Imagine if the place you call home, all you’ve ever known, slowly became your worst nightmare. Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to The Bunker.
You star as John, who is born in a nuclear bunker. Fast forward 30 years, and without giving too much away – you’re all on your own now. As long as you stick to the routine, you’ll be fine. The routine is fairly simple – take your vitamins, check your radiation levels, remember to eat and so on. But what psychological effects would living in an isolated bunker leave you with? It’s these effects that the story of The Bunker explores. It’s not just the narrative that is intriguing however. Every second of the game is live action. Honestly, it’s incredible. It’s like being in control of a thrilling TV drama. Whilst the game is essentially a point and click experience, it flows flawlessly and the fact that it’s live action genuinely never loses its novelty – far from it. In fact, I couldn’t help but feel that I was staring the future of gaming directly in the face. Make no mistake – visually, The Bunker is a home run. But none of this would mean anything if the story wasn’t up to scratch. Thankfully, this book is as good as its cover.
You know when I said earlier that you’ll be fine, just as long as you stick to the routine? Well let’s just say something throws off the routine and things start to go pear shaped. You’ll then be forced to explore areas of The Bunker you may not necessarily want to explore. Moving further into your journey you will find documents, tape recordings, toys and more, all bringing back memories of your past and getting you closer to the truth of The Bunker. Furthermore, The Bunker does a brilliant job of drip feeding you information in the form of flashbacks, and an even better job of keeping you on the edge of your seat. The unknown is scary, but the truth might just be even worse.
There is of course superb acting talent on show too. The star of the show undoubtedly is Adam Brown, who delivers a stunning performance, but an honourable mention must also go to Sarah Greene, who is excellent throughout. It’s perhaps a testament to all the actors and the writing team that I simply didn’t want The Bunker to end. It truly is a unique experience, and one that I can’t recommend enough.
It may be scary, but The Bunker is a place you’ll never want to leave. A staggering achievement from start to finish.
Punk rating: 9/10