Curiosity may not always kill the cat, but it could certainly get one lost. Such is the fate of the feline star of Johan Scherft's upcoming casual indie adventure, Milo and the Magpies.
A well-placed cloth can cover a multitude of sins, but in the upcoming adventure Hadr, it can (and must) actually make things disappear!
Step aside, April Ryan. It's time for a new protagonist able to bridge parallel worlds. Or at least, it soon will be if indie developer Miguel H. Death's Nocturnal Visitors is able to reach its modest crowdfunding goal.
Regardless of culture, no good ever comes from the dead lingering in the spirit world instead of moving on. In indie developer Misty Mountain Studio's upcoming The Rewinder, it will be up to you to figure out why some spirits are unable to be reincarnated and help them to do so through the use of a helpful time-altering mechanic.
Playing psychological horror games without freaking out can be hard enough without the protagonist being on the verge of losing his or her mind as well, but we'll have to contend with both sets of challenges when indie developer Twisted II Studio's Dark Fracture debuts on Early Access early next year.
With their mysterious locales, brain-bending obstacles, and promise of glittering treasures, adventure games often strive to provide a more relaxed alternative to the swashbuckling escapades of the likes of Lara Croft and Indiana Jones while still retaining the atmosphere that makes their exotic settings so enticing to explore. Following in these time-honored footsteps is the upcoming Palladium: Adventure in Greece, currently in development by NLB project.
It's hard to put one's finger on, but there just seems to be something magical about the power of music. This will be even more true – very tangibly so – in indie German developer Hanging Gardens Interactive's upcoming Sonority.
Music has always been an integral part of gaming but is often a fairly reactive or complementary element. Rarely does the soundtrack influence the action, but this unusual mechanic is the driving force behind Of Bird and Cage, an upcoming narrative adventure game by Capricia Productions, showcased at gamescom 2020 and set to debut next year.
Though the term "witch hunt" may be used primarily for political purposes these days, there was a time when such crusades were very real. We'll soon get to participate in one such literal witch hunt (albeit in a fictional story as the hunted rather than the hunter) in indie developer Haunted Lantern Games' upcoming Coven.
Death and guilt may not seem like the most natural themes for a videogame, but both are able to elicit powerful emotions – all the more so when mixed together as they are in Somi's The Wake: Mourning Father, Mourning Mother.
Most adventure games allow players to have some impact on their surroundings, but few let players help shape the world itself, as will Sunhead Games' Carto when it's released later this year.
Hard as it is to believe, it's been over a decade since Sam & Max last (dis)graced our gaming screens, but everyone's favourite suit-wearing canine and hyperkinetic rabbity thing are back! Or will be soon enough, as indie developer Happy Giant has announced the VR-exclusive action-adventure Sam & Max: This Time It's Virtual!
If there's one thing the world needs more than anything right now (besides a vaccine), it's empathy – the ability to understand and appreciate other people's perspectives even in difficult times, no matter how different they are from our own. Hopefully indie German developer Off The Beaten Track's upcoming narrative-driven adventure The Cost of Recovery will help us learn to do just that a little bit better.
The tried-and-true Myst formula continues to be a popular one for puzzle fans, and soon we'll get another set of interconnected worlds to explore in indie Australian developer Defy Reality Entertainment's upcoming Neyyah.
An astronaut's work in space is never done – or rather, a "kosmonavte" in the case of indie developer LKMAD's recent mobile release of Kosmonavtes: Academy Escape.