Back in the glorious 90's, there was a genre fad above all others: the FMV games. These either live acted or animated movie clip hunts got a pretty poor reputation fast, as they were often limited, poorly written, directed and acted. But a handful of them are actually pretty decent, like the Tex Murphy games. Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder, while not a great game by any means, belongs to that small pretty decent group only because it's relatively well acted little interactive movie about a murder of an artist and activist Anna Elk Moon. In a solid cop movie fashion, you and your partner have 5 days to solve the case before the feds jump in.
The gameplay of Elk Moon Murder is as simple as it gets: you have a map with locations and a PDA (obviously, because of the 90's) for evidence checks and other police work. In locations, you mostly interview people, in the murder site you can even check out the evidence. You send your findings to the crime lab, which then sends the results to your PDA. The game has a 5-day limit, each interview and evidence check takes time. At some point, you need to make the call on whom to arrest. And that's that.
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The acting is overall pretty decent. While there are no huge name actors in the cast, the one who popped out to me was Marc Alaimo, whom might be familiar, if not in face, at least in voice for those who've watched Star Treks series, in which he played several alien roles, including Gal Dukat in Deeps Space 9.
In any case, Santa Fe Mysteries: The Elk Moon Murder, while not a great game, is one of those interesting little pieces from the history of computer games. It was made at the point of time, when it was clear to everyone, that FMV would be the future of gaming. And then 3D became a more sensible solution.