Posts Tagged ‘adventure’

Check Out The Animation In Jenny LeClue’s Pitch Video

By John Walker on July 28th, 2014.

If there’s one genre that isn’t struggling for female lead characters, it’s the adventure game. A billion grimy murder mysteries with a tough female cop have come out over the last decade (almost all of them dreadful). In complete contrast to those grim, glum affairs is the potential of Jenny LeClue, a bright, animated and distinctive Kickstarter pitch from animator Joe Russ. Promising to explore themes such as family, loss, and identity, and already showing off some seriously excellent animation, it too is a murder mystery. Just without the grime.

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Canada Route Zero: Highway Of Tears Demo

By Adam Smith on July 22nd, 2014.

Digging through the RPS archives can be rather alarming. Highway of Tears looks like the kind of game our keen eyes may have spotted so I dutifully typed the first few letters into the ‘tag’ search – ‘h-i-g-h-way To The Reich’, the form completed itself and waited for my approval. No. Bad form. Bad RPS. I’ll deal with this situation right away. I wonder what other innocent words produce a single disturbing response?

Highway of Tears caught my eye because it has a strong set of influences, including Kentucky Route Zero, True Detective and ‘the mythology of the Haida aboriginals’. That already makes for a more attractive point and click prospect than ‘comedy anti-hero’ or ‘rubbish [insert job title]‘. A demo is available.

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Bird-Brained: Nelly Cootalot’s On Greenlight

By John Walker on July 22nd, 2014.

The extremely lovely point and click adventure Nelly Cootalot: Spoonbeaks Ahoy appeared when RPS was but a fledgling chick, not sure how to arrange text and images. The game, however, knew exactly how to arrange such things, the sweetest love letter from boyfriend to girlfriend, and a damned funny little adventure too. Last year saw a sequel, The Fowl Fleet successfully seek funding on Kickstarter, and in the time since creator Alasdair Beckett-King has teamed up with Application Systems to complete the game. There’s a new trailer, below, and a Greenlight campaign.

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Wot I Think: Quest For Infamy

By Richard Cobbett on July 16th, 2014.

Isn’t it just typical? You wait sixteen years for a new game that picks up where the Quest for Glory series left off, and suddenly four of them come along at once… or close enough, anyway. Hot on the trails of Heroine’s Quest, with Mage’s Initiation and the original creators’ Hero-U: Rogue To Redemption still to come, Quest for Infamy wants to take a rather less heroic approach to its mix of RPG and adventure. But do the bad guys really have more fun? Here’s Wot I Think…

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Filament Face: Bulb Boy

By Adam Smith on July 2nd, 2014.

If Bulb Boy were a Silver Age comic book hero, he’d be called Light Lad and would have a father figure/mentor called The Illuminated Man. They’d be crap, obviously, their giant glowing bonces intruding onto the periphery of Justice League International photoshoots. Bulb-headed folk (Bulb Face?!) simply aren’t meant to be superheroes. Too fragile. Too limited in their capabilities. Perfect for a point and click horror game though, in which a portable light source is a handy resource, particularly when it’s in the form of a detachable head, eyes and all. Bulb Boy is currently Kickstarting, has a short demo (download or play in a browser) and is an unusually stylish creation.

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Wake Up, Time To Cry: 4PM

By Adam Smith on June 25th, 2014.

4PM started life as an experimental project at the National Film and Television School in the UK”, says the press information, and the developer’s eight-year background in film is apparent in the trailer below. There’s more than a slight hint of David ‘Rusty’ Cage about the scenes, particularly when input prompts appear in the environment like a giant nudge in the mind-ribs to recapture the player’s attention. I dislike Cage’s games because their stories are absolute twaddle rather than because of any perceived failure to be ‘proper’ interactive experiences. Hopefully 4PM’s short-form narrative will be more appealing.

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Wot I Think: Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse (Part 2)

By Richard Cobbett on April 30th, 2014.

So what you're saying is that ONE goat is okay?

Last December we saw the first part of the Kickstarted Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse. It was a pretty game, and made for a warm reunion with two beloved characters, but one with more than a little cause for concern. Now, the second part is finally out. Here’s Wot I Think.

This isn’t going to be pretty. The first episode of this new Broken Sword was like catching up with old friends after a long absence; a warm nostalgia that helped paper over many of the cracks and turn a largely bland – if pretty – adventure into something comfortable and fresh. This second part? That’s several hours later, when the wine and nibbles are all gone, and all the old stories have been told. You yawn, you check your watch, you say “We really have to do this again,” and then inwardly sigh as you see a glass being refilled and a new photo album. Except with some very silly puzzles, and a lack of narrative chops that would be stunning if it wasn’t too busy being depressing.

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Point And Perish: The Eldritch Cases – Dagon

By Adam Smith on April 28th, 2014.

The Eldritch Cases: Dagon is an embellished adaptation of Humbert Percival Lovecraft’s The Shadow over Innsmouth, although it might be more accurate to say it’s a mash-up of some of his most popular works. Herbert West will make an appearance as the villain, for example, and some of Pickman’s models might well show up. For those who enjoyed Dark Corners Of The Earth until it started shooting from the hip a little too often, Eldritch Cases has the advantage of being a point and click game. In a genre not known for gunplay and panicked escape sequences, it’s fair to expect a greater emphasis on investigation and puzzling, although that could well mean reconstructing cuneiform tablets via the medium of sliding block puzzles. Let’s hope not!

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Wot I Think: The Blackwell Epiphany

By Richard Cobbett on April 24th, 2014.

Wait! I'm from the future! I just finished the game and came back to ask exactly who you are, because this doesn't actually make that much sense as an opening! I don't mean that as a huge thing! It's really cool! I just want to know if I missed something!

Dave Gilbert’s Blackwell Legacy series finally draws a veil over itself today with its final chapter, The Blackwell Epiphany. But does even New York’s unluckiest and most underpaid medium stand a ghost of a chance of ending things on a high in this spirited finale? Here’s Wot I Think…

There’s little harder to write than a good ending. For every Breaking Bad, there’s a Lost, a Dexter, a Mass Effect 3. It has to both raise the stakes to the point that nothing else could hope to be as fitting, to add closure after years of investment in the story and characters, and – arguably hardest of all – to stay true to the reasons that made the world give a damn about that closure in the first place.

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Wot I Think: Moebius

By John Walker on April 15th, 2014.

One of the higher profile Kickstarters in the Great Wave of 2012 was Gabriel Knight creator Jane Jensen’s half-million pot for her new Pinkerton Road Studio. The first project to emerge from this, in collaboration with Phoenix Online, is Moebius: Empire Rising. A brand new adventure game featuring a genius antiques dealer and a worldwide, history-spanning mystery. Is it any good? Spoiler: No, it’s astonishingly terrible. Here’s wot I think:

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Finish Funding Dead Synchronicity Or Puppies Start Dying

By John Walker on April 10th, 2014.

Right, I’m calling in a favour. I really want to play Dead Synchronicity. This is in a large part due to my having played the first half hour or so, and its being properly good. It would be awfully kind if people could get the game funded so I can eventually carry on. And you too.

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Impressions: Ether One

By John Walker on April 3rd, 2014.

First-person adventure Ether One aims to explore a difficult subject – dementia – through storytelling and puzzles. The debut game from indie team White Paper Games is out now, and I’ve had a play. And a struggle. You can read my thoughts below.

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Raising The Bar: Dead Synchronicity

By Adam Smith on March 25th, 2014.

John has already written about Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today. It’s a promising point and click adventures so, try as we might, it was impossible to prevent him from singing the praises it was due when the project arrived on Kickstarter. With 18 days left on the clock and $30,000 to raise, the Kickstarter is still a good distance from the finish line in both senses. Updates have been regular though and the latest combines my two greatest loves – artistic creation and a barman. Both tend to the spirits.

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