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Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion

Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion

Nancy Drew: The Shattered Medallion is the 30th title in long-running series of first-person adventure games from Her Interactive based on the popular Nancy Drew franchise. This time, Nancy and her friend George are off to New Zealand to be on a reality television contest show called Pacific Run. This cutthroat competition pits pairs of adventurers against each other, who must solve puzzles and…

review  Posted by Matt Barton.
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: Episode Three: TARDIS

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: Episode Three: TARDIS

There are hardly any sci-fi fans who have not heard of Doctor Who. Created originally as a television series by BBC in 1963, Doctor Who is now the longest (though not continuous) running sci-fi television show of all time. In Series 5 (2010) of the show, the Doctor is the played by Matt Smith, and his travelling companion Amy (Amelia) Pond is played by Karen Gillan. Commissioned by the BBC,…

review  Posted by Mervyn Graham.
CSI: Fatal Conspiracy

CSI: Fatal Conspiracy

CSI: Fatal Conspiracy (also known as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Fatal Conspiracy) is a point-and-click adventure game and the eighth title for the PC in the long running CSI game series. The game stars the original cast of characters (Season 10) from the popular television crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Sara Sidle, Greg Sanders, Nick Stokes, Catherine Willows, Raymond…

review  Posted by Anand Vedula.
The Shadow in the Cathedral

The Shadow in the Cathedral

The Shadow in the Cathedral is the first title of the Klockwerk series and the second game released by Textfyre. In this game, you play as Wren, an orphan raised by the Church. On the edge of puberty, you are working your way up the hierarchy, currently as the 2nd assistant clock-polisher. In the course of your duties, you overhear talk of a conspiracy that threatens the existence of the…

review  Posted by David Tanguay.
The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 4: Amid the Ruins

The Walking Dead: Season 2 Episode 4: Amid the Ruins

Episode 4: Amid the Ruins picks up immediately after the events of the third episode of the second season of The Walking Dead, with Clementine and her group amidst a massive horde of walkers shambling toward Carver's stronghold. In the ensuing fallout, the group finds themselves outside of a ruined Civil War museum with Rebecca's baby on the way. While the impending birth obviously is a recipe…

review  Posted by Jenny Rouse.

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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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Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels

Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels retro

Sherlock: The Riddle of the Crown Jewels is not the typical interactive fiction mystery title such as Deadline, Witness, or Suspect. In this game, timing is everything. Making the right move at the right time is the key. To succeed in this game, it is necessary to follow closely the suspects' trails. If you arrive too late, the game goes on but the solution departs. While it is clear from the…

review  Posted by Francesco Cordella.