Posts Tagged ‘Wadjet Eye Games’

A Golden Wake Is Blackwell Pub’s Roaring ’20s Adventure

By Nathan Grayson on June 27th, 2014.

People need to always dress like this again.

OK, OK, let me see if I can hack my way through a jungle of redundancy to get this all straight: A Golden Wake is a golden-age-style adventure set in America’s own golden age that sees you completing goal(d)s to strike it rich (probably in gold) even as the mob and Great Depression loom. Whew. I suppose I could’ve just said, “American Roaring Twenties point-and-click adventure with shades of Gatsby,” but where’s the fun in that? Trailer below.

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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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Demo Of The Dead: The Blackwell Epiphany

By Craig Pearson on April 10th, 2014.

Follow me, readers. We shall wander through a metaphorical world of cardboard and shelves, passing things that once were but now are not. Here is one. It is labelled Human Sacrifice. Let us ponder the significance of the metaphor within this metaphor. Look, there’s one that says Leech Therapy. And over there is another that is labelled Whigfield. There is no box labelled War. Do you see? We are getting closer, closing in on the recent past–be careful to not slip on the Pogs–and the box of game demos should be just about… wait. That can’t be. It was here the other day. No! NO! That means we can’t stop game demos from being released. They said this day would come! NoooOooooOOOoo...

Wait. That’s a good thing. Everyone release demos! What’s that, Wadjet Eye Games? You’ve released a demo of The Blackwell Epihpany? Hooray!

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Interview: Dave Gilbert On Adventures, Blackwell & Pixels

By John Walker on March 31st, 2014.

Dave Gilbert is, I like to argue, the unsung hero of the resurgence of the adventure game. When things were quiet, he was industriously creating interesting, professional projects in the then-low-key world of Adventure Game Studio. With the likes of Gemini Rue and Resonance he and Wadjet Eye Games have become more prominent, and soon his long-running Blackwell series comes to an end with Epiphany. At GDC this year I caught up with the developer for an impromptu chat about growing up, pixel art, and saying goodbye to loved characters.

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The Blackwell Epiphany Finally Happens On April 24th

By Craig Pearson on March 17th, 2014.

What is Joey Mallone's favourite news station? All Jazz-era.

John’s at GDC, so when I was looking for a comment on The Blackwell Epiphany trailer, I thrust the RPS Truthdaphone underneath Adam’s nose, demanding to know if he was excited. He responded with: “I love the headbutt on the cop. Who says point and click games aren’t bad-ass?” Adam is from Manchester.

The Truthdaphone registered 12, so he’s not lying. And I’m not surprised: it’s carefully plotted, keenly written, idea-driven, and beautifully animated bad-assery as well. The conclusion to the venerable adventure series about a medium solving spiritual problems with the help of a Jazz-era ghost. Naughty-donkey trailer beckons.
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The Blackwell Epiphany Will Be The Last In The Series

By John Walker on February 13th, 2014.

Wadjet Eye Games, the studio I would credit with being the forerunners of the current adventure resurgence, has announced the final Blackwell game. The Blackwell Epiphany will be the final outing for Rosa Blackwell and Joey Mallone, the intrepid alive-n-dead pair who have been guiding lost souls to the afterlife since 2006′s The Blackwell Legacy. This time out, the soul they’re trying to save is Joey’s own.

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Wot I Think: The Shivah

By Cassandra Khaw on December 16th, 2013.

There’s something haunting about The Shivah‘s opening sequence. It starts like a terrible joke: with a rabbi, a cantor, a near barren synagogue and an unconscious old woman. But it doesn’t end that way. Where you’d expect a pun, we see instead the slow, hypnotic dissolution of a man’s faith.

“Why do bad things happen to good people?”

“How could God let this happen?”
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גוט נייַעס: The Shivah – Kosher Edition

By John Walker on November 13th, 2013.

The very first game I played by the excellent Dave “Wadjet Eye” Gilbert was The Shivah. Released in 2006, it was in what adventure gamers know as The Shut Up About Them Being Dead Years. And I’d not kept up with the thriving AGS scene, I’m ashamed to say. So The Shivah was such a fantastic surprise. A sad, careful and deeply smart game about an older Rabbi struggling in his faith. It was also a murder mystery, complete with crime cartels and moral quandaries. So I’m really rather pleased to learn that Gilbert and his team of industrious squirrels have remade the game from scratch.

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When Giveaways Go Wrong: Wadjet Eye Interview

By Adam Smith on November 5th, 2013.

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene! Oh, crumbs. It’s not Halloween at all, is it? It’s the other one. The one when we burn effigies on a fire and watch on in horror as our pet dogs cower in a puddle of their own wee, thinking they’ve been caught in the middle of a war. Let’s pretend it is still Halloween though because Dave Gilbert, adventure-builder and founder of Wadjet Eye Games, has a scary story to tell. I spoke to him about how an attempt to give away Blackwell: Deception for free became a trying ordeal. Then we chased away the ghouls and talked about how adventure games really never died, how the Blackwell series will end, and what comes next.

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They’ve Got It! Wadjet Eye Announces Blackwell Epiphany

By John Walker on February 21st, 2013.

Adventure supremo Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye Games has announced a new entry into the lovely Blackwell series. The fifth game of the ghost-n-detective adventures is called Epiphany, and once again has Gilbert writing, with Ben Chandler on background painting and sprites. Which is exactly as you’d want it.

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Wot I Think: Primordia

By Nathan Grayson on December 7th, 2012.

Fact: robots and adventure are my two favorite things. I like the former even more when they implicitly worship me, so Primordia seemed right up my alley. Oh, and I suppose a gorgeously retro sci-fi aesthetic also helped to sweeten the deal. But can this partnership between modern point-and-click maestros Wadjet Eye Games and fledgling upstart Wormwood Studios teach my icy, robotic soul how to love? Here’s wot I think.     

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Oh, The (Lack Of) Humanity: Primordia Out Next Month

By Nathan Grayson on November 14th, 2012.

So this screenshot is really, really depressing. I think it might be the saddest-looking one I've seen all year. I don't know, though. Can you think of any others that give it a run for its Misery Bucks?

If Primordia – a new adventure with involvement from folks who worked on Resonance and Bastion, among others – is to be believed, we had it all wrong for so, so many years: adventure games never died. We did. In Primordia’s dust-and-rust-stained universe, humans have been extinct for so long that the world’s not-so-new robot overlords deem them the stuff of myth and legend. Admittedly, “Humanity’s extinct now. Discuss” isn’t an entirely original setup, but that certainly doesn’t preclude it from being interesting. Plus, to be perfectly honest, I just want to explore the gorgeously grungy world Wormwood and Wadjet have managed to dream up. I mean, just look at it.

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Oh My: Resonance/Gemini Rue Folks Announce Primordia

By Nathan Grayson on August 15th, 2012.

Clouds!

It’s been an almost absurdly good year for adventure games, but there are still four months left on the calendar. And so along comes the Wormwood-developed Primordia, coated head-to-mechanized-toe in dystopic dust, but holding its head high thanks to a partnership with Wadjet Eye Games, which puts it alongside the likes of Resonance, Gemini Rue, Blackwell Deception, and The Shivah – among others. In short, the hand-drawn, well, everything looks gorgeous, and the concept’s not sounding too shabby either. Also, like Resonance, it features the mesmerizingly gruff tones of none other than Logan Cunningham – aka, the Bastion narrator.

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