ADVENTURE GAMES OF 2018
Return of the Obra Dinn
October 18 | Lucas Pope | Link
While Papers, Please was a depressingly bureaucratic dystopia, Obra Dinn channel's Lucas Pope's indie sensibilities for an "insurance adventure" at sea. After a trade ship mysteriously vanishes, then reappears years later with no crew aboard, you'll hop aboard to investigate just how dire the damages are.
Lego DC Supervillains
October 16 | Lego Games | Link
After a handful of superhero-focused adventures, the DC villains are getting their own go at the Lego treatment. The Justice League has disappeared from Earth, and a mysterious "Justice Syndicate" has replaced them, forcing the baddies to become moderately less bad if they want to keep doing their thing. Play as Joker, Harley Quinn, Gorilla Grodd, and a bunch of other Injustice League members as you run around the city solving puzzles and smashing blocks. I personally can't wait for the evil master plan to just be leaving a bunch of Legos on the ground everywhere for us to step on.
2018 | Alientrap | Link
A gothic fairytale adventure romp, the first thing you’ll probably notice about Wytchwood is that it’s painfully pretty, like a striking allegorical storybook come to life. As an old witch of the forest---there aren’t enough positive role models for witches these days, so this is a step in the right direction---you’ll go around collecting ingredients, crafting spells and potions and punishing the vice-ridden, naughty characters that live there. It’s the only way they’ll learn.
TBA | ZA/UM | Link
Formerly known as No Truce With the Furies. You’re a cop in the town of Revachol in this isometric mystery game that lets you “play any kind of cop you want” including “fascist cop” and “socialist revolutionary cop”. It’s inspired by Kentucky Route Zero and Planescape Torment, and features some very pretty dynamically lit environments.
Ambition: A Minuet in Power
TBA | Joy Manufacturing Co | Link
A young French girl named Yvette travels to Paris to see the boy she loves. After being stood up, Yvette vows not to crawl home to the countryside and instead turns herself into a lady of high society. She manages a tight social calendar, attending all the right parties and wearing all the right clothes to garner affection and influence. A Minuet in Power’s gameplay is all about working the room at your social events by saying the right things to the most powerful people. Against the backdrop of the French Revolution, you’ll help Yvette climb the social ladder and steer the nobles under her thumb.
The Last Night
TBA | Odd Tales | Link
With a captivating debut trailer that showed off its inventive mix of 2D sprites and 3D environments, The Last Night promises a visually arresting cyberpunk narrative. That story will touch on a world full of people seeking meaning in material consumption, and a protagonist who must go without.
The Good Life
TBA | White Owls | Link
Swery, the mind behind Deadly Premonition and D4, is back with a weird “debt repayment daily life RPG.” Trapped in the “happiest town in the world,” New York photographer Naomi must fund her escape from rural doldrums by taking photos and doing odd jobs. That is until she discovers a dead body with a knife through its belly. Oh, and everyone turns into cats (or dogs!) at night. It’s the City Slickers/Hot Fuzz/Animorphs mash-up you never knew you wanted.
TBA | Zoë Quinn | Link
Project Tingler is the codename for a Zoë Quinn’s project which fuses the aesthetic of erotica writer Chuck Tingle and FMV footage. It’s maybe a dating sim? Or maybe not. Maybe it’s an adventure game. But who’s to say? We can only be sure that it will include a sexy Unicorn Butt Cop.
Lona: Realm of Colors
TBA | Spacefox | Link
Inspired by the artwork of Miyazaki films, Lona: Realm of Colors is a point-and-click game that asks the player to find out what happened to Lona, a girl who becomes trapped in her own paintings. Lona paints scenes to process her feelings and work through her problems and each painting has three versions to reflect those feelings: a neutral setting, a bright-colored chaotic version, and a dark and dreary logical version. You’ll click the screen to find items while swapping between moods in order to solve puzzles and unlock events to find out what’s happened to Lona.
Du Lac & Fey: Dance of Death
2018 | Salix Games | Link
Jack the Ripper is at large in London in the year 1888 where Salix Games reimagines Arthurian legends Lancelot Du Lac and Morgana Le Fey as immortal heroes tracking down England’s most wanted. Du Lac & Fey is a point-and-click adventure where the detective and his canine partner sniff out clues at the crime scenes of the notorious Whitechapel Murders. Decisions made by the player, according to Salix Games, will influence the overarching story as well as individual character arcs. Read our full preview and interview with the game's director.
2018 | btf | Link
An American physicist named Tannhauser is invited to a charming little town in West Germany in 1967. Not long after, some of his research papers are stolen and he’s deeply entrenched in a wild sci-fi mystery. If that’s not a good enough hook, and it should be, Trüberbrook is full of gorgeous environments. Each one is built by hand as diorama models that are then digitized with a process called photogrammetry which involves deriving 3D models from thousands of photos of a subject. Trüberbrook will be a point-and-click adventure calling on inspiration from things like Twin Peaks and X-Files.