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Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles is a crime-solving game with a look that resembles that of Phoenix Wright. In the game, the player takes control of Jake Hunter as he solves three murders that have taken place. The gameplay consists of searching for clues at the murder scenes and talking to witness and suspects. During the game, the player can hit the "L" button to send Jake to a "Smoking Screen" in which Hunter explains what evidence has been collected and what suspects have been eliminated.

This is the US version of Tantei Jinguuji Saburo DS: Inishie no Kioku. That Japanese version includes five cases from the mobile versions as well as an entirely new case. This US release however only contains three cases and not the new one.


Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles Nintendo DS Main title.
Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles Nintendo DS Database info lets you get acquainted with the cases in the game.
Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles Nintendo DS Episode 2 - Arriving to Yokohama (in-game names of actual places are fictional, though).
Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles Nintendo DS Episode 1 - Time for a smoke.

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Game Informer Magazine Jun, 2008 6.5 out of 10 65
IGN Jun 17, 2008 6.4 out of 10 64
Cheat Code Central 2008 2.6 out of 5 52
GamesRadar Jun 24, 2008 5 out of 10 50
GamePro (US) Jul, 2008 1.75 out of 5 35
Games TM Aug 07, 2008 3 out of 10 30
Adventure Gamers Jul 15, 2008 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
1UP Jun 11, 2008 D- 16


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In the US (English) release version, the game dialogs mention that the place of events is in America. However, on the from cover it says Shinjuku which is one of the wards in Tokyo, and you can even recognize the three government buildings on the menu artwork of the first episode. Second episode is supposedly in an imaginary harbor city of Depono, whereas in reality the place of events is harbor city of Yokohama with in-game images of actual locations from Yokohama and main menu artwork has the ever so recognizable amusement park of Yokohama, including the Landmark Tower.
Big John WV (27209) added Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles (Nintendo DS) on Jun 17, 2008
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