From Goosebumps to The Goonies, from Super 8 to Stranger Things, we've seen plenty of "kids face scary situations" stories over the years, but most take place in the otherwise cozy confines of small-town America. What about children in other countries? Don't they face horrors too? Turns out they sure do, like the stars of indie Russian developer Yakov Butuzoff's newly released Døm Rusalok.
Even pirating is getting into the spirit of equal opportunity these days. Following in the footsteps of Nelly Cootalot comes Anya Ophelia Morgan, the latest lady pirate to take to the high seas in indie German developer kitty wants pizza's upcoming point-and-click adventure, Orbis Fugae.
Becoming an adult can be rough, with the joys and passion of our teenage years being ground down by the monotonous routine of grown-up life that can seem grey by comparison. Many of us hope for something more, for a blast from the past to sweep us up and bring back some of the old excitement, but perhaps we should be careful what we wish for. In something of a change of pace for Russian developers Ice-Pick Lodge, better known for their Pathologic series, their upcoming title Know by heart... is a low-key tale of extraordinary events in the life of an ordinary man in a provincial Russian town at the turn of the millennium.
Having just celebrated a season of holiness by many people around the world, now it's time for a little devilish fun with the release of Dentures and Demons 2 from Sui Arts, assuming you've got an Android device to play it on.
It’s probably a safe bet that for most people, the thought of reliving their high school years would be about as desirable as having a root canal or running into a burning building. But it’s a whole different story when time travel and a magical kraken are involved, and the stakes are as high as saving the world. That’s the wacky premise of Kraken Academy!!, a comedic adventure from German developer Happy Broccoli Games set to debut next year.
Hard as it is to believe in this era of excessive helicopter parenting, children used to be able to run and play unattended, with all the potential excitement and hazards that entailed. You'll be able to experience that freedom for yourself soon enough in indie Israeli developer HappyJuice Games' upcoming fantasy adventure, Lost in Play.
Imagine yourself trapped in a ghetto, where every day is a struggle for mere survival. Though you dream of a better life, escape is far from a certainty and your destination is a faraway land regarded only as a myth. This is the premise of AIDA, a live-action FMV adventure by Punch Punk Games to be released next year.
Imagine taking the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale and the rich fantasy world of Oz, reimagining both and blending them together, and then topping it off with a Groundhog Day-style time-looping mechanic. The result would probably be something like Scarlet Hood and the Wicked Wood, an upcoming fantasy puzzle adventure from Devespresso Games, the creators of The Coma series.
Point-and-click pixel art comedies in outer space fit hand-in-glove, as we all know, so it's welcome news that another new sci-fi comic adventure is now on the horizon in the form of Bradley Allen's Ejected Star.
Perhaps the only thing scarier than the thought of being aducted by a psychopath is a child being abducted by a psychopath. That's exactly the situation the bravest of adventurers will face in Broken Arrow Games' newly released survival thriller, Don't Be Afraid.
Home may be where the heart is, but it’s also where you can sometimes find inspiration for the oddest, most peculiar stories to tell. Indie Canadian developer Chad Comeau, under the studio moniker Fring Frang Games, took this notion to heart when he set out to create the newly released Clarevoyance, a point-and-click adventure game inspired by and set in his native Acadian region of Clare, Nova Scotia.
Over the years we've come to equate Amanita Design with delightfully whimsical feel-good adventures. It's ironic, then, that their cheeriest sounding title yet is poised to be one of the indie Czech developer's darkest in the upcoming Happy Game.
The thought of a quaint, sleepy seaside Victorian town called Cape Fortune may sound idyllic, with its stately residences, gleaming brass candelabra, and gas-lit cobblestone streets. The problem is, there’s been a rash of demonic possessions in town – but then, that adds to the spirit of the adventure, right? The indie team behind the upcoming Dark Tides series thinks so, and is hard at work to begin rolling out the (bloody) red carpet for late next year.
Adventure is everywhere if you’re willing to look for it. You don’t have to be a pirate, a princess, or a space explorer to embark on a grand journey; if you’re curious, passionate, and willing to get your hands dirty, you can find excitement in even the most laid-back locale, and you might even manage to make the world a little better in the process. That’s the premise behind Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, now available for PC and through Apple Arcade.
In the real world, our shadows follow wherever we go. Not necessarily so in dream worlds, however, as is the case in Shady Part of Me, a newly released puzzle-platformer from indie developer Douze Dixièmes.