Frogwares Creative is currently developing a new Sherlock Holmes adventure game. It is called Sherlock Holmes and the Curse of the Mummy, and it will be released in September. The game is set in a mansion, and will be played in first-person mode.
Infinite Machine has gone bankrupt. The development company founded by former LucasArts designer Justin Chin finished their first game New Legends earlier this year, which unfortunately wasn't a big financial succes. Infinite Machine announced after the release of New Legends that it was also working on a new Sam & Max action/adventure game. It is not known what will happen with that project, though there are some hints that we shouldn't give up hope entirely just yet. Unfortunately no one at the company could be reached for comment, since its website and email addresses are already no longer working. To be continued?
Starting this week, Adventure Gamers will feature a comic strip drawn by Steve Ince, game designer at Revolution Software (Broken Sword). The strip is about the trials and tribulations of the design department of a game development company called KittenSoft. You can find the first two installments of Kittensoft here.
Daydream Software has told us they are working on a sequel to Traitor's Gate, an adventure game that casts you as an agent whose mission is to steal the crown jewels in the Tower of London. The sequel (working title Traitor's Gate II) has not been officially announced yet. However, Daydream should be ready to announce its publisher "pretty soon".
GameOver has posted their review of Jazz and Faust, giving it a score of 68%. Here's a clip:But Jazz and Faust might be a little too friendly. The game’s interface tells you exactly where you can use inventory objects, and there aren’t any red herrings, so almost all the puzzles can be solved with simple trial and error. Plus, unlike the DreamCatcher adventures that have the same level of friendliness, 1C Company didn’t make the inventory objects difficult to find. So Jazz and Faust is basically a walk in the park, and it shouldn’t even take 10 hours to finish.
Sébastien Vianny, a member of the original development team that created the action-adventure Little Big Adventure, comes with the news that he is working on LbaWin. LbaWin is a windows version of LBA, currently in beta phase. LbaWin will be freely available when it's done, but obviously you will need the original CD to play the game. For more info check out his website.
Got Game Entertainment, the North American publisher of Tony Tough and the Night of Roasted Moths, has announced that it contracted AudioGodz to provide the English voices for this originally Italian game. AudioGodz has contributed to over 400 game titles including Unreal Tournament 2003, Starcraft, Warcraft 3, Half Life and Sonic Adventure.
One might be wondering where our reviews for Syberia, Watchmaker and Jazz & Faust are. The answer is that each of them has been delayed due to circumstances beyond our influence. A computer blew up, one company sent us the wrong version for a game and a rare bug prevented us from finishing another. Our unspoiled opinion on these games will be posted here, albeit a little later. Our apologies.
Two reviews of the adventure game Shadows of Destiny (originally released on the Playstation 2) have been posted, both giving positive remarks. With a score of 77 percent, GameSpot felt that the game's puzzles fit well into the context of the "interesting story." Additionally, the game "is so much like a conventional graphical adventure like Grim Fandango or The Longest Journey that it may surprise you."
HomeLAN has an interview with Simon Jeffery, President of LucasArts.HomeLAN - While most of the Star Wars games release in the past year have received good critical notices, some might say that there are still too many Star Wars games being released. Do you think there is a danger of over-saturating the franchise?
Quandary's Gordon Aplin has reviewed Syberia, calling it "tremendously enjoyable" and "a gentle, poignant journey."
European adventurers will be treated with The Watchmaker in September, when GMX Media will publish the game in the UK. Already out in the US, the Watchmaker has been "very successful" according to Barry Leonard, COO of GMX Media. “We will be looking to re-create or better that performance.”
Mindscape is pleased to announce the release of Gast. Gast is an original kids game, created by Swedish developer, Idol FX AB, featuring a small ghost lost in a haunted Amusement Park. Gast will be available for PC CD-Rom in September 2002, priced at £19.99.
Valhalla - Fairytale of the Gods is an interactive point-and-click adventure game where the player takes upon the role of a fallen Viking who arrives at Valhalla only to discover that everything is chaos! The famous gods in Valhalla have lost their valuable possessions: Thor has lost his hammer and his belt of strength. Odin has lost is valuable spear and all the other gods are missing their invaluable items too! Unless you have the courage, strength and wits to retrieve the lost items, the horrible creatures of darkness will attack Valhalla, and the beauty of Asgard will perish! You decide the destiny of Valhalla.
GamesDomain has put up a preview of the upcoming action/adventure from LucasArts, Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb. Here's a clip:Sadly, the peak of the graphic adventure genre really only exists in the memories of old and jaded gamers, even though a good one trickles out periodically. And LucasArts, no doubt with half an eye on the success of a certain tomb-raiding heroine, released Infernal Machine in 2000, a third-person action-adventure which was moderately well received. Emperor's Tomb, due for release this winter, looks to be in the mould of the more recent games, rather than the old-school adventures of yesteryear. Such is the way of things.