Grundislav’s A Golden Wake opening for business next year

Florida in the Roaring Twenties: sunshine, jazz, prohibition, and... real estate agents? Never one to take the obvious path, A Golden Wake is the first commercial title from developer Francisco "Grundislav" Gonzalez, better known for his popular Ben Jordan freeware series. 

A world away from Ben Jordan's paranormal investigations, A Golden Wake delves into the seedy underbelly of Miami in the 1920s. It's an era more commonly associated with flappers, mobsters carrying violin cases, and moody black-and-white gumshoes, but here instead we're invited into the life of Alfie Banks, real estate salesman. Young Alfie has recently arrived from New York seeking the American dream, only to get swept up in the less-than-pretty events surrounding the founding of Coral Gables, The City Beautiful. (In case you're worried, though, it's a "game about real estate in the same way Resonance was about particle physics.") Based on real-life events, locations and people, this is the "story of an innocent man's descent into greed and corruption, and his eventual redemption."

As with Grundislav's earlier titles, the interface is pure old-school point-and-click and the graphics are unapologetically low-res and lovingly hand-drawn, though they're definitely looking sharper this time around. We're also promised a jazz soundtrack, full voices, and at least one character dancing the Charleston.

A Golden Wake will "hopefully" be released for Windows sometime in 2014, but (as Ben Jordan fans know all too well) Gonzalez is not a man to be rushed. You can follow events at his development blog or the game's official website.

Adventure games by Grundislav Games

Lamplight City  2018

Lamplight City is a beacon of progress and industrial advancement in the New World. Yet beneath the promises of a shining 19th-century future, the city rests upon foundations of poverty, class struggle, and crime. For police detective turned private investigator Miles Fordham, these shadowy corners ...

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A Golden Wake  2014

Set against the backdrop of the Florida Land Boom of the 1920s, A Golden Wake is a story of an innocent man’s descent into greed and corruption, and his eventual redemption. Based on actual events and featuring real life locations and historical figures, you must guide Alfie Banks, a young...

The Rebirth  2013

A government executive is concerned about his pregnant wife. Then, on the day a peace treaty is being signed, a bright flash out in the city causes the emergency shutters to close. Trapped with his assistant, can he escape his own office to find out what has happened?

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Spaceman in Space  2012

The wicked space witch has stolen Spaceman’s rubber ducky. He must concoct a fake rubber ducky to get her to give his bath-time companion back.

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Ben Jordan (Series)
PC, Freeware

Ben Jordan (Series) 2012

Having uncovered the conspiracy of the Knights of Saint Anthony, Ben has been rendered unconscious by a man he thought he could trust. Now he must travel to London and Paris in order to thwart the schemes of the Knights.

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