We've all heard of trolls. They're ugly and mindless and like to hide under bridges terrorising passing adventurers, right? Maybe not, as Troll Song intends to change that perception. Trolls may be primitive, but indie developer Team Disaster are out to show that they also have their own culture, feelings, and a sense of honour and morality. They even make music (sort of).
Terror is going to be in the eye of the beholder in 2015, when Spanish developer 3D2 Entertainment plans to unleash The Crow’s Eye on the world. The “first-person terror adventure” will incorporate storytelling, exploration, and some light crafting in the hopes of hitting the sweet spot horror fans have been craving. Of course, meeting or exceeding its $35,000 Kickstarter goal by December 15th will be the team’s first hurdle.
Adventure-loving fans of Ken Follett can rejoice twice today with the news that not only is Follett writing a new novel in his popular Kingsbridge series, but an adventure game based on his first, The Pillars of the Earth, will be developed by Daedalic Entertainment to coincide with the new book's release.
There are plenty of swines in politics, but that notion will take on a whole new meaning in the upcoming comic steampunk adventure Viktor, which is currently raising funds through Kickstarter.
Independent developers Innervision Games are asking for support on Kickstarter not just to develop a new adventure game, but to help push the medium into the next dimension of Virtual Reality. Although it can be played conventionally on PC, Ethereon is an exploration game designed specifically with the Oculus Rift in mind.
In 2009, indie developer Remigiusz Michalski shocked and horrified adventure gamers with the surreal, gore-filled Downfall – at least, the relative few who actually played what proved to be a fairly niche title even within the genre. Now, following the much broader success of his follow-up The Cat Lady, Michalski is revisiting his debut title with an eye to drastically overhauling it for re-release in 2015.
Fans of procedurals or the popular Phoenix Wright series of interactive courtroom adventures will have no objection to the newly announced Bohemian Killing, a first-person murder case with a steampunk twist that’s currently raising funds through Indiegogo.
Horror fans will want to dare a peek through hand-covered eyes at a new Kickstarter campaign for Scorn: Episode One, an open-ended survival horror being developed exclusively for PC.
Adventure games are often filled with vivid cartoon colours, but what would the world look like if the protagonist himself couldn't see colour? And what would it take to bring colour into that world? That is the premise of indie developer Sylvain Seccia's Désiré, a "poetic" adventure now seeking funding through Indiegogo.
Being dead isn't usually the preferred condition, but being undead has proven to be awfully enjoyable in the adventure genre so far. Indie Australian developers Intuit by Design are looking to continue that tradition with the upcoming Vincent the Vampire, currently seeking funding through Kickstarter.
The swamplands of deepest Louisiana have remained largely untouched and undisturbed, barring the occasional voodoo ceremony or God-of-Madness-worshipping cult. But HeyKiddo! Games is aiming to change all that in 2015 with the release of their gothic horror adventure Ingonga, at least if they’re able to secure the necessary funding through Kickstarter.
The latest project from Lucas Pope, indie creator of the acclaimed Papers, Please, will be trading in Eastern European paperwork for salty sea air, creaking decks and nautical mystery in the upcoming Return of the Obra Dinn.
Exploring strange happenings and enduring frightening circumstances are common activities for adventure gamers, but it's a bit of a rarity when a game's spine-tingling story is based on real-world events. Nevertheless, that's exactly what is promised by the upcoming first-person horror adventure Kholat, currently in production by Polish indie IMGN.PRO.
In 2010, critically-acclaimed Interactive Fiction (IF) author Andrew Plotkin set up a Kickstarter project to fund a commercial text adventure, Hadean Lands. It received nearly four times its goal. Now after a four year wait, the game has finally been released.