Auryn Quest, the new 3D arcade/adventure game from Dreamcatcher, has just begun shipping. The game lets you assume the role of Atreyu, a hero on a quest to save the world of Fantasia from destruction. Dreamcatcher promises us six graphically beautiful and richly detailed surrealistic worlds with various puzzles and thrilling arcade sequences, the degrees of difficulty increasing with each task accomplished. The game has a retail price of $19.99Read more on the game over at Dreamcatcher.
Our friends at The International House of Mojo have posted a video trailer showcasing Tim Schafer's upcoming action/adventure game, Psychonauts. It's available in both QuickTime and AVI formats.
Gamer's Hell has posted a handful of screenshots, including a few exclusives, from the upcoming first-person adventure, Dark Fall. They've also summed up the game's features and story quite nicely.
What once began as the (now defunct) Nawamba Contact game ended up becoming a complete engine that can be customized to create any sort of game. The new AdventurerLand site has been opened and their first product, LabTechnology, will soon be on sale. The final price of the engine is still to be determined, but it will be in a price range that may be very interesting for some amateur or independent adventure game developers.
The Belgian site SpelletjesGarnaal has posted a new movie of the upcoming 3D action/adventure from Ubi Soft, titled Largo Winch. The video comes in downloadable (12.6 MB) and streaming Windows Media Player format, and offers eight minutes of gameplay footage.
Just Adventure's Harriet Gurganus has an interview with Sli-soft, developers of an upcoming game, codenamed Game X. The interview covers various topics, ranging from the motivation behind their title and its development, to the creator's opinion on the important elements of an adventure game. Do you have any heroes in the game development arena? Who are they? What do you view as special about them or their games?
Four Fat Chicks has reviewed the Game Boy Advance version of Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars, giving it high praise. The only major issue taken was with a couple of plot-stopping bugs that could potentially mar your enjoyment of this PC conversion.
The English demo of this year's most anticipated adventure game has been released. It is a playable demo and the file size is 103 MB, so hopefully you have a broadband connection. What are you waiting for? Download and see what all the hype is about!
Mixnmojo.com has posted an interview with Ron Gilbert on his classic adventure games and his latest project, Hulabee Entertainment. Ron Gilbert is, as most of you know, the creator of adventure game classics, such as Maniac Mansion, The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge. Here's an excerpt:I know that Humongous licensed SCUMM, a graphic adventure engine that you helped create at LucasArts, to make its games. Will Hulabee also license SCUMM, or are you using something else? We created a new development system. SCUMM was a fantastic system, but it's going on 15 years old and was staring to show it's age. The new system is much more flexible and able to grow as technology grows. Plus it was just a lot of fun to be able to start over and code everything from scratch. I had gotten out of programming for a while, so it was fun to get back into it.
Jazz and Faust, the adventure game from the Russian developer 1C, has just begun shipping to stores in North America. In Jazz and Faust, the adventure gamers are given the chance to explore 80 locations in a 3D world based on the ancient East. Players are given the chance to take on the role as either Jazz or Faust, making them able to explore the world from two different perspectives. Watch Adventure Gamers, as we will have a review of the game soon.
German site Justgamers has reviewed Simon the Sorcerer 3D, giving it a score of 58 percent. As my German is a little rusty (understatement of the of the century), I'll pass on a summary of the article. Be sure to check out the handful of screenshots they included, though.
Adventure-Archiv has reviewed Simon the Sorcerer 3D, giving it a rating of 68 percent. On the plus side, the reviewer felt the game was funny, with good puzzles and more than enough gameplay. However, there is also mention of frustrating action sequences and far-too-huge worlds to explore.
As Jazz & Faust is about to hit the stores in America, 1C Company has told us of another adventure game they hope to release outside Russia. Clay Agent is, as the name implies, a game with claymation graphics. If you remember the The Neverhood you'll know how well it works for a comedy adventure game. There haven't been any claymation games since The Neverhood because, well, animating a character frame-by-frame is simply a painfully slow process. Still, Clay Agent has over 30 scenes full of hilarious animations. Although we still can't post any images on the site, you can check out this review on a Polish website which has a dozen of them in a gallery. Update: We've been told they actually have publishers for Clay Agent in Eastern Europe and Italy.
Quandary has posted an extensive list of Detective-style adventure games--everything from Black Dahlia to Tex Murphy to Spy Fox. Each game comes complete with a short description and a link to their respective review. If you're ever in the mood for a little investigating, be sure to check this out.