Dark Nights with Poe and Munro

 

 

Genre:    Adventure 

Developer:  D'Avekki Studios Ltd

Publisher:   D'Avekki Studios Ltd

Released:   May 19, 2020

Requirements (minimum):

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10 
  • Processor: Intel i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or greater
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD 5750 or Geforce GTX 260 or better with OpenGL 3.3
  • Storage: 8 GB available space  
  • Sound Card: DirectX 11 compatible sound card
  • DirectX: Version 11  

 

 

 

By flotsam

Dark Nights with Poe and Munro

D'Avekki Studios Ltd

More an interactive full motion video than a game, there is still fun to be had here if your proclivities are the same as mine.

In that regard, I like FMV, I enjoy a good bit of B-Grade cheesiness, and strong lead characters are a given.

I didn't "play" the previous incarnation (The Shapeshifting Detective) so can't tell you anything about how they compare. I can tell you the game features John "Poe" Pope and Ellis Munro as hosts of a supernaturally radio show in the town of August.

Not content to stay behind the microphone, they embark on all manner of spooky-ish endeavours, often putting their safety in peril. Most of the six chapters start with someone phoning into the station to tell them about something worthy of their investigatory inquisitions. People seem willing to spill all sorts of things on the airwaves, no doubt comforted by Munro's exhortation "you can trust us, we're from the radio", a line that works in situ as well.

The chapters are pretty much stand-alone, progressed by making some choices as you go. You have a limited amount of time to do so, less in some situations than others. It isn't always clear what the impact of your choice will be, but I didn't think it mattered. The fun was in the unfolding, however that occurred.

At the end of each chapter you get a summary of the choices other players made. You can choose to play any of them again once completed, to see how different choices might impact the events. It saves as you go.

As well as the sum of the parts of those things I like, the stand out here are the lead characters, and Munro in particular. They banter, they flirt, there is innuendo and more. Poe can overdo it sometimes, but that is part and parcel of the style. Munro's sassy vibrancy is the perfect foil, with a redheaded attitude to suit.

Other characters aren't so great but it didn't matter. Together, the performances of Poe and Munro are strong and engaging, and carry the whole thing well.

It is a very polished FMV as well. Many such games are grainy or limited in production values. This is far from that. A minimalist (until near the end) soundtrack accompanies their poking about.

Dark Nights can be kitch, cheesy and low-rent, but feels deliberately so to keep faith with its chosen design. It isn't really a game, but it is about three hours of well made FMV enjoyment.

I played on:

OS: Windows 10, 64 Bit

Processor: Intel i7-9700k 3.7 GHz

RAM: Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB DDR4 32GB

Video card: AMD Radeon RX 580 8192MB

 

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