Visiting a museum is a great way to get an intriguing glimpse into the past, but it's usually a rather passive experience. Wouldn't it be a little more interesting if only there some puzzles to solve? Well, indie developer Wreck Tangle Games certainly thinks so, as this is the premise of its upcoming "short puzzle game saga" appropriately called Museum.
Often Myst-style games are done in the same graphically realistic style as the seminal Cyan classic, but indie developer Enigma Pendulum has gone a different route, using a hand-drawn slideshow presentation for its newly-released puzzler, The Boy Who Typed Wolf.
Scarves may not quite be in vogue like they once were, but they sure do make fascinating adventure accessories. The latest game to make use of both the fashionable and functional aspects of neckwear is the appropriately titled Scarf, a fantasy platforming adventure coming this winter.
You might think not much would matter when the end of the world as we know it is about to end, but in indie developer scriptwelder's upcoming Don't Escape: 4 Days in a Wasteland, the very opposite is true – everything matters all the more, and it's up to you to navigate the neverending trials of a mid-apocalyptic world.
Not every game requires loads of comedy, action, or witty dialogue. Sometimes an adventure can be laid back, quiet, and thoughtful. Indie developer Morteshka's atmospheric The Mooseman aims to provide just such an experience, arriving on consoles now after its release on PC last year.
The name Skyrim probably conjures up images of dragons and warriors, assassins and factions, orcs and elves and other familiar fantasy elements. What you likely don't associate with it is a "time travel murder mystery set in a mythological city", but that's exactly what indie developer Modern Storyteller delivered in 2015 with The Forgotten City, a highly-acclaimed Skyrim mod. And soon even those without access to Bethesda's popular Elder Scrolls RPG will have the chance to play it for themselves in a new "re-imagined" version of the game coming next year.
The late 1970s brought us many memorable (and some cringe-inducing) cultural elements, including the rudimentary first home PCs and Ridley Scott's classic movie Alien. Indie developer Benjy Bates is hoping to both recapture the nostalgia of that bygone area and scare the pants off while he's at it in the text-based horror trilogy The Outpost Nine, which has just debuted on Steam.
Most adventures games are more about the journey than the destination, but that is especially true of Shifting Tides' appropriately-titled The Sojourn, a fantastical 3D puzzler coming next year.
For such a visual medium, a surprising number of games have started using blindness as a central gameplay conceit in recent years. The latest such title to do so will make sighted people happy they can see, however, as indie Italian developer Lunar Great Wall Studios has pulled back the veil on its beautiful upcoming fantasy adventure Another Sight.
Many fairy tales involve someone being held prisoner by a wicked witch or wizard, but in indie developer Fairy Forest's newly-released The Tower of Beatrice, you're a thief actually trying to break into the eponymous keep.
Killmonday Games knows a bit about offbeat stories told from a child's perspective, having successfully debuted in 2015 with the impressive Fran Bow. Now the two-person indie team is returning to that same universe with a new interactive story called Little Misfortune.
With the advent of virtual reality, it seems like the artificial world is more lifelike than ever, and that goes double for Chiaro and the Elixir of Life, an upcoming VR-exclusive sci-fi/fantasy adventure that was recently funded through Kickstarter.
The PlayStation 4 often seems to the catalyst for stylish open-world adventures, and that looks to be true once again in Friend and Foe Games' upcoming Sony exclusive Vane.
If the name Yeli Orog sounds eerily alien and possibly terrifying, then you've probably got the right idea about the new FMV-based, Myst-style adventure coming soon on Steam.
They may have fallen a little short the first time around, but indie developer Suzaku found success in their second Kickstarter campaign for Sense: A Cyberpunk Ghost Story, a mix of Blade Runner-esque dystopian science fiction with a classic J-Horror ghost story.