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Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs

Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs

Developer Frictional Games is no stranger to the horror adventure genre. The Penumbra trilogy—Penumbra: Overture, Penumbra: Black Plague, and Penumbra: Requiem—has been well received by critics and fans. Amnesia: The Dark Descent, released in 2010, has similarly been praised for its atmosphere and horror elements. The game tells of the story of Daniel, an amnesiac who wakes up in a castle in…

review  Posted by Jenny Rouse.
The Shivah

The Shivah

Visually, The Shivah harkens back to the classic era of graphic adventures. While the game lacks in visual splendor, the game makes up for it by strong and memorable storytelling. It also features a most unique protagonist. Russell Stone, the player character, is a rabbi. Rabbi Stone is going through a crisis: his synagogue is losing members, his faith is dwindling, and he is nearing bankruptcy.…

review  Posted by Hamza Ansari.
Goodbye Deponia

Goodbye Deponia

Goodbye Deponia is the third and final game of the Deponia trilogy from Daedalic Entertainment, following the release of both the original Deponia and the sequel Chaos on Deponia. While the game can be played as a standalone adventure, I strongly advise playing both of the previous games first so to better understand the evolving mythos of this series, particularly of the deep history underlying…

review  Posted by Mervyn Graham.
The Night of the Rabbit

The Night of the Rabbit

The Night of the Rabbit is an interesting point-and-click adventure game from veteran German development studio Daedalic Entertainment. Aside from being a fantasy fable, the game is also a Bildungsroman—a coming-of-age story about a remarkable young boy whose fantastical imagination takes him on a personal journey, both within and without. The game features an eclectic cast of quirky characters…

review  Posted by Davide Tomei.
The Inheritance

The Inheritance

The Inheritance (also known as The Inheritance: Scott Adams Bible Adventure #1) is the first game from famed text adventure designer Scott Adams after a hiatus of more than a decade. Adams cofounded Adventure International in 1978 and rose to prominence at the dawn of the home computer era in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when text adventure games released by the developer such as…

review  Posted by Matt Barton.

Past Favorites

Adventure game puzzles: unlocking the secrets of puzzle design

Adventure game puzzles: unlocking the secrets of puzzle design

For a lot of games, you can figure out most of what you need to know about them from simply looking at an in-game screenshot or watching a gameplay trailer. With a quick glance at the head-up display and the quality of the graphics, you can get a good sense of what kind of monster killing mayhem you will be engaging in and what kind of experience you will likely get from playing the game.…

feature  Posted by Mark Newheiser.
The rise and fall of Full Throttle: a conversation with Bill Tiller

The rise and fall of Full Throttle: a conversation with Bill Tiller

Playing Full Throttle is like tasting a rich bowl of roadhouse chili filled to the rim with biker gangs, chick mechanics (covered in engine grease too), and truckers with badass tattoos. An action packed, comical (albeit short), animated graphical adventure set in the backdrop of an apocalyptic future, Full Throttle touches on the subculture of motorcycle gangs and their steel horses. It is also…

feature  Posted by Marshall Ratliff, Philip Jong.
Roberta Williams

Roberta Williams

No adventure game designer had ever achieved the level of success as Roberta Heuer Williams (Roberta Williams) had. Born in 1953, she and her husband Ken Williams co-founded On-Line Systems, which later became Sierra On-Line, when she was only 26. Mystery House, which she wrote in 1979, was the first graphic adventure game ever created for the PC. Her portfolio of games, spanning over nearly 20…

interview  Posted by Philip Jong.

Random Picks

Mark T. Ross - A Private in Paris - Episode 1

Mark T. Ross - A Private in Paris - Episode 1

A popular plotline in adventure games is that of a private investigator involving in what starts out as a simple case but eventually evolves into a complex and sinister conspiracy. Mark T. Ross - A Private in Paris is a new adventure game series from indie developer Space Asylum that tries to tackle this same theme. The series is also notable for its use of Full Motion Video (FMV), once popular…

review  Posted by Patrick Talbot.