Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future aren't the only spectres lurking about this holiday season. The others hail from Britain too, though in decidedly more inclement weather. I'm talking about the otherworldly presence in the latest game in the Dark Fall series called Storm Warning.
Normally having to pay for something you could once get for free would be a bad thing, but not when the new and improved version comes with key upgrades and bundled with other good things, as is the case with Crystal Shard's recently-released Adventure Bundle. Comprising Starship Quasar, Quest for Yrolg and Larry Lotter and the Test of Time, this new three-in-one bundle of former freeware adventures includes a number of important enhancements, including graphical upgrades and full voice acting.
The RPG Maker engine may soon need to change its name to RPG/Adventure Maker. The latest adventure game developer to usurp the third-person isometric perspective and 16-bit presentation style from the RPGs of yesteryear is One Bit Studio, whose A Long Road Home is due to release just before Christmas.
Many of us have come to depend totally on our smartphones these days. Everything's on there, from contacts to calendars, messages to music, pictures to puzzle games. Losing one would be a disaster, but that's just what's happens to poor Sam in A Normal Lost Phone, the debut title from French indie developers Accidental Queens. Billed as a "narrative mystery game" and taking inspiration from Her Story, Life is Strange and Gone Home, it uses a unique interface to connect you to Sam's world and encourage you to explore.
Irish mythology, with its magical beings like faeries and banshees, has long captivated imaginations of people around the world. Scéal (Irish for “story”), a recently-released sidescroller by multinational development studio Joint Custody, taps into the Emerald Isle’s cultural themes to promise a story-based, casual experience.
Once upon a time, isometric pixel art graphics were the exclusive domain of the RPG. But given the popularity of such titles as To the Moon in recent years, more and more adventures are adopting this style for combat-free, story-driven games. The latest such title is Rakuen, the debut offering from Laura Shigihara which is due to arrive early next year.
There are potential hazards lurking in any bathroom, but clogged toilets, slippery tubs, and unwanted germs are usually the most dangerous of them. Not so in Elena: Displaced Reality, a first-person exploration game released today about a woman searching for her husband who disappeared without a trace in their own bathroom.
Often amateur detective Carol Reed is called upon to figure out whodunit. But in her next case, the victim seems to have dunit herself. But no Carol Reed mystery is ever as simple as it first appears, as gamers will discover when Profound Red is released early next year.
While most students are currently looking forward to getting out of school for the holidays, adventure gamers can look forward to getting back into school with the next installment of the Danganronpa series, entitled V3: Killing Harmony.
What we don't know still far outweighs what we do, but with the release of a new trailer and launch target, we now have a little more insight into Giant Sparrow's upcoming What Remains of Edith Finch.
If there's one thing The Last Door taught us recently, it's that you can still create a psychologically disturbing atmosphere using chunky, old-school pixel art. With that door opened, what comes next is A Room Beyond, a one-man indie adventure whose third of five episodes has just been released on Steam Early Access.