Adventure games are traditionally solo affairs, but some involve elements of cooperative puzzle solving between multiple characters to succeed. French developer Monochrome has made this dual-character element the primary gameplay focus in their newly released Tandem: A Tale of Shadows, in which shadows can be platforms and gravity is in the eye of the beholder. There's a magical mansion to explore in its surreal Victorian-era world, and it's down to a little girl and a bear to uncover its secrets.
At first glance you'd certainly be forgiven for thinking The Frogs was another game in Joe Richardson's series of Renaissance-themed adventures (Four Last Things and its sequels), but while it may look similar, the upcoming point-and-click adventure by indie developer Michael Wells tells a much different story in an entirely different era altogether.
Usually the term "on rails" refers to a highly linear experience over which the player has little control. But sometimes it's meant far more literally than that, as is the case in Pomeshkin Valentin Igorevich's recently released steampunk adventure, Pnevmo-Capsula: Domiki.
Looking for work can be an adventure, but usually not the sort they make games about. Fortunately the search for employment promises to be a whole lot more fun than sending out CVs and attending interviews in Sugarpunch Games' upcoming Behind the Beyond, a fantastical point-and-click comic adventure inspired by Hungarian folklore.
Puzzle-centric adventures may not be the first things that come to mind when considering social get-togethers, but more and more new titles are focusing on a co-op experience made for two. The latest such example is Studio Sterneck's appropriately named Get Together, which is now available on PC and mobile devices.
Sometimes in order to see something more clearly, a change in perspective is required. It’s a skill seasoned adventure gamers must harness, moving about an environment, examining details large and small in unusual ways. In Optillusion’s upcoming puzzler Moncage, doing so is the sole focus of the game, with a mysterious picture box bending dimensions in wholly unique ways.
You never know when adventure will come calling. I mean, there you are, just going about your day, maybe daydreaming or thinking what's for dinner, and then bam! You're hurtling through a portal to parts unknown (but probably very wacky). In the swashbuckling spirit of the genre's classics, it'll soon be time once again to put common sense aside and brace for comedy hijinks in A Twisted Tale, the upcoming debut by German indie studio Voodoo Bembel.
Fishing is a dangerous sport – mostly for the fish, but sometimes for the anglers themselves, depending on where exactly they're casting their lines. It'll be up to players to find out what happened to a missing fisherman in indie developer Laserblast Studios' upcoming retro-styled adventure, Thin Ice.
Indie developer Mateusz Skutnik may be one of the most prolific adventure designers most people have never heard of. With episodic indie series like Daymare Town, Submachine and numerous other freeware titles to his credit, now Skutnik is setting his sights of a full-fledged commercial side-scroller called Slice of Sea.
Guns don't kill people, they reverse time! Well, one does, at least, in indie UK developer Stubby Games' upcoming first-person environmental puzzler, The Entropy Centre.
The husband-and-wife team at D’Avekki Studios will soon be back with another new FMV adventure, and this time they're bringing some 3D exploration and procedurally generated mystery elements along with them in the form of Murderous Muses.
If you think the almighty dollar rules most of our own world's developed countries, wait'll you see you capitalism running amok on a galactic scale in Space Boat, an upcoming sci-fi adventure by Recombobulator Games starring an alien feline detective disguised in a humanoid mechanical suit. Perhaps it's only fitting, then, that a Kickstarter for the game has been launched in order to help finance its production.
M9 Games has taken players to a number of different locales in recent times, from scenic Spanish islands to secret installations and even submarine bases hidden deep in the forest. The newest release from the prolific indie solo developer will take us to much dustier, drier climes in the treasure-hunting quest called DORADO.
Following the success of this year's Game Boy exclusive The Shapeshifter, now solo developer Dana Puch of Greenboy Games is gearing up for even more ambitious sequel, though it will need some crowdfunding support to come to full fruition.