It's often feast or famine when it comes to new adventure releases. Fortunately, today is the long-awaited feast day for the latest adventures from Kheops and White Birds, as Encore has now shipped Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon and Sinking Island to North American retailers.
Feasting will certainly be a prevailing theme in Dracula 3, though players must try to avoid becoming the feast themselves. Loosely connected to the previous Dracula games Resurrection and The Lost Sanctuary (but unrelated to the recent Dracula: Origin), the new instalment of the popular first-person vampire series sees players controlling Father Arno Moriani, who's been sent to Transylvania to investigate a potential candidate for sainthood. The "stigmata" he discovers, however, are believed by the locals to be the mark of a vampire, and Father Moriani must question his own beliefs to discover the truth behind the mystery.
In Sinking Island, Benoît Sokal and his team at White Birds have created a traditional whodunit with a very untraditional twist. As private eye Jack Norm, players must travel to a small tropical island to investigate the murder of its eccentric billionaire owner. A violent storm rages throughout the game, and players must guide Norm in locating clues and sifting through the stories of ten suspects in order to pinpoint the culprit. Time is short, however, as the entire island is sinking under the colossal weight of its centerpiece tower. For those who'd prefer to sink or swim, Sinking Island offers a simulated "timed" mode, though a more leisurely untimed option is also included.
Both games are part of Encore's "Mystery Adventure Games" lineup, which you can read more about at the official website.