Slowly but surely, virtual reality is beginning to absorb the kind of first-person exploratory puzzlers that were once the near-exclusive domain of standard PC displays. The latest such game to hop on the VR bandwagon is Aspyr Media's Torn, a "dark-science fiction mystery inspired by The Twilight Zone and Black Mirror" (the TV show, not the game).
Adventure Gamers has been fortunate to have several respected developers on staff over the years (not covering their own games, of course!), and this fall we will be adding another from within, as our very own Nathaniel Berens releases his first adventure game, the apocalyptic cult mystery Sagebrush.
Hopefully you've never had a bad drug trip, but if you've ever wondered what one would feel like, next month you can find out from the comfort of your own home in indie German developer Pyxton Studios' upcoming psychological horror game, Deluded Mind.
Cloud-connected personal assistants aside, it will probably be some time before the robots come for our jobs in earnest. But the upcoming sci-fi adventure ManMade aims to explore what our lives might be like if the AI revolution really does take a turn for the worse, and how the very people who helped create it might be driven to rebel against a world of their own making.
Jake Hunter has been slacking. At least, the English version of Jake Hunter has (his Japanese counterpart Jinguji Saburo has been much busier). It's been nearly a decade since we last saw the hard-boiled PI in Memories of the Past. At long last, however, Nintendo 3DS owners can look forward to a new Jake Hunter mystery called Ghost of the Dusk.
Most adventures involve a lot of legwork, but in indie Swiss studio Okomotive's newly-released FAR: The Lone Sails, your steampunk-style vehicle will do most of the work... assuming you can keep it running and the path free of obstacles.
First-person VR lets players see the world the same way that their in-game avatar sees it, putting us right into the character’s shoes and immersing us in the sights and sounds of the virtual universe. Putting a spin on the standard formula, Italian studio Tiny Bull is using the same technology not to enhance visual immersion, but to limit it in their upcoming narrative-driven psychological thriller, Blind.
Most people play games to escape the tedium of working at the office. But what if the game was about escaping the tedium of working at the office? This ironic challenge is at the heart of 11Sheep's appropriately-titled comic point-and-click adventure The Office Quest.
Coming soon: A space-hopping adventure starring a wily mercenary pilot and his trusted wise-cracking sidekick. No, I'm not talking about Han Solo's imminent Star Wars prequel, but a new five-part comic sci-fi romp from Turbo Chimp Games called Mercury Blue.
Golems tend to be depicted as lumbering, often hostile creatures, but fortunately the star of Longbow Games' upcoming Golem is both friendly and useful in overcoming the many environmental obstacles standing in the way.