Interrogation: Deceived is a recent narrative adventure mobile game that us certainly reaping very positive feedback all over. If you’re a fan of the investigative criminal TV shows or you even thought about how the police questioning procedures may go, this game gives a pretty basic and solid idea about it. It is a vicarious experience into the world of the police investigation, focused on detective work mainly in interrogation, with a noir thriller atmosphere, so no wonder it is delighting players all around.
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Interrogation: Deceived is developed by Critique Gaming and published by Mixtvision.
Interrogation: Deceived is developed by Critique Gaming and published by Mixtvision. The game came out for PC back in December 2019 under the name Interrogation: You will be deceived, so do not be confused it its two names for the same game, it is the same. Interrogation: Deceived is its title for mobile platforms, which was recently released in 2020 for both Android and iOS.
And, the reason for such fast expansion is several accolades the game immediately won, including the Best Narrative Design award at the Montreal Independent Game Awards 2019 and Best Game of the Show, Dev.Play, 2018, along with numerous more recognitions. On Google Play, Interrogation: Deceived Android has a solid 4.1-star score, while on the iTunes App Store, Interrogation: Deceived iOS has a clean 5.0-star rating so far, but with a small voting pool.
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The black & white choice also brings about the noir side of the game…
The atmosphere in Interrogation: Deceived is primarily made with its black & white presentation and its realistic character models. The developer claims that several thousands of real photos and footage material were used into creating realistic reactions and facial expressions of real characters, and the realistic part of it is what will lock you in if you play a little bit of it. The black & white choice also brings about the noir side of the game, with a matching soundtrack that is just right, smoothing things in the back, not too loud, not too quiet. And, of course, the brilliant and innovative narrative i.e. the game’s “campaign” is what gives it the final seal.
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The gameplay is tightly connected to the game’s narrative, since Interrogation: Deceived is a text adventure…
The gameplay is tightly connected to the game’s narrative, since Interrogation: Deceived is a text adventure. The players assume the role of a police detective, who is well known for his interrogation skills. The tutorial phase takes us back to the days when that detective was in training, and by the time the actual game starts, it’s already “a few years later”. With several years already on the force, the main character is being given important tasks and assignments, and thus we begin with a murder investigation.
Not to spoil anything, but by the time you solve that first case for the player, you get the name The Liberation Front. You find out that there is a bigger game afoot, with infinitely more complex ties and implications that just simple police cases. And, with infinitely more danger, as you take on the job to prevent a potential disaster of catastrophic proportions.
When interrogating the suspects, you are first given the case file, along with all the important info to study. After that, the player gets access to the accused parties in the interrogation rooms. You may often work with multiple suspects at the same time, examining and questioning them as you see fit, switching between the interrogation rooms.
The main mechanics of the game are contained in the questions you can ask and the answers you are given by the subjects of the investigation. Oftentimes, their answers will be followed up by a commentary about their tone of voice or general body language, since Interrogation: Deceived does not feature voice acting. So, all of the conversations are being done in comic book style chat bubbles and units of text, of course with appropriate visual cues that are impressively realistic.
Additionally, next to each suspect, you will have an indicator of their pulse and their pupil dilation. The pupil dilation indicates how open the subject is, the more open the pupil the more open the interrogated subject is. Faster heart rate indicates fear, which is important when you need to decide on the interrogation tactics. There are several tactics offered in the game, and they are all based on real police procedures. Some are aggressive and provoking, while others rely on more subtle manners and approaches.
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The developers of this game say that they used thousands of real-life photos in making this game’s realistic and very engaging presentation…
As mentioned, the developers of this game say that they used thousands of real-life photos in making this game’s realistic and very engaging presentation. The characters’ facial features and body language is very realistically and display, but without being too obvious or over the top blunt. Anything else one might need to complete the immersive feeling is made up of additional descriptions and comments on the behavior. Add this to the black & white presentation, the noir style, and the comic book chat bubbles, and you get a perfect trip down mystery lane.
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Interrogation: Deceived is not the first text adventure for sure, but it seems to be one of the best experiences in the genre so far, at least for us…
Interrogation: Deceived is not the first text adventure for sure, but it seems to be one of the best experiences in the genre so far, at least for us. First of all, the game’s story narrative is very smart and immersive, and it leaves the usual blunt narrative attempts. Secondly, the presentation, both visual and in the gameplay, is impressively done and filled with simple but innovative solutions. All in all, this game is one of the best we’ve had this year, even though it is a premium purchase of $3.99.