It's '90s a go-go these days with new trashy first-person shooters, Infinity Engine-style RPGs, and adventure games from genre giants, but to me the epitome of the '90s revival is these new FMV games. I've not had a disc drive in years but I can almost hear one spin up when I look at Contradiction, The Bunker, Late Shift, Her Story, or, right now, The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker [official site]. Due in May, it's a "Lovecraftian" FMV murder mystery about a psychiatrist treating/interrogating patients/suspects to uncover who murdered their predecessor, the eponymous Doctor Dekker. Observe:
That's exactly what I want from FMV games. And! Communication is by typing in full questions. Another '90s dream!
Developers D'Avekki Studios say:
"The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker is a Lovecraftian FMV murder mystery, which gives players full freedom to question suspects by typing their own questions instead of picking them from a predetermined list. There are no point and click puzzles to solve, just questions to ask and evidence to inspect.
"Finding out who killed Dr Dekker is only one part of the puzzle; working out how to fix the chaos he left behind will be so much trickier... As well as providing clues to the murder, each patient has their own bizarre problem they need your help with – from time manipulation and re-animated loved ones to horrors under the sea."
I really think that is, at best, against a code of ethics.
The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker is coming May 19th to Steam.