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Posts tagged “adventure”

Feature: Shady tales

Lamplight City promises a detective story where you can screw up everything

After the delights of sci-fi adventure Shardlight we were always going to be interested in what Francisco Gonzalez did next. Now having played a small section of his follow-up, Lamplight City, I can confirm such anticipation is well merited. This is a steampunk detective adventure where messing everything up is an entirely legitimate way to play.

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Feature: Repossessed

Unavowed aims to be an adventure that borrows the best of RPG narrative

It really doesn't feel like it, but it's been five years since Dave Gilbert released one of his splendid point-and-click adventure games, and twelve years since he worked on a brand new story, following his series of Blackwell games. Unavowed is that brand new story, due out later this year, and it's ambitious in ways I wasn't expecting: it's a very traditional-looking adventure, that belies…

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Feature: Look at sanity

Everything wrong with the first three minutes of Thimbleweed Park

My very first interaction in Thimbleweed Park [official site], and most likely anyone else's, was to "Look at Willie." I don't know who I'm playing yet, nor who Willie might be, but my German accented chap has appeared on a screen with two interactive items: a gate, and a slumped drunken man called Willie. So I looked at him, he being potentially more interesting than…

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Feature: Chilling

Survival meets adventure in Kôna review

Survival-meets-adventure Kôna [official site] feels like a game that admirably comes in the wake of Campo Santo's wilderness wonder Firewatch. But it's worth noting the Kickstarter for the game launched years before Firewatch released. Still, I suspect lessons have been learned and added in the last year, and they're very welcome, as this proves to be a fascinating game.

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Kathy Rain developer announces Whispers of a Machine

Kathy Rain developer Joel Staaf Hästö has announced his next game, Whispers of a Machine [official site]. It's a collaboration with The Samaritan Paradox developer Petter Ljungqvist. A traditional hand-painted point-and-click adventure, this time a murder mystery set in a world years after AI was destroyed to prevent the singularity.

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Feature: Shiny

OneShot review

I've never played a game like OneShot [official site]. I've played rather a lot of games, too. It's also been a really long time since I've cared about a game's main character quite so much, to the point where decisions really mattered to me. Which is rather a lot to say of a game made in RPGMaker. But then this is a game that does…

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OneShot is bursting with nice ideas, and out now

Steam, you may have noticed, is a little bit broken. One of its multifarious idiosyncrasies is to include games that absolutely have not been released in its full list of released games. Every now and then I'll spot a game that looks worth a peek, go to install it, and find it doesn't even have a release date yet. So I tend to stick them…

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Feature: Bunkum

The Bunker review

Somewhere there exists a line that marks the point where FMV releases switch between clicking on a film to make it keep playing, and being a meaningful game. The Bunker [official site] is way, way over to the left of that line - it can barely be bothered to ask you to click. Here's wot I think:

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Feature: Crowning Glory

Sorcery! Part 4 review

With Part 4, Inkle’s triumphant Sorcery! series [official site] reaches its conclusion. It's still sourcing its core tale from the Steve Jackson classics, but having taken wonderful leaps away to include its own far more elaborate possibilities. And the trajectory of each game being better than the last is not broken in this fourth release, the best yet, and indeed one I now feel comfortable…

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Feature: The Lost Legend of Azeroth

The RPG Scrollbars: Warcraft: Lord Of The Clans

Way back in the 90s, Blizzard infamously planned to expand its Warcraft strategy game universe by jumping into adventures. Ever since then, Warcraft: Lord Of The Clans has been one of the PC's more famous 'lost' games - one of the few known to be almost complete at the point of cancellation rather than just existing as a tech demo and a few screenshots. It…

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Feature: What difference voice acting makes

Kelvin And The Infamous Machine review

We live in peculiar times, and so it is that I've really already reviewed charming adventure game Kelvin And The Infamous Machine [official site], but back when it was in Early Access. So rather than write the whole thing out again, I've popped the original review below, with new post-release thoughts at the bottom. TL:DR: they added great voice acting.

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Feature: Uncomplimentary, my dear Watson

Impressions: Sherlock Holmes – The Devil’s Daughter

Frogwares' Sherlock Holmes games have always been very weird. From the early awful fan-fiction-like conflations of Doyle's work with his contemporaries, complete with evil staring Watson, to the more recent third-person festivals of terribleness, they've not managed to be good, but they've certainly managed to be strange. And yup, that's not changing here. The Devil's Daughter [official site] is like a fever dream, but a…

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Feature: Drizzle or downpour?

Kathy Rain review

Kathy Rain [official site] is the first adventure from Clifftop Games (Joel Staaf Hästö), the story of a journalism student investigating the strange circumstances of the last few years of her grandfather's life. I previewed it last month and was really impressed. Will that continue for the full game? Here's wot I think:

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Kathy Rain Falls In Two Weeks, Showers Us With Hope

Kathy Rain [official site], one of the smartest-looking AGS adventures that doesn't have the words "Wadjet Eye" on the digital box, is due out in but a couple of weeks - 5th May. And having played a bunch of scenes in a preview build, I've decided to twist dials and flick switches until my brain is set to: Very Interested. You might want to too.

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Feature: Organismic

Samorost 3 review

From the team most famous for Machinarium, Aminita Design, comes the third game in the Samorost series. Don't worry if you've never heard of the first two - they were both tiny Flash games. Samorost 3 [official site] is a full-length, full-screen adventure that requires no prior knowledge. How does the adventure/puzzle game hold up at this scale? Here's wot I think:

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Feature: And not a parrot in sight

Nelly Cootalot – The Fowl Fleet review

As adventure games come tumbling upon us, and for once it’s a pleasure, Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet [official site] finds itself in good company. And it’s a pleasure to report that despite its smaller budget and much smaller team, it merits that company. A sweet, silly and welcoming adventure game in which your ultimate goal is rescuing some poor wee birdies. Here's wot I…

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Feature: It's time to go BACK, TO THE MANSION!

Day Of The Tentacle Remastered review

It’s frightening to realise that Day Of The Tentacle Remastered [official site] is a reworking of a game that's been in my top five games since I first played it, a whopping 23 years ago. And a game that for the better part of the last decade, has been near impossible to buy or play. With Double Fine’s Remaster updating or restoring its graphics, music…

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