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

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.

I wish more videogame trailers were accompanied by lively, period-appropriate jazz. That, however, is only the tip of the historically reverent iceberg here. Case in point:

“Developed by Francisco Gonzalez of Grundislav Games (Ben Jordan: Paranormal Investigator) and published by indie powerhouse Wadjet Eye Games (Blackwell Epiphany, Resonance, Gemini Rue), A Golden Wake is a nostalgic adventure that spans two dramatic decades in American history.”

“Set in the era of Gatsby with a plot that includes real people, locations, and events, A Golden Wake has story- and puzzle-driven gameplay, retro-styled pixel art, and a point-and-click interface reminiscent of classics like King’s Quest and Monkey Island. [Main character] Alfie’s power of persuasion will play a unique role as he analyzes other characters’ attitudes and weaknesses to figure out the best way to approach them.”

Expect shady salesmen, cutthroat bootleggers, corrupt politicians, and (of course) the mafia to play major roles. Sounds like my kind of party.

A Golden Wake will be out this fall, when leaves turn gold and hair turns silver, and you gaze into a golden sunset and ask yourself, “Was it all worth it? Was it really?” And the sunset replies, “Gold.”


  1. Anthile says:

    Well, it doesn’t sound quite as intriguing as their previous games but Wadjet Eye have yet to make a bad game. Since I’m probably their biggest fanboy around these parts besides perhaps Mr. Cobbett himself, this is going to be a day one purchase anyways.

    • Stellar Duck says:

      I think you’ll find that I’ll give you a run for your money for the title of Biggest Wadjet Eye Fanboy 2014!

  2. Curratum says:

    I’ll probably get this as I love Wadjet and the games they develop and publish. What grinds my gears, though is… the backgrounds look smoothed out / bilinear filtered / airbrushed and the actors are in crisper, sharper pixels, which is kinda jarring to my eyes. I’d rather have everything pixellated with no filters on it.

  3. Assaf says:

    Looks awesome. I enjoyed his Ben Jordan games back in the day (still haven’t played the last one, I wanna replay the last 4 before I play it – (it’s been a while) – but can hardly find the time, I hope I get to it someday…

    Anyway this game looks cool, I’m happy he’s producing something commercially now. Best of luck.