Mark Ecko Productions and Showtime have given us our first look at the first game based on Showtime's Dexter — which is in turn based on the book series by author Jeff Lindsay — and, well, it's the iPhone version. Sorry if we got your hopes up, but it may make anticipation for the console versions that much higher. Dexter, in development at Icarus Studios, is "'investigative' in style," a game in which "the player will analyze crime scenes, uncover evidence, and choose which brand of justice best suits the situation: the courts or the 'Dark Passenger.'" Think we're going to go with "Dark Passenger" by default. Wonder if there's a default setting for that.
The game can't capture the feel of the series, even as yet-another-point-and-click-adventure. The lure of the show is in the narrative of its protagonist, not the events itself.
Dexter, moreso than most television, is an exercise in passivity. The audience is observing the mind of an almost-Sociopath.
That doesn't lend itself to video games, and this remains a marketing ploy.
Dexter the series by the way? Excellent.