Chase: Cold Case Investigations is a Hotel Dusk Spiritual Successor
Hotel Dusk: Room 215 was a point-and-click adventure game for the Nintendo DS released in 2007. The developer, Cing, made a few other similar games, such as Another Code: Two Memories (released in North America as Trace Memory) and Last Window: The Secret of Cape West. Last Window was a sequel to Hotel Dusk. However, Cing filed for bankruptcy in 2010.
Although Hotel Dusk fans may never get another game in the series, it now has a spiritual successor on the 3DS. Several former Cing employees, including Hotel Dusk director Taisuke Kanasaki, developed a new adventure game with Arc System Works called Chase: Cold Case Investigations – Distant Memories. From its style to its protagonist, the Hotel Dusk inspirations behind it are apparent.
Like Hotel Dusk, this is a noir detective story about two detectives who receive a tip about an unsolved case from five years ago. However, it is much more of a visual novel, rather than an adventure game like Hotel Dusk was. You won’t move around or search locations for evidence. It is heavily dialogue-driven, and you’ll need to talk to characters and occasionally look for clues in images to piece the mystery together.
Chase: Cold Case Investigations – Distant Memories is available digitally from the Nintendo eShop for $5.99. It is quite short, with play times ranging from an hour and a half to two hours, although it opens up the possibility of a longer sequel. So far, the reception to it has been mixed. The characterization and dialogue hasn’t appealed to everyone, although the mystery itself has been received better. Some criticism has also fallen on it for its length and other flaws, but many fans are hoping Arc System Works is testing the waters for a full game in Hotel Dusk’s style.
Did you enjoy Hotel Dusk? Are you going to play Cold Case Investigations? If you’ve already played it, let us know what you thought of it.