Ever since Phoenix Wright and Professor Layton arrived on western shores, there's been an appetite for Japanese-styled visual novel adventures. Soon another crimefighting duo will join their iconic predecessors in Mediatonic's upcoming "Hollywood whodunnit" Murder By Numbers.
The butler did it! Or maybe it was Professor Plum in the library with the candlestick. If not, it might have been... a painting? As bizarre as that last option sounds, it could very well be the case in Tangle Tower, the newly-released murder mystery puzzler from SFB Games.
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.
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.
Many games offer a rather sobering view of Earth's future after a cataclysmic disaster. But what of those who survive, trying to reconstruct an understanding of the past through the scant evidence left behind? This is the premise behind Some Distant Memory, an exploratory adventure from Galvanic Games coming later this year.
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.
Indigenous voices are significantly underrepresented in the gaming industry, but indie developer Achimostawinan Games and a group of supportive Kickstarter backers are hoping to change that with the upcoming cybernoir mystery, Hill Agency: PURITY&decay.
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.
Manning a lighthouse has got to be a lonely job, but all the more so if your lighthouse is on a distant outpost in space. Adventure gamers will be confronted by the many challenges of just such a position when GhostShark Games' Still There is released this fall.
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.