GameSpot has reviewed Journey to the Center of the Earth, giving it a score of 6.1, and calls it "marred by bugs, design problems, low production values, and general sloppiness that usually overshadow its genuine charms".
The playable demo for developer Revistronic's The Westerner is now available to download. Originally released in Spain and soon to be launched in most European countries sometime next month (no news yet on a North American distributor), The Westerner is a real-time 3D point-&-click adventure set in the Wild Wild West, with graphics approaching the quality of such CG movies as Toy Story. Read our AG preview for more on this game.
Tri-Synergy has just informed us that the release date of the long-awaited adventure Midnight Nowhere has been pushed back to February, in order to allow some time to generate more publicity. An updated demo will be released within the next few days, and we will let you know when that happens. Stay tuned for the latest, including Tom King's upcoming review!
Mindscape today announced that they will distribute Schizm II: Chameleon, (known as Mysterious Journey II: Chameleon in the US), to European stores this February.
Cinemax, an independent Czech development house, has just released the playable demo of In The Raven Shadow, their adventure game done in the classic 2D point-&-click style. The game's story follows a young monk looking for the meaning of life while at the same time trying to clear his name of a spite of which he was wrongly accused. The demo lets the play experience the first few moments of the game and story, after which the entire game can be unlocked upon purchase of a registration code through the game's official site.
A Chicago Tribune article, "Video game music gains recognition", talks of the increasing importance of music in the industry. It also gives a nod toward an upcoming game in the Myst franchise.
Razbor Studios told us today that their upcoming point & click, Legacy: Dark Shadows, is due for release by the end of February, and in that occasion, a new trailer is available from the game's website.
Reviewgamer.com has just reviewed Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, giving it a score of 7.8/10.
Thanks to our Future of Adventure Games feature, we've been introduced to a promising new adventure game game. Developer Tale of Tales contacted us after seeing the article, and told us they're working on an innovative and artistic game that they simply call 8.
Gamer's Hell is currently hosting a 'LucasArts Demo Invasion', offering a taste of many of the classic adventures released by LucasArts available to download, including such titles as:
Retired game creator Al Lowe has published some of his original design documents on his website. This offfers a great opportunity for fans (or anyone interested in game design) to get a sneak peek at what goes into the preparation of designing a game.
Over at the Unofficial Tex Murphy fan site, Tex Murphy co-creator Aaron Conners has posted a progress report on his efforts to restart the series. Currently employed at Microsoft Games Studios, Aaron Conners is working together with Chris Jones on a prototype that they hope will convince publishers to fund a fully-fledged sequel to Tex Murphy: Overseer. Here's what Aaron had to say about the current state of development:
Gamespy has just run Broken Sword: The Sleeping Dragon through its crit mill, bestowing it with a score of 4/5:
GameSpot has posted their annual Best and Worst of 2003 feature, naming Silent Hill 3 as the best adventure game of the year. The other nominees were Broken Sword 3, Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly, Syberia and Uru.
Gameboomers has recently interviewed Benoit Sokal on his upcoming sequel Syberia 2, focusing on such key narrative aspects as the further developing storyline, Kate Walker's progress in her spiritual quest, and some of the new characters she meets on her adventures. The game's enhanced graphics engine is also discussed in addition to other technical improvements: