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Black Circle: A Carol Reed Mystery

Black Circle: A Carol Reed Mystery

Black Circle: A Carol Reed Mystery is the sixth game in the long running Carol Reed Mystery series from MDNA Games, an indie game development company cofounded by husband and wife Mikael and Eleen Nyqvist. As with previous games in the series, high quality photographs featuring the picturesque cityscape of Norrköping, where the Swedish developer is located, provides the breathtaking backdrop…

review  Posted by Mervyn Graham.
Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies

Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies

Nancy Drew: Labyrinth of Lies is the 31st title in Her Interactive's series of first-person adventure games based on the venerable Nancy Drew franchise. This time, the adventure sends the sassy detective to Greece, where she must go undercover with an acting troupe and discover how priceless historical artifacts are being stolen from a museum. Along the way, the player will learn a great deal…

review  Posted by Matt Barton.
Hope Springs Eternal: A Carol Reed Mystery

Hope Springs Eternal: A Carol Reed Mystery

Hope Springs Eternal: A Carol Reed Mystery is the second game in the Carol Reed Mystery series and the sequel to the original Remedy: A Carol Reed Mystery created by husband and wife Mikael and Eleen Nyqvist of MDNA Games. Once again, the proud designers have leveraged the historic and picturesque settings of the city of Norrköping, Sweden as backdrops to showcase their hometown in their own…

review  Posted by Mervyn Graham.
The Wolf Among Us Episode 4: In Sheep's Clothing

The Wolf Among Us Episode 4: In Sheep's Clothing

It is clear by now that Bigby is in a dire predicament, having just been bested by the Crooked Man's right-hand thug, Bloody Mary. Further, Ichabod Crane has been taken away from Bigby by the Crooked Man, who has spun a complex web around Fabletown and uses his vast financial resources to keep its citizens under his thumb. As the game begins, Bigby is seen on the mend in his apartment arguing…

review  Posted by Jenny Rouse.
Remedy: A Carol Reed Mystery

Remedy: A Carol Reed Mystery

For more than a decade, husband and wife Mikael and Eleen Nyqvist worked as producers of short films. In 2004, wanting to tackle a new medium to cater to a larger audience, they cofounded MDNA Games in their hometown of Norrköping, Sweden. A picturesque city steeped in history with breathtaking environs, Norrköping served as a perfect natural backdrop for their company's debut adventure…

review  Posted by Mervyn Graham.

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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.

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The Secrets of Atlantis

The Secrets of Atlantis (also known as The Secrets of Atlantis: The Sacred Legacy), published by The Adventure Company in North America and Nobilis France in Europe, is the fifth title in the Atlantis series (which Cryo Interactive Entertainment started in 1997). The Atlantis series is only loosely related, as each game features different characters in different periods of history or mythology.

review  Posted by Joseph Howse.