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Steam Greenlight shines on new adventures in production

Steam rolled out its long-awaited Greenlight program recently, allowing fans the chance to vote for games they'd like to see released on Valve's popular distribution platform, and several adventure games were among the early candidates. 

A number of titles have already been released elsewhere (Ballads of Reemus: When the Bed Bites, Metal Dead, Shadows on the Vatican: Act 1 - Greed, Doctor Who: The Gunpowder Plot, 1953: KGB Unleashed, Hoodwink, The Sea Will Claim Everything, Hotel, Red Crow Mysteries: Legion, Tales from the Dragon Mountain: The Strix), while others have been announced in recent months as they near completion, including Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller, The Five Cores, Richard & Alice, Shades of Violet: Song of the Clockwork Princess, Enola, and Kairo

Also tucked in among the list of familiar names are two previously unannounced games, Dream and Ir/rational Investigator.

Dream

Dream is a "first person atmospheric exploration game" that casts players in the role of Howard Phillips, a "young graduate with no direction in life who develops an obsession with his dreams."  You must guide him through "dreams and nightmares filled with puzzles and secrets to help Howard find the meaning to his life."

Created using the UDK engine, Dream will offer a variety of 3D environments that have "no worldly restrictions".  The game will be split into three non-linear acts, and have multiple endings based on how thoroughly you've explored each. According to indie developer HyperSloth, the gameplay will include "many puzzles to solve, horror sections and some more narrative focused areas."

Dream is currently on track for release sometime in summer 2013.

Ir/rational Investigator

Tom Jubert is expanding on his popular online flash puzzler Ir/rational Redux with a detective-themed commercial follow-up called Ir/rational Investigator.  Players will control Rick Lombardo, a "private dick in a town short on cops and overflowing with scum."  A former insurance investigator, Rick is tired of small-time cases. What he really wants is a murder case, but he should be careful what he wishes for, because he just might get it. 

Described by Jubert as "Professor Layton with propositional logic and more detectives", Ir/rational Investigator presents players with a variety of characters who "might provide some information, offer Rick a new case, or present an argument (puzzle) for the player to complete."  Unlike so many detective games that solve the case for you, however, this noir-flavoured game requires that players "solve crimes by constructing and deploying logical arguments, and picking holes in those of their opponents."

Currently in production for PC and iPhone, the first of the Ir/rational Investigator's 1-3 hour cases is due for release next year.

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