Indie developer Jaydeb sent out a press release with the launch date for their FMV game, Morph Girl. This point and click and visual novel hybrid is bringing back the 90s in two ways: first is with the full motion video format (used by titles such as Night Trap and Phantasmagoria) and second is to pay homage to classic Japanese Horror films (such as The Grudge and Ringu). The game is set to come out on PC on both Steam and Itch.io on August 30th for $3.99 USD.
Morph Girl follows the grieving Elana, who is in mourning after her wife, Rebecca’s, death. To make this an even more difficult struggle for the widow, a supernatural being invades her home and starts toying with Elena’s memories. The player’s choices throughout the story will either help or hinder our protagonist’s fight with her own mental health and the dark figure stalking her.
Other features include:
- FMV – Immerse yourself in Elana’s world via real world footage evoking a family’s home VHS tapes.
- BRANCHING NARRATIVE – Make decisions that alter the course of the narrative – as well as events long passed.
- MULTIPLE ENDINGS – Unlock all 6 endings and find your conclusion to Morph Girl and Elana’s story.
With Night Trap – 25th Anniversary Edition coming out mid August, I’m definitely all for more FMV games to join the party. The fact that Jaydeb is trying something different with homage to ‘low-fi Japanese horror movies of the late 90s’ with a Western style makes Morph Girl stand out. The narrative also has the potential to go a little deeper, touching upon depression and loss with the literal and figurative demons that tend to accompany those darker emotions. This game is definitely now on my radar.
For those wanting to jump into a genre from the past, the launch video is available below for your viewing pleasure: