The third act of the celebrated indie adventure game Kentucky Route Zero came out last week, released with little to no warning. We’ve been wondering when we might see the next stage of this tense, atmospheric story, and as recently as February there was no release date being discussed.
If only it really were this easy. Last Life, a new Kickstarter project from developer Sam Farmer and Rocket Science Amusements, puts players into the soft shoes of a private investigator who only has a few hours to solve one last case—his own murder. Gasp! From there, the noir stylings get a little more sci-fi: Our doomed gumshoe has been brought back to life using advanced 3D-printing technology.
It's possible that you haven't played the last six Sherlock Holmes games from Frogwares Studios, but you might want to pay attention to the upcoming Crimes and Punishments. It looks gorgeous in this most recent trailer, and adds some novel ideas to the adventure genre, like going inside Sherlock's brain to solve mysteries.
Telltale Games, the creators of distinctive games like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us, are reportedly working on a game based on George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, more famously known as Game of Thrones. Which parts of the Westerosi universe and what timeframe the game might follow are unclear, but the prospect isn’t coming completely out of the blue. Telltale’s most successful work has been with licensed properties like Fables and The Walking Dead, and Telltale’s founder has been vocal about the studio’s pursuit of new licenses.
Open-world adventure game Dropsy is nearing the end of a successful Kickstarter campaign, buoyed by its fanbase and reputation as the game made by the internet. For Dropsy the clown, there’s even more good news on the horizon: Devolver Digital has agreed to join Jay Tholen, Dropsy’s creator, in a publishing partnership.
Adventure game classic Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers is being remade to celebrate the game’s twentieth anniversary. Series creator Jane Jensen announced a partnership with Activision to create a polished-up remake true to the original story that will be arriving in 2014.
We have some bad news for fans of cop-based adventure games (although it seems there may be fewer of you than was first hoped). You'll remember that the Precinct Kickstarter was shut down earlier this month, with the developers of the Police Quest spiritual successor attempting to raise the needed money via their own independent scheme instead. Well, now that new "staged" funding scheme has been cancelled as well, after raising around $12,000 of the $400,000 goal. No backer cash has been taken.
Of all of the classic game genres to be resurrected by the crowdsourcing renaissance, I’m most excited about the return of adventure games. In that vein, a new Kickstarter, by veterans of Sierra On-Line’s classic Police Quest, is trying to bring back the police procedural adventure.
We were given our first glimpse of Moebius a couple of months back, but now we get a better, sleeker and more dramatic trailer for E3, albeit using some of the same footage. Gabriel Knight creator Jane Jensen's Kickstarted adventure is a big old-fashioned conspiracy mystery, which of course means it will contain ninjas, attempted hangings, and some manner of stargate.
The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us aren’t Telltale Games’ only projects, we learned today at E3. Following a demo of The Walking Dead: 400 Days, Telltale Founder and President Kevin Bruner told me that more than one new license announcement will be coming from the studio later this year.
There are some good deals to be found in GOG.com's 'Adventurers Assemble' sale, which combines ADVENTURE GAMES with 60% OFF to make a bunch of point-and-click titles cheaper for this weekend only. If you've been waiting for an opportunity to purchase the likes of Primordia, Resonance, Machinarium, the Blackwell series, tearjerker To The Moon, or island survival game Miasmata, then you've found it. The deal ends on Monday at 3:59AM GMT, so you only have... a number of hours left on the clock.
GDC 2013: Clementine was almost cut from The Walking Dead, Telltale on the dangers of branching a story too much
At Telltale's panel "Saving Doug: Empathy, Character, and Choice in The Walking Dead" today at GDC 2013, co-creative leads Jake Rodkin and Sean Vanaman outlined the ideas that guided their design of one of last year's most acclaimed games. A few of the presentation's topics overlapped a little with DayZ creator Dean Hall's comments yesterday at GDC about the value of context in storytelling and of player-generated meaning. But maybe most notably, the pair of designers admitted that they were concerned "every day" about how the game's story would suffer if players didn't care about Clementine, Lee's companion throughout the series.
It's easy to misremember the locations and characters of the old Lucasarts adventure games. I recall wandering through the vast caverns of Atlantis, stepping over streams of molten gold to activate titanic robots. It's only when you go back and see the original art that you realise how much the artists did with so few pixels. Redditor Hovercastle has compiled 604 pieces of background art from some of the very best Lucasarts games, including Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, Day of the Tentacle, Full Throttle, Dig, Loom, the first two Monkey Island games and Sam and Max Hit the Road.
The whole collection can be viewed online, or downloaded. Because they're displayed at their original resolution, they seem tiny on modern monitors. Have a flick through and be prepared for a bit of a nostalgia shock. We've picked out a few favourites from Monkey Island 1 and 2, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and The Dig below.
Telltale's Jurassic Park: The Game has a new trailer out, giving each of the game's lovingly recreated dinosaurs a chance to roar menacingly at player characters. The T-Rex undoubtedly wins the shouting match, letting loose a roar that makes you tremble in your boots. There's a lot of frantic scrambling away from trouble, except for one grizzled badass who instead appears to be ready to jump a raptor from behind armed only with a knife. I don't rate his chances.
Jurassic Park comes out on November 15th, check out our Jurassic Park: The Game preview for more information.
Telltale have released a developer diary for their upcoming series of episodic Jurassic Park games. They discuss the challenges of getting the mighty T-Rex right, and talk about a brand new dinosaur they're adding to the island. It's a nocturnal hunter that attacks from the shadows, with a poisonous bite that causes hallucinations and eventual death. Sounds like it's going to be a bit darker than the films. See for yourself in the video below.
Speaking at GDC last week, Ron Gilbert said that he'd love to see a new and updated version of Maniac Mansion, similar to 2009's Monkey Island re-releases, which brought the classic adventure game back with revamped graphics and voice acting. Gilbert created the original Maniac Mansion in 1987 and has been contemplating the changes he would make to his first game.
Adventure game factory Telltale has announced that the classic Sierra adventure series is the next to get the Tales of Monkey Island treatment, with a "rebooted" episodic adventure series planned for later this year. Nothing's known about how the game will look or play, but it's definitely coming.
Telltale games have announced that the first episode in their five part Back to the Future adventure game series will be released Wednesday December 22nd. Until then the whole series is still available to pre-order from the Telltale site for $24.95, a deal which also includes a free copy of Puzzle Agents. Part 1 is called "It's About Time", and will have Marty McFly hopping into the DeLorean to travel back in time and save Doc from jail. For an advanced look at what's in store, check out the debut trailer.
The Back to the Future website has been updated with information about the characters that we'll be meeting in episode one, and some hints at where we'll be headed in future episodes of the time travelling adventure series.