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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.
Game of Thrones Episode 1: Iron From Ice

Game of Thrones Episode 1: Iron From Ice

Game of Thrones is a very popular American television series based on A Song of Ice and Fire series of high fantasy novels written by George R. R. Martin. I find it a bit ironic that a drama series apparently influenced so strongly by medieval history and medieval themed role-playing games is now the subject of an episodic adventure game series developed by Telltale Games. Having played the…

review  Posted by Elen Heart.
Realms of the Haunting

Realms of the Haunting retro

Unlike their older counterparts, modern adventure games tend to lead players along by the hand, subjecting them to little more than interactive storytelling on rails. Realms of the Haunting, by either old or modern standards, is a most unconventional game. In it, you need to travel through several plains of existence and even several layers of hell. Strange, frightening, and unique, Realms of…

review  Posted by Lee Bettam.
The Book of Unwritten Tales

The Book of Unwritten Tales

The Book of Unwritten Tales, released originally in German in 2009 and later in English in 2011 by King Art Games, is anything but innovative. Yet, I can imagine the game's developer taking this as a compliment. The game is among the best contemporary point-and click-adventure titles for the genre—it is a game full of charm, wit, and memorable characters. Wilbur Weathervane is a young gnome who…

review  Posted by Joseph Lindell.
Chaos on Deponia

Chaos on Deponia

A common formula employed in adventure games use humor to add flavors to the storytelling. Some games successfully use humor to enhance the story, while other games overuse humor that slows the story down. Chaos on Deponia, from German developer and publisher Daedalic Entertainment, is an example of a game that uses humor to build up its plot but comes close to overusing it and risks ruining its…

review  Posted by Patrick Talbot.

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

System Shock

System Shock retro

System Shock may in fact be an adventure game, but different from other adventure games of today you do not just roam around triggering the next story element. Indeed, your actions are not tied only to the plotline. So, maybe it is not an adventure game at all. System Shock may in fact be a role-playing game, but different from other role-playing games of today you do not just about complete…

review  Posted by Martin Dietz.