Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition (Wii)
Adventure 25 June 2007
The fourth major installment of the cult series of survival horrors created by Capcom. In the game the player assumes the role of ex-cop Leon S. Kennedy, a character well known from the second entry in the franchise. As a special agent responsible for protecting the presidential family, he goes to Europe in order to find the missing daughter of the US president. The trail leads to a small village in Spain. The village is controlled by a mysterious sect and the citizens are infected with a virus which causes mutations. During the game one will face hordes of zombies as well as more demanding bosses, such as giant monsters or the powerful leader of the sect, Osmund Saddler. Resident Evil 4 retains the dark feel of the previous installments and the game contains puzzles, but gameplay mechanics were greatly changed and the new engine allowed the developers to create faster and more dynamic action sequences. The game also contains many quick-time events.
Back to the Future (Wii)
An episodic adventure game based on Back to the Future, the cult film trilogy by Robert Zemeckis. The game was developed by experts in this genre – American studio Telltale Games, also known for such titles as Sam & Max and a couple CSI games. The game depicts the adventures of two film heroes: Marty McFly and the crazy scientist Dr. Emmett Brown, taking off six months after the conclusion of the trilogy. Gameplay boils down to exploration, conversations, puzzle solving, and collecting useful items. The game consists of six episodes, originally distributed in regular time intervals. Back to the Future features colorful, cartoonish graphics. As for the audio, the crazy doctor was voiced by Christopher Lloyd, who reprised his role from the film.
Secret Files 3: The Archimedes Code (Wii)
The third installment in the classic point ‘n’ click adventure game series that was launched in 2006. In Secret Files 3: The Archimedes Code, we assume the role of the well-known pair of protagonists, Nina Kalenko and Max Gruber (optionally, two other characters, as well), yet again. This time around, the heroes try to solve the mystery of the Pi. During their adventure not only do they visit various corners of our planet but also a post-apocalyptic world and even travel back in time to the ancient Alexandria and renaissance Florentia. Traditionally, our tasks involve exploring locations, gathering and using items, talking to non-player characters, and solving various kinds of puzzles that include numerous arcade logic mini-games. Contrary to its predecessors, Secret Files 3 forces us to make mutually exclusive choices that lead to one of four alternative conclusions of the story.
Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis (Wii)
Adventure 08 May 2009
A sequel to the well-received 2006’s point-and-click adventure game, developed in cooperation with Fusionsphere Systems, the creators of the original. The title’s plot revolves around a worldwide series of unexplainable phenomena boggling even the greatest of minds. Everything indicates that there may actually be something in the prophecy of imminent dooms preached by Pat Shelton on the TV. The duo of the original’s protagonists, Nina Kalenkov and Max Gruber, take on the task to solve the mystery once their paths cross yet again in the face of the incoming danger. Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis is practically identical to its predecessor in terms of gameplay mechanics and graphics. The fun is focused on exploring locations and solving logic puzzles connected to them. The game features pre-rendered backgrounds and three-dimensional character models.
An original two-dimensional adventure game developed by Amanita Design - an independent Czech studio popular for the Samorost series. The action is set in a bizarre world made entirely of metal. All the plants, wildlife and humans were replaced by robots. The player assumes the role of one such robot, wrongfully sent to a junkyard. Once back in town, the protagonist discovers the existence of a conspiracy aiming to murder its leader. He decides to prevent the murder attempt and tries to get back his girlfriend along the way. The game is based on the classic point-and-click mechanics and the player collects various items when exploring subsequent locations and solves a set of relatively simple puzzles. Machinarium stands out with its well-made hand-drawn visuals inspired by industrial architecture, old and rusty machinery, as well as by classics of science-fiction literature.
Secret Files: Tunguska (Wii)
Adventure 25 April 2008
A classic, two-dimensional point-and-click adventure game developed by German studio Fusionsphere Systems. The story of the game is closely related to the famous Tunguska event which occurred in 1908 and which to this day was never fully explained. There are a few theories explaining what occurred there and some of them are quite unusual. The main protagonist of the game is Nina Kalenkov, a Russian girl living in Germany. As she sets out to meet with her father, in his office she finds chaos and documents scattered all over the room. In order to find her father and explain the situation, she travels to the other end of the world accompanied by her colleague Max Gruber. In Secret Files: Tunguska the player can explore more than one hundred various locations and speaks to 25 characters. The graphics of the game combine two-dimensional, pre-rendered backgrounds with three-dimensional characters created using motion capture technology.
LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues (Wii)
Adventure 17 November 2009
A continuation of one of the entries in the LEGO series developed by Traveller’s Tales. The players once again assume the role of Indiana Jones, a famous archeologist/adventurer, and lead him through a number of events that took place in the original trilogy and the newest entry in the series – Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. In contrast to the previous installment, we’ve been given a number of new features and additional vehicles, while the titular hero had received a number of new animations and a more useful whip that allows him to pull his opponents in. The levels are now characterized by a high degree of interactivity, as we can use almost any item as a melee or a ranged weapon. As always, the players can switch between the available characters on the fly, or invite a friend to join our session. Aside from Story and Free Play modes, LEGO Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues offers an extensive level editor which can also be used to share our works with other players.
Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero (Wii)
Adventure 10 July 2008
A side entry in the classic survival horror series from Capcom; originally developed exclusively for Nintendo GameCube console, but later released for Nintendo Wii (under the name Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil Zero). Story-wise, it is a prequel to the entire series, telling about the special force unit S.T.A.R.S. Bravo Team, which has been sent to Raccoon City, but never reached it. We take control of Rebecca Chambers, a lone survivor of the squad, after a helicopter crash forced her to join forces with former convict Billy Coen. Gameplay isn’t much different from previous games in the series, introducing tagging. We can freely swap between both protagonists, each of which has unique strong and weak points. This feature is crucial for gameplay, with some tasks requiring close cooperation of both characters.