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The Shapeshifting Detective

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Based on 23 critic reviews
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Available on:PlayStation 4Nov 6, 2018
Xbox OneNov 6, 2018
PCNov 6, 2018
Nintendo SwitchNov 6, 2018

Developers: Wales Interactive, D'Avekki Studios Ltd

Genre: Adventure

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"".

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Alex Santa Maria

No matter if you're looking for a goofy FMV good time or an engaging mystery to solve, The Shapeshifting Detective delivers.

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Steve C
6 / 10

All in all, The Shapeshifting Detective is a functional but disappointing experience. The investigation lacks the twists and turns of a truly suspenseful narrative and the overriding feeling of weirdness is never really allowed to take centre stage. My initial playthrough seemed to end before it really got started and even though I correctly targeted the murderer, I didn't feel that this was anything more than a lucky guess. If you haven't yet played Doctor Dekker then I would recommend that over this any day. If the idea of a digital murder mystery night floats your boat, then there is still plenty to enjoy in The Shapeshifting Detective, but it does nothing to really advance the genre or push the envelope. It's sadly mediocre rather than transformative.

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8 / 10

The Shapeshifting Detective is a unique game with noir vibrations and the flavor of Twin Peaks, which offers 4 hours of real screen enjoyment with mysterious events, people who reliably guard their secrets, and a killer-maniac capable of delivering the next blow in any moment of the story.

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Ethan Anderson

The Shapeshifting Detective truly does make the player feel as though they’re controlling the main character in a murder mystery TV show.

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