Splendy Games and Wales Interactive recently revived the dormant full motion video (FMV) genre with their release of The Bunker, a post-nuclear suspense thriller. We’ve taken it for a spin to see whether they’ve struck gold, or should’ve let sleeping dogs lie.
With all the time in the world on his hands, we wonder why John bothers being so disgustingly efficient...
Do the cast put in good performances?
Considering how difficult it probably is to adjust to this sort of a project, we’d say so. It’s wooden here and there, but Adam Brown (The Hobbit) portrays John’s childish ineptitude in a way that evokes empathy as well as frustration.
Supporting performances from Sarah Greene (Penny Dreadful) and Grahame Fox (Game of Thrones) further help a script from some of the minds behind SOMA, Broken Sword and The Witcher.
Do performances and narrative do enough to earn a recommendation, despite the unengaging gameplay?
Not a hearty one; it didn’t really click with us, which is unfortunate, considering we can only commend the brave choice of direction. If you’re big into thriller films, and don’t mind paying £15.99 for two hours of not-so-replayable entertainment, then by all means give it a try.