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The Shapeshifting Detective

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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. Dorota Shaw is dead. And the prime suspects are three tarot readers with the uncanny ability to predict murder - or commit it. It’s your job to find out what else they know - but they won’t reveal their dark secrets to just anyone… Luckily, you can be anyone you want to be. Even the next victim. The game features more than 1600 full HD video responses, a simple questioning interface with unique ‘delete’ mechanic, and a randomly chosen murderer at the start of the game. Developed by the World Record-breaking makers of ""The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker"".
Release date
Nov 6, 2018
D'Avekki Studios Ltd
Wales Interactive
D'Avekki Studios
Wales Interactive, Wales Interactive Ltd.
Age rating
13+ Teen

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 / AMD Radeon HD 5750. OpenGL 3.3
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Storage: 6 GB available space

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: OS X 10.9 64-bit
  • Processor: Core i3 2.4Ghz
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 / AMD Radeon HD 5750. OpenGL 3.3
  • Storage: 6 GB available space
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The Shapeshifting Detective reviews and comments

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Actually, such FMV games only work on the first Pass. Each subsequent Round then becomes badly repetitive, although the Culprit in The Shapeshifting Detective could change «on any Reboot». Why my Enthusiasm is limited is in Places due to the involuntary comedy or Logic of the Game. Here's an Example (with a slight Spoiler): In my second Pass, I deliberately tried to get it all wrong. Hey, that's really hard. Numerous Indications must be ignored, important possible Answers deleted, as well as stupid and nasty Questions and Demands must be asked. In any Case, my Behavior resulted in the police Chief asking me at some point who to arrest. Of course, out of seven possible People, I named all Those who had a clear, absolutely solid Alibi. The Chief shook his Head over so much Stupidity. I then topped that, in which I suggested to the Police chief that he arrest himself. When he refused, too, and to add to my Person's utter Incompetence, I also suggested that he take «me» into Custody. The Chief didn't grasped it. Of the last three People, I then chose the most unrealistic Variant (exposing the actual Perpetrator isn't really hard). Well, so in the End I stood out with another Victim, let the still unknown Perpetrator flee, arrested a young innocent Woman to whom I was dismissive and fies and had done nothing at all to Solve the Case. And what happened? The young innocent Woman fell in love with me for whatever reason. I was the dumbest and most superfluous Detective the World has ever seen and people all congratulated me on my fantastic Work and paid homage to me as if I were Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Sam Spade and Sherlock Holmes in One. Oh yes, the police Chief Was so enthusiastic that he offered me a Job. (Spoiling) Well, don't Worry, the Game really offers an immense Amount of Dialogue opportunities, you're sure to do it differently. Even in the fourth Round, I discovered Something new. The Story itself is more Average, which is probably due to the fact that the Perpetrator can change again and again. Frankly, the Mystery and Sci-fi elements I found endeavor and, in places, weak. The Quality of the Films goes OK. The Actors do their Thing mostly well. Some overdo it with Overacting. In the whole Game, you just sit opposite People, which seems unnatural and irritating and makes everything very static. The Translation has spelling Mistakes again and again (but who am I to complain about it, * hust and turn on your own Doorstep *). Conclusion: The Work is aimed solely at People who like FMV games. The Replay value is given, but rather tough and boring, as you will already know at least 80% of the Dialogues. A Case lasts about one and a half to three Hours and Dialogues cannot be skipped or pre-rewind. The Price seems fair to me. NIGHT: Meanwhile, a Feature has been added that allows you to Skip Scenes. At least after a complete Pass.
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