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Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within

Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within

Jack Keane 2: The Fire Within (also known as Jack Keane and the Fire Within) is a colorful adventure game inspired by the likes of Monkey Island and Broken Sword series. Developed by Deck13 Interactive, the game has slick production values, including impressive 3D rendered graphics and animations, a cinematic aesthetic, and plenty of funny dialogs. While some adventure game fans may not enjoy…

review  Posted by Matt Barton.
Richard & Alice

Richard & Alice

Richard & Alice is an indie point-and-click adventure game created by British developers Lewis Denby and Ashton Raze. Set sometime in the near future, freak weather systems have resulted in half of the world becoming covered in perpetual ice and snow (with the other half rumored to now be a sweltering, barren wasteland). Society has fallen. Civilization has all but disappeared. A new age of…

review  Posted by Martin Mulrooney.
Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle

Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle

Captain Morgane and the Golden Turtle is an adventure game developed by Wizarbox and published by Reef Entertainment. Written by veteran game designer Steve Ince, the game is a spinoff of Wizarbox's So Blonde (released in 2008) but does not require players to have played the previous title to enjoy this game. Set in the 17th century Caribbean, players take control of the titular Captain Morgane…

review  Posted by Martin Mulrooney.
Hugo III: Jungle of Doom!

Hugo III: Jungle of Doom! retro

In 1990, David Gray released Hugo's House of Horrors. The game introduced the protagonist Hugo who saved his girlfriend from being trapped inside a haunted mansion. Over time, the game gained a cult following for its tongue-in-cheek self-referential humor and for its almost satirical look on the common tropes of the adventure game genre. In 1991, Gray released the sequel Hugo II: Whodunit? which…

review  Posted by Andrew Morin.
Kentucky Route Zero: Act I

Kentucky Route Zero: Act I

Indie developers are leading a renaissance in the adventure game genre. By experimenting and taking risks in the games they create, these developers challenge gamers' perceptions on what makes a good game. Cardboard Computer is such a developer that is pushing this perception envelope even further. Kentucky Route Zero, the company's first game, is a collaborative effort between its cofounders…

review  Posted by Patrick Talbot.

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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 Exchange Student Episode 2: Point Club

The Exchange Student Episode 2: Point Club

The Exchange Student is a comic adventure game series developed by the small indie game studio Pan Metron Ariston. Episode 2: Point Club is the second part of the episodic series that follows the misadventure of Emilio Carboni, a 22 year old Italian, Casanova wannabe who travels to Sweden as an exchange student looking for love and passion. At the end of Episode 1: First Day in Sweden, Emilio…

review  Posted by Gustavo Calvo-Simmons.