogue is often flat and poorly translated from the original Japanese. You'll also likely love or hate the atmosphere - Jake is the stereotypical gritty, film noir-type private eye, with all the trenchcoats, dames, and languidly rising smoke that entails. Cliché, or classic? You decide.
  5. 35
    The worst part is that Jake Hunter had a lot of potential. [July 2008, p.84]
  6. Nintendo Gamer
    Jake Hunter should come with a health warning: may caus lung cancer. [Sept 2008, p.71]
  7. 16
    Everything in the game (art, dialogue, characters, etc.) is barely bargain-bin passable.

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Awards & Rankings

#84 Most Shared DS Game of 2008