I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for video games with full-motion video (FMV). Typically, these games are overly corny (either purposefully or not), and I will glowingly talk about Make My Video: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch and Sewer Shark to anyone that will listen, despite them being terrible games. So, when I heard that a new horror point-and-click adventure game was being made entirely from live-action footage, I was excited to check it out.
That game comes from Wales Interactive and is called The Bunker. It’s a psychological-thriller taking place in a survival bunker starring a 30-something man named John who was born inside the bunker, and thus has never left it. Mysteriously, only John is left after his mother passes away.
Instantly my mind was filled with questions. Why did a survival bunker, one that was shown to have dozens of people in a flashback scene showing John’s birth, somehow get down to only two people" What happened the other occupants" Thankfully, all of these questions are answered in due time as The Bunker masterfully answers the questions it needs to, and leaves the door open on some larger ones that are better left unanswered.
With his mother gone, who is clearly shown to be his only friend and support system, John is left to live an existence that is ruled by a schedule that she left him. He checks the radiation levels every morning, takes a vitamin B supplement, makes sure to eat, checks the radio for any sign of survival and then creepily reads to his dead mother’s corpse (which is only topped by the fact that he appears to go to the bathroom while eating). John is clearly not equipped to be on his own, but he knows that as long as he follows the schedule he’ll be fine.
Since doing the same five things would get rather boring quickly (although you can read a technical manual about nuclear shelters to his mother, which made me laugh in a sort of twisted manner), things naturally go down...