Cyan’s Myst formula of graphic adventures has been successfully implemented by many developers over the two-plus decades that have come and gone since. The latest to follow in these footsteps is Cyprus-based indie Lydia Kovalenko with her debut title Panmorphia, which is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux.
Now here's a game you're sure to be of two minds about, though not in the way you might think. It's an upcoming mystery adventure called Splitmind, a surreal thriller that sees players piecing together their lost identity by unlocking playable memories from the past.
While the days of text parsers are largely behind us, the resurgence (at least in the West) of visual novels has renewed popular interest in text-based interactive experiences of late. Taking its cue from that trend, indie studio Unimatrix Productions has created a free-to-use game engine called Storycentric Worlds, which is due for release this spring. Better yet, the company's own graphic adventures will soon be re-released in an illustrated text format made possible through the new engine, beginning with Lifestream in April.
With Shardlight now in the home stretch towards release, developer Wadjet Eye Games is already looking ahead to its next project, which has now been confirmed to be Unavowed.
Ever since To the Moon tugged on our heartstrings back in 2011, the game's many fans have been clamouring for a sequel. We haven't been cheated in the meantime, with the smaller A Bird Story released along with several holiday "minisodes" and even a platypus-themed comic, but a full-fledged follow-up has remained elusive. Until now, as at long last indie developer Kan Gao and Freebird Games have unveiled Finding Paradise.
Most end-of-the-world stories offer up the obligatory barren wasteland, a desperate survival against hostile forces (human or otherwise), and often a pervasive sense of hopelessness and oppression. However, gamers wishing for a tale that explores more uplifting themes while still retaining an appropriately desolate setting will be pleased to know that Wanda: A Beautiful Apocalypse has been funded successfully on Kickstarter.
Myst-style adventures may be an endangered species these days, but there's a new one being conceived right now in the imaginary world of Anamedia.
Bickering protagonists Prince Nathaniel and Princess Loreen barely escaped the first round of Royal Trouble back in 2010. Now they're back as newlyweds, but there's no happily ever after for them, as trouble finds them again in the casual adventure sequel Hidden Honeymoon Havoc.