Adventure News
 


December 2015

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Dec

By their very nature, submarines are designed to be stealthy, sneaking up on you when and where you least expect them. So it's entirely fitting that an entire point-and-click adventure set on a submarine managed to swoop in without appearing on the radar, in the form of Undercover Missions: Operation Kursk K-141.

Based on real events in the year 2000, the adventure stars Russian secret agent Belyaeva, who boards the titular nuclear submarine in order to stop a criminal organization from stealing key weapon systems. But you'll need to work fast and think smart, as "after an undercover partner goes missing, you must find the culprit before Kursk K-141 and the truth fall to the bottom of the ocean."


The game's third-person 3D graphics depict almost 50 different scenes, ranging from Russian towns to the outer deck of the Kursk K-141 to its many inner chambers. As you progress through the game's nine lengthy chapters in pursuit of the traitor to your country, you'll encounter "11 mini-game challenges [that] test your skills and wit" as well as "solve unique puzzles, engage with interesting characters, and hunt for clues in your search for the truth."

The Kursk K-141 set sail earlier this month, but if you like what you see, comrades, you can still catch up to it on PC through Steam.



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Dec

In 2013, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons took the adventure gaming world by storm. Not to be outdone by the dual boys' act, now it's brother and sister Thomas and Lily's turn in a somewhat similarly styled game called The Land of Lamia.

Thomas is eight and Lily six when they both awaken one morning to discover that they've been teleported to a strange world overnight. As they look around, they see that "odd looking plants have grown through the floor while [they] slept and an unsettling fog surrounds [them]. Outside [they] see a complicated path, and massive creatures made of stone." The place seems eerily familiar to a story they've read many times before. Sure enough, when Thomas pulls down a book called "The Land of "Lamia" from the bookshelf, he quickly flips to the chapter that describes their current surroundings. Now they must read it again, not merely for entertainment, but to "start looking for clues about how to survive."


In this "short story-driven puzzle game", each 3D area of The Land of Lamia has its own accompanying illustration and book description that players must reference to discover the secrets of this unusual world and overcome its obstacles. As you "learn about why you're there and what eerie presence may be watching you", along the way you will control both Thomas and Lily simultaneously using a "unique control mechanic" that caters to their different speeds and abilities.

If you like what you see of this sibling adventure, the best news of all is that you can dive right in, as The Land of Lamia is available now on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux.



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Dec

No matter how many times he's beaten up, gunned down, or harassed by verbal zingers, you just can't keep Tex Murphy down. After resurrecting his career with last year's The Tesla Effect, now there's more of everyone's favourite futuristic gumshoe on the horizon in Poisoned Pawn, a fan-made, upgraded remake of Overseer.

First released back in 1998, Overseer itself was something of an enhanced remake of Access Software's Mean Streets. Using the same 3D interface with live-action film footage as Under a Killing Moon and The Pandora Directive, Overseer was framed as a conversation with Tex's would-be girlfriend Chelsee as he recounts his first case. A mystery involving the death of his soon-to-be-ex-father-in-law soon explodes into a vast conspiracy extending all the way to the top levels of government, which helps to explain how the fresh-faced eager young detective who played strictly by-the-book became a cynical down-on-his-luck PI who never encountered a rule he wasn't willing to break. The game also ended on a whopper of a cliffhanger that left fans hanging for well over a decade.


Poisoned Pawn aims not only to eliminate any remaining technical issues of the original version by rebuilding it from the ground up in Unity 5, but also to "spruce up" the game. The developers claim that "along with all the original cinematics, puzzles, conversations, story and settings, Poisoned Pawn will feature new and expanded settings, brand new puzzles and even more immersive gameplay."

The remake is being created by a group of devoted fans of the franchise, but it has the blessing of series creator Chris Jones and Big Finish Games, so there are no sticky licensing issues that would hinder its development. That's a good thing, because production has been underway for quite some time, with a final release on track for sometime in 2016.

To learn more about Poisoned Pawn, drop by the official website for additional details.



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Dec

Every child knows that there are monsters lurking in the dark at night. But so long as you keep yourself protected under the covers, those are just fears that can't really hurt you, right? Right??!! Well, not so fast, says indie Spanish developer bycomb in their upcoming adventure, Mr. Shadow.

Mr. Shadow thrusts players into the shoeless onesie of a young child afraid of the dark. Unfortunately, this fear manifests itself physically as Mr. Shadow, the Lord of the Shadows, who is able to absorb colour and raise more shadowy figures from the darkness. In order to recover the light stolen from you, you will need to enter into the shadow world to face your fear head-on.


The early screenshots and trailer show off the game's cartoon artwork that juxtaposes the grim subject matter of this surreal world. In the "journey through dark and dreamlike scenarios", players will encounter a variety of diverse characters to interact with and "interlocking puzzles" to solve.

There is currently no firm release date set for Mr. Shadow, but bycomb is targeting completion of the game for PC, Mac, and Linux sometime in the second quarter of 2016. You can follow the game's progress in the meantime through its official website, and can vote for it to be released on Steam through its Greenlight campaign.



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Dec

We don' get many westerns anymore in these here parts, but y'all'll be happy to know that's go'n change next year when Slap Village comes to town.

Slap Village doesn't exactly represent the Wild West as we know it, mind you. Rather, the creation of Spanish developer Monkey Toons is a humorously anachronistic world full of traditional western elements mixed with more modern technology and practices, where classic saloons and outlying native teepee encampments exist alongside steam trains, zeppelins, and all-you-can-eat restaurants. All this is presented in cartoony hand-drawn animation, as seen in the game's early screenshots and trailer.


Any teenaged girl would face a difficult time growing up in the North American west, but for the brave Lurditas and her pet mouse Rasta the obstacles are more unusual than most, including the likes of "energetic conspiracies, alien contact [and] occult practices." In overcoming these challenges, players will need to guide Purditas through a variety of puzzles and minigames that range from pig racing to feet wrestling, along with the usual point-and-click staples of exploration, item collection, and character interaction.

While there's no firm release date scheduled yet for Slap Village, Monkey Toons are targeting completion for PC, Mac, and Linux sometime in the "first term" of 2016. In the meantime, the game is seeking support on Steam Greenlight.



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Dec

The philosopher's stone is one of the most enduring artifact myths, but no one – at least in modern times – has come close to finding the alchemical rock able to turn metal to gold and bestow eternal life on its possessor. But now adventure gamers can take up the pursuit themselves with today's release of History in Letters: The Eternal Alchemist.

According to legend, Nicolas Flamel was an alchemist who found the fabled philosopher's stone more than 600 years ago. Modern scholars dismiss this posthumous account as fiction, as does the young philologist Remy Chaveau. But then Remy is hired to investigate an old enciphered diary which mentions Flamel by name and suggests that the author was close to cracking the mysteries of the alchemist's life. Now, with the help of his mentor Professor Dupont and an adventurer named Stella Morin, Remy begins following the trail recorded in the diary. What he seeks, however, will not come easily, as retracing the footsteps of the diary's deceased writer soon draws him into a world of dark secrets and intrigue.


A first-person slideshow-style adventure, History in Letters will take players through several locations in present-day France, both above ground at sites like Flamel's former home and the cemetery where he's purportedly buried, and below ground in Paris's famed catacombs. Promising a mix of classic point and click adventure elements with more than a dozen puzzles and just a few hidden object collections, the game will feature both real historical facts about Flamel and French history, and include "many interpersonal conflicts" along the way.

If you're eager to get cracking on Flamel's secrets, there's no reason to wait, as History in Letters is available today for PC and Mac on Steam.