Who Pressed Mute on Uncle Marcus? is an interactive movie by Wales Interactive and Good Gate Media.
A fun full-motion video murder mystery, where someone in Abby’s family has poisoned her Uncle Marcus, and Abby is the only one who can uncover the truth and save his life.
Every year, Abby and her family get together on her Mum’s birthday for a quiz. This year, Abby must uncover the truth as to who has poisoned her Uncle Marcus, and save his life before it’s too late. Abby is Marcus’ only hope, and the only one he can trust.
To uncover the truth, Abby must team up with each family member and try to pry information about what happened a couple nights before, when Uncle Marcus was poisoned. Talking to these rich, patronising, interesting and at times, funny characters is trickier than you might think.
I really enjoyed this FMV; it was interesting, fun, funny, emotive – everything a game should be. There are plenty of dialogue options, so one playthrough might take you roughly 20-30 minutes, the game will take roughly 3-4 hours to complete and get all 18 trophies – less time with a guide.
It does get pretty repetitive, which you’d expect because it’s the same every playthrough, just with different interactions, however, it still gets a little annoying 2 hours in. It was the quips and snarky remarks that kept me going.
The quiz has 4 rounds per playthrough, and you have the option to play with one of three family members each round – you will need to pick all three family members each round to gather the evidence you need to accuse each member. Which is going to take a few playthroughs.
One little trick I found was to hit the options button, exit game, then resume game before the end of the round; which starts that round, with that family member, again – then you can choose a different option. Hopefully one that provides evidence. Providing you have gathered enough evidence, you can accuse a family member at the end of each game.
There’s no save, but progress is saved each playthrough, so any evidence you’ve collected in the previous playthrough, stays each time.
You can skip any previous scene you’ve played by pressing R1 on the PlayStation controller.
SPOILER AHEAD – BE WARNED
One of the disappointing/annoying aspects about the game for me, was actually the trophy list. I’m a trophy hunter, and a guide writer – so I look at trophy lists a lot. When I saw the list for this game, and the images relating to the trophies, I discovered that you actually know who the killer is before even firing up the game.
The images relate to what trophy you get, and if you check all the images, it’s becomes clear who the killer is. I prefer not knowing who the killer is in a murder-mystery before the end, thank you.
- Fun interactive movie
- Interesting and funny characters
- Can be a very short game – if not trophy hunting
- Very repetitive
A fun interactive game with interesting and chaotic characters, with an immersive story – I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a murder mystery? Repetitive, but the fun characters make up for a lot of that.
Fun fact: The game was shot in lockdown, and filmed in London and Los Angeles – so I for one think they did an incredible job at piecing the scenes and character interactions together.
Game & Developer Information
Developer Website: Wales Interactive
Developer Socials: Twitter
Publisher Website: Good Gate Media
Publisher Socials: Twitter
PSN Store Links: £9.99/€12.99 Europe / $12.99 North America
Trophy Information: 18. 1 / 9 / 4 / 4
Images – walesinteractive.com