Posts Tagged ‘adventure’

Wot I Think: Tormentum – Dark Sorrow

By John Walker on March 4th, 2015.

The two sides have finally met in the middle! About ten years back, as adventure gaming continued to trundle along before its recent renaissance, hidden object games became a hugely popular form of “casual game” (a vile term that needs to be removed from our snobbish vocabulary). With time, the two have been gradually creeping toward one another. The latter shedding its spot-the-difference origins for more puzzle-focused, story-led design, and the former simplifying itself to single-click interaction for a larger audience on tablets. In the genuinely interesting Tormentum: Dark Sorrow [official site], the two finally meet in the middle. Here’s wot I think.

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Paranormal PI: Darkside Detective

By Adam Smith on February 23rd, 2015.

One of my favourite films of recent years is the relatively obscure black comedy Skeletons. Treating the paranormal as a pseudo-science, it follows two weary and tense investigators who are somewhere between bureaucratic civil servants and metaphorical exorcists. If Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter had collaborated on a Ghostbusters film, it would probably have looked a lot like Skeletons.

Darkside Detective looks like it might be a nineties Lucasarts take on Ghostbusters, by way of Columbo. A demo is available.

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Freeware Garden: Don’t Escape 2

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 23rd, 2015.

Games with zombies are righteously considered banal, whereas point-and-clickers that decide to invert the always intriguing but overused escape-the-room mechanics could be considered to be rather novel. So, what should we then make of Don’t Escape 2, a game about barricading yourself in a room and surviving a zombie raid?

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Freeware Garden: Ever Yours, Vincent

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 13th, 2015.

Based on the life of impressionist painter (and not dentist though that’d be a really interesting thing to see) Vincent Van Gogh, Ever Yours, Vincent explores the great artist’s life and work via the hallowed medium of point-and-click adventure gaming.

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Freeware Garden: Regeria Hope

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 11th, 2015.

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It took a lot of convincing for me to give Ace Attorney a chance and discover what a clever take on the adventure genre it is. Sadly, I’m also pretty cheap when it comes to playing games on touchscreens and have thus only tried the saga’s free chapters. I was therefore more than glad to discover the lovable freebie that is Regeria Hope – episode 1. Regeria Hope is, as you correctly guessed, a fresh take on the Ace Attorney formula, that manages to successfully replicate its mood and gameplay and add enough new ideas to keep things interesting.

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Freeware Garden: Troll Song Verse One

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on February 4th, 2015.

Presenting Clod the Magnificent and his dancing trolls!

Kick. Grab. Smash. Bite. Roar. Those are the commands you’ll find in the Troll Song‘s SCUMM-like point-and-click interface and they are as apt as they are original, for this is an adventure starring four trolls and trolls simply do not act like your average genre protagonist. They do not push keys from keyholes onto newspapers. They smash doors; fiercely so, when their own species’ survival is at stake.

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Freeware Garden: Providence

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 22nd, 2015.

Having hidden a package delivered by a stranger, shot someone I never got to talk to, snuck into a hotel room and listened to lovely renditions of Chopin’s wonderful music, I can safely say that you will not get bored with Providence.

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Freeware Garden: Mord in Venedig

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 15th, 2015.

Tod in Venedig by Thomas Mann has absolutely nothing to do with Mord in Venedig (Murder in Venice). This lovely little freebie is a point-and-click murder mystery which doesn’t really care about artistic inspiration. Or spelling, to be brutally honest. Or even clipping, though these are matters you should probably ignore. If you loved being a sleuth on the Grim Express, you’ll love solving this fresh murder.

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Freeware Garden: Able Mable Gets A Job

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 13th, 2015.

When Ruth Manning-Sanders retold the spooky, kids tale of The Old Whitch fifty years ago, she couldn’t have possibly anticipated it would spawn such a wonderfully odd interactive thing as Able Mable Gets A Job. Nor could she have expected that so many naughty little jokes could fit into something so short and so whimsical.

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Freeware Garden: All The Way Down

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on January 7th, 2015.

Always appreciate a sturdy bartender.

Drawing inspiration from Lovecraft’s famous The Shadow Over Innsmouth All The Way Down is a short but lovely horror adventure game by Sanctuary Interactive. An adventure set in chilly rural Yorkshire which helps you feel the cold.

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Freeware Garden: A Postcard from Afthonia

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on December 22nd, 2014.

It’s been a couple years since I last used a portal to visit the magnificent and otherworldly Lands of Dream and I now realize just how deeply I had missed them. I had missed the amazing sense of wonder Jonas and Verena Kyratzes have poured into every locale, the giggling at dozens of little jokes hidden behind mushrooms and flowers, the clicking on every tiny detail, the exquisite writing, the wonderfully surreal characters, the glorious puns, the richness of ideas and that deep sense of hope and beauty.

Having just played through the brilliant Postcard from Afthonia I’m already missing the Lands of Dream even more.

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Freeware Garden: Goat Herd and the Gods

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on December 19th, 2014.

Over their long, illustrious history point-and-click adventures have starred everything from wannabe pirates and odd teenagers to private investigators and obnoxious wizards, but never a goat herder. Happily, the aptly named Goat Herd and the Gods has just been released to right this heinous wrong by casting Atl the Aztec goat herder as its protagonist.

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Freeware Garden: A Date In The Park

By Konstantinos Dimopoulos on December 16th, 2014.

Awww, young love. Can seem so tacky when you are cynical, so naively passionate and yet so very adorable. Even when it involves a slightly obsessive young man and, as in the case of A Date In The Park, pointing-and-clicking at things that include at least one duckling. Then again, this relatively short adventure game does come from the creators of Mudlarks and thus both a decent amount of strangeness and some ’90s styled digitised graphics are to be expected.

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