The Last Window : Secret of Cape West [Written & Video Review]
Written By: Sally Blake
If you have ever played Hotel Dusk for the Nintendo DS, this will be a game you have been anticipating for quite some time.
For those new to the franchise, the game is a point and click mystery game developed by CING. Unlike a lot of the DS shovelware in the mystery genre, Hotel Dusk has a truly captivating story and it’s sequal, ‘Last Window’ is no exception.
You are Kyle Hyde, a rough and ready ex-cop working undercover as a detective in a sales company. There are a lot of mysteries surrounding your past and present- your aim is to find the truth.
Last Window works well as a standalone game, and events in Hotel Dusk are well explained.
The gameplay is simple but highly effective. You use the stylus to move around, first person style, and you can tap the stylus to investigate points of interest.
There are two main challenges in the game. Getting people on your side is one of them. As a detective, you want people to trust you, be able to tell you important information so consequently you better not rub them up the wrong way. The second comes in the form of small puzzles, like inputting a code to a combination safe. These are usually clever little puzzles that can really leave you baffled, but are extremely rewarding to solve.
One of the most impressive parts of the game is it’s dialogue and script. The characters have such believable personalities and it’s easy to get lost in the realism of it all. I’ve actually yet to find a game with a better script than Last Window. Long dialogue sequences tend to put a lot of people off, but you’ll never get bored here.
Another great thing about the game is that it’s extremely well animated in a black and white sketch style, another reason the characters are brought to life so beautifully. These games were made using actual actors, so the character movement and expressions are spot on.
Overall, The Last Window : Secret of Cape West is a definite improvement on the original game, with a storyline and script as captivating as ever. I would say it’s quite a niche taste, but don’t pass up the opportunity to play through it if you can.