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August 2004

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Aug

Tale of Tales has updated the website for their adventure game titled 8 with new screenshots.

With lofty goals, 8 promises non-linear storytelling, non-linear puzzles and a very interesting player character that the player isn't in direct control of.

The deaf-mute Girl in her pretty white Dress is not simply an avatar for the player. She is an autonomous entity with a will of her own. Her behaviour is inluenced by the style of the player and by the environment. If you treat her well, she will help you solve puzzles and surprise you. If you neglect her, she will sulk or find other ways to amuse herself.

Next to her mood and personality, her abilities evolve as well. She acquires magical powers that allow for new ways to interact with the environment.

The website describes the story elements of the game as very old fairytales much more suited for a mature audience:

While “8” does not tell a linear story per se, it's universe is packed with narrative elements inspired by many different versions of the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. You can discover hidden stories by making connections between different scenes. Or you can simply let yourself float on the poetic wealth of the environment.

Ever since the clean-up activities by the brothers Grimm, fairy tales have been considered stuff for children. Most of the stories that inspired “8”, however, are much older and much more suitable for a mature audience. Children will be able to play the game. But only adults will enjoy it fully.

Tale of Tales is actively pursuing a publisher, will have a demo very soon and is firm on its release date of 2007.



1

Aug

Adventure Gamers received word this week of a new commercial interactive fiction game to be released by Malinche Entertainment, creators of Pentari: First Light and Greystone. The new game, Endgame, is almost certainly the first major piece of interactive fiction that shares a genre with Tom Clancy. Here's the official press release:

(Las Vegas, July 28) Malinche Entertainment, the world's only publisher of Interactive Fiction, has announced the release of Release Candidate 1 of Endgame. "Endgame is an intense naval techno-thriller set aboard an Ticonderoga-class Guided Missile cruiser," Implementor Howard Sherman states. "In Endgame, players assume command of a Navy cruiser and are faced with challenging command decisions at every turn as they make their way through four missions in three different parts of the world. Like any good captain, the player must be familiar with their ship and crew as they invoke strategy and warcraft to win the day. Endgame enters unchartered waters in that no other work of Interactive Fiction has been presented this way before," the Implementor offers. "With Release Candidate 1, adventure game lovers can count on the official release to go ahead in August." Visit http://www.malinche.net and read Howard's designer's journal and check out exclusive, behind the scenes pictures of Howard's research and development of Endgame.

More on this interesting game when it is officially released.




July 2004

31

Jul

Apprentice II: The Knight's Move, sequel to 2003's highly-rated, AGS Award winning, Apprentice has been released. The game is longer and more difficult than the original. It can be found here.



31

Jul

Groovalicious Games brings you another Uru: Path of the Shell review, giving it a shagadelic score of 8.2:

 

While it's not necessary to have actually played Uru to enjoy PotS, it will obviously appeal most to those that favored the original, and for that group, it's practically a must-buy - even more so if you missed out on the To D'ni expansion, since that content is included as well. It's far from being a revolutionary expansion pack, but it's a quality title that provides a satisfying final chapter for Uru fans.

 

Read the rest here.

Also the Warcry News Network has got their short review up of Aura: Fate of the Ages, where it scores an overall score of 7.5:

 

Overall, this game is definitely for the puzzle aficionado, and not for every type of gamer. It might be fun for everyone, but it gets boring after a while if, like me, you don't have the patience required. The fun part comes in when you complete a puzzle...a real sense of accomplishment. I don’t suggest this game to every gamer but, for those who love/like puzzle games, this is a must.

 

 

 

Read it all over here.



30

Jul

Greek developer Anima-PPD Interactive is preparing to begin production of the sequel to their 2003 FMV detective adventure Conspiracies. We spoke with Anestis Kokkinidis, the project manager, and it looks like the whole Anima team is preparing to make the sequel a much better game. A new real-time 3D engine has been developed (which was nearly a nine-month process, according to Kokkinidis) and promises cutting-edge new rendering techniques.

Filming for the sequel will begin on September 27th, and apparently this time around the video will be DVD-quality. Filming is scheduled to last into 2005. Conspiracies II, though it will feature the return of main character Nick Delios, is being written so that those with no knowledge of the first game will be able to understand and enjoy it.

Anima-PPD is hoping for a late 2005 release date, and is already speaking to publishers. Stay tuned to Adventure Gamers for continuing coverage of this promising detective adventure, and be sure to read our review of the first game.



30

Jul

GameSpot has their review of Uru: Path of the Shell, the second expansion to Uru: Ages Beyond Myst giving it a score of 7.6/10, saying it gives the Uru story a satisfying end.

 

Like the final episodes of a cult-favorite TV show, Uru: The Path of the Shell may not win over many new followers, but it will surely be appreciated by fans of the original, first-run material.

 

Read the full review here.



30

Jul

Reliable sources tell us that Spanish publisher Friendware have signed a publishing deal for Moment of Silence in Spain.

House of Tales are having great fortune in finding international publishers, having signed a publishing deal for Russia and Europe. House of Tales are in the search of a North American publishers and make sure to check AG for news on that.



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