Wednesday, 11 August 2010

One To Watch: Last Window: The Secret of Cape West

Kyle Hyde is back! The mysterious former policeman from Hotel Dusk: Room 215 has returned to the Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance systems in an all-new adventure.

Last Window: The Secret of Cape West (known as Last Window: Midnight Promise in Japan) is set  in Los Angeles one year after the events of Hotel Dusk.

Kyle must again delve into his strange past in order to solve the events of his father's murder. Players must search for clues hidden in each scene by completing various puzzles.

At its core, the game acts like a mystery novel, except that players can influence how the actual story develops. Every decision that the player makes will influence outcomes within the game.

Prior knowledge of Hotel Dusk is not necessary to complete this game, but for those of you who have not  experienced a Kyle Hyde mystery yet, the game works exactly like a novel, with the DS held like a book and the main scenes acting like pages.

Each time a level or 'chapter' is completed, it is turned into text and can be re-read at any time. There is also a new hint system to help players who might be struggling.

Last Window is scheduled for a UK release on the 17th September 2010 and is sure to make a welcome addition to any mystery fan's gaming collection.

This game will also appeal to Professor Layton fans but the game in itself is much darker and a lot more adult than its counterpart - hence the 12+  PEGI rating - and its puzzles are also very challenging to solve.

Keep tuned to the Mini Gamers blogsite for a more in-depth review when the game is actually released to the public in September.


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