Adventure News

December 2011



Three-part indie horror announced for Halloween 2012

Brrr... That shiver you're feeling isn't the cold of winter setting in, it's the chill of impending doom. Didn't know doom was coming? Then you haven't yet watched the announcement trailer for Shadow of a Soul.

The three-part debut adventure from indie Turkish developer Vivec Entertainment casts players in the role of a thief named Jack, who breaks into an office complex to steal some plans for a new product. But the fear of getting caught soon takes on a whole new meaning, because "as unnatural sounds and horrifying visions begin to unravel before his eyes, Jack begins to have the unnerving feeling that he has become the target of a malignant presence and he isn't allowed to leave... just yet."

As demonstrated in the hauntingly atmospheric first teaser, Shadow of a Soul is a first-person horror adventure that promises "a story rich in riddles, enigmas and terrifying horrors". There is no combat in this game, but the threat isn't entirely passive either, as players must "solve puzzles, search for clues, and uncover the mysteries while hiding from various manifestations of ghosts." Ferzan Aygen, Vivec's one-man development team, describes the game as "Thief meets Call of Cthulhu with a lot more puzzle and adventure elements" thrown into its modern urban setting.

Shadow of a Soul has been in developed for a year now, and is currently on track for downloadable release on PC and Mac a week before Halloween 2012, with hopes of a retail version and PlayStation 3 release to follow. For more details about the game, or to pre-order at a special discount price with added incentives, check out the official website.



First episode of two-part indie adventure on course for release early in 2012

The turning of another calendar year may be a time of out-with-the-old, in-with-the-new, but the elderly aren't ready to go quietly in Nando's World, an upcoming point-and-click indie adventure now unveiled in the first screenshots and trailer.

The debut title from Italian studio NHIM Games is set in a place where "nature has been completely reconstructed by mankind, the last non-cybernetic animals are confined in zoo-museums, forests of electronics trees claim boundless gray areas of the country, and once populated cities are now ghost towns." Here even old age is meaningless for most people thanks to the rejuvenating medicine of Yo-Yo-Fe (Young Young Forever). Only a few refuse, who live out their lives in small controlled towns. It is in one such town where a dear friend of Nando's apparently dies, but when Nando discovers his friend secretly fled to an island where mankind lives in harmony with nature, he sets out on his own unusual journey to find this idyllic island for himself.

As seen in the first images of the game, Nando's World features 28 hand-painted environments, graphic novel-styled cinematics, and 11 distinct characters with their own stories and personalities. The tale will unfold over the course of two downlodable episodes for PC and Mac, the first of which is on track for release within the first few months of 2012.

For more details about Nando's World be sure to check out the developer's blog.



Port of Cyan's classic puzzler on track for spring release

Continuing its dominance as the most-ported adventure of all time, Myst will soon be heading to an all-new platform when it arrives on the Nintendo 3DS next spring.

The latest search for the red and blue pages of the books imprisoning Atrus's rebellious sons is being developed by Hoplite Research, LLC, and published by Maximum Family Games. The new version includes not only the original five islands, but the RIME Age as well, introduced in the game's first move to 3D, realMYST.

The previous attempt to port Myst to a Nintendo portable platform was a resounding failure, but the 3DS version promises to stay true to Cyan's 1993 original, only this time giving it a stereoscopic "3D facelift" for improved immersion.

Myst for 3DS is currently scheduled for release on March 27, 2012.



Frogwares release video for The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

When it rains it pours, especially in foggy London town, as yet another The Testament of Sherlock Holmes trailer has now been released by Frogwares for your viewing pleasure.

It’s 1898, and this time all the evidence of a police investigation points to Sherlock Holmes himself as the main suspect in a case involving theft, fraud and double-crossings. Even Doctor Watson's faith in his friend begins to waver, as the famous detective flees Scotland Yard and raises further suspicion; prowling around at night and destroying evidence.

Hot on the heels of last month’s trailer, this latest video gives us the lowdown from Watson’s point of view, and it’s certainly an important one as Holmes is clearly not altogether himself lately. The stylish teaser emphasises the darker tone of this adventure and shows off the new engine designed specifically for this game.

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes will be released by Focus Home Interactive early next year for PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.



Iceberg to publish third and final installment of dynamic 3D adventure next March

Had enough pointing-and-clicking your way through adventures? It won't be long now before you can once again run, jump, sneak and shimmy (and think!) your way through one obstacle after another, as Iceberg Interactive and Vertigo Games have announced plans to publish Adam's Venture 3: Revelations early next year.

In the third and final installment of the direct-controlled 3D adventure series, players will not only discover "how the story continues after they are split up and Adam is left for dead by the goons of the Clairvaux Corporation", but flashback in time as well to discover how Adam and Evelyn first met.

The new game will take players through a range of 1920s locations, including "rainy Oxford in England, sunny Luz in France and dusty Temple Mount caves in Israel", each once again presented in free-roaming 3D using the Unreal 3 engine. This time around, the developers are promising more attention on storytelling as well, aiming for "more seamless transitions between gameplay and story".

Adam's Venture 3: Revelations is currently on schedule for release in March 2012.



Layton-styled Nintendo 3DS puzzler now available in retail stores

Solving puzzles is hard enough in 2D, but those with a Nintendo 3DS had better be prepared for a whole new puzzling dimension, as Konami today announced that Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights is now available in both the UK and North America.

The Layton-like puzzler puts players behind the bushy moustache of Doctor Jean-Pierre Lautrec in 19th century France. In search of the hidden treasures of Louis XIV, Lautrec discovers that "this isn't the normal excavation once the presence of Jacques-Marie Vidocq arrives and his goons soon begin to give chase. Armed with his over-zealous assistant, Sophie, an antiquated map and a lot of luck, Doctor Lautrec finds himself in a perilous race in the Parisian underworld, surrounded by bad guys, all of who are on the hunt for the same long lost treasure."

Although not shown in trailers for obvious reasons, the puzzles in the real game promise to make good use of the handheld's unique 3D imagery and get progressively more difficult the farther you get. Challenges will range in style, as some "might require memory recollection, while others will challenge the player's spatial relationships or possibly discerning repetitive objects within a picture."

Doctor Lautrec and the Forgotten Knights is in stores now, retailing at a cost of $29.99 in North America (prices vary in UK).



Swashbuckling So Blonde spin-off on course for Feburary 24th release

Avast, ye landlubbers! Thar be a new Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle trailer released, as the game sails hard towards its February release.

A spin-off of the So Blonde adventure series, the new game stars Morgane Castillo, the "feisty and confident female pirate captain as she navigates through the dangerous waters of the 17th century Caribbean". Beginning in her childhood, Morgane's adventure follows her challenging rise to captain, culminating with a quest to follow the trail of famous adventurer Buckleberry Tanner in his pursuit of the legendary Turtle Island.

In development for multiple platforms, including PC, PlayStation 3, Wii and DS, Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle will send players sailing to five different islands, all hand-drawn and displayed in 1080p HD quality. The latest trailer offers a glimpse of a few destinations you'll be visiting along the way.

Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle is currently scheduled for release on Feburary 24th in the UK. For more details while you wait, be sure to check out our preview of the game, including an interview with writer and designer Steve Ince.



MDNA Games to release Amber's Blood next February

The yearly Carol Reed adventure is right on track, as MDNA Games has just unveiled the first details about Amber's Blood, due for release early next year.

In the eighth adventure for the amateur detective living in Sweden, Carol's long-time friend Stina asks Carol to investigate her grandfather's death when she discovers an obituary that suggests he died much later than she believed. Always up for a good mystery, "Carol's investigatons soon reveal that there is much more to Stina's suspicions than simply a misprint in an obituary, and that Stina's family history is darker and more twisted than either Carol or Stina could have imagined."


The game will once again be a classic first-person, point-and-click slideshow adventure using photographic images, as displayed in the first batch of screenshots.

Amber's Blood is due for release some time in February 2012. In the meantime, check out the official website for more details as they become available, including a playable demo coming soon.



Double Fine's charming nesting-doll puzzler coming to Steam

Merry Christmas from Double Fine Productions, PC owners! Though you won't get to play it just yet, you can cross Stacking off your wish list, as the unique console puzzler is currently being ported for release next spring.

Stacking is an utterly original adventure that casts players – at least temporarily – in the role of little Charlie Blackmore, the tiniest member of a family of matryoshka Russian nesting dolls living in the 1930s. Charlie's parents and older siblings have been captured by an evil business tycoon for use as slave labour, and to free them, Charlie must "stack" himself into increasingly larger dolls he meets along the way, strategically making use of the unique skills of each one.

Originally released only for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this past February, Stacking is due to arrive on PCs sometime next spring. Available exclusively on Steam, the game will sell for $14.99 and include the downlodable expansion The Lost Hobo King.

For the full scoop on Stacking, check out our thoroughly impressed, four-and-a-half star review of the game.



Past and present, cross-series L&O stars converge in Telltale's latest series

Dum dum...

No no, I'm not insulting you. That's the synthesized notes heralding the announcement of a new Law & Order series from Telltale. Better yet, Legacies is set to debut later this month, for the first time ever bringing together past and present stars of various L&O television programs.

Unlike the previous Law & Order adventures, Legacies stars a dream team of cross-series characters both past and present. Over the course of seven episodes, the likenesses of Lennie Briscoe, Rey Curtis, Olivia Benson, and Jack McCoy will appear, as players " take on the roles of both investigator and district attorney as they hit the streets to gather evidence and then enter the court room to prosecute the case." You'll need to carefully consider your choices, as every decision can impact the outcome, even leading to a failed case.

According to Telltale, Legacies replaces the previously-announced Law & Order: LA, which was discontinued after the television show was cancelled. That may ultimately be good news for fans, however, as the new series looks to have a much broader appeal. The first live glimpses can be seen in the announcement trailer's in-game footage, and several members of the production team discuss the upcoming game.

The best news of all may be that there's little time to wait. The first two episodes of Law & Order: Legacies are set to debut on the iPad and iPhone sometime later this month, with PC and Mac versions to follow early in 2012.



Second episode of haunting FMY indie series now in production

When there's cursed objects lying around waiting to be found, there's no time to delay, so Bryan Wiegele and Subdued Games are already back to work on Relics 2.

The sequel to the recently-released Relics: Dark Hours continues Matthew Hunter's search for the cursed artifacts once stolen by his grandfather and sold by his father. Each item originally brings prosperity, but is followed in time by sickness and death. After locating the first in a rural high school, this time Matthew makes his way to an old salvage yard, which seems to be connected to a recent string of murders. But this time around, "Matthew deals with not only the shot-gun toting alcoholic owner of the decaying salvage yard, but something much more sinister lurks in the shadows, stalking him."


According to series designer Bryan Wiegele, filming for the second episode is already complete, with many improvements planned over the initial episode. There is no firm release date available yet, but Relics 2 is currently scheduled for launch some time in spring 2012.



Kalypso Media to publish PC and Xbox 360 retail versions early next year

Those impact tremors you feel in Europe are the footsteps of Jurassic Park: The Game getting closer, as Kalyspo Media has just announced its plans to publish the game in the first quarter of 2012.

Jurassic Park represents a significant shift away from the traditional comedic adventure games from Telltale. Based in and around the events of the 1993 movie, the game follows the plight of several characters (and one ill-fated Barbasol can full of dinosaur embryos) who have been unintentionally left on Isla Nublar after park security has been compromised. With many hungry dinos on the prowl, players will not only need to do some quick thinking to avoid danger, but some quick button-pressing in the many Quick Time Events as well.

Currently available only as a download on PC and PlayStation 3, and as a retail version for Xbox 360 in North America, Kalypso will be distributing retail editions for both PC and Xbox 360 throughout Europe and Australia.

For more details about Jurassic Park, check out our recent review of the game and head over to the official website.



First video teaser introduces dual-protagonist, top-down puzzler

If you're anxiously awaiting a meaty puzzler to sink your teeth into, Brawsome's MacGuffin's Curse isn't too far off, and today the Aussie developer released the first teaser for the top-down adventure.

In the latest game from the developer of Jolly Rover, Lucas MacGuffin turns to crime during a particularly hard time. Unfortunately for Lucas, his heist at the Museum of Myths and Mysteries results in two dire consequences. The first is that the museum alarm has put the entire city on high alert. That other is a little matter of winding up with a magical artifact that lets him turn into a werewolf in moonlight.

The video offers a first live glimpse of the gameplay, which involves Lucas strategically using his different abilities in human and werewolf forms to solve the many puzzles that stand between him (them?) and freedom. For more about MacGuffin's Curse, be sure to check out our preview of the game and head over to the official website.

No firm release date has yet been announced, but MacGuffin's Curse is nearly fiished and scheduled for launch some time in March 2012 or shortly thereafter.



First part of Lovecraft-inspired episodic indie now available for download

Lovecraft fans, rejoice! There's a new episodic adventure inspired by the renowned horror writer now underway in the form of Miskatonic: Part 1 - The Inhuman Stain.

The series tells the tale of a young woman named Aurinda, who accepts a job as a professor at the esteemed Miskatonic University in New England. The rumours are rampant of "legendary madmen, strange disappearances, whispers of darker things. But they can't all be true, can they?"

Largely the work of a lone developer, The Inhuman Stain is the first of three parts, offering "a mix of sleuthing and puzzle-solving in a rich environment full of eccentric characters." Although the influence of Lovecraft can be clearly felt, the game presents an original storyline with a mix of both "horror and comedy elements" as Aurinda "attempts to investigate suspicious events around campus."

The first episode is available for purchase now at $9.95 directly from the official website, where you can also download a playable demo. There is no firm timetable set for future installments, but the developer hopes to complete each new episode within six months of the last.