The Shapeshifting Detective

Rating Summary

Based on 24 critic reviews
Fair Man

OpenCritic Rating

70

Top Critic Average

54%

Critics Recommend

Based on 24 critic reviews
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Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Nov 14, 2018

The Shapeshifting Detective is proof that FMV titles can be done extremely well.

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9 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018

The Shapeshifting Detective is yet another really fun and innovative whodunit from D'Avekki Studios. At a glance, you may think it looks like a simplified FMV adventure based on their previous game due to the fewer number of questions you can ask and the removal of the manual questioning mechanic. However, the removal of that has allowed the developers to create many more branches and outcomes as they know the choices you can make and plan accordingly. My advice, play the game through to the end about three or four times, make different choices, refuse to talk about certain things, and be a complete nob to everyone instead of being nice, you'll end up with a few new and often hilarious dialogues.

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Nov 6, 2018

In respect to the murder mystery theme and The Shapeshifting Detective is a shining light in immersive story-telling. It may lack in gameplay variety but the shapeshifting mechanic and how it is integrated into the story really sets it apart

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9 / 10
Nov 6, 2018

I really can't talk more about The Shapeshifting Detective without spoiling the experience for you, but I will say that this is a brilliant FMV experience that you have to play on PlayStation 4. The story is good, the performance from each actor is solid, and the shapeshifting mechanic is very addictive. As long as you take things slowly and make sure you're not caught, you're going to have a lot of fun with this one on PS4!

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Generación Xbox

Top Critic

8.2 / 10.0
Nov 5, 2018

The Shapeshifting Detective will bring you same intrigue and mystery while you try to guess who is the murderer of Dorotha Shaw. A unique FMV adventure.

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Nov 6, 2018

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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8 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2018

A great FMV title to enjoy multiple times over and over. By changing the murderer each time I would restart the game I felt like I was playing a game of Clue with my PS4.

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Nov 8, 2018

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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GameMAG

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 19, 2018

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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8 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2018

Despite some instances of odd acting, The Shapeshifting Detective is a fun supernatural crime drama that will leave you wanting more. This works well, since the story can be finished in a short amount of time. Coupled with a variety of decisions and character interactions via the shapeshifting mechanic, this gritty detective story is a great entry for the Switch library.

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