Hotel Dusk: Room 215
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Last Window: The Secret of Cape West has been released on DS and been provided for us to preview/review by the publisher.
Believe it or not we are still playing it. Here are some extracts of what we made of it in chronological order:
"Last Window's branching story and newsprint presentation got me involved in what ended up feeling more like a mystery novel than a DS game. I was surprised how much I enjoyed sitting down for a few hours to play something I could have easily written off..."
- Domestic Gamer (Sat, 05 Feb 2011)
"Last Window: The Secret of Cape West DS is a mystery about the burdens we all carry and the connections we share. After a slow start, I fell in love with Kyle Hyde's world all over again as I got to know the characters and share their stories..."
- Microcosm Gamer (Wed, 26 Jan 2011)
"The Last Window's classic adventure and stylish presentation struggled to replace the shared experience of PC adventure games. Its text heavy nature was readable but didn't really get me playing the detective..."
- Dressup Gamer (Mon, 24 Jan 2011)
"Last Window: The Secret of Cape West DS looks stylish, sounds atmospheric and has a great interface, but this mystery adventure squanders a promising premise with a fatal lack of momentum to its plot..."
- Story Gamer (Mon, 06 Dec 2010)
Last Window expands Hotel Dusk's success with a branching story and multiple endings, but happily keeps hold of the sketchbook aesthetic and steady prose.
Last Window: The Secret of Cape West is the follow up to Hotel Dusk: Room 215, the interactive thriller novel. It retains the unique newspaper cut-out art style and grownup dialogue of the original and should appeal to older audiences.
This time though, you control the story yourself. With multiple paths and endings, Last Window capitalises on the videogame format. An interesting touch is that once you finish you are presented with a written transcript of your particular experience to read back through - and see if you can spot what you missed.
It's set in 1980's LA, a year after Hotel Dusk. It pick's up with Kyle Hyde again, as he wrestles with the mystery around his father's murder and secretive past.
The game is currently available in Japan and will be available on 17th September 2010.
With so many different perspectives it can be hard to know where to start - a little like walking into a crowded pub. Sorry about that.
But so far we've not found a way to streamline our review output - there's basically too much of it. So, rather than dilute things for newcomers we have decided to live with the hubbub while helping new readers find the columnists they will enjoy.
Our columnists each focus on a particular perspective and fall into one of the following types of gamers: