Jake Hunter Detective Story: Memories of the Past review

  • Cool noir tone
  • Plenty of cases to crack
  • Manga-ish mode adds fun silliness
  • Menu-trudging investigations are a bit dull
  • Feels a bit dry overall
  • Encourages smoking

Private eye Jake Hunter is remarkable not for his skills of deduction but for the fact he hasn’t spontaneously combusted in a cloud of tar and nicotine. So desperate is this game to highlight Hunter’s gumshoe credentials, he’s lighting up cigarettes every other minute. You even tap a shoulder button to enter a special smoking mode to help our sleuthing hero think better.

Imminent lung cancer aside, this is a collection of six noir-ish detective mysteries – some new, some previously released with a rather dodgy translation (now much improved). The menu-trudging investigations are a bit dull but there’s certainly plenty to keep you busy. An Unleashed mode lightens the mood by breaking out a manga-ish Jake for shorter, sillier cases. This is a well-stocked game and a big improvement over Jake’s previous outing, but it still feels a bit dry.

Sep 17, 2009

More Info

Release date: May 29 2009 - DS (US)
Available Platforms: DS
Genre: Adventure
Published by: Aksys Games
Developed by: WorkJam
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Blood, Drug Reference, Language, Mild Violence, Suggestive Themes

1 comment

  • waynski1457 - September 18, 2009 1:58 a.m.

    Looks decent. I've never played any in this series before, but I've exhausted pretty much the rest of the DS's great lineup of adventure/VN games. I might give it a try.

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