With Professor Layton off moonlighting with Phoenix Wright recently, it's been left to the younger generation of Laytons to pick up the slack. After giving son Alfendi the lead role in 2013's mobile spin-off Layton Brothers: Mystery Room, now developer LEVEL-5 is thrusting the Professor's daughter Katrielle into the starring role in her own puzzling adventure, Lady Layton: The Millionaire Ariadone’s Conspiracy.
Most people might not think of the Renaissance period as ideal fodder for a comedic adventure game, but British indie developer Joe Richardson isn’t most people. His first commercial outing, The Preposterous Awesomeness of Everything, showcased his eccentric sensibilities with a game full of collage-style artwork and animation and satirical humor. Now he’s using those same creative capabilities in the upcoming Four Last Things, which has successfully completed its modest Kickstarter campaign.
There aren't many adventure games for kids, and those that do exist tend to be cartoony edutainment games. Into that void steps Sofus and the Moonmachine, a charming-looking "interactive storybook" from indie Danish developer The Outer Zone that's just been released on iOS, with an Android version soon to follow.
Life after death continues to be fertile soil for adventure games. Now London developer Arrogant Pixel is preparing to venture into Purgatory, putting the finishing touches on the debut installment of its new episodic trilogy, The Tale of Doris and the Dragon.
Greek mythology is renowned for its larger-than-life Olympians that demand to be taken oh-so-seriously. Or at least, it has been until now, as Zeus Quest Remastered: Anagenissis of Gaia turns that idea on its head with a "silly" take on classic tales.
Many sci-fi stories warn us of the dangers of advancing too far technologically, but what if society actually paid heed to such dangers – or at least, tried to? This is the intriguing backdrop to the upcoming Whispers of a Machine from indie developers Clifftop & Faravid.
While the days of $3 million-plus Kickstarter campaigns may be over for adventure games, the popular crowdfunding platform continues to be a boon for smaller indie developers. Just days after the successful close of Gibbous: A Cthulhu Adventure, now Lantern Studio's LUNA: The Shadow Dust has followed suit.
There seems to be no slowing down Glitch Games. Hot on the heels of their recently-released A Short Tale comes news of the indie UK developer's next adventure, The Forgotten Room.
Be careful what you wish for. Like Tom Hanks in the movie Big, the hero of Glitch Games' latest puzzler A Short Tale gets more than he expected when he asks to be small again. It may be a room-escape game at heart, but it's a Toy Story-esque tale of talking toys, oversized furniture and viewing the everyday from a new perspective, and it's available now across a variety of platforms.
If a town inspired by David Lynch's Twin Peaks and populated by anthropomorphic animals sounds like just your twisted kind of place to visit, you'll be happy to know you can book your room now at the eerie Rusty Lake Hotel.
Cyan’s Myst formula of graphic adventures has been successfully implemented by many developers over the two-plus decades that have come and gone since. The latest to follow in these footsteps is Cyprus-based indie Lydia Kovalenko with her debut title Panmorphia, which is now available for PC, Mac, and Linux.
Now here's a game you're sure to be of two minds about, though not in the way you might think. It's an upcoming mystery adventure called Splitmind, a surreal thriller that sees players piecing together their lost identity by unlocking playable memories from the past.
While the days of text parsers are largely behind us, the resurgence (at least in the West) of visual novels has renewed popular interest in text-based interactive experiences of late. Taking its cue from that trend, indie studio Unimatrix Productions has created a free-to-use game engine called Storycentric Worlds, which is due for release this spring. Better yet, the company's own graphic adventures will soon be re-released in an illustrated text format made possible through the new engine, beginning with Lifestream in April.
The word "oxenfree" may conjure up images of carefree childhood days, but it will soon take on a more ominous tone in indie developer Night School Studio's upcoming adventure by that title.