September 2013
30

Sep

The Holocaust. One of humanity's darkest hours, and not the stuff games are made of, surely. Or is it? Developer Luc Bernard thinks differently, and hopes his latest title Imagination is the Only Escape will inspire players to think about the people involved and want to learn more. Initially planned for release on the Nintendo DS in 2008, it languished in the doldrums for several years before recently re-emerging on Indiegogo for PC.



29

Sep

The world of Interactive Fiction (IF) has been thriving for the last twenty years, despite losing much of its commercial viability. Its ancestry is firmly rooted in the text adventures of the 1980s, such as those produced by Infocom and their contemporaries; in recent years, however, its definition has expanded to include all sorts of text-based games, from parser-based adventures to hypertext fiction. The Interactive Fiction Competition has long been a platform for these games, and has become a centrepiece of the IF community.



28

Sep

Florida in the Roaring Twenties: sunshine, jazz, prohibition, and... real estate agents? Never one to take the obvious path, A Golden Wake is the first commercial title from developer Francisco "Grundislav" Gonzalez, better known for his popular Ben Jordan freeware series. 



25

Sep

ClickShake Games’ founder and sole employee Jay Ziebarth, colloquially known by the moniker Zeebarf, clearly feels that sometimes the best way to move forward is to take a few steps back. And so it is that his upcoming second commercial entry in the Ballads of Reemus series, currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, is actually a revisiting of the original free-to-play Several Journeys of Reemus browser games. Once again, Reemus the exterminator finds his chances of starring in his own heroic ballad quickly going from slim to none. His rivals at Pest-Go have reduced eliminating pests to child’s play for even the most unskilled commoner. Luckily for Reemus and his sidekick Liam the purple bear (though potentially fatal for everyone else), a sudden invasion of killer Death Slugs gives the duo one last chance to prove their mettle and immortalize their names with their own glorious ballad. If you’re familiar with the previous Reemus outings, fear not: Zeebarf has promised that although the reboot will incorporate the familiar story elements of previous chapters, The Ballads of Reemus 2 will expand on them with all-new puzzles, longer gameplay, and will include features befitting of a standalone commercial release, such as voice acting. Essentially, all five previously released chapters will be rolled into one, improved upon and polished, to tell the complete saga of Reemus and the Death Slugs.



21

Sep

Traditionally, adventure games take us to exotic locations, let us act out unfamiliar fantasies, or place us right in the middle of alien worlds and distant times. But can intriguing tales be found in our everyday experiences? Does the life of a geek offer up potential for a story gamers will love? The creative minds behind Geek’s Lair: The Crazy Scientist, Osolin brothers Maj and Žiga, think so. Geek’s Lair is the story of Peter Frog, average Joe, science student and run-of-the-mill geek. Peter’s ordinary life takes a left turn when he stumbles upon information about a mysterious virus. During his investigation into the matter, Peter ends up on the lam while pursued by authorities for a crime he did not commit. Could an ordinary guy be the one to save the world?



18

Sep

Calling all lovers of mystery-laden islands and ancient mechanical complexes: a new indie game has appeared on Kickstarter in hopes of bringing adventure fans more of that puzzling goodness that they know and love but never get very often anymore.



17

Sep

Picture this: It is night. You are alone. You find yourself locked in a room. A room in deserted Darkwood Manor. Your only chance at escape: a cryptic message challenging you to solve a puzzle. Welcome to Night Detective, a newly-announced point-and-click "picture puzzle" game by fledgling developer TreeFall Studios. Night Detective casts you as the eponymous nocturnal sleuth, who operates only under the cover of night and whose identity remains a mystery. Whether vigilante or simply an odd duck, the Night Detective takes it upon himself to investigate the disappearance of Thomas Herman, respected London businessman, puzzle lover and owner of Darkwood Manor. In doing so, players will navigate their way through hand-drawn first-person environments, seeking exits from rooms by interacting with objects in the environment and finding and upgrading items. Each room will require a certain combination of items to be “activated” based on a clue given in that room. The right combination will open the path to the next area.



10

Sep

It's no groundless sales pitch to say DEVICE 6 is a game that defies easy categorization. The upcoming iOS adventure clearly delights in uncertainty. Simogo, the same team behind the disturbingly bizarre Year Walk earlier this year, has not revealed a great deal about their new game, but it is certain DEVICE 6 will be another foray into the surreal and uncanny.



9

Sep

Violett is the name of a young girl who follows a hole into a magical world of talking kettles, singing frogs and snails that can cook. But despite what you might be thinking, there are no white rabbits in sight in this protagonist's titular adventure.



8

Sep

Although quietly revealed by its indie developers on Facebook over a year ago, only now is Calm Waters ready to garner more widespread attention with a slew of screenshots and an introductory teaser.



7

Sep

Imagine waking up from a nightmare, only to discover that you've awoken to yet another terrifying nightmare. Now imagine that this happens over and over again, with no obvious means to escape the cycle of unrelenting torment. What should you do?