Posts Tagged ‘frogwares’

Dostoevsky’s Deerstalker: Crimes & Punishment

By Adam Smith on December 13th, 2013.

I can’t have been the only person in the world who found The Testament of Sherlock Holmes thoroughly entertaining, can I? They probably wouldn’t keep making the damned things if that were the case, but I don’t know anybody else who enjoys Frogwares’ Holmes adventures. There have been some rough entries over the years, but between Lovecraftian insertions, uncanny Watson and some clever deductive techniques, there have always been aspects of the series deserving of closer scrutiny. I’m hoping Crimes & Punishment, which introduces CHOICES OF JUSTICE, will be a decent mystery, building on Testament’s investigative systems.

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Wot I Think – Magrunner: Dark Pulse

By Jim Rossignol on June 20th, 2013.


There are some games I can see coming from over the horizon. The glow of burgeoning hype – and sometimes the glow of special novelty, or sheer awesome – is so bright that you just can’t miss them. Other games, hmm, they pretty much have to be on the same street before I spot them. Whether they will then turn my head as they pass, well, that can come down to any number of things. Usually, though, it’s whether they manage to scatter a few intriguing ideas in my path, so that I have to pay attention.

In the case of Magrunner I’ve been peering at from miles off. Because it just looks that interesting. To use the crude shorthand of thematic conventions, and to get you up to speed: it’s Portal with Magnets versus Cthulhu. That’s a checklist of ideas that I can’t help taking an interest in.

Now that it’s been released, here’s wot I think.

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Interview: 3AM Explain Magrunner – Dark Pulse

By Jim Rossignol on June 7th, 2013.


As the first-person puzzler genre consolidates its form following the genre-cracking aftershocks of Portal, there are now a number of pretenders insisting that they are far more than mere footnotes to the Valve masterpiece. One of these is 3AM’s Magrunner: Dark Pulse, which throws its first-person tools into the terrifying maw of a Cthulhu mythos story set in a physics-warping magnetic future. With the game arriving later this month, I knew it was time to speak to the team find out a bit more.

I spoke to “narrative developer” Douglas R Burchill.
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Wot I Think: The Testament Of Sherlock Holmes

By Adam Smith on October 1st, 2012.

I love all things Sherlock, from Arthur Conan Doyle’s literary adaptations of Jeremy Brett’s fascinating life and times to Humpledink Bundlesnatch’s modern man interpretation of the great detective. Actually, I’m not keen on the Guy Ritchie version , so to be correct, let’s say I love most things Sherlock. Frogwares’ adventures have been a mixed bag, mostly coffee creams, but I’ve found some of the later ones entertaining enough, if seriously flawed. How does The Testament of Sherlock Holmes play out though? Here’s wot I deduced.

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Point And Click This News: Sherlock And Deponia

By Adam Smith on September 20th, 2012.

Sherlocked and loaded

In a never to be repeated adventure game news roundup, I bring you trailers and release dates for two – count ‘em – two adventure games of the pointing and clicking variety. First up is The Testament of Sherlock Holmes in which the the world’s first consulting detective goes on a murder spree. Or perhaps he doesn’t and the whole thing turns out to be an overwhelmingly obtuse setup, but the trailer would not have you believe that. It is dramatic in a way that only occurrences within the pea soupers of Old London Town can be. The second trailer is for Chaos on Deponia, second in the trilogy. John shared his thoughts on the first, concluding thusly: “I spent more time being frustrated than entertained, and perhaps too much time somewhere between the two.” Watch both trailers now.

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Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened Remastered Demo

By Kieron Gillen on October 13th, 2008.

No, Shit, Sherlock.

Walker’s talked about the fact Frogware are “do”ing an improved version of their Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened previously, but there’s now a just-over 500Mb demo of the game available. Also, in French. You can download it and play it and similar. This is becoming something of a trend, what with the Witcher’s Enhanced edition and all that. And to that, we can say: Splendid.

If you need a reminder of the improvements, below the cut’s the video Walker previously linked to.
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Sherlock Holmes Gets A Face-Lift

By John Walker on October 3rd, 2008.

'Let's go back to mine, smoke crack, and then talk about bitches, Watson.'

Frogwares are the latest the get on the respectable remastering train. Like a director who realises his film’s special effects were a bit poop, and decides to do a better job for a later DVD release, a number of developers are looking back at their older games and realising how they could improve them. In this case, it’s Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened, now released from the first-person perspective, with an optional third-person mode, which should appease many adventure fans. There’s a video detailing the changes below.

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