Blue's News has reported on a rumour (started by Outcast fan-site Adelpha.de) that Appeal, developers of the action/adventure game, Outcast, closed their doors on the 2nd of August after filing for backruptcy. This could mean the end of Outcast II, which was confirmed as being in development some time ago (although it had since been put on the back burner while another project was being completed).
Four Fat Chicks' Mike Phillips has reviewed Hitchcock: The Final Cut, giving it a rating of...well, he actually had trouble settling on a final rating, opting for a "?" instead. Most telling is the following statement, made near the end of the article: "Playing The Final Cut was a similar experience to eating my Aunt Thelma's meatloaf. It's palatable but nothing to rave over."
BonusWeb has posted a 4 MB trailer for the upcoming Ubi Soft game, Largo Winch. From the little information released, it appears the game's focus will be on classic adventure-styled gameplay, with plenty of character interaction and inventory-based puzzles--although there is sure to be combat in one form or another.
Vivendi Universal is considering to sell its game companies Sierra, Blizzard and Universal Interactive. Vivendi is trying to deal with its 15 billion dollar debt and is currently reorganising. While the previous Vivendi big cheese believed the game companies to be part of its core business, the new chief executive Jean-Rene Fourtou disagrees dispite the 600 million dollar profit earned by the three game companies combined. "Jean-Rene Fourtou, hasn't yet formally decided on such a sale and continues to weigh other options," says a report on Yahoo!. "But he has identified the videogame business as noncore and expendable."
Popular gaming mag PC Gamer has reviewed Syberia and Shadow of Destiny in their September issue. Shadow of Destiny receives a 70% for being "challenging and unique despite its relatively short length and annoying console-esque attributes." Syberia receives a higher 80%, with the admonishment "if you appreciate well-crafted stories over carnage, it's an adventure that genre fans won't want to miss."
ReWired Mind and Games Domain has posted their reviews for the action/adventure on the Playstation 2, Prisoner of War. Here's a clip from the Games Domain review:The emphasis in the gameplay is on gathering information and supplies, then using stealth and opportunism to get over fences, pick locks, steal equipment, or sabotage vehicles whilst avoiding the ever present threat of the guards. Other prisoners can be used to help (usually for a fee) and they will either follow you or distract the guards while you make your move. Rocks can be gathered, too, around the campsite, which can be thrown to send the guards in the wrong direction, or you can make a noise by banging on a wall for the same effect.
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."