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  • Summary: The Shapeshifting Detective is a supernatural-noir murder mystery FMV game. Assume the role of a detective and investigate the murder by shapeshifting into any character… even the next victim.
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  1. Positive: 1 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Mar 22, 2019
    80
    The Shapeshifting Detective on the Switch is the best way to play it since it offers the full big screen experience and has the ability to not only play it on the go but with both button or touch controls. If you enjoy murder mystery games, this one is definitely worth your time.
  2. Nov 6, 2018
    73
    With its actors, its locations and the playable options it offers, this interactive film is closer to a dramatization than to a videogame. Wales Interactive needs to continue improving its work: giving facilities to the player who wants to replay the experience and achieving a better cohesion between the visual and the interactive part.
  3. Nov 6, 2018
    70
    Wales Interactive continue to deliver on their niche market genre with an engaging plot for this whodunnit murder mystery. Some overacting and the clunky mechanic for the shapeshifting prevent it scoring higher.
  4. 65
    At its core, The Shapeshifting Detective has a good hook and a compelling enough story structure, but is marred by not feeling like your choices matter, uneven pacing, and the impression that not all the story beats were well thought out or executed. Without sticking the landing on either the story or interactivity, what had potential to be great feels more middle of the pack.
  5. Oct 12, 2019
    60
    The Full Motion Video experience of The Shapeshifting Detective stands its ground quite well on the Nintendo Switch. The game's environment is riddled with mystery and suspense and the capacity of the protagonist to transform into any character are obvious selling points. With more interactivity and a better structured plot, The Shapeshifting Detective could be a very recommended game but as it is, it's mostly an interesting experience with some involving elements.