I loved Bill Tiller’s work as an artist at Lucasarts, where he worked on several games including Full Throttle and Outlaws, as well as acting as art director on The Dig. That’s a healthy CV. Post-Lucasarts, Tiller has written and worked as project lead on two adventure games since then that I don’t have any attachment to – A Vampyre Story and Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island – but I like what I’ve seen of The Perils of Man, a tablet game designed by Tiller and due to arrive on Steam on April 28th. It’s a tale of time travel, historical catastrophes and family. The trailer is below.
I saw some footage from the first episode of the game, running on a tablet, at Gamescom last year. The animation is lovely and there were hints of a sinister and thoughtful undercurrent that isn’t apparent in the trailer, but the voice acting didn’t sound right then, and it doesn’t seem to have changed.
There’s a demo available on the iOS App Store and the first episode of seven is available to purchase there as well. The PC release will contain all seven chapters though. Reviews of the first episode are quite positive and, tappity-tap controls aside, it seems to play like a traditional point and click adventure with inventory puzzles and all.