We often refer to the rhythm of life and living in harmony with nature, using music as a metaphor. But what if music weren't just an analogy, but instead represented the basis of a powerful magic system? That's one of the ideas driving Ionia, the newly released first game in the Rhythm of the Universe series of VR-exclusive action-puzzle adventures by ROTU Entertainment.
If your soul hasn't yet been condemned to hell for enjoying Joe Richardson's satirically sacrilegious Four Last Things and The Procession to Calvary, you'll soon get another chance in their upcoming spiritual successor, Death of the Reprobate.
Adventure games with protagonists locked in asylums aren't all that uncommmon. What is uncommon is playing not a patient but a psychologist imprisoned there and forced to escape. This is the premise of Corvus Studio's upcoming three-part puzzle-adventure series 13:Origin, whose free standalone prologue has just been released along with a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
Horror fans are suckers for punishment. Case in point: After surviving the Lovecraftian perils of Alessandro Guzzo's The Land of Pain in 2017, you'd think anyone who lived to tell the tale would be wise enough not to tempt fate a second time. But that will surely not be the case for much longer, not when there are about to be new cosmic terrors to scare the bejeebers out of us in the upcoming spiritual successor, The Alien Cube.
Rather than having great detectives solve impossible cases without much player involvement beyond steering them around, recently there's been an increased trend toward deductive reasoning as we're challenged to solve complex whodunits entirely on our own. This will be the case once again in two-man indie developer Color Gray Games' upcoming historical murder mystery The Case of the Golden Idol.
With Halloween only a little over a month away, it's time to start thinking about stocking up on treats. Candy, sure, but also a little seasonal gaming fun, such as Open Arcana's Ghost Follows, a "spooky but warmhearted" haunted house adventure that is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter in order to finish in time to launch next month.
Adventure games often feature stories based on mythology and history, and in recent years there has been an uptick in the number of titles that celebrate the cultural heritage of previously overlooked indigenous communities from around the world. Red Stage Entertainment's upcoming Skábma: Snowfall is another such game, drawing inspiration from the traditions of the Northern European Sámi people.
They say two heads are better than one, and perhaps nowhere has that been more true than in Antler Studios' Forest Grove, in which players can literally jump on the head of their friend and companion to navigate lovely but potentially deadly environments.
If making our pain go away were as easy as ringing a bell, we'd probably all grab the rope and heave without a moment's hesitation. But what if the consequence of such an action meant the destruction of an entire island and its inhabitants? This is the fate that awaits us in Cogoo's upcoming sci-fi/fantasy adventure, Rocco's Island: Ring to End the Pain.
Many of us have probably wished everyone would just leave us alone at some point in our lives. But be careful what you wish for, as you just might get it. Indonesian developer Gamecom Team offers us a glimpse of what life would be like to really be left alone in A Day Without Me, the 2020 isometric adventure that will be available today on additional consoles.
The story of animals suddenly having their world turned upside down by the invasion of aggressive machinery is all too alarmingly real, and yet in the right hands it can be the subject of great entertainment as well. Solo German developer Hans Klöpfel of WatchDaToast looks to tap into this environmental theme in a fantastical way with his debut adventure Beyond the Edge of Owlsgard sometime next year.
Nightmares can be weird, somehow both absurdly ridiculous and super scary. As in, you can be frantically trying to escape an abandoned building, heart pounding out of your chest at every creak and dead end, when you run into a giant teapot and a woman with a fish for a head. Hold that thought, because it's being turned into a game in the form of Dying: 1983, by Chinese indie studio 2P Games.
One of the worst fears for any child is to suddenly find themselves lost and alone, but imagine how much worse it would be to not even know where you are, except that you're far from home. This is the fate of the lonely young protagonist of Sacrificial Lighthouse, an upcoming "psychological thriller with quest elements" by indie developer PhobiaGamesNet, creator of the episodic adventure Mad Cat's World.
It's alarming how many human jobs have already been replaced by machines, but if the upcoming sci-fi narrative adventure The Last Worker is any indication, the situation is going to get a whole lot worse.