Posts Tagged ‘adventure’

Freeware Garden: Forge

I was 13 years old when I first encountered Brian Moriatry’s Loom. It was on a friend’s ninja PC that sported both VGA and AdLib cards and I was, understandably, blown away.  The complex, whimsical story, the wonderful graphics, the unique musical interface and the amazing music itself were unlike anything I had ever seen. Or have seen since.

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Freeware Garden: IAMJASON

He is Jason.

IAMJASON is a dystopian sci-fi point-and-click adventure about losing something. Well, everything actually, though it does let you fight and defeat corruption. The corruption to be exact, which is quite an honourable thing to do, especially when accomplished in resolutions as low and chunky as 160×90.

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All The World’s A Stage: Knee Deep

deja vu

If you caught a glimpse of the screenshot at the top of this post, you’d be forgiven for thinking that some news about Kentucky Route Zero Act IV has surfaced. I love Route Zero so I’m happy to see games following in its theatrical, magical realist footsteps, but Knee Deep’s [official site] stringy-legged chap and gas station look a little too familiar. Not so the rest of the game, however, which concerns three characters investigating the “mysterious suicide” of a washed-up actor.

It’s an adventure game framed as a stage play.

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Hands On: Jenny LeClue – Detectivú

Last year saw the extremely pretty pitch for adventure Jenny LeClue [official site] perform rather well on Kickstarter. Aiming for $65k, they finished with a whopping $105,797. And they also broke new ground by setting a realistic release date! December of 2016. In fact, they’re looking likely to beat that by quite some months, maybe even close to a year. And in order to demonstrate how far they’ve come already, a short demo version of a portion of the game has been created, and will soon be released into the wild. I had an early peek at it last week, and am delighted to report it’s looking really rather good.

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Hands On: Firewatch

If you’ve already seen the Firewatch [official site] footage Alec posted last week, then you’ve seen what I’ve played. (Sort of. It’s hard to imagine how someone could have played it quite so weirdly, missing out almost all of the best lines, ignoring lots of the things to do). Of course, watching and playing are rarely the same experience. And this is already something pretty special to play.

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Wot I Think: Tormentum – Dark Sorrow

The two sides have finally met in the middle! About ten years back, as adventure gaming continued to trundle along before its recent renaissance, hidden object games became a hugely popular form of “casual game” (a vile term that needs to be removed from our snobbish vocabulary). With time, the two have been gradually creeping toward one another. The latter shedding its spot-the-difference origins for more puzzle-focused, story-led design, and the former simplifying itself to single-click interaction for a larger audience on tablets. In the genuinely interesting Tormentum: Dark Sorrow [official site], the two finally meet in the middle. Here’s wot I think.

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Paranormal PI: Darkside Detective

One of my favourite films of recent years is the relatively obscure black comedy Skeletons. Treating the paranormal as a pseudo-science, it follows two weary and tense investigators who are somewhere between bureaucratic civil servants and metaphorical exorcists. If Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter had collaborated on a Ghostbusters film, it would probably have looked a lot like Skeletons.

Darkside Detective looks like it might be a nineties Lucasarts take on Ghostbusters, by way of Columbo. A demo is available.

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Freeware Garden: Don’t Escape 2

Games with zombies are righteously considered banal, whereas point-and-clickers that decide to invert the always intriguing but overused escape-the-room mechanics could be considered to be rather novel. So, what should we then make of Don’t Escape 2, a game about barricading yourself in a room and surviving a zombie raid?

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Freeware Garden: Ever Yours, Vincent

Based on the life of impressionist painter (and not dentist though that’d be a really interesting thing to see) Vincent Van Gogh, Ever Yours, Vincent explores the great artist’s life and work via the hallowed medium of point-and-click adventure gaming.

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Freeware Garden: Regeria Hope

Moi?

It took a lot of convincing for me to give Ace Attorney a chance and discover what a clever take on the adventure genre it is. Sadly, I’m also pretty cheap when it comes to playing games on touchscreens and have thus only tried the saga’s free chapters. I was therefore more than glad to discover the lovable freebie that is Regeria Hope – episode 1. Regeria Hope is, as you correctly guessed, a fresh take on the Ace Attorney formula, that manages to successfully replicate its mood and gameplay and add enough new ideas to keep things interesting.

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Freeware Garden: Troll Song Verse One

Presenting Clod the Magnificent and his dancing trolls!

Kick. Grab. Smash. Bite. Roar. Those are the commands you’ll find in the Troll Song‘s SCUMM-like point-and-click interface and they are as apt as they are original, for this is an adventure starring four trolls and trolls simply do not act like your average genre protagonist. They do not push keys from keyholes onto newspapers. They smash doors; fiercely so, when their own species’ survival is at stake.

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Freeware Garden: Mord in Venedig

Tod in Venedig by Thomas Mann has absolutely nothing to do with Mord in Venedig (Murder in Venice). This lovely little freebie is a point-and-click murder mystery which doesn’t really care about artistic inspiration. Or spelling, to be brutally honest. Or even clipping, though these are matters you should probably ignore. If you loved being a sleuth on the Grim Express, you’ll love solving this fresh murder.

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Freeware Garden: Able Mable Gets A Job

When Ruth Manning-Sanders retold the spooky, kids tale of The Old Whitch fifty years ago, she couldn’t have possibly anticipated it would spawn such a wonderfully odd interactive thing as Able Mable Gets A Job. Nor could she have expected that so many naughty little jokes could fit into something so short and so whimsical.

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Freeware Garden: A Postcard from Afthonia

It’s been a couple years since I last used a portal to visit the magnificent and otherworldly Lands of Dream and I now realize just how deeply I had missed them. I had missed the amazing sense of wonder Jonas and Verena Kyratzes have poured into every locale, the giggling at dozens of little jokes hidden behind mushrooms and flowers, the clicking on every tiny detail, the exquisite writing, the wonderfully surreal characters, the glorious puns, the richness of ideas and that deep sense of hope and beauty.

Having just played through the brilliant Postcard from Afthonia I’m already missing the Lands of Dream even more.

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Freeware Garden: Goat Herd and the Gods

Over their long, illustrious history point-and-click adventures have starred everything from wannabe pirates and odd teenagers to private investigators and obnoxious wizards, but never a goat herder. Happily, the aptly named Goat Herd and the Gods has just been released to right this heinous wrong by casting Atl the Aztec goat herder as its protagonist.

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Freeware Garden: A Date In The Park

Awww, young love. Can seem so tacky when you are cynical, so naively passionate and yet so very adorable. Even when it involves a slightly obsessive young man and, as in the case of A Date In The Park, pointing-and-clicking at things that include at least one duckling. Then again, this relatively short adventure game does come from the creators of Mudlarks and thus both a decent amount of strangeness and some ’90s styled digitised graphics are to be expected.

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Wot I Think: The Dream Machine Chapter 5

The Dream Machine‘s episodic structure has been… sporadic. Chapters one and two came out in January 2011, with the rest promised soon after. Chapter 3 appeared in November 2011, taking longer than expected. Which was nothing compared to chapter 4, which finally appeared in August 2013. It was quite a wait, and rather a short entry. It’s been slightly over a year since, and now we have Chapter 5 – the biggest part of the game yet. Here’s wot I think.

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Freeware Garden: Peen Peen (NSFW)

Ooooh, you sexy beast, you!

A sequel to the demented adventure game Psyche E has been released and its none other than the outrageous Peen Peen. A game that’s both funnier and way naughtier than the original and thus one definitely not for children or people who are offended by words that reference kinky sex.

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