|Hotel Dusk: Room 215
|Release||January 22, 2007 (NA)|
January 25, 2007 (JP)
February 22, 2007 (AU)
April 13, 2007 (EU)
February 12, 2009 (KOR)
- This article is about the game. For the titular place, see Hotel Dusk (place).
Hotel Dusk: Room 215, released in Japan as Wish Room: Tenshi no Kioku (ウィッシュルーム 天使の記憶, lit. "Wish Room: Angel's Memory"), is an adventure game developed by Cing and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS. It was released in 2007 and is the first game of the Kyle Hyde Saga. The game was later republished in 2008 as part of the Touch! Generations line of DS games. A sequel titled Last Window: The Secret of Cape West was released in 2010 for the Nintendo DS.
While Hotel Dusk is not directly a part of the Another Code series, it was created by the same developer, shares many gameplay similarities with Another Code, and is set in the same fictional universe, yet in a different time. Plus, the Another Code series was aimed for more teenage audiences, Hotel Dusk is aimed for more adult audiences, although has content suitable for teens due to its Teen rating. Hotel Dusk features a gritty narrative, although does not feature any graphic or extreme violence, with the exception of characters being clubbed in the head and knocked unconsciously and a part where the protagonist can die of suffocation if a puzzle is not solved in time.
Hotel Dusk is a hybrid of a visual novel game and an adventure puzzle-solving game. The Nintendo DS is held by its side, as if it were a book, and the two screens show characters looking at each other. The environments in the game are in full 3D and the player navigates Hotel Dusk in a first person perspective. Players will need to collect useful items, but they need to be careful as doing suspicious activity can get Kyle kicked out. During confrontation scenes, the player needs to select the right dialogue options in order to get through the section.
Hotel Dusk stars Kyle Hyde as the protagonist, a 33-year-old ex-detective who works as a salesman for the company, Red Crown. He quit his former job after he shot his partner Brian Bradley in 1976. He shot his friend because Bradley betrayed the police department to the criminal organization, Nile. However, Kyle knew that Bradley wasn't killed by the bullet from his gun and searched for him since then.
On December 28, 1979, the boss of Red Crown, Ed Vincent, orders Kyle to drive to Hotel Dusk, where he has to receive a package with the instructions. On the way to the hotel, Kyle sees a lone young woman in a white dress wandering the side of the highway. In the hotel, Kyle meets many people that confront him with their own stories and at the end, he finds out the reason behind Bradley's act.
Hotel Dusk contains three endings, as well as two variants of a post-credit scene. It is unclear what the requirements are for each ending, although it is commonly believed it has to do with the amount of game overs a player receives, as well as the method by which the player wakes up Mila (poking her face, closing the DS, or blowing into the microphone).
- Kyle leaves alone: Kyle simply leaves the hotel alone.
- Mila goes with Kyle: As Kyle exits the hotel, Mila follows him, asking where he's going. He doesn't answer, suggesting he doesn't really know. Mila asks if she can go with him anyway and he nods. She smiles and gets into the passenger seat and they drive away.
- Mila goes with Kyle and he gives her the treasure: This ending is only available on a re-playthrough if the player obtains Mila's childhood treasure in Room 220. It is similar to the above ending, although before Mila enters the car, Kyle asks if the box is hers. Mila is shocked, and they both smile, with Kyle doing one of his rare full grins.
In a post-credits scene, a certain young woman will visit Dunning. There are two variants:
- The woman's upper face is obscured: Shown as the end of every playthough.
- The woman's upper face is shown: Shown at the end of every re-playthrough.
- Kyle Hyde – The protagonist, a 33-year-old old salesman. He previously worked for the New York city police department for eight years.
- Ed Vincent – Kyle's and Rachel's boss at Red Crown.
- Rachel – A secretary at Red Crown. Kyle phone calls her to research information.
- Dunning Smith – The manager of Hotel Dusk.
- Rosa Fox – The maid of Hotel Dusk.
- Louis DeNonno – The bellhop of Hotel Dusk.
- Mila Evans – A mysterious young woman who is mute and can't speak. Kyle saw her on the highway near Hotel Dusk.
- Melissa Woodward – A little girl who resides in Room 219 (Bravery) with her father.
- Kevin Woodward – Melissa's father who resides in Room 219 (Bravery). He works as a doctor.
- Martin Summer – A middle-aged man who works as a author, residing in Room 211 (Honor).
- Helen Parker – An elderly woman who resides in Room 212 (Angel). She is searching for someone dear.
- Jeff Angel – A 19-year-old resident of Room 213 (Trust).
- Iris – A woman residing in Room 216 (Success).
- Jenny – A girl who is connected to Dunning.
- Brian Bradley – Kyle's ex-partner who he shot three years ago at the docks by the Hudson River.
- Mila (Bradley's sister) – The sister of Bradley.
- Danny – A friend of Louis.
- Robert Evans – The father of Mila Evans.
- Mary Evans – The mother of Mila Evans.
- Grace Woodward – A woman who is connected to both Iris and Kevin.
- Alan Parker – A man with a connection to Helen Parker.
- Larry Damon – A defense lawyer with a connection to Jeff Angel.
- Rosa Fox's husband
- Rosa Fox's son
- Dunning Smith's wife
- Kyle Hyde's father
The game consists of 10 chapters that take place during the course of one night.
The music in the game was composed by Satoshi Okubo and Yuhki Mori. There was no official soundtrack for the game, although fans ripped it and used the song names from the jukebox.
Hotel Dusk received generally positive reviews, although some critic reviews were somewhat mixed, with some 6/10 and 7/10 reviews. Despite this, the game has a 8.5/10 user score on Metacritic.