Adventure News

April 2009



Third-person DS adventure starring Miles Edgeworth coming to PAL territories this winter

Well, it seems even Miles Edgeworth isn't perfect, but he's still aces in Capcom's eyes, as the company announced today that the flamboyant prosecutor will be starring in Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, coming to PAL territories on Nintendo DS this winter.

Previously unveiled as "Perfect Prosecutor", Ace Attorney Investigations is the first game in the quirky legal series to feature the prosecution. As Edgeworth, the "flashy prosecutor in the wine red suit", players will spend more time at crime scenes to build cases for a series of murders in which Edgeworth himself was indirectly involved. In the first of several episodes, Edgeworth discovers the body of a dead man in his office before being threatened by the presumed killer, while in another he discovers a corpse aboard an airplane and becomes the chief suspect.

Ace Attorney Investigations is also the first game in the series to have players directly control the onscreen character from a third-person perspective. Players are able to move Edgeworth around freely to "investigate various locations, work directly with characters on the scene, find contradictions, and get to the truth by presenting decisive evidence. Players will also make use of the all-new 'Logic' system, in which he chooses two pieces of information out of the various pieces he has collected and 'combines' them to discover new information."

If that's not enough to get you interested, an official trailer for the new game has already been released, which you can find at standard download sites like GamersHell and WorthPlaying. At 22 MB, the trailer shows off a nice array of game scenarios and introduces faces both new and old, along with an all-new catchphrase.



Bloody glimpse of the dark upcoming adventure by Frogwares

With Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper lurking down the alley, Frogwares and Focus Home have just released a new trailer for budding detectives to peruse.

In the game, which can be played in either third-person or first-person perspective, players will take the role of Holmes as he follows a trail of dead prostitutes through the streets of Victorian London. Police can find no leads amongst the horribly mutilated bodies, and a media frenzy sends the country into an uproar. Holmes is soon approached to find the killer and deduce his psychotic motives.

Setting the stage for the game’s dark, disturbing atmosphere, the trailer shows the murder of a prostitute through the eyes of the Ripper, his identity remaining a mystery. Enter Holmes and Watson, who take to the streets of Whitechapel to stop the elusive killer. The trailer can be streamed directly from the official website.

Sherlock Holmes vs. Jack the Ripper will be released on PC this May and on the Xbox 360 at the end of the year.



Upcoming magazine preview to detail "Monkey Island inspired" adventure

For all of you Monkey Island fans out there hoping for the acclaimed series to be resurrected... well, you'll have to keep waiting. But Monkey Island and death are still prominent in today's news, as the first details of Autumn Moon's latest adventure, Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island, have now been uncovered.

In an early sneak peek, our intrepid friends at the German website Adventure-Treff have reported that PC Games magazine will be publishing an exclusive three-page preview of Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island in its upcoming issue. According to a loose translation, the three protagonists are spirits who cannot collect objects normally (at least at first) or communicate directly with the living, making their spectral challenges an integral part of the gameplay.

While not wanting to upstage the magazine preview ahead of time, Autumn Moon's Bill Tiller has confirmed to Adventure Gamers that Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island is the same project previously code-named "Teal Harvest". And while Tiller admits that the game is "a Monkey Island and Pirates of the Caribbean inspired game" (the ride, not the movie trilogy), he states that the new game will have a more serious, slightly darker tone than the acclaimed series by LucasArts, comparing it more to the tone of Full Throttle than Monkey Island, or even Autumn Moon's own debut adventure, A Vampyre Story.

Autumn Moon previously announced the AVS sequel called A Bat's Tale, though Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island will reportedly be finished first and published by dtp, with a (German) release scheduled for early 2010.



Independent fantasy puzzle adventure available on April 30th

There's good news and great news for puzzle lovers today. The good news is that a new fantasy "puzzle adventure" called Pahelika: Secret Legends was announced today by independent Indian studio Ironcode Software. The great news is that although only being publicly announced now, the game is already done and will be available for purchase later this week.

Pahelika puts players in the first-person shoes of an adventurer who discovers a magical artifact while tidying the storeroom of his ancestral home. Remembering a family legend that claims this item is actually a gateway to a incredibly powerful book called the Pahelika, he decides to find out if the book really does exist. To do that, however, he'll first need to explore the fantasy lands of six ancient civilizations, solve the puzzling challenges put in place to safeguard the tome.

While Ironcode admits that the game will likely appeal to the casual game crowd, they emphasize that storytelling is important in the game, and that "it is the adventure that really counts, and that is where Pahelika: Secret Legends really shines."

Pahelika is scheduled to be launched for PC on April 30th at a cost of $19.99. For full details about the game, be sure to check out the official website.



Wii sequel to popular DS adventure set to arrive in June

With a title like Another Code, it seemed inevitable that there would actually be another at some point. And this summer, that's exactly what will happen in Europe, as Another Code R: A Journey into Lost Memories has been announced by Cing and Nintendo for the Wii.

Set two years after the events of the popular DS adventure (known in North America as Trace Memory), the new game once again follows the teenaged Ashley in a story "played as if in the pages of a mystery novel." Now 16, Ashley receives an invitation from her father to spend a weekend together at a camping resort called Lake Juliet. Richard had left Ashley to be raised by her aunt and uncle while he pursued his deceased wife's research into a memory control system called "Another", and this weekend is meant to draw them closer together again. When she arrives, however, Ashley realizes that "she has been to this resort before … she has a dim memory of being here just before her mother died 13 years ago".

In order to unlock these memories, players must guide Ashley though a series of puzzles, interacting with the resort's other inhabitants who "clearly know more than they are letting on about the events leading up to her mother’s death". Using the Wii remote to point-and-click through the watercolour-style environments, players will be assisted by Ashley's DAS, a device that lets her take photographs throughout the game. For a closer look at the game, there's a streaming trailer available on YouTube.

There is currently no confirmation of a North American version of A Journey into Lost Memories, and note that Wii games are region-encoded, so this European release will not run on North American consoles.



Episodic comic adventure to be available on disc for first time on PC

As promised before the episodic season began, Telltale Games have now unmasked the details of the “Collector’s DVD” of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People for PC, which should begin shipping in June.

Formerly only available via online distribution, all five episodes of the series will be bundled together along with plenty of extras. As well as the crazy adventures themselves, the DVD will include cartoon shorts, the “Behind the Bad” documentary videos, an mp3 soundtrack sampler, and of course a “barrage of hidden surprises”.

Based on the popular web comic, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People stars the wrestling-masked email answerer, Strong Bad himself. The five episodes see Strong Bad engage in such antics as staging an uprising against the King of Town, participating in a heavy metal showdown, and fighting an arcade dragon. Each episode has a unique plot and takes players on a wild and wacky trip through Free Country USA.

For those who ordered the full season of SGCG4AP previously, the Collector’s DVD will be available for only the cost of shipping. However, those purchasing the disc version new can now pre-order for $34.95, with a free shipping discount temporarily available. Complete details can be found at the official website.



Playable sampler sets the table for the sequel's upcoming release

With its scheduled release closing fast, it won't be long until the latest Secret Files are fully exposed, but for now players can occupy themselves with the playable demo of Puritas Cordis.

The sequel to Secret Files: Tunguska sees players once again controlling Nina and Max with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. This time around, the two have split after a short-lived romance, but still find themselves involved in a shared adventure when a series of "natural" catastrophes occur around the world. These disasters are really the machinations of a secret society known as Puritas Cordis, however, so Nina travels to France to investigate the mysterious order while Max witnesses their ruthless methods at an excavation site in Indonesia, and only between the two of them can an apocalypse be averted.

The demo actually begins in control of a different character, a Bishop who must ensure the safety of a vital document while dangerous pursuers close in on his church, before switching to Nina on a luxury cruise ship to begin her part in the story. The demo is fairly sizable at over 700 MB, and can be downloaded from FileFront.

Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis is currently scheduled for release early next month.



New game by the acclaimed Tex Murphy creators now set for May 6th

After a few release targets for 3 Cards to Midnight that have come and gone unfulfilled, the launch of Aaron Conners' and Chris Jones' new game is now set for May 6th, and a new trailer is now available to mark the occasion.

It seemed back in November that the return to the genre of the acclaimed Tex Murphy creators was closing fast, but after our own sneak preview and other early feedback, the developers decided to significantly redesign several aspects of the game. While still retaining some of the casual gameplay elements, the changes promise to increase the game's story focus even more, better integrate the puzzles, and improve the cinematic quality substantially, among other enhancements.

Some of these changes will be immediately apparent in the new trailer, now available for streaming at the game's official website. With a healthy sampling of in-game footage, the teaser highlights the game's premise, in which Jess Silloway finds herself unable to remember the traumatic experiences of the past few days. Only through the help of an unidentified man, his set of Tarot cards, and of course player participation, will Jess be able to delve deep into her psyche and trigger her memories.

For additional information about 3 Cards to Midnight, be sure to check out our recent interview with Conners and Jones. And if all that still isn't enough, the pair have confirmed that a sequel is already in the early stages of production, called 3 Cards to Dead Time, which will pick up where 3CM leaves off, further exploring story points only hinted at in the first installment. Still another game has also been "revealed" in the form of Secret Project "Fedora", which doesn't take a down-on-his-luck P.I. to figure out, but no further details are available at this time.



Playable sampler now available for download

If you've been dying to play Still Life 2, so to speak, today you can get your first sampling of the highly-anticipated sequel, as a multi-language demo of the game is now available for download.

The new game promises a resolution to the loose story threads of the original Still Life while delving into an all new serial murder mystery. FBI agent Victoria McPherson returns, but this time she's in pursuit of the East Coast Killer in Maine. An abrasive television reporter named Paloma Hernandez may just hold the clues needed to track him down, but before she's able to share what she knows, Paloma is kidnapped by the killer, and it's all she'll be able to do to keep herself alive.

Still Life 2 allows players to control both Victoria and Paloma throughout the game. In the demo, following a lengthy sequence of cinematics to set the stage, players start off as Paloma as she awakens to the horror of her captivity, and must attempt to escape before the killer escapes.

The demo tops a full gigabyte, and can be found at standard download sites like WorthPlaying and GamersHell.



"April Fool's" news of sequel officially confirmed, though details remain sparse

Following a rather ill-conceived April Fool's "announcement" of Syberia 3 for the PC and PlayStation 3 by Microïds, and the subsequent some-of-it's-true-but-some-isn't confirmation from the company, today the news of a PC sequel to the popular series has become official.

Today's revelation actually comes in the form of an unusual "letter to players and professionals of the video game industry". In stating categorically that “Syberia 3 is not an April Fool's joke", Microïds President Emmanuel Olivier confirmed that the game "will be released on PC for sure."

Where the issue gets more complex is the game's availability on the PlayStation 3, as originally rumoured on April 1st. Microïds would clearly like to include the PS3, and more importantly to all adventure gamers, states that in order to ensure the high level of quality we've come to expect from the acclaimed series, "it is essential to develop it for multiple platforms, PC and consoles." Unfortunately, Sony has yet to approve such a project, and having previously denied the release of other Microïds titles on the older PlayStation 2, the prospect of Syberia 3 doesn't look particularly hopeful for the next-gen console. Microïds is also balking at the high royalties charged by Sony, citing earlier payouts on past adventures for the company's investment limitations this time around.

To that end, Microïds is asking all Syberia fans to participate in an appeal to "convince Sony to change its rules" by sending emails of support to: [email protected].

In any case, Syberia 3 is indeed coming, and all that remains to be decided now is the scope of the project. Plus, of course, all those other little details like what the game is actually about. But like all Syberia fans, we'll be closely following the progess of this game, and no doubt we'll be hearing much more about it in coming months.



Ransom of the Seven Ships sets sail this July

Nancy Drew fans are going to have to wait until July though to get their hooks on the teen sleuth’s next PC mystery, but Her Interactive today released a trailer of the upcoming Nancy Drew: Ransom of the Seven Ships.

The trailer highlights the game’s storyline, in which Nancy’s friend Bess invites her to a tropical island resort along with Bess’ cousin George. When Nancy arrives, she finds her friend kidnapped and the resort owners missing. To save them, Nancy and George have to find a long lost treasure on a quest that will take them around the island and on and into the sea.

The teaser features exotic island locations and intriguing underwater scenes, which Drew fans will be able to explore while diving for sunken treasure. Players will also be able to take on the role of George at different points in the game. For a sneak peek, take a look through the spyglass at the new trailer on the official website.



Still Life sequel and Return to Mysterious Islands get first bite of the Apple

Mac users typically get the short end of the gaming stick, but there’s some good news today as Microïds announced the production of their games for Macintosh. First the company’s current titles will get the Mac treatment, then popular titles from their back catalogue later in 2009.

GameCo will be developing new title Still Life 2 for the Mac, with an aim to release it by the end of June in some territories. The task of converting Return to Mysterious Island and Return to Mysterious Island 2 has been assigned to Mac specialists Coladia. Coladia will also undertake the process of bringing other older Microïds titles to the platform later in 2009.

Still Life 2 marks the return of FBI agent Victoria McPherson, this time on the case of the East Coast Torturer. Return to Mysterious Island and its sequel are Jules Verne-inspired tropical island adventures casting players in the role of shipwrecked heroine Mina, who must find a way to survive on the puzzle-laden island.



Got Game to publish art-themed conspiracy thriller in July

Since its German release last October, the English version of Memento Mori has been in publishing purgatory, but the art-themed conspiracy thriller has at last found new life, as Got Game Entertainment announced today that it will be publishing the game in North America this summer.

In Memento Mori, which translates as "remember you are mortal", several valuable paintings are stolen from the St. Petersburg Hermitage, and police detective Lara Svetlova enlists the help of former art forger Max Durand to solve the crime. This is no simple heist, however, as the trail leads to a Finnish brotherhood obsessed with the 15th Century Latin work, “Ars Moriendi” or the “Art of Dying”, believing that the Angel of Death becomes visible in certain paintings on the verge of death -- paintings they will stop at nothing to eliminate.

The 3D adventure inlcudes both Max and Lara as playable protagonists and results in one of eight different endings depending on certain choices made throughout the game. For more information about Memento Mori, be sure to read our preview of the game and check out the official website.

Memento Mori is currently scheduled for release in early July.



First-person puzzler up next from Shady Brook creator

With production on Stonewall Penitentiary having hit something of a stone wall itself, indie developer Chris Brendel has set his sights on a new adventure in the meantime, revealing that The Filmmaker is scheduled for release this summer.

Less a story- and character-driven adventure than his previous titles, Lifestream and Shady Brook, the new game is a "first-person puzzle-based horror adventure" that takes players into the haunted environs of the Carson Stiles Gateway Theater. Built in the 1930s and later an exclusive home to the black-and-white films of the mysterious Claude Ferucil, the theater was shut down when its entire staff was brutally murdered, apparently by its owner, who then committed suicide while Ferucil disappeared. But now, in your mailbox, are two tickets to the premiere of an all-new Claude Ferucil film called "Primal AtmosFear", and you and your best friend agree to attend the opening, returning to the theater for the first time in years.

In what Brendel describes as a "B-movie" experience in its own right, not only will players get to explore the now-haunted old theater, you'll also have the opportunity to step inside several movies while you're there. Using a traditional point-and-click control scheme, The Filmmaker will offer more than twenty different puzzles, resembling older genre classics like Shivers and The 7th Guest.

While no firm release date has yet been announced, Brendel's Unimatrix Productions is currently targeting release for late summer this year.

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