Visual novel director Taisuke Kanasaki is best known for his atmospheric DS and Wii releases produced by the tragically-defunct developer, Cing. Trace Memory and Hotel Dusk (along with their sequels) were among the top games in the genre during the last console generation. Chase: Cold Case Investigations – Distant Memories attempts to recapture the magic of the latter of those two games, but it fails to do so in any meaningful way
Chase follows two cold case detectives who receive a tip that a five-year-old accidental death may have, in fact, been a murder. The game takes place entirely in the detectives' office, as they talk to people involved in the case and occasionally check crime scene photos. It's a more straightforward visual novel than fans of the director may be used to, with no exploration mechanic. Gameplay is mostly limited to recalling things you've been told by using dialogue choices during conversations.
Staff review by Rhody Tobin (October 30, 2016)
Rhody likes to press the keys on his keyboard. Sometimes the resulting letters form strings of words that kind of make sense when you think about them for a moment. Most times they're just random gibberish that should be ignored. Ball-peen wobble glurk.
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