Adventure News

November 2008



Kheops back at helm for sequel to popular survival-based adventure

The first Return to Mysterious Island in 2004 was so successful, Microïds and Kheops have decided to return a second time, as today comes the announcement of production on Return to Mysterious Island 2.

For the players it's a return to the island first created by Jules Verne, anyway. For Mina, the protagonist of the original adventure, there was never a departure, as the new game starts with the crash of the helicopter that came to rescue her from the deserted tropical island she crashed on. Trapped once again, Mina soon discovers that outside pollution is threatening the island's plants and animals. The only way to stop the affliction is to restore the island's shield. Doing so, unfortunately, will also destroy any hopes of return to civilizaton, consigning her to the same fate as Captain Nemo before her.

The new game includes another familiar character, and this time the cute little monkey named Jep will be a second playable character. Making use of each character's unique abilities, players must switch between them as "only Mina can use complex tools, combine objects and, of course, read the documents found in the course of the game; whereas Jep can climb places inaccessible to Mina, communicate with other monkeys and find numerous objects thanks to his sense of smell."

In an interesting twist, not only will Return to Mysterious Island 2 be playable on both PC and iPhone, the game will allow players to transfer data between the two platforms.

The game is currently scheduled for release in March 2009. For more information about its predecessor, be sure to check out our review of the game.



Due in March '09, the new Frogwares mystery to offer two control schemes

It's been no secret that Frogwares has been busy working on its fifth Sherlock Holmes mystery, but the lack of details was becoming a bit of a mystery itself. That's the case no longer, however, as today the Ukrainian studio and Focus Home Interactive unveiled the first screenshots and additional information about Sherlock Homes vs. Jack the Ripper.

The disturbing real-life tale of one of the most prolific serial killers of all time is widely known, but in 1888, London's Whitechapel district was beset by a series of brutal killings by the man the press dubbed Jack the Ripper, who was never caught or even identified. The new game pits the sharp mind of Holmes against the mystery behind the elusive murderer, as he explores the gloomy Whitechapel streets himself in search of clues.

This game also marks the first Holmes title to launch with both a first-person and third-person control scheme. The latter was introduced in the recent remastered release of The Awakened, giving players the choice between free-roaming direct control or simple point-and-click. Another novelty offered will be its "original system for piecing together crimes in order to test hypotheses as the investigation progresses to find the terrifying serial killer’s bloody trail."

Sherlock Homes vs. Jack the Ripper is currently targeting a release in March 2009.



Game adaptation of graphic novels now in stores; new teaser released

Adventure gaming in the United Kingdom and Scandinavia just got a whole lot more surreal, as Lighthouse Interactive announced that Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals has now shipped to retailers.

The new sci-fi adventure is White Birds' adaptation of Enki Bilal's graphic novels, set in Paris in the year 2023. This is a Paris quite unlike our own, however. Ruled by an iron-fisted dictator, with the few rich physically separated from the poor masses, the city is also host to a giant, pyramid-shaped floating ship inhabited by Egyptian gods. Against this bizarre backdrop, players assume the role of struggling artist Alcide Nikopol, who discovers that his astronaut father, long believed dead, may in fact be alive and held underground as a pawn in a political power struggle.

Coinciding with the game's launch, Lighthouse has also unveiled a new cinematic teaser, which can be downloaded from sites such as WorthPlaying and GamersHell.

For additional details about the UK version of Nikopol, check out the official website.



Update: Latest CSI a hidden object casual game, not new installment of adventure series

The release of another CSI adventure may seem like same-old, same-old, but there's much that is new in CSI: NY, which is now shipping to retailers in North America.

The sixth CSI game is the first by developer Legacy Interactive, and the first to feature the cast of the popular CSI: NY television show, which recently aired its 100th episode. The game also marks the first opportunity for players to directly control the cast members themselves rather than an anonymous partner. Better yet, the TV cast have all contributed their likenesses and voiceovers to the game for an authentic CSI: NY experience.

EDIT: Note that since its release, players are reporting that the game is a hidden object casual title, not an adventure along the same lines as the previous CSI titles, so buyer beware.

For more information about CSI: NY, be sure to check out the game's official website.



Early release of comic adventure offered exclusively at download portal

For those who have been waiting anxiously for A Vampyre Story and asking "when?", the answer is finally "now", as Autumn Moon's debut adventure is available for download today exclusively at GamersGate.

The highly-anticipated adventure from Bill Tiller and company casts players in the role of an opera singer named Mona, who dreams of escaping her Draxsylvanian imprisonment and returning to her career in Paris. There's just one catch, though - Mona herself is now a vampire, and she'll need to use her vampiric abilities and get help from her bat friend Froderick in order to achieve her goal.

The game is due out shortly in both North America and the UK, but for the time being, the exclusive GamersGate download is the only English version available. The exclusivity does come at a price, however, as the announced retail versions are expected to ship for less than the GamersGate offering.

A Vampyre Story has been all over the news of late, with a playable demo recently released to check the game out for yourselves.



Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective now available for purchase and download

Hollywood's got nothing on Free Town, U.S.A., site of the new "Dangeresque" movie in the latest episode of Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People, which is now available for puchase and download on PC and WiiWare.

As a follow-up to the first two cartoon-only Dangeresque movies on, Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective is the first interactive installment of the homemade action movie series, written, directed, and starring Strong Bad himself as the title character. Playing a crooked (what else?!) cop with an itchy trigger finger, Strong Ba... I mean, Dangeresque must "stay alive long enough to defeat his arch-nemesis, save the world, and get the girl." And, of course, look good doing it while the cameras roll.

As with previous releases of SBCG4AP episodes, the PC version of Dangeresque 3 is available immediately for download and purchase worldwide, and through WiiWare in North America, with international launch to follow soon. The PC version can be found at Telltale's official website, along with a playable demo.



Sampler for highly-anticipated comic adventure now available for download

It's so close you can taste it now, but just a little bite... A Vampyre Story, that is, as a playable demo for the highly-anticipated comic adventure has now been released for download.

The debut adventure from Autumn Moon casts players in the role of an opera singer-turned-vampire named Mona. With the help of her bat friend Froderick, Mona is determined to escape captivity from the wicked but laughably unimposing Baron Shrowdy and return to Paris to resume her career. To do that, however, she'll not only need to use her wits, but learn to develop her vampire powers as well.

The demo is not taken from the start of the game, but takes place at a cemetery where Mona is trying to find her own grave. Shrowdy has other plans for her, however, so first players will need to overcome the obstacles he places in the way. The 445 MB demo can be found at standard download sites like FileFront or WorthPlaying

For more information about A Vampyre Story, be sure to check out our recent preview.



City Interactive's latest conspiracy thriller now shipping in North America

City Interactive sure isn't wasting time when it comes to new games. With Art of Murder already released and a sequel in the works, the Polish developer has also managed to squeeze in an all-new conspiracy thriller in the meantime, and today Chronicles of Mystery: The Scorpio Ritual shipped to retailers in North America.

The new game, which has gone through a rather turbulent name-changing adventure of its own, from Testament of Faith to Testament of Sin to the current title, casts players in the role of a young archaeologist named Sylvie Leroux. Travelling across the Mediterranean in pursuit of an uncle who was investigating a sinister mystery, Sylvie's adventure will take her to such places as the Vatican, Malta, and Istanbul, but she is not alone, as an influential organization is determined to protect the secret her uncle sought to expose.

For more information about Chronicles of Mystery, check out our recent preview, along with the game's official website.



New trailer for serial murder sequel plus behind-the-scenes interviews in latest videos

In today's news: murder, murder, and more murder. If that's starting to sound like the real news, that's what you get when dealing with Still Life 2 and CSI: NY, as new trailers have recently been released for both games.

The first "official" teaser for Still Life 2 offers a cinematic glimpse into the next case of FBI agent Victoria McPherson. As in the original game, Victoria is once again hot on the heels of a serial killer, and this time her pursuit of the "East Coast Torturer" takes her to Maine, where the latest body has just been discovered. This time, Victoria shares the stage with a journalist named Paloma Hernandez, whose coverage of the case takes a tragic turn when she's kidnapped by the Torturer. During the game, players will split time between the two characters, playing both hunter and hunted.

The new trailer introduces the game's central characters and offers a disturbing glimpse of the new killer. At 36 MB, the movie can be downloaded from WorthPlaying.

If Still Life 2 puts a strain on your nerves, the new CSI: NY trailers are much less stressful. With the launch of the first CSI game starring the New York cast due any day, Ubisoft has released four video clips showing interviews with the game's voice talent. Those who watch the popular television show will immediately recognize the likes of Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Carmine Giovinazzo, and Eddie Cahill, who will all be contributing their voices and likenesses to the game, along with other regulars like Hill Harper, Anna Belknap, Robert Joy and A.J. Buckley.

While previous CSI games have also included the actual TV actors, this degree of authenticity is all the more important in CSI: NY, as the new game allows players to directly control the show characters for the first time ever. The interviews can all be streamed directly from the game's official website.



Curse of the Scarab King now shipping to retailers

It took a little longer than expected, but the release of Ankh: Curse of the Scarab King for DS isn't cursed after all, as XIDER Games announced today that the comic adventure has shipped to retailers in the UK.

About that curse, though, the same can't be said for the game's main character. A port of the original Ankh, released for PC back in 2006, Curse of the Scarab King casts players in the role of a young man named Assil, who unwittingly invokes a mummy's curse upon himself and has just 24 hours to lift it. What's worse, to accomplish his goal he'll need the help of Osiris, the god of the underworld himself, who has decidedly different plans of his own. Along the way, players will encounter a wide variety of colourful characters, including Israelite hippies, squabbling assassins, and one very hungry crocodile. Assil will also meet up with a beautiful but feisty girl named Thara, whom players will control at times.

For more information about Curse of the Scarab King, be sure to check out our review of the PC original, and have a look at the DS port's official trailer available on YouTube.



Silver Style's fantasy adventure coming November 21st

It's only right that a game about moving between the dark of night and light of day should itself receive its time in the sun. That will soon be the case for Everlight, as JoWood announced today that the fantasy adventure will be releasing later this month.

Launched in North America in September under the title Everlight: Of Magic & Power, the newly-subtitled UK release of Everlight: Power to the Elves will cast players in the role of a boy named Melvin. Possessing a rare magical gift, Melvin is transported to a town called Tallen, whose inhabitants are afflicted by a strange curse. Come nightfall, the villagers turn into their own polar personality opposites before reverting to their normal selves at daylight, with no memory of the change. Only by strategically shifting between the two time periods will Melvin be able to put an end to the curse.

Everlight: Power to the Elves will be available on November 21st. In the meantime, be sure to check out our recent review of the game.



New trailers preview November 17th launch of fourth episode of SBCG4AP

Try to follow me here... Today's Strong Bad news is a story about movies about a movie that's really a game. If that's clear as mud, then you're all set to watch not one, not two, but four videos released in preparation for the November 17th launch of Episode 4, Dangeresque 3: The Criminal Projective.

As many fans know, Strong Bad has long been promising "Dangeresque 3", the next installment of his low-budget (and decidedly low-brow) action movie series, to be written, directed, and starring himself. At last he'll be doing just that in Telltale's latest adventure, in which the masked grouch and his pals step in front of the camera once again. A shaky, homemade movie-quality camera at that, complemented by butchered editing, blown lines, and dodgy special effects. This is Strong Bad, after all.

In this movie-inside-a-game, Strong Bad's nunchuckgun-toting alter ego faces his toughest case yet, as "what starts as a simple job to recover a long-lost formula morphs into a high-stakes race to save the world from certain destruction at the hands of Dangeresque's unhinged nemesis, Uzi Bazooka."

The videos now available include both a cinematic and gameplay trailer, plus the original cartoon-only Dangeresque 1 and Dangeresque II. All these movies and more Dangeresque goodies will soon be available at the Dangeresque 3 website, though at the time of writing, the website's features aren't yet fully implemented.

Meanwhile, in preparing fans for Dangeresque 3, Telltale also dropped a teasing tidbit today in revealing that the one-armed, fire-breathing Trogdor will appear in the "burninating" season finale of SBCG4AP, due next month.



Official site established for Hunt for the Puppeteer

It wasn't that long ago that young FBI agent Nicole Bonnet wrapped up her first serial murder mystery in Art of Murder: FBI Confidential, but her second challenge is fast approaching, as evidenced by the launch of the official website for Hunt for the Puppeteer.

In this sequel from Polish developers City Interactive, a new series of homicides is occurring in the US, and this time there's another death in France. Each murder follows the same M.O., as the killer leaves behind a mysterious figurine dressed in 18th century clothing. With no apparent connection between victims, it'll be up to Nicole (and the player) to discover the link in another globe-trotting adventure that leads through the "dark corners of New Orleans, the streets and alleys of Paris and Marseilles, Spanish Pyrenees and hot Havana."

The new website is a little light on content at the moment, featuring mainly a few additional details about the game, but look for it to be updated as the game draws closer to its Q1 2009 release target.



Supernatural Welsh mystery now available on home shores

As UK-created adventures tend to do, Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches has taken a roundabout way of reaching its own shores, but today Lighthouse Interactive announced that the supernatural Welsh mystery is now available in the United Kingdom.

Released last month in North America, the debut adventure from Arberth Studios is based on Four Branches of the Mabinogi, sending players on a lonely journey to the remote Welsh farmstead called Ty Pryderi. Or at least, lonely apart from the remaining residents of the house, still lingering, still fostering an ancient rivalry centuries after their combatants' deaths, and now posing a direct threat to a 15-year-old girl whose family now own the house. As a visitor, players must discover the home's ancient, evil secrets and put an end to its ongoing curse before it's able to claim a new innocent victim.

For more information about Rhiannon, have a look at our developer interview and check out the game’s official website.

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