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I Am Dead is a ghostly puzzle-adventure from the makers of Wilmot's Warehouse

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I Am Dead (opens in new tab) is a puzzle-adventure game about a museum curator named Morris Lupton and his dog Sparky, both of whom are dead. That's not really a problem, though. The real issue is that the tiny island of Shelmerston, where they lived in more corporeal times (and which remains packed with locals and tourists alike), is about to be destroyed by a volcanic eruption, and they're the only ones who can stop it.

Being dead grants Morris the ability to see inside objects, including the memories inside people's heads, which will enable him to discover secrets, solve puzzles, and meet other ghosts. The developers describe it in the gameplay overview trailer released today as "a unique kind of hidden object game," and it's fair to say that we don't cover very many of those (although we don't object to them by any means). The ability to drill down into objects—"things inside things inside things," as they say—gives I Am Dead an unusual kind of depth, though. 

And, ultimately, the real discovery isn't the objects themselves, but their significance to the game's many strange characters.

"It's really a game about normal people who just happen to be dead. The stories of their lives told through the memories of people who knew them, and the objects that they left behind," the developers explain in the video. "You have to find these hidden objects that meant something to them, and in order to know what you're looking for you delve inside the memories of people who knew them when they were alive, and discover stories that they remember about that person."

I Am Dead is being developed by Hollow Ponds and Richard Hogg, who previously collaborated on the acclaimed tidy-'em-up Wilmot's Warehouse, and is being published by Annapurna Interactive, which has a very solid history of handling excellent, slightly off-beat indie games including What Remains of Edith Finch (opens in new tab), Gorogoa (opens in new tab), Outer Wilds (opens in new tab), and Sayonara Wild Hearts (opens in new tab). It's expected to be out later this year.

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.