For the past six weeks the world of Interactive Fiction (IF) has seen a surge in activity with the advent of the 19th annual IF Competition, which has annually hosted what is considered to be some of the most creative modern text adventures.
Her Majesty the Queen is looking to return the British Empire to its former glory by going where no empire has gone before (outer space, of course!), but she can’t do it without some help from her loyal subjects – and other adventure fans around the world.
Classic adventure game fans may soon get a chance to put the old movie tagline “In space, no one can hear you scream” to the test. Canadian independent development studio 4th Monkey Media has brought a concept for a story-driven point-and-click murder mystery with a comedic spin to Kickstarter. The twist? Murder One: Mars is to be set on the Red Planet, away from the safe familiarity of Earth.
Players will take control of special investigators Lloyd and Cole, who have been sent to Mars to solve a murder in Garden Manor, home of the planet’s wealthy mining magnate and Big Cheese, James Garden. Contrasting with the posh manor will be industrial mining facilities and research labs, which are described by the team as “realistic” and “mundane”. Don’t expect a clean, glitzy space colony, but rather the down ‘n’ dirty fare of such classics as Alien and Blade Runner.
State of Play Games' 2011 puzzle adventure Lume was a charming trip into a unique paper-and-cardboard world, but it was also very short – more of a prologue to whet your appetite for the main event to come. Well, Lumino City is about to become that main event.
After the dissolution of Trilobyte in 1999, it seemed that any chance of returning to Stauf’s mansion were laid to rest. But for those who have fond memories of visiting the spooky mansion in 1993’s The 7th Guest, the recently-reformed Trilobyte Games has some exciting news: An official sequel campaign is currently underway on Kickstarter!
In The 7th Guest 3: The Collector, players are invited to return to the town of Harley-on-the-Hudson, where a newly rebuilt Stauf Mansion has been erected by an unknown benefactor. Trilobyte is keeping a tight lid on plot specifics, but hint that players can expect to “discover exactly what happened on that terrible night so long ago when the strange toymaker invited 6 guests to spend a night in his house of horrors.” This time around, players are promised an experience that is “intended for a mature audience”, offering more adult-themed content than the previous games allowed.
Designer Rob Landeros is back at the helm, and he hasn’t forgotten what made The 7th Guest so groundbreaking, so we can expect to see a return to the familiar presentation of FMV scenes superimposed onto a 3D background. With twenty years having passed since the original hit store shelves, however, the developers are taking full advantage of new mobile and touch-screen technologies and incorporating them into the game.
When Adventure Mob decided to bring aboard some industry veterans to assist with creating their new point-and-click adventure, the indie Israel-based studio went straight to two of the genre's most successful designers, enlisting Lori and Corey Cole, the husband-and-wife team behind Sierra’s adventure/RPG hybrid series Quest for Glory. The game resulting from their partnership: the reggae-flavored Bolt Riley, now seeking funding through Kickstarter.
Bolt Riley takes an irreverent approach to the adventure game formula. The titular hero is a struggling musician in his hometown of Trenchtown, Jamaica. He’s not out to save the world or right a heinous wrong; Bolt dreams of making it big with his band one day. In his mind, he’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to reggae music, and with the help of his band he just may overcome a local gang of Rude Boys, find inspiration, and write some jammin’ songs along the way.
Time to dryclean those tights and dust off that cape because the three-part Supreme League of Patriots is coming to save the day, beginning early next year.
A rogue crewman, a sabotaged spaceship, a mission gone wrong. And here you are: stuck on the iciest moon of Jupiter, forced to unravel an ominous mystery whilst desperately trying to survive... This is Europa 2022, an indie 3D adventure currently seeking funds on Kickstarter.
Adventure fans who prefer their games to have a heavy dose of artistic flair will be pleased to hear that the indie adventure Beyond eyes has been sighted on Indiegogo.
Florida in the Roaring Twenties: sunshine, jazz, prohibition, and... real estate agents? Never one to take the obvious path, A Golden Wake is the first commercial title from developer Francisco "Grundislav" Gonzalez, better known for his popular Ben Jordan freeware series.
ClickShake Games’ founder and sole employee Jay Ziebarth, colloquially known by the moniker Zeebarf, clearly feels that sometimes the best way to move forward is to take a few steps back. And so it is that his upcoming second commercial entry in the Ballads of Reemus series, currently seeking funding through Kickstarter, is actually a revisiting of the original free-to-play Several Journeys of Reemus browser games.
Once again, Reemus the exterminator finds his chances of starring in his own heroic ballad quickly going from slim to none. His rivals at Pest-Go have reduced eliminating pests to child’s play for even the most unskilled commoner. Luckily for Reemus and his sidekick Liam the purple bear (though potentially fatal for everyone else), a sudden invasion of killer Death Slugs gives the duo one last chance to prove their mettle and immortalize their names with their own glorious ballad.
If you’re familiar with the previous Reemus outings, fear not: Zeebarf has promised that although the reboot will incorporate the familiar story elements of previous chapters, The Ballads of Reemus 2 will expand on them with all-new puzzles, longer gameplay, and will include features befitting of a standalone commercial release, such as voice acting. Essentially, all five previously released chapters will be rolled into one, improved upon and polished, to tell the complete saga of Reemus and the Death Slugs.
Violett is the name of a young girl who follows a hole into a magical world of talking kettles, singing frogs and snails that can cook. But despite what you might be thinking, there are no white rabbits in sight in this protagonist's titular adventure.
Although quietly revealed by its indie developers on Facebook over a year ago, only now is Calm Waters ready to garner more widespread attention with a slew of screenshots and an introductory teaser.
Imagine waking up from a nightmare, only to discover that you've awoken to yet another terrifying nightmare. Now imagine that this happens over and over again, with no obvious means to escape the cycle of unrelenting torment. What should you do?
From the maw of Kickstarter – or as the case may be here, from the twisted pink tentacles – comes word of Octopus City Blues, a surreal new adventure game developed by Ghost in a Bottle, an independent team of six hailing from various parts of the globe.