The first day of June is nearly upon us, but it's the Last Day of June that interests us the most, as it's the name of a new cinematic adventure coming later this year.
Horror stories are famous for things that jump out at you unexpectedly, but in the case of Just Ignore Them, it's the game itself that caught us completely off guard, stealthily releasing on PC with no prior fanfare.
Subways can be a lot of unpleasant things – dirty, hot, crowded – but usually they're reliable in getting people where they need to go. Not so in indie developer Gennady Guryanov's surreal 3D sci-fi adventure Secret Doctrine, which is coming as soon as next month.
The Universe of Seven is a complex science-fantasy world that has been developed by a group of imaginative and dedicated individuals calling themselves the U7 Committee. This Universe is already fully realized, consisting of a dystopian world filled with “blackjack and hookers, demons and penguins,” and has its own history, geography, characters, and rulebook. The Committee’s first interactive foray into the Universe of Seven will be in the form of Minotaur, an upcoming first-person point-and-click adventure that was successfully funded on Kickstarter.
Videogames probably aren't the first thing you think of when you hear the word "Beethoven". But that's exactly what indie developer Act 3 Games had in mind when they conceived The Fidelio Incident, a newly-released exploratory thriller based in part on the German composer's only opera, and in part on real-world events.
Monsters don't just hide under our beds and in our closets. Sometimes they're out in the wider world as well. Don't believe us? Then just wait until next year, when indie studio Polygon Treehouse unleashes its side-scrolling debut point-and-click adventure called Röki.
Last year, adventure gamers had the unusual opportunity to take on the role of a mechanical squid powered by the ashes of a genius inventor’s deceased granddaughter in indie Polish developer Paperash Studio's Dark Train. The game followed the exploits of Ann 2.35f, formerly Ann Tagrezbung, whose mission was to deliver her grandfather’s final invention – the eponymous Dark Train – to a mysterious client. Now, Paperash are returning to this bizarre setting to bring players a standalone prequel of sorts, titled Dark Train: Coupe.
Reaching for the moon may be a noble ambition, but doing so literally may be fraught with peril, as we'll find out when indie two-person Italian developer Iperurania Arts releases its dark fantasy adventure Beyond the Sky later this year.
Water can come in all sorts of forms. It can flow freely as a liquid, harden and freeze at sub-zero temperatures, or even evaporate into wispy steam. Those kinds of transformative properties could sure come in handy in an adventure game, which is just what will happen with the upcoming release of indie Croatian developer Duje "Dux" Šegvić's The Legend of Snowblind.
Life is tough for any down-on-his-luck detective, but even more so when you're a bespectacled anthroporphic cat with a massive bowtie and no job prospects. The good news is, such hardships make for great adventure game fodder, as we'll discover next year with the release of Happiless.
You just can't keep Tex Murphy down (or quiet). Many have tried, from in-game adversaries to real-world marketplace realities, but none have succeeded. Now everyone's favourite futuristic gumshoe is poised for another triumphant return – not merely in the previously-announced fan-made remake of Overseer, but in a newly-revealed expanded version of that game, as Poisoned Pawn will now stand alone as an original new Tex Murphy adventure... and possibly set up a grand finale to follow.
Things just got real on Steam. Real locations, real actors, real horror. Well, okay, technically it's all fiction, but indie French developer Cyril Danon's newly-released The Fan is about as real as videogames get otherwise.
Normally an "overture" marks a new beginning, but with its latest release, indie Italian developer Expera Game Studio has delivered the second of three acts of A Tale of Caos: Overture, which is itself a follow-up to the free Prelude that came before it.
Life is full of peaks and valleys, and while the latter is usually a negative thing, the opposite will be true later this year with the release of Investigate North's Myst-style 3D adventure, Aporia: Beyond the Valley.