Is Italy becoming the new Germany? It certainly is becoming something of an unheralded hotbed for adventure games of late. Hard on the heels of an announcement for a new Chronicles of Innsmouth installment comes word of another new upcoming supernatural point-and-click mystery, The Hand of Glory.
PsychoDev's retro-styled Chronicle of Innsmouth proved to be a delightful blend of comedy and horror when it was launched last year. Now the indie Italian developer is back with more Lovecraft-inspired fun in Mountains of Madness, but a little more serious and looking bigger and better than ever. Assuming, that is, that its upcoming Kickstarter is successful.
You never want torment in your life, but there's always room for a little more Tormentum. Good thing, too, as indie Polish developer OhNoo Studio has just announced a sequel to its 2015 dark fantasy point-and-click horror adventure.
You've heard of thinking outside the box? Well, get ready to think inside the cube in Neverout, a Portal-esque puzzler that has just been ported to new platforms.
The best kind of pirate to steal treasure from would seem to be a dead pirate, but beware the curse of purloined loot, as the trio of anthropomorphic stars will find out firsthand (firstpaw?) in the upcoming Striped Swipers: When Booty Calls.
Most adventure games (and games in general) settle for a single camera perspective to portray the action, but why stop at one when you can have two unique points of view? Indie developer Andrew Averkin certainly thinks so, as he plans to offer two ways to play his upcoming sci-fi adventure Utopia Syndrome.
Basements are often inherently scary things. They're dark, cluttered, and sometimes make weird, creepy sounds. But surely something called God's Basement couldn't be all that scary, right? Well, don't be so certain, as you can discover for yourselves in indie developer Erebus's recently-released first-person thriller.
You can always count on gravity and magnetism to follow the laws of nature – at least until they don't, like in the upcoming indie Spanish first-person physics puzzler Relicta.
Light and shadow are often important artistic elements in a game, but they're even more important in NEXT Studio's upcoming Iris.Fall, as they actually make up the core puzzle-solving component as well.
The fear of artificial intelligence is that someday machines will be able to control humans, but at least for a while longer we still have the ability to take over our machines. And we'll need to just that in No Code's upcoming sci-fi thriller Observation, as the fate of an orbiting space station hangs in the balance and it'll be up to a disembodied A.I. to resolve the problem remotely – with a little hands-on help from the player, of course.
Kickstarter may not be the financial bonanza it once promised to be, but it's still a boon for indie developers like Dystopia Interactive, whose surreal first-person mystery 103 recently received enough crowdfunding support to continue towards its year-end launch target.
The word “poltergeist” probably brings to mind TV static, diminutive psychics, and secret suburban burial sites. What it probably doesn’t bring to mind is an absurdist point-and-click fantasy adventure. But set aside what you think you know about ghost stories, as the latter is exactly what we’re getting in Stand Off Software’s newly-released Poltergeist Treasure.
Dreams can be beautiful, fascinating, baffling, even disturbing – sometimes all at once. You can now experience one such dream firsthand (without even being asleep) in Nayuta Studio's newly-released Cineris Somnia.
Normally a well-oiled machine developing creaks is a sign of wear and tear, but context matters when the machine is Amanita Design and the Creaks in question refer to the name of their next adventure.
Harvester of Dreams has been a long time coming. Starting out as German indie Christian Waadt's personal project a decade ago, it has been in active development since 2012. Episode 1, now on Steam Early Access, introduces the point-and-click steampunk adventure promising puzzles, some action sequences, and a mix of dream and reality.