Crystal Shard packages three games in one Adventure Bundle
Normally having to pay for something you could once get for free would be a bad thing, but not when the new and improved version comes with key upgrades and bundled with other good things, as is the case with Crystal Shard's recently-released Adventure Bundle. Comprising Starship Quasar, Quest for Yrolg and Larry Lotter and the Test of Time, this new three-in-one bundle of former freeware adventures includes a number of important enhancements, including graphical upgrades and full voice acting.
Each game is available separately for Windows and Linux through itch.io and Game Jolt at a cost of $3 or (optionally) more, or you can get all three together in the Adventure Bundle through Steam. For additional details and purchase links, visit the Crystal Shard website to learn more.
This one you should already know about, as we reviewed the re-release back when it was still simply referred to as Quasar Deluxe Edition. This character-driven sci-fi adventure follows the travails of a spaceship's crew members as they work through strained relations caused by overwork and lack of downtime. Now "the latest argument has proved too much, with each of the crew stalking off to different parts of the ship. To the medical officer, bringing these warring characters back together will be no easy task." Putting players in control of four different characters, this game focuses less on puzzle solving and more on "the personalities of the characters and their interactions."
Quest for Yrolg
A fantasy adventure first launched in 2008, Quest for Yrolg takes a decidedly different approach to the battle between good vs. evil than most adventure games. Rather than play the do-gooder hero, this game casts players in the role of a "minion of darkness" who must defend his master Yrolg the Necromancer while he attempts to summon a mighty demon from deep within his dungeon. Sent to stop him are "three brave adventurers, a warrior, a rogue and a sorceress, come to his lair to disrupt this dark ritual." You must defeat them instead, as "should the heroes succeed, your Master will be slain, his reign of terror ended, and the world shall be covered with flowers and puppy dogs. That must never happen - this time, evil shall prevail!"
Larry Lotter and the Test of Time
Originally called Warthogs upon its 2006 release, you can be forgiven if the name Larry Lotter and the Test of Time sounds vaguely familiar. That's because the game playfully spoofs the Harry Potter franchise, thrusting players into the shoes (and robe) of the eponymous "notorious slacker." It's exam time at the school of magic, and Larry is "about to flunk all of them because he spent less time studying and more time drinking beer. His last hope is to cheat like there's no tomorrow!" In this case, that means using a spell to reverse time, giving him the chance to "do his day over again until he passes."
Platform(s): PC, Linux
Platform(s): PC, Linux