If there is one thing that we are fond of, it’s unique games. Those games that offer an incredible level of innovation and where the authors give their best to deliver something new. The Shapeshifting Detective fits perfectly into the description. Although it features numerous supernatural beings, this game is a beautifully written murder mystery that you should resolve. The title was designed by D’Avekki Studios and since this UK team already had a similar successful game behind them, we were looking forward to trying this one.
FMV Murder Mystery and a Masterpiece
The Shapeshifting Detective is and FMV – full motion video game. It means that real actors are used instead of animations and that implies this game heavily relies on its narrative. The first thing you notice, however, is that you see the action from the first-person perspective. This immensely contributes to the feeling of actually being a part of the story.
As soon as several minutes pass by, you see that the entire actor cast has done an outstanding job. They portrayed each of the characters faithfully and it is a pleasure watching every minute of this mystery unravel.
You will be playing as a detective called Sam. However, you are hiding your true identity as you are actually a shapeshifter. The only reason you’ve taken the detective’s body is to discover who is behind the murder that occurred in a local place named August. In a matter of minutes, the rest of the supernatural cast is presented – tarot readers who successfully predicted that Dorata Shaw will get killed. The rest of the suspect pool includes her boyfriend, the owner of the motel where the tarot people live in, and even the chief of police.
Change Shapes to Discover More Details
As a shapeshifter, you have the opportunity to assume forms of other people, too. This will give you an excellent opportunity to reveal details about the murder and who is behind it. Thanks to this feature, you also have more ways to interfere with the events and affect them. Naturally, there is bonus content to unlock and you may even encounter characters that are ideal for falling in love in them.
The first time you play The Shapeshifting Detective it will take you about three hours to complete it. The game has a huge replay value and more than 1,600 video clips in total. It will take you at least several times until you watch them all. The game won’t bother you with many repetitive clips and your choices may alter some things, such as additional victims and potential suspect pool. In short, the game allows you to reveal everything about each character, including yourself, as long as you have the will to do so. In most cases, you will be asking questions, but you can also affect some of your reactions. The chief of police is your biggest advisor and he will provide insights into the case, as well as hints whenever you need them.