While many videogame animal protagonists tend to be anthropomorphic, lately a number of new releases have featured actual animals in their habitats, albeit often with unique powers. This will be the case once again next year if indie developer Rob Potter is able to secure crowdfunding for This Dead Winter through Kickstarter.
Regrets can come back to haunt us in so many ways, some less obvious than others. Even when we feel we've put them behind us, the memories can still plague our thoughts and dreams without us even being aware of it. This very scenario is at the heart of indie developer Moloch Media's newly-released adventure Shadows and Dust.
Pretty much every adventure game involves some degree of sticky-fingered thievery, but it's not going to be nearly as easy to do in the upcoming interactive comic The Heist.
Tempting as it may be to think of accountants as strait-laced number-crunchers with pocket protectors, and dragons as terrifying fire-breathing monsters, indie developer Archive Entertainment's upcoming Dragon Audit may just shine both in a whole different light.
Apple Arcade is here, and it's bringing some adventure games with it. One of the first such titles is Murder Mystery Machine, an episodic title from BAFTA award-winning multimedia studio Blazing Griffin.
Adventure games let us play as all different types of protagonists: swashbuckling pirates, brave knights, afterlife tour guides, bikers, detectives and more. But... a USB cord? Yes, that's exactly who will be starring in 205 Studio's Zachary's Note next year, assuming it's able to meet its crowdfunding goal on Kickstarter.
If you thought the worst horror faced by an exorcist was 360-degree head spins and projectile pea soup vomiting, think again as the newly-released Exorcise the Demons will sent you into the fiery depths of the netherworld to confront your foes directly. Fortunately, you won't be alone...
Many games offer a rather sobering view of Earth's future after a cataclysmic disaster. But what of those who survive, trying to reconstruct an understanding of the past through the scant evidence left behind? This is the premise behind Some Distant Memory, an exploratory adventure from Galvanic Games coming later this year.
If movies like Donnie Darko, Dark City and The Thirteenth Floor have delightfully blown your mind, then brace yourself for Discrepant, a new psychological sci-fi thriller by Incendio Software that has been released through Early Access.
The dangers of the UK separating from the EU thanks to its contentious Brexit vote are widely known, but one consequence flying under the radar is... a zombie apocalypse? Better add that one to the top of the list, at least according to Ghoul Britannia: Land of Hope and Gorey, a satirical point-and-click indie adventure coming to Early Access next month.
Many legends around the world continue to confound us, but perhaps we'll finally get some answers – or at least, learn enough to draw our own conclusions – when the six-part anthology Maelstrom Obscura is released next year for Windows PC.
Is a game still a game if it doesn't have a player? We'll find out later this year when Playerless: One Button Adventure by indie Polish developer Moonlit arrives on PC, consoles and mobile devices.
If you're an astronaut, crash landing on an alien planet is about the worst thing that could happen. If you're a player behind a computer screen controlling said astronaut, however, it's a whole lot more fun, as we'll find out next year when two-man indie German developer ArtFactory Jalokivi release their debut adventure, AC-0209.
Mazes aren't evil, they're just twisted (literally and figuratively). Which really makes them the perfect backdrop for a psychological puzzler like Sigur Studio's upcoming Repressed.