As 2020 has taught us, everything can change in a hurry. And yet despite such hardships, some things never change. The next adventure in the long-running Carol Reed saga will represent a little bit of both when Quarantine Diary is released early next year.
While shows like The Walking Dead and the films of George Romero remain as popular as ever, zombies themselves don’t get a lot of respect. An Ash Williams or a Shaun Riley may persist in the public consciousness, but there’s little thought spared for the thousands of anonymous ghouls they had to headshot, decapitate and smash across the face to get there. It’s this injustice that Surprised Monkey Studio looks to correct with their first game, the retro-styled Surviving the Humans, which is now seeking funds on Kickstarter.
Story-driven point-and-click pixel art adventures set in and around New Orleans have a fine track record, so why not go back to the well once again? That's precisely what indie developer Geography of Robots plans to do with its upcoming mystery Norco: Faraway Lights.
We're surely all feeling the effects of not seeing our friends enough this year, so what if we had an AI friend to play with instead? Soon you can treat yourself to that very thing, as indie developer Not a Sailor Studios has announced the upcoming release of Buddy Simulator 1984. Just remember the saying: be careful what you wish for, because you just might get it.
Commercial text adventures may have largely gone the way of old gaming devices like the Amiga, Game Boy and Atari ST, but with the recent release of indie developer Hugo Labrande's Tristam Island, you can enjoy a nostalgic return to both.
Certain objects of importance to us are often able to trigger memories upon sight, but what if those objects actually possessed memories of their own that could be tapped into? This is the premise behind indie developer hako life's newly released Unreal Life.
Psychological horror fans will soon get the chance to return to the world of 2012’s Anna with the upcoming release of Nascence, the second title in a planned trilogy of standalone adventures called “Anna’s Songs.” The new game will continue to “explore the relationship we have with religions, organized and not,” while expanding upon the story of its predecessor, though it does not require knowledge of Anna to fully appreciate.
Update: Since time of writing, the game has been renamed Lucy Dreaming.
How far would you go to track down the the scariest movie ever made? Well, you'll have the chance to find out next year in indie developer José María Meléndez's upcoming point-and-click pixel art adventure, Nightmare Frames.
Most detective games are about collecting clues and solving crimes. Not so in indie developer Mehrdad Rezaei's newly released Just Take Your Left, a comedic hand-animated adventure about outsmarting rodents and pesky ghosts.
No matter where we go in life, we'll never travel anywhere stranger than the realms of our own imaginations. This proves to be true once again in the recently released Enypnion, a short new point-and-click adventure from the creator of Yet Another Hero Story.
Soon adventure gamers can step into the shoes of a bookstore owner who finds himself embroiled in a bizarre otherworldly mystery. No, sorry, it's not a new Gabriel Knight mystery, but rather the localized English version of Arrowiz's Hermitage: Strange Case Files, a Chinese visual novel-styled adventure coming later this year to PC and consoles.
While the primary goal of video games is usually to transport players to new places and challenge with brain-teasing puzzles, there have been an increasing number of attempts in recent years to tackle serious topics. To that end, indie Spanish developer Calathea Game Studio’s upcoming first-person adventure Inner Ashes seeks to both educate and entertain with a narrative told from the perspective of a man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Travelling back to the past to prevent a tragedy from occurring would be challenging enough under any circumstances, but it's all the more so when you're just a robot the size of a toy truck, as is the case in Time Loader, an upcoming side-scrolling adventure from Flazm Interactive.
With Little Hope having just released for PC and consoles, it's already time to look ahead to House of Ashes, the next installment in Supermassive's Dark Pictures Anthology.