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.
Do you ever wish the choices you made in life had more significance? Well, be careful what you wish for, as in indie German developer DigiTales Interactive’s upcoming sci-fi noir adventure Lacuna, the decisions you make just might save a life . . . or plunge the solar system into war.
Perhaps the best thing about videogames is that death is rarely permanent. In fact, often it's simply the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. So it is with indie Brazilian developer Doublehit Games' newly released platforming adventure, Eternal Hope.
Stories of 19th century Russian nuns might not seem like the most natural fit for a videogame, but the story of an expelled nun in an alternate 19th century Russia looks to be far more compelling, as we'll find out in a couple years in Odd-Meter's INDIKA.
In 2018, Charm Games took players to a unique fantasy world somewhere between the real one and the afterlife. Next the indie Canadian developer is going back to the well but in a much darker and different location in the upcoming Trial by Teng – A Twilight Path Adventure.
ZAAM might sound like an action bubble in a Batman comic, but really it's the title of a newly released psychological horror game by indie developer Alon Zubin.
It's a big leap from unicorns, hidden treasure and leprechauns to outer space, extraterrestrials and computer hacking, but that's exactly what indie developer Stand Off Software has in mind for Sir Typhil, the star of three previous fantasy games who will find himself a lot farther from home in the upcoming Alien Function.
Indiana who? Dr. Henry Jones, Jr. won't be the only mid-20th-century, fedora-wearing rogue-ish adventurer in video games for much longer, as indie developer Iskonsko Studio will be introducing one of their own next year in their debut release Trouble Hunter Chronicles: The Stolen Creed.
Although the Soviet Union dissolved nearly three decades ago, its influence lives on through new works of art and entertainment. Continuing in the well-mined vein of post-collapse grimness is the upcoming first-person horror-adventure Last Days of Lazarus, currently in production by one-man developer Darkania Works, aka George Remus, writer and artist for 2018’s Gray Dawn.
The coming-of-age story is one of the world’s most recognizable themes, though most take on a much different form than the upcoming Sable, by London-based Shedworks, in which the eponymous protagonist must undergo her “gliding,” a rite of passage similar to a vision quest, using her hoverbike for transport across the planet’s desert landscapes.