Many of the greatest obstacles in life are those we create in our own minds. That makes probing the human pscyhe ideal for video games, providing a rich setting with unlimited possibilities. The latest developer to dig into this fertile psychological soil is UK studio Thermo-Dynamic Games with its upcoming episodic adventure, Echoes.
Hopefully by now we've all gotten past the "do games need to be FUN?" question. The answer, of course, is no they don't. If you're still not convinced, enter the latest exhibit into evidence, The Grandfather.
We all know by now that creating sentient machines can only lead to disaster. But what about sentient corn? As bizarre as that possibility sounds, we're going to find out later this year when indie Canadian developer Finish Line Games completes its home-grown production of Maize.
Ghost stories are great for giving ourselves a scare, but they're nothing to take seriously, right? Well, not so fast, says indie developer Dreadlocks, along with 2,243 people who helped contributed more than £56,000 to crowdfund Ghost Theory through Kickstarter.
Step aside, Mr. Holmes. Make way, Professor Layton. Dr. Doyle has nearly arrived as the star of his own point-and-click mystery adventure, Dr. Doyle and the Mystery of the Cloche Hat.
Pirates and point-and-click adventuring have been a perfect match ever since the days of Monkey Island. Now indie Italian developers imaginarylab are hoping to continue that trend with their upcoming title Willy Morgan, a game featuring humour, a cartoon look and twisted perspectives reminiscent of the LucasArts classics.
It's been far too long since the last solo effort from everyone's favourite pointy-haired defense attorney. Sure, he shouted his "Objections!" and "Take thats!" in 2014's Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright, but there he had to share the spotlight with the other titular protagonist. In Spirit of Justice, due to arrive this September on Nintendo 3DS, there won't be a top hat-wearing, puzzle-loving archeologist in sight.
Krillbite Studio scared the bejeebers out of us in 2014 with our childhood fears in Among the Sleep. Now the indie Norwegian developer is setting its sights on purely adult anxieties in the form of its upcoming Mosaic.
While the days of $3 million-plus Kickstarter campaigns may be over for adventure games, the popular crowdfunding platform continues to be a boon for smaller indie developers. Just days after the successful close of Gibbous: A Cthulhu Adventure, now Lantern Studio's LUNA: The Shadow Dust has followed suit.
There seems to be no slowing down Glitch Games. Hot on the heels of their recently-released A Short Tale comes news of the indie UK developer's next adventure, The Forgotten Room.
Usually the only dinosaurs involved in adventure games are the old PCs playing them, but there will soon be a not-so-terrible lizard starring in her own Cretaceous quest. Enter Zid & Zniw Chronicles: Zniw Adventure, an indie point-and-click title currently in development by Polish couple Lukasz “Crash” Mikolajczyk and Karolina “Twarda” Twardosz.