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.
The second episode of Endsequence, a single-player online graphic adventure game, is now available for play. If you haven't yet played this game, now's a great time to give it a try at www.endsequence.com.
Adventurecorner has conducted an interview with Steve Ince, one of the designers at Revolution Software, which is best known for its Broken Sword games. Even though the site is German, the interview itself is in English. Regulars of our site know Steve Ince already of course, as he is a frequent contributor on our forums. The interview discusses the fan reaction to the Broken Sword 3 screenshots, Steve's personal input on the project, and what happened to the other Revolution game Good Cop Bad Cop.
Microids has posted the walkthrough to their point'n'click Syberia. You can find it at their website.Syberia has just recently been released in Canada and certain European countries, and will arrive at North American stores this September.
The German site YiYa has posted their review of Simon the Sorcerer 3D, and gives it a score of 3+/5.
Richard Wah Kan, the CEO of DreamCatcher Interactive, has responded to the recent news about Cryo's bankruptcy, and states that "while Cryo indirectly owns an interest in DreamCatcher, Cryo's unfortunate financial difficulties do not affect in any way, DreamCatcher's operations or positive outlook.
Inside Mac Games has word that MacPlay has released a demo of the Macintosh port of realMYST, the 3D update to Myst. To snag this demo, head on over to MacGameFiles.com.
The Watchmaker - The Electric Playground