Adventure News
 


September 2011

30

Sep

The Silent Age coming to Android and iOS devices early next year

Proving that silence isn’t always golden, indie Danish developer House of Fire have loudly proclaimed production on a new title, The Silent Age, a time-bending adventure for Android and iOS tablets.

This sci-fi point-and-click adventure takes you back and forth between present day 1972 and an unsettling future in 2011. You dive into the role of an average and suitably-named Joe. Joe is an office cleaner who one night stumbles across a mysterious dying man. The stranger, before slipping the mortal coil, explains to Joe that something is about to go wrong with catastrophic repercussions on the future and hands him a portable time travel device. It would seem the fate of humanity lies in Joe’s hands!

As the first screenshots and teaser trailer indicate, this adventure-to-go displays a minimalist art direction with a suitably dystopian feel. The game is being optimised for Android and iOS tablets, but the developers state that “it should also be very well playable on most modern smart phones which are relying on these operating systems.”

The Silent Age will be arriving in the first quarter of 2012 carrying a not-so-unpleasant $0.99 price tag.



29

Sep

Revolution's original and Director's Cut classic available until October 1st

If you've somehow managed to miss out on Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars all these years, or resisted picking up the recently enhanced Director's Cut, now you're out of excuses, as GOG.com is making both versions free to all for 48 hours.

Originally released to widespread acclaim in 1996, the first adventure of American George Stobbard and French photojournalist Nicole Collard was updated and re-released across multiple platforms last year. Notable features include an all-new chapter played as Nicole, a context-sensitive help system, and new cinematics and animations by renowned artist (and Watchmen creator) Dave Gibbons.

The free download comes courtesy of the game's developer, Revolution Software, and is available to all registed users at GOG.com (registration is free and comes with no additional obligations). You'll have to act fast though, as the offer ends October 1 at 7:59 a.m. EDT (11:59 a.m. GMT).



23

Sep

The Mystery of the Frozen City announced for first half of 2012

If you've been hoping to chill with an adventure game on your fancy new Nintendo 3DS, you'll soon get your chance -- quite literally -- as Focus Home Interactive and Frogwares have just announced production on Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Frozen City.

London isn't renowned for the best of weather, but it's never THIS bad. A mysterious snowstorm has fallen on the city, and the temperatures have dropped so low that even the mighty Thames has begun to freeze over. Enter one Sherlock Holmes to determine if this is more than a fluke of nature by interrogating people, seeking objects and clues for evidence of man-made interference, and solving a host of puzzles along the way.

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The first images show off the game's distinctive art style, though only in 2D, of course. The 3DS is the new handheld platform that displays games in stereoscopic 3D, and this game is being "specially crafted and developed to take advantage of the unique capacities of Nintendo's latest portable console."

No firm launch date has been announced, but Sherlock Holmes and the Mystery of the Frozen City is currently scheduled for release in the first half of 2012.



22

Sep

UPDATE: Episode 3 of raunchy comic crime adventure now available for iOS, PC, and Mac

The "fat arse of the law" lands on the App Store today (ouch!), as Telltale has just released the third episode of Straandlooper's Hector: Badge of Carnage, with PC, Mac, and PlayStation Network releases soon to follow.

It was barely a month ago that Detective Inspector Hector was last forced into ingnominious acts of crime-fighting in pursuit of a morality terrorist in the filth-ridden town of Clappers Wreake. With the criminal's identity uncovered at the end of Episode 2, it's all about to come to a head in Beyond Reasonable Doom, as Hector "races to take down the 'Tosser' that has been making his life a living bleeding hell! It’s going to be a right, proper donnybrook as the pot belly of justice collides with the grimy fists of evil! Ewwwwww…."

Beyond Reasonable Doom is available now exclusively at the App Store for $6.99 on iPad and $4.99 iPhone/iPod Touch. No firm release details for the PC and Mac versions have yet been revealed, other than that they are "coming soon" and each will be available as part of a full three-episode season's purchase. A PlayStation Network version of the final episode is currently in the works as well, with no defined timeline for release.

Update September 23rd: "Coming soon" was right on the money, as the PC and Mac versions are now available for download as well.



21

Sep

Ubisoft announces first multi-platform game based on popular TV show

We may not be getting a new CSI game this year from the looks of things, but we'll get all the same letters at least, as Ubisoft today announced NCIS, the first adventure based on the popular TV series.

Now in its ninth season, NCIS follows a team of special agents as they analyze crimes that involve the American Navy and Marines. The game will let players "investigate crime scenes as agents Ziva David and Tony DiNozzo, conduct forensics analyses as Abby Sciuto, perform victim autopsies as Ducky Mallard, interrogate and break suspects as special agent Gibbs, and use satellite tracking to apprehend bad guys on the run as special agent McGee."

Currently under development for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii platforms, the game will include an all new storyline scripted by writers from the TV show, covering four different cases across "exotic environments ranging from a casino in Atlantic City to a luxury hotel in Dubai." A 3DS version is also in development, which will include cases exclusive to Nintendo's handheld system.

NCIS is currently scheduled for release on October 28th.



15

Sep

Inquisition-themed adventure from Cranberry Production to be released in Q1 2012

Normally hearing the Inquisition is coming wouldn't be a good thing, but it is when it's an announcement that Lace Mamba Global will be publishing Lost Chronicles of Zerzura in the UK early next year.

First unveiled at gamescom last month, Lost Chronicles of Zerzura is the new game from dtp's Cranberry Production, the developers behind the last two Black Mirror adventures. Here it's 1514, and inventor brothers Feodor and Ramon are building a flying machine at their Spanish home in Barcelona. But without warning or explanation, Ramon is captured by the Inquisition, leaving his brother alone to discover what happened. Playing as Feodor, the adventure will send gamers across several different countries, including the mythical land of Zerzura.

Lace Mamba Global will be distributing the game throughout the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia, the Benelux countries. Though no definite release date has yet been set, Lost Chronicles of Zerzura is currently on schedule for launch sometime in the first quarter of 2012.



14

Sep

Fourth installment of popular supernatural indie series slated for October 12

It's feast or famine where Blackwell Deception is concerned. After months of no news about the fourth installment of the popular supernatural indie series, today comes the first trailer, a playable demo, and word that the game is due to release in less than a month.

Blackwell Deception once again stars medium Rosangela Blackwell and her ghostly spirit guide Joey Mallone. When an old friend of Rosa's asks for her help to research a story, their investigation soon points to "a shady ring of street psychics who are preying on the gullible and milking them dry." Though there's no direct connection between the cases, slowly the mystery comes into focus as they converse with both the living and the dead across New York City, once again helping the latter cross over to the afterlife when possible.

The demo can be downloaded from the game's official website, where you can also place pre-orders starting today. For $14.99, players will get a free downloadable version of Blackwell Convergence to play immediately, and a download-only version of Deception on launch day. A $24.99 Limited Edition DVD is also available, which includes "all four Blackwell games, an exclusive MP3 soundtrack, animated Blackwell shorts, and other bonus materials".

If that isn't enough Blackwell goodness for you for one day, be sure to check out our recent hands-on preview and interview with designer Dave Gilbert.



14

Sep

Lace Mamba Global to publish Deck13's supernatural adventure

Deck13's Haunted has been haunted itself by publisher troubles in the past, but at last the game is on track for release by Lace Mamba Global in the UK later this year.

While still a comedy, Haunted is something of a departure from Deck 13's previous bright, cheerful Ankh and Jack Keane games. In 19th century London, players control a young girl named Mary on the trail of her sister, who is now believed dead. After nearly meeting her own demise at the hands of Professor Lindsey Ashford and her henchman, Mary learns that she can communicate with ghosts and that a secret from her own past "could lead to the destruction of the spirit world and the overall cosmic balance overall." To prevent this tragedy, Mary's travels will take her to such locations as "Scotland, Transylvania and a goldfish glass" accompanied by up to six different ghostly companions, and certain puzzles will even require players to switch to a werewolf.

Along with the UK, Haunted will be distrbuted in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Scandinavia and the Benelux countries. While no firm release date has yet been announced, the game is currently scheduled for launch in the fourth quarter of 2011.



13

Sep

Trailer heralds fall intallment of the popular teen detective's mystery series

Usually Nancy Drew is hopping around the globe in pursuit of criminals, but as today's trailer for Alibi in Ashes suggests, Nancy is staying in River Heights this fall for a mystery that truly hits close to home: an arson for which she herself is the main suspect.

In the teen sleuth's 25th PC installment, the River Heights Town Hall is engulfed in flames when a local contest goes dangerously awry. There are several possible culprits, but "well-placed incriminating evidence and poisonous local gossip compelled authorities to make only one arrest: Nancy Drew. Can you, as the teenage detective and her closest friends, catch the real arsonist and extinguish the accusations among the embers?"

Alibi in Ashes promises a whopping four different playable characters, giving players the chance to control not only Nancy but Ned, Bess, and George as well. Different characters will provide different answers depending on the person questioning them, so you'll have multiple chances to probe others for the information you seek.

No firm release date has yet been announced for Alibi in Ashes, but Her Interactive will begin accepting pre-orders at the official website on September 26th, so the game isn't far off now.



12

Sep

Revamped versions of LucasArts classics now on disc for first time

So, did you hear about the big new LucasArts re-release? No no, not THAT re-release. Right up there with Star Wars on Blu-Ray is the launch of Monkey Island Special Edition Collection in the UK.

If you've been stranded on a deserted island the last few years, the revamped Special Edition updates of The Secret of Monkey Island and LeChuck's Revenge include full voiceovers, a remastered musical score, and an in-depth hint system, along with all-new HD graphics and the option to switch back and forth with the classic older versions at any time.

While the downloadable versions of both games have been available for some time now, the Monkey Island Special Edition Collection marks the first time the games have been bundled together and released on disc. Currently available only in the UK, the bundle is retailing now for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.



5

Sep

Trailer introduces indie Swedish adventure about fallen star lost on Earth

For anyone who's seen a shooting star, ever wondered where it went after that? You may just find out in the coming months, as indie developer Forgotten Key has just announced its debut adventure, The Shine of a Star.

Reminiscent of games like Samorost and Machinarium, this point-and-click adventure casts players in the role of a star who's fallen to Earth. Now lost and alone in the woods, players must help the little star return home, overcoming numerous obstacles along the way. As seen in the first trailer, the game's story is conveyed exclusively through animations and sound rather than dialogue.

Developed by a small Swedish team of four people, The Shine of a Star was a recent winner in the country's Game Concept Challenge. There is no firm release date or distribution details available at the moment, but the game is currently in its final testing phase, and the developers are aiming for launch sometime within the next month or two if all goes well.