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Who Pressed Mute on Uncle Marcus? is an FMV Mystery Game developed by Wales Studios and released on March 18, 2022.

You play as Abby, a young woman with experience in investigation. She receives a disturbing video call from her uncle, Marcus, claiming that he has been poisoned by one of the other family during their last family gathering and is hours away from dying. He asks for Abby's help by having her enter her family's virtual quiz night and have her find the poison that was used, evidence for why a family member would poison Marcus, and of course, the culprit themselves.

The game has multiple endings, and the series of events are short, so the player is encouraged to play multiple times in order to find all that there is to find.


This game provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Abby's mother Felicity is emotionally manipulative, completely dismissing the accomplishments of her own offspring that don't match her own desires and unwilling to converse unless she's constantly being flattered.
    • Aunt June, due to her constant inebriation, openly complains about every single thing she hates about the rest of the family, including her own sons Bradley and Toby.
  • Accidental Murder: The ending where you accuse Bradley. He puts a gun to his head, professing his innocence but still wanting to kill himself to avoid going to jail for possessing illegal poisons, but Abby talks him down...only for his mother to burst into the room to try to stop him, and Bradley accidentally shooting her in shock. He then panics and jumps out of his bedroom window...on the third floor of the house.
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  • Affably Evil: The true culprit of poisoning. Nan is by far the most outwardly nice to Abby and the other family members. But if Marcus survives, then after you accuse her of murder, she still remains fairly friendly (if not a little worried about the future of herself and her descendants).
  • Anti-Frustration Features: The game retains any evidence you find from your previous playthroughs, on top of that the game allows you to skip cutscenes already see, saving you the aggravation of playing through certain parts of the story over and over. Which you will do.... a lot.
  • Beneath Suspicion: The path to the Golden Ending has a moment of this. After learning about Bradley's poison collection from either Lottie or Toby, Abby can interrogate Bradley over who knew he kept poisons. He notes that he bragged about his collection to Lottie, that Toby would've had access to his stuff...and then he pauses, gasps "it couldn't be", and adds that Nan was snooping in his room the morning the poisons went missing.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: Quite literally everyone in the family, aside from Abby, is some degree of awful. Aside from Nan's attempt on Marcus's life and successful murder of her husband, each member of the family have their own secrets that are uncovered with each of their respective accusations. Felicity is an uncaring mother and have put her reputation and image before the happiness of her daughters. June is an example of what staying in the toxic environment of the family would do to someone, it's very clear that she is just a tired and hollow shell of a woman, trying to drink away her depression. Toby is revealed to actually have been living out of a van in London, and not in Africa due to a greedy investment that went south. Bradley does some pretty disturbing and dangerous things, with the fact he has access to illegal poisons just the tip of the iceberg. Lottie confesses that along with her career as a social media influencer, she is also selling cocaine on the side. Even Uncle Marcus is revealed to have had bouts of paranoia a couple years prior.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: The events of the story take place on family quiz night, which is also the birthday of Felicity.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Any ending where you save Uncle Marcus but are unable to find the true culprit. And then the ending where you do find the true culprit, but failed to save Marcus.
  • A Deadly Affair: Nan had killed her husband, Eddie, because he was planning on leaving her to be with his mistress, cutting Nan and his children out of the family business and fortune in the process.
  • Heroic Bastard: Uncle Marcus is the result of his father, Eddie, cheating on Nan with another woman. Nan uses this in the best ending to partly explain how she worked up the nerve to try and murder Marcus.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: The owl statue in the background of Nan's room, with a base slightly obscured by a book positioned in front of it, turns out to have been a murder weapon that still has discoloration from blood on said base. Nan actually seems bemused that nobody ever noticed before in the ending where she's accused.
  • Hollywood Healing: If Marcus is told to take the wrong antidote while on his deathbed, he'll expire immediately after ingesting it. If given the correct antidote, however, he'll still be in bed but the meter indicating his condition immediately starts moving back towards "healthy".
  • Hypocrite: Toby's life revolves around charitable causes (well, mainly how he can seem like a better person for supporting them), and he uses his round of the quiz to guilt-trip his relatives into caring more about global crises like climate change and supporting third-world countries. He also invested all of his money in a diamond mine that was shut down by Amnesty International for exploiting slave labor.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: When June calls Lottie a "brainless, stuck-up little moron" towards the start of Toby's quiz round, Lottie objects to being called stuck-up.
  • Life Meter: Used to track the declining health of the poisoned Uncle Marcus. It even increases when you correctly give him the proper antidote and it starts working.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Nan murdered her adulterous husband Eddie, threw his body in his favorite fishing lake, and told her children that he had committed suicide. Marcus trying to uncover the truth while writing an autobiography, which would ruin the entire family's lives if the truth got out, is what motivates Nan to try killing him too.
  • Mood Whiplash: The ending with the Accidental Murder is intercut with Toby asking everyone what he's missed and where his relatives disappeared to due to his connection sputtering. If Marcus is alive, he also jokes that he might still be suffering from the poison, as he just hallucinated hearing June and Bradley dying.
  • Multiple Endings: The game can conclude a few different ways, depending on whose dark secrets are revealed and whether or not Uncle Marcus is told the correct antidote in time.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The Golden Ending, in which Abby both saves Marcus and fingers the correct murderer, is capped off with Abby giving one of these to every single relative in the group call before cutting them all out of her life (except Lottie, whose shallowness is a byproduct of their screwed-up family and tolerable enough that Abby says after taking some space she will text her again later).
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: If correctly fingered but Marcus has passed away, the killer will privately inform Abby that she'll just use her part of the family fortune, now bolstered by Marcus' share reverting to her, to bribe law enforcement to look the other way.
  • Smug Snake: In the ending where the killer is fingered but Marcus passes away, Nan gloats that there's nothing Abby can do and she should just let it go for her own good, as Marcus' share in the family business goes back to Nan and she can now just buy off anyone she needs to.
  • Streamer-Friendly Mode: Pauses the game at all decisions points.
  • Tragic Mistake: If Abby concludes that Marcus is faking his poisoning, she is absolutely distraught at his funeral.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Uncle Marcus, in trying to get Abby to turn on her own family and interrogate them in order to reveal their dark secrets, provokes her into admitting that she'd rather be a game designer and is only currently studying law because that's what her parents wanted her to do.
  • Whodunnit to Me?: The story starts with Uncle Marcus calling Abby online and asking her to solve a murder: his own. Whether or not he actually does die depends on which of the Multiple Endings are reached.