Cakes & Ale Episode 26: The Shapeshifting Detective – chat with D’Avekki studios


Join us as we talk all about The Shapeshifting Detective, the latest FMV game from D’Avekki Studios, with the brains behind the game, Tim and Lynda Cowles. The Shapeshifting Detective places you in the shoes of ‘Sam’, a being with the ability to morph into anyone they meet, on the trail of a murderer in the mysterious town of August. A trio of tarot readers seem to have predicted the murder before it happened. But why are they here? And who in this strange town can be trusted, when everyone is hiding a secret?

We’re also joined by two of the wonderful cast members of the game, Anarosa De Eizaguirre Butler who plays Bronwyn Castle, the leader of the tarot readers, and Rupert Booth, who plays local police chief Dupont, to discuss what it’s like acting in FMV games.


Direct download: Episode 26

D’Avekki Studios broke the FMV Guiness World Record with their previous game, The Infections Madness of Doctor Dekker, and return now with a spooky murder mystery in which the player can unlock the hidden truths of characters by asking the right questions while posing as the right people. Tim and Lynda explain how such a labyrinthine game comes together from the original concept to the game design and ultimately the film shoot. You can follow D’Avekki on Twitter and YouTube to find out more and hear about their upcoming plans, and you can also follow Tim and Lynda themselves and the game’s publisher, Wales Interactive.

Anarosa De Eizaguirre Butler is an actress and broadcaster who hosts shows on BarcelonaCity FM every Friday and Saturday. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.

Rupert Booth is an actor and writer who will be known to listeners of The Tally Ho as a passionate fan of The Prisoner and author of the Patrick McGoohan biography Not a Number. You can find him on Twitter, and catch his previous appearances on the podcast taking about Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling and Fall Out.

Lynda’s tarot book The Tarot Playbook: 78 Novel Ways to Connect With Your Cards is published by Schiffer Publishing.

The Shapeshifting Detective is out now on Steam for PC/Mac, Nintendo Switch, PS4 and XBox.

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Episode 11 – Return to Hyrule

The Nintendo Switch is finally here! We chat about our first impressions of the new console, plus musings on 1-2 Switch and the long awaited Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild which arrives slap bang in the middle of Becks’ odyssey to 100% Wind Waker HD. That’s a whole lotta Hyrule…

Direct download: Episode 11

Episode 7 – A Link to the Podcast!

Zelda! Mario! Splatoon! Strange wild west quick draw! Crazy boxing arms! It was all there at the launch of the Nintendo Switch, and we got up at 4am to watch it, as you do. Join us as we pour over the list of upcoming games and discuss what we are most looking forward to.

We also go in-depth on everything we know so far about Zelda: Breath of the Wild including its incredible new trailer. Where does it fit into the timeline? What is it like to hear voice acting in Zelda for the first time? And will Becks get stuck for 2 years like she did with Skyward Sword?

Direct download: Episode 7