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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".

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Game Discussion

Review by Anonymous
Review from Steam

I bought this game as a joke, prompted by the quite funny acting in the trailer. So I got together with some friends and we started playing on a Saturday night only to become absolutely engrossed by it and totally invested! We ended up loving every moment of it - the acting (which I must admit I had initially thought looked cringey in a funny way based on the trailer) was actually good enough to sell the story and I'm definitely a fan of Rayne now while Poe just gives me the creeps. The story was very enjoyable too - especially if you like a good whodunnit - and it has the added shapeshifting element.
Initial playthrough (if you're being thorough) is around 3 hours 30 minutes. If you're after all the achievements, you would need a minimum of 2 playthroughs but it took me 3.
Overall, this was a really fun game that has got me hooked on the FMV genre. Great work to the developers and actors!

Review from Steam

At first, I thought I was not going to like this game. I pushed through the awkward beginning, and am glad that I did. The Shapeshifting Detective is both well done and quite comical.
The acting is not exceptional, but for the way it is presented, well done. The transition carries from many different interactions and choices, and adds a lot to the game's value. The game can be quite short, if you skip it all, but that is the best part of the game, in my opinion.
While I do not know if all the comical scenes are intentionally humorous, I do know many of them are. This is a good game to enjoy while relaxing.
I recommend this game for those that like to laugh and enjoy choose your own adventure live action movie games.

Review from Steam

I really enjoyed the game. The story was interesting. There can be different endings and the story can change through new playthroughs. I'll be playing this a couple times.

Review from Steam


Leaning hard into the cheesy premise and hammy acting is almost perfect for this style of FMV game. The story has enough hooks to cover for a bit of a plodding pacing.

Review from Steam

In this game, you are a shapeshifting detective. You have a very strong ability, you can change into any person you have seen. With this ability, you can use different identities to get information from different people. Then gather this information and find out the real murderer.
This game has a very interesting design that whenever you start a new game, this time the real murderer will randomly become another person. The real murderer is no longer fixed. This design leads to a new experience every time you start. Of course, this is not impeccable. Because the murderer is only born in three fixed roles, and players will find a little skill to judge who the murderer is sooner or later.
In general, this game is quite well, and you need to use a certain amount of brain power. But by the way, I am a little dissatisfied with this game personally. Because the beauties in this game are too old, at least they look very old. I like young women which look gorgeous, not old women. Because old women affect my mood.
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Manual achievement:
21/21

Review from Steam

Yes!
This is a really stylish FMV-type game, in which the protagonist can change forms into any of the other characters, leading to numerous strange interrogation opportunities.
A game like this lives or dies by its performances and direction. I found the characters all charming and interesting, and their various secrets intriguing.
There were a few times when I ran out of ideas and spent some energy "brute forcing" combinations of disguise + interrogation suspect, so either I was a little dense or maybe the paths through the game aren't marked well enough. Either way, the story here was good enough to maintain my interest over these few stumbling blocks.
The game took me just over 3 hours to complete and it was time well spent. After completion, the player is granted the "new game +" power of skipping over previously viewed scenes, allowing one to buzz through again to see the results of different choices and combinations if desired. Personally I probably won't play through again as I was very happy with the story I came away with.
Note that I failed to guess correctly who the culprit was, but the ending of the game was still very fun and satisfying. I love it when a game lets failure be fun too.
I am buying more games from this developer. Thank you D'Avekki Studios!

Review from Steam

As games go, this one really isn't. Unlike Doctor Dekker, you mostly follow along a path of similar preset text options. The fun twist is that you can turn into other characters and interact with everyone else, but presumably given the lack of content, they parse everything out through laborious scene transition times that ruin part of the fun. It's an interesting story with interesting characters and I like what they were going for, so it's probably worth it on sale.

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