Contrary to its name, it turns out you actually get two shots at OneShot. That's because the former freeware adventure has now been dramatically upgraded and expanded for commercial re-release early next month.
The thought of tickling the ivories may not immediately conjure up painful images of psychological torment (unless your forced childhood lessons scarred you for life), but that's going to change early next year with the release of the horror adventure The Piano.
"Edutainment" may have become something of a dirty word in gaming circles, primarily because the "edu" part of the equation often feels dry and forced, while the "tainment" bits tend to fall short of the intended goal. Indie developers The Young Socratics are seeking to change that perception by fusing the two elements seamlessly together in their upcoming science-based adventure Odyssey: The Next Generation Science Game, which is currently seeking crowdfunding through Kickstarter.
Asian mysticism tends to get short shrift in video games, at least in the western world. But Spanish developer Fosfatina is looking to help change that with the announcement of Saucer-Like, coming early next year.
October may be over, but that doesn't mean the end of all-things-horror for another year. The latest to emerge from the shadows is a 3D adventure called Gray Destiny, coming early next year from indie Romanian developer VisualPath Studio.
We adventurers love to gallivant across the world, battling dastardly criminals, unearthing mystical artifacts and having amusing misunderstandings with the locals. For all that globe-trotting, though, the Dark Continent of Africa remains relatively unexplored. With their upcoming mobile VR title Rangi, Moroccan indie studio Funsoft is looking to change that, offering a chance to explore the culture, folklore and mythology of the cradle of civilisation.
If you're an up-and-coming puzzle-adventure, you can do a lot worse than to name-drop the likes of Myst and The Witness as inspirations. That's heady company and a worthy goal for The Artist, a minimalist puzzler from indie one-man developer Motoda Media coming later this month.
From tech implants gone wrong to hypnotic suggestion to mind-altering drugs, human memory seems to be a precious commodity in many dystopian-future sci-fi tales. This is true once again in the Void & Meddler trilogy, which promises to blow your mind in more ways than one with the recent release of the second installment, Lost in a night loop.
In contrast to all the dark, dreary, fear-inducing horror titles emerging this time of year is NAIRI, a game that is "trying to make everyone's world a little happier." That uplifting goal certainly seemed to resonate with people, as this "cute" point-and-click adventure with "adorable visuals, compelling characters and engaging puzzles" has just met its crowdfunding target on Kickstarter.
What would you do if you found yourself trapped on a creepy space station with nothing but a computer to help you escape? That is the premise of Code 7, a very atypical, text-based, five-episode adventure game which recently received funding on Kickstarter.