Posts Tagged ‘Wadjet Eye Games’

Wot I Think: The Shivah

There’s something haunting about The Shivah‘s opening sequence. It starts like a terrible joke: with a rabbi, a cantor, a near barren synagogue and an unconscious old woman. But it doesn’t end that way. Where you’d expect a pun, we see instead the slow, hypnotic dissolution of a man’s faith.

“Why do bad things happen to good people?”

“How could God let this happen?”
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גוט נייַעס: The Shivah – Kosher Edition

The very first game I played by the excellent Dave “Wadjet Eye” Gilbert was The Shivah. Released in 2006, it was in what adventure gamers know as The Shut Up About Them Being Dead Years. And I’d not kept up with the thriving AGS scene, I’m ashamed to say. So The Shivah was such a fantastic surprise. A sad, careful and deeply smart game about an older Rabbi struggling in his faith. It was also a murder mystery, complete with crime cartels and moral quandaries. So I’m really rather pleased to learn that Gilbert and his team of industrious squirrels have remade the game from scratch.

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When Giveaways Go Wrong: Wadjet Eye Interview

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene! Oh, crumbs. It’s not Halloween at all, is it? It’s the other one. The one when we burn effigies on a fire and watch on in horror as our pet dogs cower in a puddle of their own wee, thinking they’ve been caught in the middle of a war. Let’s pretend it is still Halloween though because Dave Gilbert, adventure-builder and founder of Wadjet Eye Games, has a scary story to tell. I spoke to him about how an attempt to give away Blackwell: Deception for free became a trying ordeal. Then we chased away the ghouls and talked about how adventure games really never died, how the Blackwell series will end, and what comes next.

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They’ve Got It! Wadjet Eye Announces Blackwell Epiphany

Adventure supremo Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye Games has announced a new entry into the lovely Blackwell series. The fifth game of the ghost-n-detective adventures is called Epiphany, and once again has Gilbert writing, with Ben Chandler on background painting and sprites. Which is exactly as you’d want it.

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Wot I Think: Primordia

Fact: robots and adventure are my two favorite things. I like the former even more when they implicitly worship me, so Primordia seemed right up my alley. Oh, and I suppose a gorgeously retro sci-fi aesthetic also helped to sweeten the deal. But can this partnership between modern point-and-click maestros Wadjet Eye Games and fledgling upstart Wormwood Studios teach my icy, robotic soul how to love? Here’s wot I think.     

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Oh, The (Lack Of) Humanity: Primordia Out Next Month

So this screenshot is really, really depressing. I think it might be the saddest-looking one I've seen all year. I don't know, though. Can you think of any others that give it a run for its Misery Bucks?

If Primordia – a new adventure with involvement from folks who worked on Resonance and Bastion, among others – is to be believed, we had it all wrong for so, so many years: adventure games never died. We did. In Primordia’s dust-and-rust-stained universe, humans have been extinct for so long that the world’s not-so-new robot overlords deem them the stuff of myth and legend. Admittedly, “Humanity’s extinct now. Discuss” isn’t an entirely original setup, but that certainly doesn’t preclude it from being interesting. Plus, to be perfectly honest, I just want to explore the gorgeously grungy world Wormwood and Wadjet have managed to dream up. I mean, just look at it.

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Oh My: Resonance/Gemini Rue Folks Announce Primordia

Clouds!

It’s been an almost absurdly good year for adventure games, but there are still four months left on the calendar. And so along comes the Wormwood-developed Primordia, coated head-to-mechanized-toe in dystopic dust, but holding its head high thanks to a partnership with Wadjet Eye Games, which puts it alongside the likes of Resonance, Gemini Rue, Blackwell Deception, and The Shivah – among others. In short, the hand-drawn, well, everything looks gorgeous, and the concept’s not sounding too shabby either. Also, like Resonance, it features the mesmerizingly gruff tones of none other than Logan Cunningham – aka, the Bastion narrator.

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Wot I Think: Resonance

And that's why they call me Optimistic Ed!

Mr. Vince Twelve’s magnum opus Resonance is finally upon us, but is it all adventure fans have been hoping for? We threw Richard a large bag of point and click friendly Malteasers, a brand new notepad and pen, and the chance to finally stop holding his breath for it.

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Resonance Cascading Onto PC June 19

Before Francis, there was Francois Girard. And Bill was originally a 40 year old, divorced office manager.

Mr Cobbett has already offered an opinion on the first act of Wadjet Eye’s upcoming point and click adventure Resonance. Despite some backtracking and irritation due to a limited inventory of sorts in the handling of memories, he was full of praise for the dialogue and characters declaring “I can’t wait to play the rest of it”. He’ll have his chance soon enough. Preorders are now open, with a $24.99 boxed version (with Steam key) available, or a digital download through GOG for $8.99. The game will actually be released on June 19th and there’s a trailer below.

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Fourplay: Pointing And Clicking With Resonance

Gasp! A Wadjet Eye game whose advert isn't just two people standing next to each other? Nope! Resonance has four!
Being an adventure fan isn’t always easy. Only the other week, I had to endure Pendulo Studios’ Yesterday – a game of dark mystery and devilry whose general quality is probably best summed up by this tweet. Luckily, for every low, there’s a high, and while I’ve only played the opening act of Wadjet Eye/xii’s upcoming Resonance, it’s more than washed the bad taste out of my mouth. Here’s a few reasons for your mouse finger to look forward to it…

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Wot I Think: Da New Guys: Day Of The Jackass

This is a point and click puzzle. Really!

My wrestling credentials are top notch. I may not be able to fight my way out of a paper bag or open a bag of crisps, but given that my every relationship relies on the keeping of kayfabe, I’m more in tune with the mental processes of the mountainous men who grapple in the squared circle than an onlooker might think. Given that I also have an aptitude for both pointing and clicking, I am the perfect man to tell you wot I think of Da New Guys: Day of the Jackass.

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Point And Wrassle: Da New Guys Demo

One of these men used to be in Double Dragon

Following the release of The Blackwell Deception, Wadjet Eye are publishing Da New Guys: Day of the Jackass, a comedy wrestling adventure from Icebox, who released an earlier game starring the same characters. What of those characters? They are a trio of wrestlers who live together in a tiny apartment and ply their oily trade in the Wrestle Zone. When Brain, their most egotistical and feeble-bodied member, wins a championship belt, he is kidnapped shortly afterwards. Thus begins a quest so save him from his unknown abductors. The game is due on February 29th and the demo is available now. I donned some tights and played it through. Thoughts and a trailer follow.

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Wot I Think: Gemini Rue

'They' apparently being the Guild of Exposition. Thanks, mystery lady!
After many long months, Valve has finally seen sense and granted one of the most atmospheric indie adventures ever a spot on the mighty Steam store. But if you missed taking a look at it earlier this year… cough… is now the time to head into its dark streets?

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Medium Well Done: The Blackwell Deception

Just make sure to wear gloves. You don't know where she's been...
Here are three things you should know about Dave Gilbert, creator of the Blackwell games. He’s not in fact related to Ron Gilbert, writer of Monkey Island. He has indeed been informed how much more awesome this game would have been if it was The Blackwell Decepticon instead. Oh, and he’s one of the best writers working in adventure gaming right now.

Thinking about it, that last one is probably the most important. Need proof? The Blackwell Deception is hands-down his best adventure yet, and one of my favourites in a very long time. Even without a special guest appearance by Megatron and Starscream…

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Unveiled: Blackwell Deception


Blackwell Deception, the fourth game in the ghostly point and click Blackwell series, has just been announced unto the world. And crikey, what an announcement it is. Wadjet Eye Games have dropped us a line to let us know that Blackwell Deception has a release date of the 12th of October. Also! There’s a trailer, embeded below for your viewing pleasure. Also, also! There’s a demo available right now, just click here to get it. Read the rest of this entry »

Two Rue Dudes: Gemini Rue Released, Demo

So I think I need to watch Cowboy Bebop again.

And there’s the hat-trick of top class indie releases! IGF Student Showcase winner and dark sci-fi adventure game Gemini Rue (previously Boryokudan Rue) will be released today, and a demo has just come out allowing you to sample its rainy, future-noir flavour. The game proper is available from the Wadjet Eye site and the demo is being hosted over on Gamefront here. I’ll be posting some impressions the moment I dig myself out from under this pile of games. At this point I can’t even tell where I end and the games begin. Watch Gemini Rue’s badass trailer (again), plus pt. 1 of a walkthrough of the demo (new!) and read a brief plot synopsis after the jump.
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Puzzle Bots Released, Demo Out

Look what a lovely time they're having.

I’m trying to think of a way to link the new puzzle/adventure game from Erin Robinson and Dave Gilbert, Puzzle Bots, to a hung parliament in the UK election… Right, okay, here we go. In this hybrid game you control up to five robots at once, who are all forced to work in coalition with each other in order to complete tasks that would otherwise be impossible on their own. Come on – that’s why they pay me the big bucks*. It’s a game that’s out today.

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Run, Rabbi: Shivah For Free Today

'Yes - and what do you do at Christmas?'. This is a reference to something which is a long story. Man!

Walking-gaming-polymath Richard Cobbett brought this to my attention. Wadjet Eye Games’ Dave Gilbert has decided to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur by making their Shivah free to download today. All you need to do is go to the buy page and enter the coupon code “FreeShivah”. And lo! A game will be yours. Why should you do this? “Put simply, if you’re into adventures or games that tell stories, Dave Gilbert is one of the guys you should be watching,” says Richard, before pausing to allow us to put a page-break in.
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Wot I Think: The Blackwell Convergence

All games should feature at least one lighthouse.

Dave Gilbert first grabbed people’s attentions with his adventure game, The Shivah. His deft touch with the AGS engine, and ability to tell simply, emotional tales, saw him and his developer, Wadjet Eye Games, win a bunch of awards. The series he’s known for now, the Blackwell stories, has recently released its third instalment: The Blackwell Convergence. Here’s wot I think.

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Get Spooked: The Blackwell Convergence

Oh, when adventure games were wonderful.

Fans of Dave Gilbert’s Wadjet Eye Games should already be looking forward to The Blackwell Convergence. The creator of some really fantastic independent adventure gaming, like the award winning The Shivah, and the previous Blackwell games, Legacy and Unbound, has been building up to The Blackwell Convergence for quite a while, and now there’s a new series of teaser cartoons to build up to the 30th June release.

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