Adventure News
 


June 2005

26

Jun

Bespectacled boy's next adventure gets online home

Publisher dtp has just launched the official site for Tony Tough 2: A Rake's Progress. In German or English language, the site is Flash based and features screenshots from this upcoming game, character profiles, downloadable wallpapers, and other goodies. More content is on the way.

For our angle on Tony Tough 2, check out our E3 preview. The game is set for release towards the end of this year (Q4).



26

Jun

360ยบ view shows one of the Ages

Cyan Worlds has recently released a teasingly interactive screenshot of their upcoming Myst V: End Of Ages. The view is a node based panorama of one of the Ages, a beautiful grassy area bordered by water and punctuated by huge stones bearing mysterious petroglyphs.

Download the screenshot from 3D Gamers (playable using Quicktime). For more on Myst V read our special E3 preview.



22

Jun

Digital distribution for interactive stories

Telltale Games have revealed their new online distribution platform Telltale Now. They have also created development tools and systems designed especially for the platform.

Telltale Now promises immediate delivery, try-before-you-buy features and engaging, ongoing stories. The first game to be distributed through Telltale Now will be the first chapter in their adventure game adaptation of popular comic book Bone, but more games will follow.

"We've identified a void, which lies between long-form games for hard core gamers at one end of the spectrum and casual online parlor diversions at the other," says Dan Connors, CEO of Telltale. "We see an opportunity to offer rich, interactive stories that anyone can quickly download and play – which are simply not available today. This is an exciting new way to get great adventures out to the world."

Mike Stemmle, formerly writer and/or designer of games such as Sam & Max Hit the Road, Escape from Monkey Island and the cancelled Sam & Max: Freelance Police, had this to say about the announcement: "Telltale's new format makes me all a-tingly with storytelling and design possibilities. It's nice to see a company with the huevos to try something different."



19

Jun

Sample gameplay offers a taste of this puzzle rich adventure

The playable demo to Knut Mueller's Rhem II has recently been released. The full game features a story of a search for a mysterious artifact, first person view, non-linear gameplay, and intricate mechanical puzzles, all set in a mysterious underground city, labyrinthine caves, walkways, and water systems.

Rhem II is slated for launch and distribution in mid-July by Got Game Entertainment. At just under 48MB the demo can be downloaded from Gamer's Hell.



18

Jun

Mystery Manor game site owner creates her own AGS adventure game

Cindy Pondillo, owner of the adventure game site Mystery Manor, has just launched Hauntings Of Myster Manor, a ghost themed first person view point-&-click 2D game:

"You arrive at your ancestral home which you haven't been back to for 15 years. Each room holds a spirit that has their own story that they will tell you. You must help free them from their misery, which is how the house holds them there. You do that by un-murdering them or bringing them something they want or desire. It is quite atmospheric. Hauntingly beautiful, as I refer to it, but not falling into the "horror" genre."

Hauntings Of Mystery Manor can be purchased as a download or ordered through the official site. More detailed information, including screenshots and system requirements, are at the site.



18

Jun

First person adventure features story based on science fiction novel

Akella and developer STEP Creative Group have announced The Island: The Earthling, based on the Strugatsky brothers' book, Inhabitated Island:

"This is the age of mankind’s prosperity. FSG Pilots (Free Search Group) are exploring the universe. Our Hero – Maksim Kammerer – is forced to perform an emergency landing on the planet Sarkash, where, a few minutes after, his ship is destroyed and he becomes a prisoner on the unknown planet.

It turns out that there is human civilization on this planet. Its level of development is much like the level of our civilization in the 20th century. A protracted nuclear war almost completely destroyed the planet’s ecology, and the surviving population still suffers. Their painfully obtained peace remains very unstable and a loathsome truth is hidden behind it. Maksim Kammerer must break through a veil of lies to find out what it is."

The Island: The Earthling will be a panoramic first person adventure and will feature up to 100 locations, photorealistic graphics, and 10 episodes. It has a planned release date for late 2006 (Q3).



18

Jun

A shorter title official for Jules Verne inspired adventure

Publisher The Adventure Company has confirmed the renaming of developer Kheops Studio's next adventure title to VOYAGE (from the previous Journey To The Center Of The Moon).

VOYAGE is planned for release late this year. For more on this game check out our special E3 preview.



18

Jun

A scenic 'tour' of the world offers glimpse of Frogwares' next adventure

Frogwares has just released a vibrant and colourful trailer of their upcoming title, 80 Days. The .avi format movie (playable using the free DivX player or similar) shows many of the global 'pit stops' along your way in your helping Oliver. The story is that Oliver is an adventurous young man who sets out to travel the globe in an air contraption on behalf of his scientist uncle to validate a theory and wager to a London science organization.

Grab the 66MB movie at 3D Gamers, Filefront, Worthplaying, or Gamer's Hell.



15

Jun

Psychic detective's debut soon be released

Developer Big Time Games has just revealed the ship date for Delaware St. John Volume 1: The Curse of Midnight Manor. The game will ship on June 28.

Midnight Manor will ship in a collector's series case and retail for $19.99 (U.S.). Orders for this title can be made only at the game's official site.

The second volume in the series, The Town With No Name, is currently underway and scheduled for a November 2005 release.



15

Jun

'Primitive' point-&-clicker to be on store shelves soon

Developer Kheops Studio's ECHO: Secrets of the Lost Cavern has reached gold status according to publisher The Adventure Company, and should reach store shelves very soon. This title will have an ESRB rating of 'E' (all ages).

A 2D pre-rendered point-&-click adventure set in primitive times, ECHO tells the story of a young boy named Arok, who embarks on a quest of discovery far away from family and tribe.



15

Jun

'Magical' game now has its own online home

Developer Wicked Studios has just launched its official Keepsake site. In addition to news, game information, and screenshots, this Flash animated site features bonus downloadable goodies like promotional art and wallpapers.

For more on Keepsake read our preview.



10

Jun

Fantasy-adventure available for your mobile phone

Vindigo, a mobile media company, has released their fantasy-adventure Shadowgate for mobile phones in North America. The point & click has sold over 1.5 million copies on other platforms, and is said to feature over 20 hours of gameplay. The game's vast world is inhabited by "fantastic beasts and devious puzzles", and Vindigo claims that the game is designed to appeal both to casual gamers and avid adventurers alike.

To find out how to get Shadowgate on your phone, visit Vindigo's website.



10

Jun

Prehistoric adventure to be released this summer

The Adventure Company has announced the first official trailer for Kheops' upcoming adventure Echo: Secrets of the Lost Cavern. The point & click'er will be set in prehistoric times, and puts players in the role of Arok, a young boy who aspires to become more than just a hunter like the people of his clan. As the title indicates, Arok will have to venture into the heart of a mysterious cave, interact with characters from the archaic times and discover one of mankind's forgotten wonders.

Echo will feature a few innovations, including a new inventory system that will allow you to combine and create new tools and items necessary to solve an array of puzzles. Also, the game will include an in-game encyclopedia, filled with historically accurate data on the Paleolithic period.

The game will be released this summer. Check out the trailer over at Gamer's Hell. The game's official website is here.



8

Jun

Serial killings to strike couch potatoes in North America

The Adventure Company has just shipped the Xbox console version of Still Life, erstwhile developer Microids' suspense thriller point-&-clicker, to North American store shelves.

For more on Still Life check out our review.



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