The story of animals suddenly having their world turned upside down by the invasion of aggressive machinery is all too alarmingly real, and yet in the right hands it can be the subject of great entertainment as well. Solo German developer Hans Klöpfel of WatchDaToast looks to tap into this environmental theme in a fantastical way with his debut adventure Beyond the Edge of Owlsgard sometime next year.
Nightmares can be weird, somehow both absurdly ridiculous and super scary. As in, you can be frantically trying to escape an abandoned building, heart pounding out of your chest at every creak and dead end, when you run into a giant teapot and a woman with a fish for a head. Hold that thought, because it's being turned into a game in the form of Dying: 1983, by Chinese indie studio 2P Games.
One of the worst fears for any child is to suddenly find themselves lost and alone, but imagine how much worse it would be to not even know where you are, except that you're far from home. This is the fate of the lonely young protagonist of Sacrificial Lighthouse, an upcoming "psychological thriller with quest elements" by indie developer PhobiaGamesNet, creator of the episodic adventure Mad Cat's World.
It's alarming how many human jobs have already been replaced by machines, but if the upcoming sci-fi narrative adventure The Last Worker is any indication, the situation is going to get a whole lot worse.
Adventure games are released on all kinds of platforms these days, but perhaps the most surprising is the Game Boy. Nintendo's classic handheld may be more than thirty years old, but that's not stopping developers like David Norman of Wild Dog Games from producing brand new games for it like How Did I Get Here?, an upcoming time-looping thriller currently seeking crowdfunding through Kickstarter.
Most environmental puzzle games involve finding ways to traverse the limited available space. This is true of indie developer Ateliér Duchů's upcoming Repeat as well, though here you'll do so in a much different way than usual: by creating more (of the same) space for yourself.
If the story of a shiftless young man traveling to Central Europe to uncover his family legacy sounds familiar, you're on the right track with regards to an upcoming new FMV adventure from indie developer Flimmersoft. But here it's not Gabriel Knight in the starring role, but the titular protagonist of the fan-made Markus Ritter: Ghosts of the Past, which is currently seeking crowdfunding through Kickstarter.
In many ways, the final month before succumbing to fatal illness must surely be the worst, but the far-too-young protagonist of an upcoming narrative-driven road trip adventure by Klabater and the Warsaw Film School is determined to make her final days with her son the Best Month Ever!
The Diary of a Young Girl may be the most famous chronicle of war from a child's perspective, but Anne Frank wasn't the only youth who recorded her traumatic experiences on paper. Inspired by the journals of other such children, indie Russian developer Perelesoq's upcoming Torn Away will seek to convey the horrors of World War II from a very unique, particularly vulnerable perspective.
Poor Alice. When she first tumbled down the rabbit hole, little could the young heroine of Lewis Carroll's 1865 classic have known that her fate would be inextricably connected to Wonderland forevermore. The latest case in point: MediaCity Games' casual adventure sequel Alice Trapped Beyond Wonderland, which has just been ported and released on PC.
If a game is announced but hasn't yet received the necessary crowdfunding, does it really exist? This is the existential question facing Schrodinger's Catgirl, an upcoming visual novel-styled point-and-click mystery from Spider Lily Studios, the indie creators of Retrace: Memories of Death.
A thirst for revenge may feel outwardly focused, but the far more insidious damage is done internally to those poisoned by the hatred that's fueling it. We'll see that play out for ourselves soon enough when indie solo developer Sleepy Creepy Studio's The Revenge of Sophia Red is released on PC next month.
Have you ever dreamed of just packing a bag, heading out and seeing where the road takes you? Put like that, it sounds like a grand, romantic adventure with the freedom of the open road and the wind in your hair. But it's a whole different story if your country is riven by war, and abandoning everything you've ever known in a desperate attempt to make it to the border is your only chance at survival – particularly if you have to ride with all manner of strange and dangerous people to get there. Welcome to the world of DigixArt's Road 96, a newly released "procedurally generated road trip" inspired by the likes of Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers, where your choices open up thousands of possible paths to the border.
Modern pop culture is inundated by murder mysteries, but unsolved homicides have plagued every culture and era throughout history. China's Ming Dynasty is no exception, and that's precisely where and when players will be transported to in indie Shanghai studio Cotton Game’s newly released Tales of the Mirror.
Anything sugar coated is usually concealing a bit of bite underneath. This is certainly true of Apopia: Sugar Coated Tale, an upcoming cartoon-styled adventure from two-man Hong Kongese indie studio Quillo Games that hides a lot of darkness beneath its charming exterior.