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The Capri Connection

The Capri Connection

The Capri Connection is the third game in the Capri saga trilogy series from Italian indie developer S-G Software, founded by the father and son team of Gey (Guiseppe) and Silvio Savarese. The game is the sequel to A Quiet Weekend in Capri and AnaCapri: The Dream released in 2002 and 2007 respectively. Whereas earlier games in the series have been a collaborative project between father and son,…

review  Posted by Mervyn Graham.
Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: Episode Four: Shadows of the Vashta Nerada

Doctor Who: The Adventure Games: Episode Four: Shadows of the Vashta Nerada

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.
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments

When adventure game developer Frogwares released The Testament of Sherlock Holmes back in 2012, Arthur Conan Doyle's seminal characters of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson were in the midst of a revival in mainstream popular culture. The resurgence has shown no signs of slowing so far, and Frogwares has continued to embrace the Sherlock Holmes series by releasing the seventh title in the series…

review  Posted by Jenny Rouse.
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.

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

Fester Mudd: Curse of the Gold - Episode 1: A Fistful of Pocket Lint

Fester Mudd: Curse of the Gold - Episode 1: A Fistful of Pocket Lint

Fester Mudd: Curse of the Gold is the debut episodic adventure series from Finnish indie game developer Prank. The series pays homage to the golden age of the adventure genre and parodies many classic adventure games from the bygone era. The graphical style mirrors games from that period: pixelated character models, exaggerated facial animations, and the instantly recognizable verb coin…

review  Posted by Mervyn Graham.