The mind of a sadistic killer is undoubtedly a frightening, twisted place. Which is exactly what makes it perfect as the setting for a horror game, as it will in the upcoming The Corridor: On Behalf Of The Dead, currently raising funds through Kickstarter.
Most gamers are familiar with the "choose your own adventure" concept, where critical choices made during play change the course of the narrative. Jenny LeClue, indie developer Mografi's newly-announced 2.5D point-and-click title, is currently seeking funding on Kickstarter and aspires to bring some traditional adventure gameplay and a collaborative "metanarrative" element to the traditional gamebook mechanic.
Ever wondered what happened exactly where you are in the past, or what will be happening in the same place in future? That is the premise behind Epanalepsis, a decade-spanning, narrative-driven adventure that takes place in the same city block in three different time periods, currently raising funding through Kickstarter.
You might think the life of a worm is pretty low on the karmic scale, but it makes for a pretty intriguing premise in AuraLab's surrealist adventure Karma. Incarnation 1, currently seeking funding through Indiegogo.
Victorian England. A vicious killer is on the loose, and only one man can hope to stop him... No, this isn't Sherlock Holmes squaring off against Jack the Ripper once again, it's Bertram Fiddle in pursuit of Geoff the Murderer in an upcoming point-and-tap mobile adventure trilogy.
Tale of Tales are known for their artistic, genre-defying interactive experiences, and while that continues to be true of their next project, the Belgian team of Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn (Graveyard, The Path) are going a little more mainstream with Sunset, a new "narrative-driven first-person videogame" currently raising funds through Kickstarter.
There's another acclaimed videogame designer making a return this year, though the name won't be as instantly familiar to adventure game fans as his recent predecessors. Paul Cuisset, the French creator of Flashback, is joining forces with Microïds to develop the sci-fi puzzler Subject 13.
It may not sound like there's a whole lot of adventuring possible in a game called The Little Acre, but there is when it leads to a whole new dimension for a father-daughter team in the upcoming indie offering from Irish developer Pewter Game Studios.
You might not look for a "philosophical first-person puzzle game" from Croteam, ceators of the Serious Sam series, but that's exactly what we're going to get when The Talos Principle is released this fall.
Usually "dark adult fantasy settings" and player-controlled character customization are reserved for RPGs, but indie developer Guru Meditation plans to bring this combination to the adventure genre in The Weavers, albeit with a little action element sprinkled in for good measure.
A promise of torment and sorrow may not sound like a good time, but context is everything, as evidenced by OhNoo Studio's upcoming point-and-click-adventure, Tormentum: Dark Sorrow, currently raising funds through Indiegogo.
Calling Clown's Secret a throwback might conjure up visions of low-res pixel art and a chiptune soundtrack, but the upcoming debut point-and-click adventure from indie developer Expression Studios goes much farther back than that. We're not talking 1990s retro here, or even 1980s; think 1920s, the heyday of black-and-white cinema and silent films, and of Charlie Chaplin in particular.
If you were stranded on alien planet with just one adventure game to play, which would you choose? You might want to pick Curve Studios’ Stranded, as the newly-released retro indie adventure might just help you survive.
The world's worst-spelling hero is back to save the uniwerse... I mean, the universe once again, as Cateia Games and Steve Ince have announced a partnership to create Kaptain Brawe 2: A Space Travesty. But the Kaptain will need a spaceship and some crowdfunding in order to get the sci-fi comic sequel off the ground.
If ever there was a real-world setting just begging for its own adventure game, it's Canada's Oak Island, home to the famed "Money Pit" and its centuries-old legend of hidden treasure protected by deadly traps. Filling that void (figuratively speaking) is Visionaire Studio's upcoming The Mystery of Oak Island, currently seeking treasure of a more tangible kind on Kickstarter.