The Shapeshifting Detective
About this game
Developer: D'Avekki Studios Ltd
Content Rating: Teen
The Shapeshifting Detective is a supernatural-noir murder mystery FMV game where you play as a detective who can shapeshift into other characters, allowing you to unlock secret conversations and private encounters.
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Critic Reviews4 Reviews
From its presentation – with an eerie local radio station playing spooky stories in the background – to its alluring characters and enthralling narrative that dances with supernatural themes, there’s a lot to love. The FMV genre has become less of a gimmick and more of a valid and exciting new way to tell a story, and it’s largely down to the work done by Wales Interactive and D’Avekki Studios. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
No matter if you’re looking for a goofy FMV good time or an engaging mystery to solve, The Shapeshifting Detective delivers. You can see where the corners were cut if you push too hard in the wrong places, but the story and characters drive the game past those shortcomings. The Shapeshifting Detective‘s pulpy charm and offbeat story show that it doesn’t take a detective to figure out how enjoyable this game is.
Overall, we have a game that is brave enough to go where I hardly expected games to be willing to venture anymore. It is old school FMV, it is more story than action, it uses real actors over graphics, and it doesn’t take itself too seriously. For all those reasons, and that it left me with a largely positive experience that I will definitely undertake again very soon, I can happily recommend you dip a toe or ten into the undeniably weird waters of the town of August, and The Shapeshifting Detective.