The setup for Unforeseen Incidents contains the most capital-A Adventure Game line I've ever heard: "Before he knows it, he finds himself in a fight for the future of humankind armed only with his trusty multi-tool." Inadvertently saving the world using a bunch of random doodads: bam, every adventure game ever.
The "he" in there is Harper Pendrell, a handyman who finds himself embroiled in a conspiracy far beyond the means of hitting it to get it to work. "An unknown disease is spreading across the country, and between them a scientist, a reporter and a reclusive artist hold the key to stopping it," joint developers Backwoods Entertainment and Application Systems Heidelberg said on Steam (opens in new tab). "A perilous journey awaits, and every step brings Harper closer to a cabal of dangerous fanatics."
Unforeseen Incidents is billed as a "classical" mystery adventure game, but its art distinguishes it from its point-and-click ancestors. The characters look more like caricatures, for one, all spindly legs and exaggerated expressions and curiously shaped heads. It has hard lines and rich blacks like a graphic novel, but also some soft, almost pastel backgrounds.
Unforeseen Incidents will release later this spring.