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Posts tagged “King Art”

1920’s mech RTS Iron Harvest is a Kickstarter success

I'm not sure if I subscribe to the idea of 'Kickstarter Fatigue' being a thing, but it's hard to deny the increasing difficulty faced by games finding their footing via crowdfunding lately. Iron Harvest, an ambitious RTS using the 1920+ setting (as seen in board game Scythe, based on the art of Jakub Różalski) has been a grand exception. It hit its initial Kickstarter funding goal within…

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Iron Harvest puts an alt-history spin on Company of Heroes

If you're the kind of history buff who also likes big stompy warbots, you've probably seen the art of Jakub Różalski around. His most famous work depicts an alternate 1920s where a technological boom after the first world war led to the early development of gas-guzzling mechs, often depicted standing incongruously amidst otherwise-idyllic farmer's fields. The 1920+ setting (as it's officially known) has already been used in the board game…

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ReBOOt! Horror adventure Black Mirror returns this year

The Black Mirror, the horror adventure series kicked off in 2003 by Future Games then followed by two sequels from another studio, is returning this year with a reboot. The new Black Mirror [official site] is set in a new place with a new story so it's basically a new game with an old game, but it has drafted some familiar help. Black Mirror is…

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The Book Of Unwritten Tales Gets A Second Tale

Today we players of games are spoiled for choice when it comes to adventure games. Wadjet Eye release a steady stream of interesting pointers and clickers, Double Fine are halfway through a new game and recently re-released a classic, Telltale have reinvented parts of the genre and are off doing their own thing, Sierra has been sort-of resurrected and a new King's Quest is coming, and that's barely scratching…

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Hard To Read: Book of Unwritten Tales 2

Way back in the mists of 2011, when the world was newly formed and virgin to such ideas as "crowd funding" "early access" and "XBOX One", our very own John Walker gave his honest thoughts on The Book of Unwritten Tales. Despite translation flaws, his younger self enjoyed it, summing up with "An adventure this long is such a rare treat. One this enjoyable at…

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Pugilistic Planets: Battle Worlds – Kronos Out Now

Battle Worlds: Kronos isn't about planets wot punch one another, which is a mighty shame, but, as it's a turn-based strategy game that seems to have been plucked from my teenage years, I can forgive it. Some people can't resist sad ol' puppy dog eyes, but me? My heart melts whenever I see a hex. Kronos is out today and there's a launch trailer to…

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Worlds Wot War: Battle Worlds – Kronos

Battle Worlds: Kronos has had a quick turnaround, from healthy Kickstarter campaign to finished product. The Kickstarter launched in March, a feature-packed beta for backers was delivered in Autumn and the game will launch on November 4th. The name recalls Blue Byte's Battle Isle series, but as I learned when I spoke to the developers, their game draws inspiration from all manner of turn-based strategy:…

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Feature: I was raven, now more crowin'

The Raven – Part Three review

In an interesting, if perhaps ultimately less than ideal experiment, King ART games released their point and click adventure, The Raven: Legacy Of A Master Thief, in three chapters over three months. Seemingly modeling, well, nothing else, this chapter format has certainly obscured the game. With the final part out tomorrow, does this pick up the pieces after a very soggy middle? Here's wot I…

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Feature: Middle Of The Road

The Raven – Part Two review

The Raven was such a nice surprise. A gentle, genteel adventure, with an unlikely lead character, and the engaging atmosphere of a Sunday afternoon murder mystery. An antithesis to so much of gaming, it was a charming tale of an almost-retired Swiss policeman, and his stumbling into a confusion of thefts and murders aboard the Orient Express and a luxury cruise ship. And then, cliffhanger…

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Feature: Little Grey Sells

Interview: KING Art On The Raven

KING Art's The Raven: Legacy Of A Master Thief comes out today. It's a really lovely adventure, well worth getting hold of. We grabbed hold of the German developers to learn more about why they wanted to make such a gentle game, their inspirations, and why they picked an elderly man to be the star of their game.

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Feature: Absolutely Splendid

The Raven – Legacy Of A Master Thief review

The Raven - Legacy Of A Master Thief is the first of a three chapter adventure game (the other two coming out next month and the month after) from King Art. Previously responsible for the decent Book Of Unwritten Tales, The Raven is a completely different style of game from the team - a murder mystery in the style of Agatha Christie. And crikey, it's…

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Poe-Faced: The Raven

You can't make a point and click adventure game for less than $3 million, you know. Hell, you can't even make it for $3 million, apparently. So presumably King Art Games, they of The Book Of Unwritten Tales, have some serious venture capital behind them for their noirish crime adventure The Raven. The first of its three episodes are out on Steam on July 23rd,…

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Feature: The Wisdom of Crowds

Turn-Based Tattle: Battle Worlds – Kronos Interview

Battle Worlds: Kronos has almost reached its $120,000 Kickstarter goal with more than a month to spare. It's the kind of game that is ideally suited to the crowdfunding platform - a turn-based strategy game that references the likes of Battle Isle, simultaneously exciting people like me, and causing publishers to purse their lips and tighten their purses. I spoke with Jan Theysen, co-founder and…

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Isles Of Thunder: Battle Worlds – Kronos

KING Art Games wrote the Walker-approved adventure Book of Unwritten Tales but they believe that pointing and clicking can be used for more than puzzles and conversation. There's another genre close to their hearts and that's where Battle Worlds: Kronos enters: The time wasn’t right for a resurrection of classic turn-based strategy, but now we believe the world is ready. Having watched the Kickstarter video,…

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My Word Is Power: The Critter Chronicles

Not nearly enough people took notice of my review last week and bought adventure The Book Of Unwritten Tales. I mean, I can't prove that, but I'm assuming people didn't. People tend not to do things that are good for them. But during it, I made a wish. I said I wanted them to make a game based on one of the characters, Critter. A…

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Feature: Seriously, I want a Critter toy

The Book Of Unwritten Tales review

A decent full-length adventure game is as rare as a completely uncooked Banjo & Kazooie developer, so when one comes along it's time to take notice. That's what we're doing here. While certainly flawed, if you've ever cared about adventure games, then you should find out Wot I Think about The Book Of Unwritten Tales.

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The Book Of Unwritten Tales’ Demo And Date

A demo approaches! It's a rather hefty 1.4 gigabyte download containing the majority of the second chapter of The Book Of Unwritten Tales, the comedic fantasy adventure that John is anticipating with some excitement. The version we're awaiting is an English translation, which seems to be strong, and the original German release received a great deal of praise. The narrative follows three controllable characters, switching…

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Feature: Full-length adventure in rather good shocker

Hands On: The Book Of Unwritten Tales

I'm not sure what I want from an adventure game any more. I'm not even sure I want adventure games any more. When I play modern adventures I find them too simple and lament the lost art of the 90s glory years. When I replay 90s adventures I rediscover quite what obscure, obfuscated nonsenses most of them were. With my teenage patience for leaving a…

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