Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
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  1. Oct 8, 2018
    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. The DS is the perfect platform for such an experience, and for those of us wanting to itch that Hotel Dusk/Last Window itch, Jake Hunter is a great option.
  2. Dec 27, 2018
    Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk is heading in the right direction in terms of improvement but it still has a ways to go.
  3. Oct 10, 2018
    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. There are multiple extra cases (which were formerly mobile releases in Japan) available to play, including a hilarious bonus that depicts Jake in a chibi form, which should keep players busy for a good, long time. Don’t sleep on Ghost in the Dusk; it’s a pleasant addition to the 3DS library of games.
  4. Nov 6, 2018
    Jake Hunter Detective Story: Ghost of the Dusk brings some interesting elements for fans of visual novels and murder mysteries thanks to its appealing art style and content to explore. It does not fully live up to the genre's reputation, though, as the challenge level falls short of expectations an the feeling of progression in the game's plot lacks consistency.
  5. Sep 30, 2018
    Jake Hunter: Ghost of the Dusk feels like a game that could have been released in 1987 with little to no changes. Hell, even the story feels straight out of the '80s even though it takes place in our present day.
  6. Jan 9, 2019
    Ghost of the Dusk is likely not going to help much putting Jake Hunter on the map in the West. For every step forward its main story takes, the side cases negate with dull and drawn-out sessions of tap-the-screen, making them feel more like padding that will try the patience of even devoted visual novel fans.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Dec 13, 2018
    First things first:
    In my opinion this game delivers all the expectations I had from looking at the cover, reading the story and genre and
    First things first:
    In my opinion this game delivers all the expectations I had from looking at the cover, reading the story and genre and knowing that this is a VISUAL NOVEL with a FEW INTERACTIVE ELEMENTS.

    Setting and Characters:
    The story is set in Japan in our "modern" world, but (as the cover suggests) it has a "good old times" atmosphere to it.
    For example our main character Jack Hunter, looking like a classic detective with his cigarette, fulfilling his role of being the strong man with few emotions. Then there is his assistant Yulia Marks, she fulfills the old dated role model of a secretary as it was some decades ago, she is caring and shows a lot of emotions.

    Who will likely enjoy this game:
    You will enjoy it, if you...
    1.) ... enjoy text based games / visual novels as genre.
    2.) ... are a patient gamer, with a long attention span.
    3.) ... you enjoy detective games / crime stories.
    4.) ... you are interested in games set in Japan in general.
    5.) ... enjoy this game's OST ("In the Dusk 2", "Loose Truth", "Gathering Pieces")

    What stood out to me:
    I absolutely adore the OST of this game, it covers everything from straight horror music to mysterious sounding tracks and helps losing yourself in this world.
    But what I enjoy THE MOST is the laid back jazzy influence that relieves the tension after the dangerous intensive parts, it sounds like you are sitting in a bar, restoring your energy, but still thinking about the case.

    - "Main" story ~ 12h
    - Each "Side" story ~ 4h
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