The Bunker is a live action game in which you take on the role of John, the last remaining survivor of a nuclear bunker. His daily routine is interrupted by a system failure and you are tasked with the hopes of fixing it. Is The Bunker a happy place to be, or a gaming nightmare you can’t wait to escape? read our review below to find out..
The Bunker can be looked at from two points of view, it’s either a point & click adventure, or an interactive movie. You get to play as John who is born in The Bunker while bombs are dropping above ground. Your very first action as a player is to make John take his first breath, simply directing the cursor over the on screen marker and pressing ‘A’. You are then taken to thirty years later, and are met with a scene of John talking to his dying mother. During this scene you get the feeling that spending all that time down in the bunker has affected John psychologically as he comes across as still child-like.
Not long after his mother dies and you quickly find out that John is the sole remaining survivor in the bunker. Keeping the promise he made to his mother just before she passes John carries on doing his daily routine (which even includes reading to his mothers corpse). This also serves as a small tutorial to get you used to how the game’s interaction works. You repeat the routine for a couple of days until day 11,111. When John checks the bunkers system on this day there is a failure.
From this point on you get to see how uneasy John is with the situation and how he has to overcome his fears of not being out of his quarters for such a long time. You have to navigate John further in to the bunker to try and fix the system failure. and so on until the end of the game. it’s pretty much standard stuff while playing, finding the right part to be in and doing the actions required in the correct order to move on in the story. there’s a few quick-time events too, mainly during the flashbacks that John has to his childhood in the bunker and interactions with people that are now long dead.
You can also find snippets of documents and recorded conversations that give more depth to the story and what happened during the thirty years leading up to where John is now. Not forgetting that The Bunker is all live action there’s a lot of emphasis on the people playing the characters, which is done really well especially by the three lead roles.
John, played by Adam Brown known for his role in the movie The Hobbit. Margaret (Johns’s mother) played by Sarah Greene know for her role in the T.V. series Penny Dreadful and The Commissioner played by Grahame Fox known for his role in the T.V. series Game of Thrones. All stellar performances, and is why I would say the game crosses the line into being an interactive movie.
In all you’ll spend the best part of 2 hours with The Bunker, there’s not much more to do once you have finished. unless you want to experience it again, and possibly make a different choice at the end of the game, or go back through for the collectables which appear in the form of toys John made for himself, and are scattered throughout the bunker. visually the game is as real as it can get, it’s live action after all. As for the audio, The music throughout hints at all the right feelings that shold be felt at that time. There’s also all the weird noises and echoes you would expect from a desolate bunker.