At first glance you'd certainly be forgiven for thinking The Frogs was another game in Joe Richardson's series of Renaissance-themed adventures (Four Last Things and its sequels), but while it may look similar, the upcoming point-and-click adventure by indie developer Michael Wells tells a much different story in an entirely different era altogether.
Usually the term "on rails" refers to a highly linear experience over which the player has little control. But sometimes it's meant far more literally than that, as is the case in Pomeshkin Valentin Igorevich's recently released steampunk adventure, Pnevmo-Capsula: Domiki.
Looking for work can be an adventure, but usually not the sort they make games about. Fortunately the search for employment promises to be a whole lot more fun than sending out CVs and attending interviews in Sugarpunch Games' upcoming Behind the Beyond, a fantastical point-and-click comic adventure inspired by Hungarian folklore.
You never know when adventure will come calling. I mean, there you are, just going about your day, maybe daydreaming or thinking what's for dinner, and then bam! You're hurtling through a portal to parts unknown (but probably very wacky). In the swashbuckling spirit of the genre's classics, it'll soon be time once again to put common sense aside and brace for comedy hijinks in A Twisted Tale, the upcoming debut by German indie studio Voodoo Bembel.
The husband-and-wife team at D’Avekki Studios will soon be back with another new FMV adventure, and this time they're bringing some 3D exploration and procedurally generated mystery elements along with them in the form of Murderous Muses.
Time flies when you're having fun, but when you're anxiously awaiting something, it can feel like time slows practically to a standstill. Both should prove to be true in indie French developer ObeQaen's newly released Until 9:15 a.m., as players have fun helping a young child find a way to get time moving again.
Anything sugar coated is usually concealing a bit of bite underneath. This is certainly true of Apopia: Sugar Coated Tale, an upcoming cartoon-styled adventure from two-man Hong Kongese indie studio Quillo Games that hides a lot of darkness beneath its charming exterior.
For many people, college or university years are some of the most memorable of their lives. A stepping stone between school and full adulthood, it's a time to make fast friends and begin grow into oneself. And then, just as we're getting settled and comfortable, graduation looms and we're forced to let it all go, thrust into the wider world and asked to make decisions that will shape the rest of our lives. It can be a difficult and intense time, as we're reminded in No Longer Home, the newly released debut title from two-person indie studio Humble Grove.
First Sherlock Holmes, now Hercule Poirot. Exploring the younger years of famous detectives seems to be all the rage these days. The former from Frogwares we've known about for quite some time, while the latter was just revealed by Microids in the form of Blazing Griffin's upcoming Agatha Christie – Hercule Poirot: The First Cases.
The last place you'd normally look for a frog is a hot, dry, Wild West-style desert town. But then, the titular star of the Frog Detective games is no ordinary amphibian. That's a good thing, as the world's "second-best detective" is preparing to return for his third and final mystery adventure, Corruption at Cowboy County.
Smart devices are everywhere these days, from fridges to lightbulbs; you name it, someone has tried to add AI to it. But you've probably never even considered the potential benefits of smart fertilizer, or the possible side effects. The upcoming A Trail of Ooze, by indie developer Insanto Studios, will be all about those unintended consequences in a classic-styled comedic point-and-click adventure with a social conscience.
The challenges facing Hong Kong these days are well documented, but they're nothing compared to the devastation that has already befallen the region in indie developer Navi's upcoming memory-driven adventure, Man Without Organs.
You could say that Serbian studio PAROBOT are ardent admirers of their countryman Nikola Tesla. Even after the award-winning animated short Tesla and the Lamplighter, followed by the animated movie Tesla: The Invention of Dreams and even a stage play, the developers were still not content and are now branching out into games with Tesla INVENTORIUM, a puzzle-platforming adventure that delves into Tesla's imagination to entertain while also teaching players about the man, his ideas, and his environmentally conscious ideals.
Some games take longer than others to make. The most basic can be completed in a matter of months, while many can take years. Then then are games like Ingo Stuckenbrock's of pawns & kings, which has been in some form of development for over twenty-five years! At long last the project appears poised to reach its conclusion, though it's going to need some help on Kickstarter if it's to finally reach the finish line.
Many adventure games claim to be inspired by Broken Sword, but few if any can do so with as much conviction as indie German developer Radio Silence Studios, whose upcoming The Adventures of Bryan Scott not only seeks to emulate the "depth and charm" of Revolution's acclaimed classic series, but will star the voice of George Stobbart himself, Rolf Saxon, in the lead role.