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PC Games Of 2015: Those Wot Could Conceivably Be Good

PC Games In 2015 And Beyond

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Adventure games

Adventuring means more than just point-and-clicking, though that’s certainly part of it. It’s also about incredible journeys, story and mystery over violence, and whatever your preference, Kickstarted games should bring plenty in 2015.

1979 Revolution

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
1979 Revolution is set during Iran’s revolution, and aims to be faithful to the actual events. You play as a photojournalist in Tehran, and though it’s unclear what form the game will take, it’s described as an action adventure and it’s meant to emphasise player choice.

All 1979 Revolution posts.

A Rite From The Stars

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
A Kickstarter success story, squeaking just past a $40,000 goal in autumn, A Rite From The Stars is an adventure/puzzle game with all the right classic influences while upgrading its controls and mechanics to be more modern. Kirm, a young member of the Makoa Tribe, is your hero going through his rite of passage.

All A Rite From The Stars posts.

Anna’s Quest

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Adventuring across a fantasy world, you are the titular character running away from a witch who’s imbued her with telekinetic powers. Naturally you have a teddy bear sidekick who was once a human boy and a quest to cure your grandfather.

All Anna’s Quest posts.

Armikrog

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Being an adventure game done in claymation, Armikrog may be 2015’s most 1900s game. It climbed an impressive $900,000 Kickstarter mountain back in mid-2013, but everything’s been quiet on the kilned front since the end of a secondary funding campaign except for some backers-only updates.

All Armikrog posts.

Broken Age Act II

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
A successful and well received opening chapter didn’t stop the communal raised eyebrow at Broken Age, the original Kickstarter success story, needing to be split into two parts. Vella and Shay’s story needed to end strong.

Broken Age Act II review.
All Broken Age Act II posts.

Dead Synchronicity

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Dark, dystopian point and clicking with a ludicrously beautiful art style, Dead Synchronicity is also about, seemingly, the end of time. It’s a mishmash of interesting ideas that hopefully avoids the pitfalls common to time-manipulation storytelling.

Dead Synchronicity review.
All Dead Synchronicity posts.

Desolate

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
July 2015
What is it?
Considerate puzzling with a character unable to communicate trying to mend the mistakes he made when dark forces attacked his village. The people no longer trust him and are actively aggressive. Beautifully hand-painted to boot.

All Desolate posts.

Dreamfall Chapters

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The continuation of the Longest Journey series – or specifically, a sequel to the sequel, Dreamfall. Dreamfall Chapters was crowdfunded and the first part came out near the end of 2014, and the rest should continue the story of Zoe and Arcadia.

Dreamfall Chapters Book 2 review.
All Dreamfall Chapters posts.

Dropsy

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
An adventure game starring a cheerful, misunderstood clown, Dropsy is aiming for surreal and grotesque and, based on GIFs of its warping, handless star, seems likely to succeed at least at that. It comfortably cleared its Kickstarter target last year and the developer recently announced that all the game’s scenes were in-game, meaning that they’ve moved on to implementing puzzles.

All Dropsy posts.

else Heart.Break()

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
The wonderfully named story of a programmer moving to a new city, meeting people and falling in love. Plus their attempts to stop the evil of the ruling classes. There’s a lot of simulation going into building the city so it feels real, trying to emulate a fully connected network of computers than can be modified.

All else Heart.Break() posts.

Telltale’s Game of Thrones

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
We’ve three more episodes of Telltale’s spinoff to the ridiculously popular series to come and our Alec thinks it will be something quite unlike their previous efforts if it continues as it started. Waiting for further episode reviews to confirm its “stayed good” is usually a sound tactic with Telltale, mind.

Telltale’s Game of Thrones Episode 1 review.
Telltale’s Game of Thrones Episode 2 review.
All Telltale’s Game of Thrones posts.

Kentucky Route Zero

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Of course RPS’ game of the year 2013 is on our games to watch 2015 list, why wouldn’t it be? The slow-burn release of episodes and intervals in our favourite on-going story of the secret subterranean highway will come to a close soon.

Kentucky Route Zero Act I review.
Kentucky Route Zero Act II review.
Kentucky Route Zero Act III review.
Kentucky Route interview.
All Kentucky Route Zero posts.

King’s Quest

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Rebooting one of the most fondly remembered series of adventure games from the 90s with an all new dev team. An episodic series with the now-old hero of the original games telling new stories set around the same time.

All King’s Quest posts.

Life Is Strange

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
An episodic tale about Max, a woman who realises she can rewind time. Always a shock. It’s downbeat, focused on the relationships between its characters. There’ll be five episodes in all and so far it has been brilliant.

Life is Strange Episode 1 review.
Life is Strange Episode 2 review.
Life is Strange Episode 3 review.
Life is Strange video.
All Life Is Strange posts.

Minecraft: Story Mode

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Telltale’s latest project is even further out of left-field than the surprisingly good Tales From The Borderlands. So newly announced there’s not a lot of info beyond it being set in the Minecraft world and inspired by its community.

All Minecraft: Story Mode posts.

Murder

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Details are very light about the retro point and click adventure set in cyberpunk Tokyo. You play as a police officer investigating a series of murders all in the same style, while suffering from nightmares about a murderous android with a god complex. The two are likely related.

All Murder posts.

Obduction

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
October 2015
What is it?
Suddenly whisked away from Earth by a mysterious object, Obduction quickly becomes about exploring the new reality you find yourself in. Made by the folks behind and deliberately evoking Myst.

Obduction interview.
All Obduction posts.

Octopus City Blues

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Live life as a lowly ‘tentacle-cutter’ in a city built around a giant octopus. Yep. OCB begins with the main character experiencing dreams of twisted creatures and setting off on an adventure to help the inhabitants of Octopus City, becoming embroiled in a conspiracy as he goes. Sounds bizarre, looks sorta lovely.

All Octopus City Blues posts.

Paradigm

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Feels like a classic LucasArts adventure in the modern era. Every element of the weird, mutated universe is designed for humour and the art is gorgeous. Successfully Kickstarted thanks to a demo that should still be available.

All Paradigm posts.

Shelter 2

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Trading in adorable badgers for adorable lynxes, the sequel to the “How Bad A Mother Are You?” test of 2013 promises to be just as heart-crushingly cute as before. This time you aren’t just at the bottom of the food chain, with hunting other animals taking a role.

Shelter 2 review.
All Shelter 2 posts.

Silence: The Whispered World II

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
The original Whispered World starred a clown named Sadwick with an infuriatingly annoying voice. This sequel takes place in the same world but changes the protagonists. It looks beautiful but, sadly, Sadwick is due to return as a non-playable character.

All Silence: The Whispered World II posts.

Tales From The Borderlands

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Telltale’s other midway project, this was supposed to be the dud. Witty, clever and managing to stand on its own for those unfamiliar with the series, Adam was impressed with the first episode.

Tales From The Borderlands Episode 1 review.
All Tales From The Borderlands posts.

The Devil’s Men

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
From the writer of Memoria, this adventure game tells the story of two women attempting to solve a series of murders and find a lost father in a dark, steampunk world. It’s promised that solving puzzles in different ways will significantly alter the flow of the plot.

All The Devil’s Men posts.

The Interactive Adventures of Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Warning: not an actual dog, do not be fooled. Based on an independent comic book of the same name, this point and click explores a supernatural underworld while cracking a few jokes. It’s very prettily drawn too.

All The Interactive Adventures of Dog Mendonça and Pizzaboy posts.

Thimbleweed Park

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
June 2016
What is it?
A spiritual successor to Maniac Mansion, Kickstarted by Maniac and Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert. 2014 was the year of point-and-click revival, but Thimbleweed Park is aiming to steer much closer to the source material in both art style and interface.

All Thimbleweed Park posts.

To Azimuth

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
September 2015
What is it?
An adventure game about alien abduction with some very creepy undertones, To Azimuth follows a brother and sister as they search for their lost family. It didn’t do so well on Kickstarter but does an incredible job of building an atmosphere.

All To Azimuth posts.

Twelve Minutes

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Q3 2016
What is it?
Groundhog Day: The Point’n’Click, only over a smaller period. The central puzzle is breaking the time loop, but with only twelve minutes each time to try to find a solution. The first loop sets it up, with your newly pregnant wife accused of murder and a police officer beating her confession out of you. Nasty, but intriguing, giving you new facts to explore in future loops each time.

Twelve Minutes preview.
Twelve Minutes interview.
All Twelve Minutes posts.

Please Knock On My Door

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Dealing with the heavy topics of depression, phobia and loneliness, Please Knock is the solo effort of swedish developer Michael Levall. Living alone in a small apartment, it’s an adventure game about dealing with the repetitive nature of a life mostly indoors and computer-bound.

Burly Men At Sea

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Likely to be the beardiest game of the year, it’s an adventure game about exactly what it says – large gentlemen exploring the ocean. Discovery plays a massive part in the game, allowing the player to govern what direction the “folktale” goes.

Hiveswap Act 1

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Set within the Homestuck comic universe, Hiveswap is an episodic adventure game about a girl transported to a troll universe and trying to find her way home. It’s being developed with a second game already in mind, which will tell the story of a troll-boy transported to the human universe and similarly trying to find his way home. So far there’s nothing to see but concept art, but Homestuck fans rejoice.

All Hiveswap Act 1 posts.

Syberia III

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Starring Kate Walker, a lawyer who managed to turn a simple toy factory acquisition into two adventure games worth of transdimensional, er, misadventure 10 years ago. The resurrected developer is now back, with the rights to continue her story.

Catequesis

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Horror
Release date
TBA
What is it?
It looks like Pokémon, right up until the moment when the serene pixel art environments become caked in blood, the young boy pulls a pistol, and the dripping, oozing nightmare monsters begin to attack. Catequesis is yet another survival horror game and yet another pixel art RPG, but does accomplish something different by merging the two.

Karmaflow

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Music
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
On the surface a puzzle platformer, Karmaflow uses music to tell its story in an “interactive rock opera” with various famous vocalists playing parts. It’s even being performed on stage as a separate musical act, with a larger concert to coincide with the release of the game in mid-January.

All Karmaflow posts.

Future Perfect

Official site

Genre
Creative
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Future Perfect gets meta, the challenge and purpose of its sandbox is to create games. They can be designed and played in groups, like all the best bits of Garry’s Mod but dedicated to that cause.

All Future Perfect posts.

The Book Of Unwritten Tales 2

Official site

Genre
Early Access, Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Most of this comedy adventure game sequel is already available through Early Access, but the final chapter and full version are a 2015 release. The first was an amusing and well written fantasy take and this seems to be following in those footsteps.

All The Book Of Unwritten Tales 2 posts.

Stasis

Official site

Genre
Early Access, Horror, Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
A horror point and click from an isometric viewpoint about a father awakening from cryosleep in deep space on a failing ship. He has to deal with the insidious experimentation that occurred on the ship while attempting to save his family.

All Stasis posts.

I Can’t Escape: Darkness

Official site

Genre
Early Access, Horror, Adventure
Release date
Q4
What is it?
Exploratory dungeon crawling in first-person, this is an updated and refined version of a webgame that made a bit of a splash last year. The purpose is, you’ll be shocked to learn, to escape a definitely-evil, probably-haunted dungeon you’ve foolishly become trapped inside. There’s also a spooky eyeball.

Pathologic

Pathologic interview.
Official site

Genre
First-Person, Adventure
Release date
November 2016
What is it?
A remake of one of gaming’s true cult hits, Adam sacrificed more than one baby goat to his heathen gods to ensure this got its money on Kickstarter earlier this year. Sadly, it will be some time before the first-person adventure-cum-surreal-’em-up arrives.

All Pathlogic posts.

Return Of The Obra Dinn

Official site

Genre
First-Person, Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
First notable for being Lucas “Papers, Please” Pope’s new game, the mysterious Obra Dinn’s art style and time manipulation mechanics let it stand on its own. Investigating the trade ship pulling into port absent its crew, you’ll find their bodies and use a watch to relive their last moments to deduce what has happened.

All Return Of The Obra Dinn posts.

Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet!

All Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet! posts.

Sealark

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Seriously cute and light-hearted adventure game about the last woman on a flooded Earth, passing her time by fishing and diving. After a long development cycle it still seems be a ways off, but the sprites and animation put together by solo developer Clairvoire are fantastic.

Technobabylon

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
An adventure game in 90s Lucas style that’s acquired a publisher to make the jump from free episodes to fully fledged retail release. Set in a dystopian future of secret police and all-powerful AIso, there’s a lovely aesthetic and some heavy Beneath A Steel Sky undertones.

Technobabylon review.
All Technobabylon posts.

Shardlight

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
The latest from the two man team of Ben Chandler and Francisco Gonzalez, who previously made The Rebirth and The Reaper. They were very short, free adventure games set in the same post-apocalyptic world as this full release. It’s one of plague and war, run autocratically by a few powerful CEOs.

The Ballads Of Reemus 2

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Bright and colourful sequel to a series of popular (and Walker-approved) free web-based adventure games from the late 00s. Features that most relatable of game characters, Liam the purple bear with a guitar, as he attempts to write songs about the adventures of his friend Reemus through puzzle solving and bug exterminating.

All The Ballads Of Reemus 2 posts.

SpaceVenture

Official site

Genre
Adventure
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Comedy adventure game from the creators of Space Quest. They’re keeping the sci-fi, the main character of this tale a plumber who fixes space stations for a living. When he isn’t the focal point it will pass to his robot dog or imaginary friend, a chicken.

Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations

Official site

Genre
ADVENTURE, Point ‘n’ Click
Release date
November 2015
What is it?
The latest game to feature the cartoon land of Ooo and its part of unlikely heroes, Finn the Human Boy and Jake the stretch dog. It’s the fourth to be released on PC but they’ve all been nowhere near the quality of the excellent (and terrifying) TV show. The focus is on puzzle solving, but there’s talk of baddie-slaying and loot-collecting as well.

All Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations posts.

Blues & Bullets

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Noir
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Full on noir thriller puzzle-solving and shootout-surviving. A vigilante doing what the police won’t; black, white and red colour pallette; a quest for justice in a corruption filled city – it’s got it all, with a backdrop of disappearing kids. To be released as five episodes starting later this year.

Goetia

Official site

Genre
Point ‘n’ Click, Horror
Release date
October 2015
What is it?
Taking the role of a mysteriously resurrected ghost in an old manor during World War 2. This lets you move through walls and ceilings and possess items to move them around. There’s a demo of the first hour or so of the game available, which came with the successful Kickstarter in February.

Through the Woods

Official site

Genre
Horror, Adventure
Release date
February 2016
What is it?
Norwegian folk-tales spooked up in dark forests. A mother searches for her lost son while being pursued by some giant, dark shape. The framing is a meta-narrative of the woman telling the story to someone else, meaning your decisions will alter a conversation.

All Through the Woods posts.

D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die

Official site

Genre
Adventure, QTE-fest
Release date
Out now!
What is it?
Very strange adventuring from that SWERY guy, of Deadly Premonition-and-others in/fame. A former cap with time travel, mostly random catgirls, these two, it’s got it all. There’s a demo released just prior to the launch date, check it before purchasing if you’re worried about the state of the port.

All D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die posts.

Exogenesis: Perils of Rebirth

Official site

Genre
Visual Novel
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
Post apocalyptic visual novel following the lives of – unsurprisingly – a group of teenagers. It’s taking inspiration from the Phoenix Wright games to combine the heavy narrative of VNs with poiont ‘n’ click puzzle solving and clue finding. Kickstarted in 2014, a few delays have pushed release into some time this year.

Samarost 3

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Point ‘n’ Click
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
From the makers of the lovely, chill Machinarium, Samorost is the story of a man travelling space, visiting small worlds and meeting the local wildlife. It’s chock full of charm and gorgeous, slightly disturbing, very alien art. A decade long project, the ancient RPS titan has been waiting for this since its birth.

Samorost 3 interview.
Samorost 3 feature.
All Samorost 3 posts.

Void & Meddler

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Cyberpunk
Release date
October 2015
What is it?
Free browser game turned full three-episode release. It’s a very cyberpunk story of drugs, murder, dream exploration and, naturally, conspiracy. Alice is a big fan. There’s promise of multiple endings and a world that changes around you between chapters.

All Void & Meddler posts.

City Quest

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Retro
Release date
TBA
What is it?
Originally kickstarted in the misty past of 2013, this point ‘n’ click wears classic Lucas on its sleeve and every other part. There’s a demo from back then and the Kickstarter is still regularly updated each month with how the big city adventure project is progressing.

All City Quest posts.

Outpost 13

Official site

Genre
Point ‘n’ Click, Sci-fi
Release date
Q3
What is it?
The world’s first The Thing simulator, you play an alien disguising itself as a research base dog. Rather than the arctic it’s on an ice planet, presumably so nobody from Universal Pictures gets on the phone. You have to maintain your cover for as long as possible while brutally murdering all the filthy, horrid humans.

Albino Lullaby

Official site

Genre
Horror, Adventure, First Person, VR
Release date
August 2015
What is it?
Long-necked horrors populate this horr-venture that’s averse to using jump scares or gore, instead relying on a twisted narrative and unnatural movement of the environment to keep players on edge. There’s a touch of dark humour in there too.

Albino Lullaby feature.
All Albino Lullaby posts.

Dollhouse

Official site

Genre
Horror, Adventure
Release date
TBA 2015
What is it?
A therapist, housewife and child, are the characters in a non-linear horror story of mental illness. Each playthrough is made different by randomly generated and placed audio recordings that will change the story. Oddly, there’s competitive multiplayer elements and Dark Souls-style invasion mechanics in there too.

Qasir al-Wasat: International Edition

Official site

Genre
Stealth, Action, Adventure
Release date
Q3
What is it?
Exploring a Syrian palace with three targets for assassination inside, your trump card is total invisibility to the human eye. You must control the amount of sound and mess you make as both will be spotted by guards, who can take you down in a single sword swing. There’s also a healthy dose of traps, treasure and mysterious goings on.

All Qasir al-Wasat: International Edition posts.

WAS ~The Hourglass of Lepidoptera~

Official site

Genre
Visual Novel
Release date
Q3
What is it?
One of the swathe of visual novels being released to western audiences thanks to Kickstarter and some dedicated translators. This is set in a dystopian and ‘unfamiliar’ post-war Japan and is designed to show off real world locations, encouraging tourism.

Knee Deep

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Noir, Theatre
Release date
July 6th 2015
What is it?
After the suicide of a washed up actor in the themepark owned by the local mayor of a swampland town in southern United States. The whole thing plays out as a stage play, with props being wheeled into position, an orchestra pit and fourth wall viewpoint.

All Knee Deep posts.

Death God University

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Humour, Puzzle
Release date
July 1st 2015
What is it?
Inspired by the wacky worlds of Lucas Arts classics, DGU is about attending the titular institution to become a Death God Assistant. You must gather the souls of your targets using a collection of traps – but it must look like an accident.

Reflections

Official site

Genre
Early Access, Adventure
Release date
June 26th 2015
What is it?
Set in the real world, this adventure plays out in black and white that will be ‘flushed with colour’ when certain actions are performed, important moments in the story are met or puzzles are finished. The Storyteller engine will track everything you do and modify the story and world to suit.

Traverser

Official site

Genre
Puzzle, Adventure
Release date
Q3
What is it?
After mankind moves wholesale underground after the, uh, death of the sun (fair excuse, if we’re honest), an evil mega-corp now make money from selling air. One guard-in-training, Valerie Bennett, is out to stop them with the help of her gravity manipulation glove and, of course, you.

Her Story

Official site

Genre
Adventure, Crime
Release date
June 24th 2015
What is it?
Using recorded footage to tell a non-linear story about a woman talking to the police after her husband goes missing. It’s up to you to review footage and discover the truth. While not a true story, all the footage has been filmed with a real-world actress.

Her Story interview.
All Her Story posts.

CLANNAD

Official site

Genre
Visual Novel
Release date
October 2015
What is it?
One of the most well-known visual novels ever made, the English version is being ported to Steam via a still-ongoing and vastly successful Kickstarter that’s well over doubled its target goal. You take the role of a schoolboy as he attempts to navigate daily life.

All CLANNAD posts.

Sword Of Asumi

Official site

Genre
Visual Novel
Release date
TBA
What is it?
While visual novels have long been a japanese mainstay, their popularity is still growing in the west as more players and developers discover it as a genre. Set in an alternate universe Japan where feudal tradition never ceased, you play a deadly samurai on a mission to find a rebel in her academy before he can ignite a civil war.

Ladykiller In A Bind

Official site

Genre
Visual Novel
Release date
TBA
What is it?
The next visual novel project from Christine Love of Analogue and Digital fame, the fully titled My Twin Brother Made Me Crossdress As Him And Now I Have To Deal With A Geeky Stalker And A Domme Beauty Who Want Me In A Bind!! is nothing if not self-descriptive. Christine wants to use it not only to tell an erotic story but to show how most romance games boil down to not particularly nice social manipulation.

Ladykiller In A Bind review.
All Ladykiller In A Bind posts.

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