They say that death is life's next great adventure, and certainly in this genre that's repeatedly true. The latest death-is-only-the-beginning tale belongs to a skeleton named Skinny, who's set to star in an upcoming comic adventure from Italy called The Wardrobe.
Dying too young is cruel enough, but Skinny suffered the double indignity of being killed by a plum. Unaware of his deadly allergy to the fruit, Skinny blissfully bit into one on a picnic with his best friend Ronald, only to go into anaphylactic shock and die while Ronald ran off in terror. Adding insult to... well, death, Skinny awoke in his new skeleton form, sentenced to spend eternity watching over Ronald from his friend's wardrobe. But now things have changed. In order to "save his best friend’s soul from eternal damnation, Skinny will be forced to reveal himself and make Ronald admit his 'crime'."
As clearly displayed in the game's first screenshots and trailer, The Wardrobe is a hand-drawn point-and-click adventure strongly influenced by LucasArts and other Golden Era classics. Developed by C.I.N.I.C. Games and published by Adventure Productions, the game promises more than 70 bizarre characters across 40-plus unique locations. Along the way there is a host of player involvement, with four types of actions for each hotspot, loads of items to collect in a "thoracic inventory", and dozens of puzzles to solve, often in zany ways. This is a game that obviously doesn't take itself seriously, blending a sense of humour and "hundreds" of pop culture references with a willingness to deal with "mature and non-politically correct themes."
There is no firm release date scheduled yet, but The Wardrobe is currently set to be completed sometime this fall on Windows, Mac, and Linux. In the meantime, you can learn more about the game at its official website and vote for the game on Steam Greenlight.