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Posts tagged “Inkle”

Heaven’s Vault’s history doubles as a helpful reminder of what you were up to

This week I’ve been exploring the nebula of Heaven’s Vault, but, like so many of the translations protagonist Aliya is trying to untangle, my playtime has been fragmentary. Picking through in half-hour chunks, I’ve become very appreciative of how the game preserves its own history. Loading up will give you a short but specific reminder of what you were up to before, and for more…

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Feature: The word for hope looks a lot like the word for dream

Heaven’s Vault review

Even though I went to a grubby comp, I did Latin at school, and in one of the first exams I translated the word ‘taberna’ as ‘small shop’. This is technically correct. I doggedly translated a story where Caecillius declares to his wife Metella that he wants to go down the little shop, and Metella is all like “You’re always going down the little shop,…

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80 Days devs Inkle have opened Heaven’s Vault

Sail the rivers between moons and planets, explore ancient ruins and bustling towns alike, and learn a lost ancient language in Heaven's Vault, out now. The sci-fi archaeology adventure is the latest game from Inkle, the studio behind the excellent 80 Days, and that's enough to make me buy it. Hold on a sec. Okay, done. For realsies. Lovely. Alice Bee is currently writing down…

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Heaven’s Vault unearths evidence of an April 16th release date

If my translation from Press Release-ese is correct, I believe that sci-fi archaeological adventure Heaven's Vault will launch on April 16th. Probably a little easier than translating alien hieroglyphs, which seems to be the core of Inkle's next story-driven puzzler. Unlike the studio's earlier 80 Days, which was easy-going interactive fiction, this one poses more direct challenges, but will apparently bend its narrative around your…

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Heaven’s Vault prepares for a Spring dig in this new trailer

Science-fantasy adventure Heaven's Vault remains one of the most intriguing upcoming games of 2019. It's a game about archaeology - the proper sort, where you rummage around through the artifacts and ruins of civilisations past, and attempt to piece together what it is you're looking at. It's the latest from 80 Days studio Inkle, but this time they're expanding past prose and into the third…

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Feature: Oh no there are too many games

The RPS hivemind presents: The most anticipated games of 2019

Wow 2019 is a thing, huh? How are we all doing? Relieved? Bowling a hangover and a nagging sense of trepidation? Maybe you work in retail and, surprise! You were supposed to be at work half an hour ago. Time loses all meaning post-New Year break, doesn't it? You're just sort of adrift in a sea of empty Quality Street wrappers. That's okay. We're all…

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Feature: Shoot the real me!

We asked a lot of people: what would you do to a clone of yourself?

Over the past several weeks I have sent a lot of interesting people who work in the games industry an email containing the following scenario: "You enter a room. The door locks behind you. From a door opposite another you enters. This other you is a perfectly identical clone, created in the exact instant you entered the room, but as every second ticks by they…

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Sci-fi archeology adventure Heaven’s Vault gets a trailer

Some studios are content to take their time, and refine their craft to a perfect, incisive edge. Inkle, previously of the excellent 80 Days have been working away at Heaven's Vault for almost a full year since RPS's Adam Smith took a peek at it last GDC and fell madly in love with its quiet, thoughtful, nature. While Inkle aren't quite ready to pin down…

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Feature: The Loose Canon

Best PC games of all time

There are more wonderful games being released on PC each month than ever before. In such a time of plenty, it's important that you spend your time as wisely as possible. Thankfully, we're here to help. What follows are our picks for the best PC games ever made.

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Feature: Set phasers to translate

Inkle’s Heaven’s Vault: a stunning sci-fi archaeology adventure

With 80 Days and Sorcery, Inkle have made some of our favourite games of recent years, but Heaven's Vault [official site] might just be their greatest achievement yet. It's early days, of course, but a half hour play session at GDC has already convinced me that this science fiction adventure is a very exciting thing indeed. It's a game about exploring the past, in the…

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80 Days devs announce the sci-fi Heaven’s Vault

After travelling around the world in the fantastic 80 Days and to Fantasyland in Sorcery!, Inkle have announced their next game will go into space. Heaven's Vault [official site] will see an archaeologist and her robot buddy travelling the mysterious rivers which connect moons, trying to uncover their secrets. Meet people! Chat! Solve puzzles! Translate languages! Travel an open world! Experience consequences! It sounds pret-ty…

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Hexed: Sorcery! Part 4 Delayed To Next Week

If you've been expecting to get home today and play the conclusion of Sorcery [official site], Inkle's adaptation of the Steve Jackson gamebooks, er, bad news. Inkle announced at short notice that Part 4 will be delayed by one week, to September 22nd. Still, this gives you a week to get your robes cleaned and prepare for a launch day feast of peeled grapes (spooky…

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Sorcery! Part 4 is Out This September

It's been a long and winding road, but Sorcery!'s [official site] fourth and final chapter, The Crown of Kings, is out September 15 on both Windows and Mac, bringing the epic journey to a close. Developers Inkle (80 Days) promise that Sorcery! Part 4: The Crown of Kings is "the longest, most complex, and most devious installment of Inkle's acclaimed narrative series."

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Sorcery! Parts 1 And 2 review

Three games into Inkle's four-part video game conversion of Steve Jackson’s legendary choose-your-own-adventure (CYOA) Sorcery! books, I decided I should catch up on the first two, and review them. Before noticing Richard already did. Oops. So, anyway, I’m covering the first two today, having chosen my own adventure through both. Then I’ll come on to the latest entry released last week. Of Sorcery! Parts 1…

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80 Days Devs Announce New Game, Not An Adaptation

A new game from Inkle, the studio behind the delectable choose-your-own-adventure 80 Days [official site] (and the soon-to-be-on-PC Sorcery! series), was always going to be a reason to celebrate, but news that they're making their own world and characters from scratch this time is doubly so. 80 Days was at its best when it broke away from the well-known tale of Phileas Fogg in favour…

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Feature: Cold comfort

One Night With 80 Days

Inkle's 80 Days [official site] was one of my favourite games of 2014 and if it had been released on PC, I'd have spent hours and hours writing about it on this here site. Last week I was moving house, a task I always find daunting even though I've rarely settled in one place for longer than a year. I'd installed the newly released PC…

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Made It! 80 Days Out On PC Today

80 Days [official site] was a mobile game various RPS writers have snuck mentions of in around the place whenever they could, keen to write about it. Myself, mine were mostly reminders that I really should play 80 Days after all the wonderful things I've heard about Inkle's globetrotting adventure filled with beautiful words. Well, now we can be loud and proud, as 80 Days…

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Inkle’s Wonderful 80 Days Coming To PC This Month

If 80 Days [official site] had been released on PC last year, when it came to iOS devices and later to Android, it would have been in my top three games of the year on this platform. It's a beautifully delivered piece of interactive fiction, with deliciously evocative visuals, that puts almost every other collection of words I pored over in 2014 to shame. Inkle…

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