The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker Reviews
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker is an extremely polished text adventure that you absolutely must experience. Its characters can invoke a deep curiosity that only tunnelling down that rabbit hole will ever satisfy, and the multiple endings and randomly selected elements help flesh a game in a genre that's usually a "one and done" affair. At only £6.99 or your regional equivalent and having very low hardware requirements, there is little excuse not to dive into the madness.
Whilst by its nature a niche title, I would happily recommend surrendering yourself to The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker.
The characters are interesting, and the psychological threads draw out the plot leaving you just as vulnerable as the patients your interviewing.
The characters all strongly stick with me after finishing, and I think that's probably more important than anything else.
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker is a reinvention of full motion video for the current generation of games. Its quirky and troubled cast gives some spectacular performances, and the text-based elements make this adventure game an excellent way to get into the genre.
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker puts a ton of work into the acting and presentation of the characters but lacks in the actual gameplay to make it stand out as a video game.
While the central conceit sounds promising as an FMV experience, The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker fails to find a consistent tone or fully engage the player in its story. It offers a couple of nice ideas and the odd smile, but if you don't care about the central mystery, you're left with madness, and the disparate threads never weave together in a satisfying way. The two ominous notes of the soundtrack (only a mild exaggeration) are left to supply tension, and with The Bunker and Late Shift showing how the genre can be relevant and entertaining in 2018, it's hard to recommend this over the alternatives.
The Infectious Madness of Dr. Dekker is an immersive role-playing experience that manages to overcome its frustrating language limitations with excellent atmosphere, acting, and interactive storytelling.
In conclusion, The Infectiousness Madness of Doctor Dekker is an admirable attempt at a niche horror title, marred only by the U.I. of the particular version I played. I'm already invested in their next game, I'll just make sure I pick that up on the Switch.
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker takes a great stab at presenting a modern FMV murder mystery game.
Doctor Dekker offers a lot of content, built in a way that allows you to piece an intense mystery together on your own, but with some clunky bits that let the whole game down.
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker is an interesting full motion video release on Nintendo Switch with a ton of content to experience. All the actors who portray Doctor Dekker's patients do a fantastic job and help to elevate the game's narrative and the mystery at hand. If you're a fan of the full motion video revival, then you should check out The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker today!
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker is a different type of mystery game thanks to its theme, gameplay mechanics and FMV segments. This is a long game that will take you around 8 hours or so to complete, and even longer if you want to add another Platinum trophy to your collection, since you'll need to ask hundreds of questions, as well as find the real killer of Doctor Dekker. I had a blast playing the game since I've now become a fan of FMV games, and I look forward to seeing what new FMV game Wales Interactive gives us next.
I really liked The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker. I love adventure games and this FMV murder mystery had something new to offer on PlayStation 4. The actors did a great job in portraying the crazy patients you interview during each run, and the way the murder is randomized for each run will keep you guessing who killed Doctor Dekker, so every new run you do will feel very different.
Although The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker does a decent enough job at building intrigue from act to act, its repetitive nature and random approach to the murder mystery format ultimately serve to diminish what could have been a highly enjoyable detective simulator. Not only do interrogations begin to lose their lustre rather quickly, with only a few standout patients maintaining their quality until the end, the killer being chosen at random at the start of each playthrough makes for an incohesive narrative that relies more on its gimmick than a genuine attention to the nuances of the mystery genre to pull off its story. To its credit, The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker does work far better than it should given how much the randomness holds it back, but it could have been significantly better with a more focused storyline.
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker is a fantastically compelling, suspenseful slow burn that shows just what can be done with a medium that, for years, has been misused and misunderstood. Look past its clunky parser and you'll be in for one hell of a head trip.
Listing actor names in a game review may seem odd, but The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker is more performance than gameplay. Of course, anyone looking for a fast-paced shmup should pass, but fans of narrative-driven interactives should schedule a session with Dekker. Just remember to bring a USB keyboard or you might go a bit mad yourself.
The concept, the narrative, the characters, the Lovecraft references... these are all brilliant parts to the game. But then when you really break apart the gameplay (at least on the difficulty I was at) and game options, the shortcomings become apparent.
Strongly supported by its characters and great acting performances, TIMDD delivers a nice interactive story that should be played with no rush, which can in fact turn the game a little boring to a point that it could ruin some good surprises.
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It’s actually been a struggle to figure out how to score this game because in general it has left me conflicted. On the one hand the acting is very good, the individual patients have some fascinating elements to their stories, and it turns out there’s even some solid motivation to play through more than once. One the other your main purpose, finding the murderer, may be one of the least interesting things to the experience and you can find yourself in a weird place where the prompts can almost make you feel like you’re on rails but at the same time trying to pose your own questions is often aggravating. If you’re down for a weird experience with some strange people, opportunities to explore some possibilities, and quite a bit of the unexpected it may be worth a shot. If not, I’d say the likes of The Bunker and Late Shift are better at being more traditional experiences.