Posts Tagged ‘adventure’

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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Some Odd Gentlemen Are On A King’s Quest

Looks like Graham went looking for trouble in all the right places

Trailers don’t always turn me into a shrieking teenybopper, but I’m not ashamed to say I made high-pitched noises — think long, loud “EEEE”s of raw and immeasurable glee – at the King’s Quest announcement trailer. A joint production between The Odd Gentleman and the newly resurrected Sierra Games, the upcoming reboot is all about a doddering King Graham going, “In my time – ” at his granddaughter Gwendoyln while he shakes his cane-sword at shadow bunnies.

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Freeware Garden: POEng’n’Klik

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I clicked, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.

Sounding like something a Klingon would say is absolutely okay in my books when you are a point-and-click adventure from the Point And Click Jam. Doubly so when you have excellent four-colour CGA graphics and a weirdly-expressed affection for Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous poem, like POEng’n’Klik.

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The Tentacles Of Time: Kelvin And The Infamous Machine

How pleasing that a game about time travel should have such a perfect sense of timing. Kelvin and the Infamous Machine is a point and click adventure in which an inept research assistant must skip through time, inspiring great inventors and artists to fulfil their historical roles. It arrives on Kickstarter shortly after we cast our eyes over Thimbleweed Park, the Lucasarts throwback from the minds of Maniac Mansion creators Ron Gilbert and Garry Winnick. Time travel? Pointing and clicking? Where are the tentacles? Seek them in the demo and trailer below.

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Freeware Garden: Atticus

Among the 50 games of the Asylum Jam there was only one point-and-click adventure that grabbed me and didn’t let go until I finished it. It was Atticus. A sleek, browser-based adventure of medium length, excellent hand-drawn visuals and a spooky premise.

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Eigengrau Menagerie: Not A Collection of Sneezing Sounds

I swear I wasn't trying to sneak a peek of you in the bathroom, lady. Seriously. You're not even my type. I mean, you're pretty. But, I like them with skin and not - god, I'm in trouble, aren't I? Please don't -

Lifeforms? Lifeforms? The Eigengrau Menagerie is a classy place for deep cogitations and Thoughtforms, sir. Currently embroiled in the popularity contest that is Steam Greenlight, The Eigengrau Menagerie is a sumptuous little puzzle-adventure game, filled with phantasmagorical art and a literary soul.

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Freeware Garden: Line Crossing

Trains with trees. What will they think of next?

Afra, the wonderfully pixelated protagonist of Line Crossing, has found herself on a mysterious train. One I’d also have absolutely no qualms calling beautiful.

What’s more, Afra has simultaneously found herself starring in a very simple adventure game (of sorts) that seems to prefer focusing on exploration than more traditional puzzles. It starts when day suddenly turns into night. Now you have to help her go through the train and run into a menagerie of wonderfully weird creatures, situations and images.

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Freeware Garden: The Deepest Sleep

A not particularly spooky door and a pointer.

The Deepest Sleep is a first person, horror point-and-click adventure; the last installment in a trilogy of adventures involving sleeping rather deeply. Happily, never having played its two prequels didn’t spoil my enjoyment. The Deepest Sleep has you diving deep into your nightmares and fighting to find a way out, while avoiding the scary creatures that want you to never wake up again.

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Ready, Steady, Poe: The Last Door

The Last Door is a neat point and click horror game that flirts with Lovecraftian cosmic horror but is in a long-term relationship with the weird fiction of Edgar Allan Poe. Released episodically, it has just entered its second season, following a four chapter debut, and despite a couple of logical leaps in the puzzle department, it’s well worth playing. The price helps with the recommendation – the first season is free. Episode one of season two will be free in the future as well but is currently available to backers, in beta form. Trailer below.

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Wot I Think: Gabriel Knight 20th Anniversary

Okay, so this is a bit of a long shot, but... fus ro dah?

Well, 21st Anniversary really, but who’s counting? Gabriel Knight 20th Anniversary Edition is a chance to return to 1993 to re-experience the Schattenjager’s first case, but has it stood the test of time? Note to anyone who hasn’t played it, this is mostly going to be looking at the game as a remake rather than as a brand new adventure. Some spoilers inevitably lurk within.

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Wot I Think: A Golden Wake

There’s something I wish I’d known as I began playing retro point and click adventure A Golden Wake. I wish I’d known that it was, in large parts, a true story. The reason I didn’t know this was because it began with a statement explaining that despite its historical setting, the characters and events were fictional. Here’s wot I think:

It turns out Coral Gables is a real city in Miami, Florida (you may have already known that, especially if you live on that continent), which was really established in the 1920s by a man named George E. Merrick, there really is a Biltmore Hotel, and the city really was affected by the hurricane of 1937. The game’s tale of real estate is based in a genuinely interesting time of boom and bust in American early 20th century history. In what is ultimately a rather bland game, I think I’d have cared a bit more if I’d known.

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Freeware Garden: Grim Express

Poor doc. All he wanted was to be rich and alive.

There you were minding your own business and enjoying the luxury and efficiency of the Soviet rail system, when everything went dark and the nice gentleman sitting opposite you got stabbed in the heart. Now the trip to Moscow would be too depressing to bear, unless, that is, you decided to solve the murder on the Grim Express. Or, better yet, actually play sleuth-’em’-up Grim Express.

It’s a wonderfully atmospheric game set in a train, that’s strongly reminiscent of the Last Express, was made in an astonishing 48 hours and you can directly download for your Windows PC via this link.

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Wot I Think: The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

The Vanishing Of Ethan Carter, the first game from The Astronauts, offers a strikingly beautiful haunting journey exploring the mystery of the disappearance of a young boy. From the developers who brought us Bulletstorm (when they were People Can Fly), it couldn’t be a more different game. Here’s wot I think:

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Makoa And Meercats: A Rite From The Stars

A Rite From The Stars is an adventure game, inspired by nineties classics and modern marvels alike. The setting and plot are interesting, but we’ll move on to that in a moment because there are far more important statements on the Kickstarter page. Developers Risin’ Goat (only enough in the budget for one ‘g’) claim that the game will not feature ‘pixel hunts’, ‘pointless walks’ or ‘boring inventory management (also known as “Use the stick in everything until it works”)’. I reckon all three of those things should have been left on the Lucas and Sierra cutting-room floor a long time ago, along with almost every puzzle in The Dig and the many deaths of Roger Wilco. A Rite From The Stars isn’t simply emulating the past and I’m grateful for that. The Kickstarter has eight days left on the clock and $15,000 of a $40,000 target left to raise.

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Wot I Think: The Journey Down Chapter 2

Adventure charmer The Journey Down Chapter 2 has come hurtling in only, um, two years after Skygoblin’s first part. However, with a lengthy, well-constructed and rather pleasant game as a result, it seems it was rather worth the wait. Here’s wot I think:

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Impressions: Gabriel Knight 20th Anniversary

Turns out the Sins of the Fathers was having a whole lineage devoted to burning witches and still never inventing smores. Luckily Gabriel is more prepared. If only there was some lava or something around to add that extra sulphur kick. Also, more witches at around 3AM when the munchies really strike.

Reluctant shadow hunter Gabriel Knight returns to the scene of his first case soon, and we’ve played through the first few days (though for this one, we’ll be talking just about a recent build offering a polished up version of Days 1 and 2). Will history repeat itself both inside and out of the game and turn a 90s adventure classic into a modern one too? Here’s some impressions.

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Freeware Garden: Comedy Quest

Enjoying some fine comedy. Thank you for asking sir!

If it weren’t for the obviously spoileriffic title, I’d have loved to present you with a riddle. A riddle that’d probably go a bit like this: “What looks like an early Sierra adventure, plays like a late Sierra adventure, smells a bit of Lucasarts and does stand up comedy?” I am certain that nobody would have cried “Comedy Quest!” to that and that’d be sad. Hence, this post’s title and, frankly, this very post itself.

Now, you see, you know.

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