DARK NIGHTS WITH POE AND MUNRO
By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on May 7, 2021
Welcome dear readers, to Dark Nights with Poe and Munro, a slightly odd radio show that deals with everything strange and wonderful. And here are your hosts, John Poe and Ellis Munro. Let's see what they have in store for us tonight, shall we? Better yet, let's see if they can make it through this night with their sanity intact... or alive, for that matter!
Dark Nights with Poe and Munro is a suspense / thriller / horror themed FMV (Full Motion Video) game, developed by UK-based developer D'Avekki Studios, which started out as a developer of Murder Mystery games and have since expanded into the realm of video games. Dark Nights with Poe and Munro is their third video game title to date. On Steam one review about the game said: "If you're into X-files, She Sees Red and Until Dawn, you're are going to love this one". Well, I did watch X-files back in the 90's, I played She Sees Red and Until Dawn until I collected all possible Endings and trophies. And, in case you're wondering; yes, I enjoyed it all. Now, I hadn't actually heard of this specific game before, but it looked cool and I have thoroughly enjoyed playing quite a lot of FMV games in my time, so I'm more than up for it! The game has already been available for PC for a year now and has recently launched for PS4 and Xbox One as well, with a Nintendo Switch release following later this year. I'm looking really forward to play the game, so without further ado, let's go!
The game starts on the night that John Poe and Ellis Munro are busy with yet another exciting episode of their radio broadcast, the aforementioned Dark nights with Poe & Munro. Within minutes the have their first caller, who tells a rather disturbing tale that has a lot of similarities with the relationship Poe and Munro currently find themselves in. They decide to hang up on the caller and soon the player discovers that there actually is a bit of romance between the two radio hosts. But not long after this strange call, a note is slid under the door of the studio, with a quite disturbing and, above all, threatening message on it. Now, I don't know about you, even without this message, unknown people sliding notes under doors just creeps me the hell out, so I'm sleeping with the lights on tonight!
Over the course of six episodes, you'll have to unravel the mysteries that Poe and Munro uncover during the making of their radio show and, of course, keep them alive! In every episode, you are presented with several choices which force you to make a decision within the time limit (this time limit can be turned off in the settings, if you don't want the added pressure while playing). Decision making in games usually means you will have to live with consequences and, more often than not, that there are multiple endings. I really like that, because it increases the replay value of the game. In the first playthrough, I always try to make choices true to my heart, just to see if I would have made it to the end alive. During subsequent playthroughs, I just love to play around, make the sassy and wild choices or the exact opposite of that and play it extremely safe. At the end of each episode you'll see an overview of decision moments, which choices you've made and how many percent of other players made the same choice.
The acting in this game, while not immediately Oscar-worthy, is really nicely done. It's fun, the characters are a bit exaggerated and more than once, they allude to the more physical side of their relationship. I especially like the actress that plays Munro, she's cool! The supernatural of the X-files, the FMV of She Sees Red and the constant question of who-did-what of Until Dawn; it's all there and I can see why these specific titles were named by in the comment on Steam I mentioned earlier. Now, if you're expecting a big-budget AAA movie quality you might walk away from Dark Nights with Poe & Munro a bit disappointed, but please keep in mind that it is made by a much smaller studio with far less budget. When playing the game, you can see the thought and love that went into making it and the sheer amount of effort that was made in order to come up with an unexpected mystery each episode. Especially considering the price and the replay value, you're getting a great deal with Dark Nights with Poe & Munro. Replaying episodes is always fun, because it helps you to get more info and background story than you would get with only one playthrough. Besides, I personally think that this game is worth more than just playing it once. And if you can't get enough of this studio, there are two other games from their portfolio available on Steam as well: The Shapeshifting Detective and The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker.
So all in all, I think that Dark Nights with Poe and Munro is a great game. It features enjoyable cases to solve, more than one path to follow and interesting characters. If you are up for an exciting time solving mysterious cases, Poe and Munro are definitely the people to hang around with!
DARK NIGHTS WITH POE AND MUNRO
May 19, 2020 (PC)
May 4, 2021 (PS4 / Xbox One)