Although I hate to be so vague about The Bunker, giving away too much would be doing a great disservice to anyone reading this review. Instead, I’ll simply say that it’s one of the most enjoyable FMV games I’ve ever played, and that I’d recommend prospective players block out two hours and go through it all in a single sitting. My compliments to Splendy Games, and I’m now officially on record as being quite prepared to drop a few dollars on whatever they turn out next.
It’s difficult to speak in detail about the story simply due to the amount of spoilers and the overall length of it. Some people value their game prices based on length alone and for those players, The Bunker isn’t for you. This is a game that has value beyond gameplay time. If you want a game with an interesting story, with some good twists, and can appreciate a game that uses live action as the base, I would recommend checking it out.
I downloaded The Bunker on PS4 because I hadn't played an FMV or Full Motion Video video game in many years. If you haven't played an FMV game before, check this one out just to have the experience. This game is all about the story, and the story is excellent. The way I rate a game is by determining how much I valued playing it at the time and how I look back one it once it's done and over. This game has a lasting effect on me due to its story. I didn't see the twist end coming, mostly because I wasn't expecting one so I wasn't looking. Looking back, it was a great story that was well told. A criticism of the game is that it's too short (it took me 2 hours to complete the first time), but I found it to be the perfect length for the story it told. Any longer and I would have to complain that there was too much filler gameplay. The gameplay that is here is basic Adventure style where you have to find a fuse to swap out a burned out one, but they're right nearby and you never have to guess at what you're supposed to do next. It's the most basic of interactions and goes well with the 3/4 movie, 1/4 game setup. The beginning minutes are very slow, but the game is teaching you that life is boring and lonely in the bunker, and the protagonist does the same mundane tasks every day (until something finally goes wrong). So I appreciated that the beginning was boring because I really felt the boredom the main character felt.
There are toy figurines to find and extra computers and paper files to read that unlock trophies. They encourage a second playthrough, which I was happy to do since I knew the ending and wanted to see how all of the pieces fit together. I appreciate that the trophies are easy to accomplish but are intrinsic enough to warrant a second attempt at it.
The two complaints that I have about the game are first the two endings, which don't add anything to the story (either way the game just ends after you make the ultimate choice, the story stops). Secondly, my wife played through it and she's a moderate to low-end gamer, usually liking story games like the TellTale series or Gone Home, etc. There are times in this game where you need to focus your cursor on a prompt and press the X button as fast as you can to fill a little meter, and even when she knew the interaction was coming, she couldn't overcome it, having to hand it off to me to complete. I felt the difficulty of the button presses did increase the tension in the dramatic moment, but the spike she couldn't overcome on her own was unwarranted. If you can't tap fast enough you're going to be stuck and likely upset for good reason. Overall, I highly recommend this game to anyone who hasn't experienced an FMV game or anyone who likes a good story. If you're looking for a good "game" with lots of puzzles or challenging Adventure style like Myst, you've got the wrong impression about The Bunker. 9/10
Strong acting and an interesting, creepy story make The Bunker very much worth experiencing at least once. It's a nice little adventure, though two hours of limited playtime may not be enough to justify the pricetag.
Despite my initial impressions, I really enjoyed The Bunker. I’m never going to play it again, but for the couple of hours it lasted it held my attention and expertly racked up the tension. It is certainly not for everyone, but it entertained me for it’s duration and you can’t really ask much more than that.
While I did like The Bunker, it definitely feels like it suffers from the same things that old FMV games like this always have, feeling like the only difference that’s occurred in the 20+ years since the first FMV adventure game was released is fidelity. With a stronger script, the game would be an easy recommendation, but as it is it’s mostly coasting on novelty, with just enough hooks to get you going through to the end.
Showcasing a clever narrative steeped in great performances and anchored by a real sense of place, The Bunker sadly doesn't last long enough or offer sufficient incentive to return to its titular subterranean dwelling once the credits roll on this interactivity-light adventure.
Dopo aver giocato l'ottimo Late Shift mi sarei aspettato qualcosa in più. Contento per l'update con i sottotitoli in italiano ma la rigiocabilità é abbastanza bassa e le scelte poche. Noiosi i tempi di caricamento, il puntatore sempre presente e con sensibilità standard troppo bassa
Well no performance and frame rate problems with a FMV style game. Ok it looks like small screen low budget production value. The music score really does a good job setting the tone and atmosphere. The acting is pretty ok and the main character facial expressions spoke volumes. Game play wise well not much to do. Limited point and click options with a few QTE. The story was really engrossing the more I played it. Kind of short overall and next to no replay value. However I really enjoyed this one even if it was only good for one run.
Very tedious and boring FMV game, which lasts for only a few hours. You control one main character who interacts with objects in the environment to progress the story. The story was interesting, but the game was bogged down by VERY slow pacing and poor gameplay mechanics. I recommend checking out LATE SHIFT by the same developer, Wales Interactive. After I finished this game, I deleted it from my hard drive and will never be playing it game again. Thank goodness I bought it on sale at the PS store and didn't pay full-price for this lackluster title!!
SummaryThe Bunker is a live action psychological horror game starring Adam Brown (The Hobbit) and Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful, Assassin’s Creed 3) with a story written and
developed by gaming talent behind The Witcher, Broken Sword and SOMA.