- System: Nintendo 3DS
- Publisher: Aksys Games
- Developer: Aksys Games
- Release Date: October 13, 2016
- Rating: T - Teen
- Genre: Puzzles, Adventure
- Official Website: http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/chase-cold-case-investigations-distant-memories-3ds
Who it caters to
If you are interested in games with many mysteries much like Hotel Dusk: Room 215 or Trace Memories, Chase: Cold Case Investigations ~Distant Memories~ may be for you. It’s more of the serious nature, unlike the Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney series, but will be a fun experience for those who enjoy detective games.
What to expect
While it isn’t nearly as long or complicated as any of the aforementioned games, it is still worth taking a look at as you are introduced to an interesting plot and possible mysteries. As the game continues, you are left with more questions than answers. Was it really a murder? How could they have done it? And what is going on with Detective Shounosuke? Yes, you will be sure to be questioning many things that go on in the game, but isn’t that half the fun?
Chase: Cold Case Investigations ~Distant Memories~ Trailer
You will be introduced to each character who had a relationship with the murder victim. Which one of them could have possibly have done it? Well, it’s up to Detectives Koto and Shounosuke to figure it all out. Which one of the potential suspects is guilty? Who is telling the truth?
While the plot is not original, it is still very interesting to see what had occurred five years ago when the crime happened. Still, there may be more to the crime than meets the eye. Especially when it comes to the perpetrator. At the game’s end, you are left with many more questions than answers; you know this game is just a gateway drug to future games.
The story itself is very predictable. They aren’t very good at subtlety and many of the clues and foreshadowings give away a lot of the mystery if you are astute enough to catch them. It can really take away from the mystery of this mystery game.
In one part of the investigation, my answers were either the right one or the one that continued to accuse the perpetrator of infiltrating a hacker group. Needless to say, with such a consistently wrong answer, I never felt compelled to pick it. So unlike other VNs, you absolutely cannot pick the wrong answer, although you can deplete the investigation bar and have to try again. You just can’t manage to get the wrong ending.
And since the game itself is very simple, there is no tutorial. I was never taught to just pick the right answer or even how to investigate the crime scene for that matter. It was all easy, although the crime scene seemed more random in my opinion. Unlike the Phoenix Wright games where you know what you can and cannot click on, in Chase: Cold Case Investigations ~Distant Memories~, I merely clicked the screen at random until everything was chosen. Yet, it wasn’t sensitive enough to respond to every click so I found myself clicking everywhere multiple times to see if I could get it. It’s a bit too random for my liking.
One aspect of the game’s NPCs that interested me were the realistic responses. Characters would pause, hesitate, or even take a moment to think, which is very realistic since they have very human responses, but it can get very irritating as it takes a bit of time for their moment. Sometimes I wondered if my 3DS froze as they barely moved during these instances.
The music is very classy music that you would expect out of a casual game. It’s not too fast or too slow. It is very relaxing for a detective game. Sometimes it would become more “intense” although it isn’t nearly as intense as other games.
The graphics of the game itself are fairly impressive for a game with such a small budget. While it doesn’t utilize the 3D aspect of the 3DS, you still have crisp images and great animation.
Honey’s Gameplay Consensus
- Intriguing plot and mystery
- Curious mystery behind Shounosuke
- Crisp graphics and animation
- Relaxing soundtrack
- A good cast of characters
- Interesting main characters
- Shounosuke Nanase is always being vague and answers “Well it might not be that way, but we can’t say it’s this way either”
- Gameplay is short, lasting roughly one hour
- Game feels a bit incomplete, but that might be because there will be future games
- It is ridiculously easy
- The plot is very linear
- The game ends with a cliffhanger