A room may not sound like the most interesting of settings, but jam it packed full of puzzles and there's no limit to the amount of intrigue you can find. Then open up a number of rooms to explore, and you've got a real adventure. This has been the design evolution of Fireproof Games' popular puzzle series, The Room, which has recently launched its fourth iteration on iOS called Old Sins,
Waking up in the middle of nowhere is never a good thing, especially when you suffer from memory loss and your surroundings aren't playing nice. Indie developer Watercolor Games will confront players with precisely that scenario this spring with the release of its debut first-person platforming adventure Riverhill Trials.
The very nature of adventure games requires us to adopt all variety of playable personas, but rarely are we called upon to do so in the same game as often as we will in D'Avekki Studios' upcoming The Shapeshifting Detective, a new FMV mystery from the creators of The Infectious Madness of Doctor Dekker.
Virtual and augmented realities are quickly gaining a foothold in modern times. But are we sure that's a good thing? The upcoming dystopian cyberkpunk adventure VirtuaVerse by Theta Division Games promises to be a cautionary tale of the misuse of technology and power – albeit with a distinct pixel art presentation and rocking chiptune soundtrack.
The Saw films, while delighting in over-the-top gore, have also posed some interesting questions about just what we would do to stay alive. Play With Me, a newly-released horror game from Polish developer AIREM, is loosely based on the popular torture porn movie series and asks its players similar questions during the attempt to escape the sadistic killer called "Illusion."
Many of us may equate the name "Alice" with Wonderland, but Lewis Carroll's heroine isn't the only Alice to take fantastical journeys. Case in point: the titular protagonist of GameStylus's newly-released mobile exclusive Alice and the Magical Islands.
There's always more than meets the eye going on in those small, seemingly idyllic towns – something that only ever comes to light with a tragedy and the arrival of a stranger. Such is the case with the town of Pineview in Frostwood Interactive's upcoming Rainswept.
Being a cop is a dangerous job, so a chicken is probably not the first trait that comes to mind when considering those serving on the force. Yet that's exactly what we're going to get – quite literally – when indie Hungarian studio The Wild Gentemen (formely King Fox Games) finishes work on its upcoming "buddy cop noir adventure" called Chicken Police.
If there are two environments almost certain to court disaster in games, they're spaceships and scientific research facilities. With its feet set squarely on the ground, the latter is the setting for indie Czech developer Jakub Pilar's upcoming thriller Subsequented.
We're continually reminded of the truly international nature of the adventure game community, and you can now add Israel to the list of global developers with the announcement of Adventure4Life Studios' Plot of the Druid, an episodic point-and-click fantasy series currently in production.
It's not often we see live-action characters melded with prerendered environments anymore, so indie Serbian studio Munzesky Games will be offering both a glimpse of the future and a blast from the past with its debut adventure, Sol Invictus.
Most sci-fi stories involving long space travel begin with astronauts waking up from cryosleep, but what's actually happening with them while they sleep? Are they suspended in unconscious oblivion? Can they dream? In indie developer Epsilon's successfully-Kickstarted episodic sci-fi adventure Destination: Primus Vita, we'll discover there's much more going on than meets the eye.