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Return of the Phantom

Return of the Phantom retro

It is fair to say that The Phantom of the Opera is among the best-known fictional work in history. From the original novel by Gaston Leroux first published in 1910 to the many different film and musical adaptations made since then—including the wildly popular Andrew Lloyd Weber incarnation—the story and characters of The Phantom of the Opera are so ingrained into popular culture that they have…

review  Posted by Jenny Rouse.
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

Fantasy worlds are a common landscape in computer games, and the adventure genre provides playgrounds full of heroic knights, villainous monsters, magic spells, and dark dungeons. From the classic King's Quest to the more contemporary The Dark Eye series, the realms of the fantastic have been a favorite of adventure game designers. Rarely, however, has a game provided a fantasy landscape as…

review  Posted by Scott Bruner.
The Wolf Among Us Episode 5: Cry Wolf

The Wolf Among Us Episode 5: Cry Wolf

After the slightly worrying setback of the penultimate episode, The Wolf Among Us Episode 5: Cry Wolf comes crashing into the forefront as an action packed rollercoaster ride and a conclusion that raises just as many questions as it answers. As expected, the final episode tries to draw this season's main narrative to a close, opening on Bigby's manhunt for the criminal mastermind known as the…

review  Posted by Jenny Rouse.
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 Norrk√∂ping, 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.

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.

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Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Episode 4: The Cain Killer

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller - Episode 4: The Cain Killer

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller is a psychological thriller and crime mystery from indie game developer Phoenix Online Studios, created in collaboration with veteran game designer Jane Jensen. This episodic series represents the first commercial game project for the studio, though the studio has previously released a non-commercial episodic fan game called The Silver Lining based on Sierra's…

review  Posted by Mervyn Graham.