With 2012 behind us, it's out with the old, in with the new, as the first two adventures of 2013 have now been released in the form of Kentucky Route Zero: Act 1 and ASA: A Space Adventure.
Kentucky Route Zero
Kentucky Route Zero is an episodic "magical realist adventure game about a secret highway in the caves beneath Kentucky, and the mysterious folks who travel it." Focusing more on "characterization, atmosphere and storytelling" than puzzles, the game's central protagonist is a truck driver named Conway who's attempting one final antique furniture delivery for his financially troubled employer.
The first of five planned acts of Kentucky Route Zero is available now from the official website, either as a standalone episode or as part of a full-series bundle. Both versions are offered as DRM-free downloads for Windows and Mac, with a Linux version expected soon.
ASA: A Space Adventure
Where have all the Myst-style games gone? Perhaps into outer space, like Simon Mesnard's ASA: A Space Adventure, which casts players in the role of an astronaut who is teleported by a mysterious black cube to an unknown spaceship in the year 2057. With no obvious means of escape, you'll need to explore the ship, along with two alien planets and a satellite, in order to find your way home.
Based on Mesnard's self-published novel and short film, ASA is now a node-based adventure with 360-degree panoramic views. There is a playable demo available, and if you like what you see, the full game can be downloaded for PC from the developer's website.