Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk
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In addition to the main mystery, Jake Hunter: Ghost of the Dusk includes four other mini-mysteries that were originally cell-phone games in Japan and a genuinely amusing case file featuring chibi versions of Jake and Yulia. It's a well-rounded package, but I don't think anything here is compelling enough to make this a must buy for people still holding onto their 3DS.
Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk can certainly appeal to those looking for a visual novel and for a murder mystery type of game, its art style and content go very much in that sense. However, expectations fall short due to the lack of challenge of the investigations and the game does not transmit the players a real feeling of progression and advance in the game's plot.
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I think Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk accomplishes what it sets out to do. It's more interactive visual novel than it is a typical vidoegame, but if you're in the mood for a casual yet compelling experience that's well written with a strong cast and solid presentation, you can't go wrong here.
It's definitely a fun an entertaining game that fans of visual novels and adventure games should check out on Nintendo 3DS. It's fun that we still get 3DS releases so late in 2018, right? Be sure to buy and enjoy this game since that would increase the odds of us getting the latest new game in the series that is out in Japan for Nintendo Switch, as well as the one that is releasing over there in December!
Ultimately, I found "solving" Ghost of the Dusk's mysteries to be a tad rote by the end. Still, despite some slight repetition, the mechanics here are soundly implemented and I rather liked my time in Jake Hunter's world.
Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk is a solid entry in the series on the Nintendo 3DS, bringing an interesting story and fun gameplay mechanics that will keep you busy for many hours. The extra cases that are also part of this portable release are a nice bonus and a great way to extend your stay.