Video games are often escapist fantasy, but there's no escaping mental illness and more and more games are beginning to explore how the two can positively intersect to raise awareness. One such effort is the newly-released Fractured Minds, a 2017 BAFTA award-winning "interactive short" by teenaged indie developer Emily Mitchell.
They say that time slows to a crawl in the moments before death, that a person’s whole life flashes before their eyes before their final breath. But what if, during that fateful moment, a portly figure became visible, leaping between shadows, dancing madly and altering reality to ensure you reach the other side? That figure is the eponymous protagonist of the newly-released Felix the Reaper, a romantic comedy about “the life of Death,” developed by Kong Orange and published by Daedalic Entertainment.
Time travel has been the foundation of many an epic sci-fi tale. Swirl it into an anime mystery with more than a hint of romance and sex and you’re bound to have a hit on your hands, right? That’s exactly what happened when ELF Corporation launched YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world in Japan back in 1996. Despite its popularity in the East, however, it’s only now seeing an official English-language release, having been revamped by MAGES Inc. (formerly 5pb.) and localised by Spike Chunsoft.
When you look back on your life at its journey's end, what memories will you cling to, whether good or bad? Players will share in just such a reflection for one man when Spanish studio Piccolo's Arise – A Simple Story is launched later this year on PC and consoles.
Tempting as it may be to think of accountants as strait-laced number-crunchers with pocket protectors, and dragons as terrifying fire-breathing monsters, indie developer Archive Entertainment's upcoming Dragon Audit may just shine both in a whole different light.
Is a game still a game if it doesn't have a player? We'll find out later this year when Playerless: One Button Adventure by indie Polish developer Moonlit arrives on PC, consoles and mobile devices.
Don't look now, but autumn is fast approaching for those north of the equator, and with that comes the inevitable news of horror games on the horizon, including the next installment of the newly-minted Spirit Hunter series, NG.
Adventure games tend to be solo experiences, but sometimes it's nice (and occasionally even necessary) to have some help, even if you don't ever see your partner. One such dual-character puzzler is coming soon to PC and consoles in the form of A Brave Plan's The Bradwell Conspiracy.
For their last adventure, the indie husband and wife developers at Brain&Brain created an interactive Scandinavian folklore called Burly Men at Sea. Their next game, however, will take place much farther west on much drier land when Wooden Nickel is released next year.
Just when you thought the bad dreams had ended, along comes Little Nightmares II, the next installment of Tarsier Studios' popular side-scrolling horror adventure series.
After venturing beneath the earth for their Inner World series, Studio Fizbin is keeping the action aboveground for their upcoming next project, Minute of Islands.
Normally the road to redemption leads through some dark, personally painful places, but that's decidedly not the case in indie developer Benjamin Gregg's upcoming Kumo, a lovely looking 3D adventure that is currently seeking crowdfunding through Kickstarter.
Most adventure games have you jumping through proverbial hoops to overcome obstacles, but more and more side-scrollers are asking players to leap literal platforms as well in order to progress. The latest of these is Evan's Remains, a puzzle-platformer with visual novel elements currently raising funds on Kickstarter.
Between interactive TV shows like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and games like The Complex, it's getting harder and harder to tell the two apart. Especially when Wales Interactive's upcoming "cinematic FMV sci-fi thriller" is set to include experienced film talent both in front of and behind the camera.
Lovecraft and cyberpunk may not be the first match that comes to mind in a word association test, but perhaps that will change next year when indie Turkish developer Stormling Studios releases their horror adventure Transient.