Adventure 17 May 2017
Beholder is an indie adventure game, inspired by the works of George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, and Ray Bradbury. The game takes place in a dystopian world, where the lives of its citizens are fully controlled by the regime, and privacy and freedom of speech are relics of the past. The players take on the role of the manager of an apartment complex. His job is to - under the guise of care - surveil and report any signs of opposition against the government. The game's plot is non-linear - the ending, and the fate of many characters, depend on the player's choices. In Beholder, the players must observe and eavesdrop on the apartment complex's residents, and - when they are gone - search their apartments. When the investigation is complete, a proper report must be submitted, alongside collected evidence. Then, the players can see the consequences of their actions, like a suspect being arrested. Beholder features gloomy 2D graphics which, together with the music, fit in quite well with the game's grim vibe.
Thimbleweed Park (AND)
Adventure 10 October 2017
A point-and-click adventure game created by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick. The players are taken to the titular Thimbleweed Park - once a prosperous business area, now definitely past its prime. The player takes on the roles of five characters in total throughout this adventure and is capable of switching between them at any time. The characters present are a stronger feature of this game - apart from others, the player assumes the role of Ransome - a clown suffering from a curse which makes him unable to get rid of his stage make-up. Franklin is another of the characters the player will be in control of in this game; one day, he (Franklin) discovers that he has died. The player will also assume control of two detectives investigating a case of a body found nearby; Dolores on the other hand, needs to read the testament of her rich uncle. When it comes to the story, the creators mixed a unique taste in humor with different possible endings. All of this is complemented by visuals modeled after LucasArts' classics, as well as an interface resembling the legendary SCUMM system.
Resident Evil 4: Mobile Edition (AND)
Adventure 24 April 2013
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.
Samorost 3 (AND)
Adventure 01 December 2016
The third installment in a light-hearted adventure game series created by Czech developer Amanita Design, who also created such titles as Botanicula and Machinarium. Once again, you play as the little space gnome, who does not speak and communicates with the world solely by gestures and strange sounds. In terms of gameplay, Samorost 3 is a typical point-and-click adventure game that focuses on exploration of diversified locations and solving inventive logic puzzles. In contrast to its predecessors, which were very short and simple productions, the newest installment in the Samorost series is a full-fledged production offering several hours of gameplay. The game’s unquestionable strength are its audiovisuals. The graphics were created with a technique that combines photography and hand-drawn elements. The atmosphere is further enhanced by the soundtrack composed by Tomas Dvorak, known from previous productions by Amanita Design.
Batman: The Telltale Series - The Enemy Within (AND)
Adventure 03 October 2017
The second season of Batman: The Telltale Series, which debuted in 2016. In this adventure game by Telltale Games (the developers of such titles as The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series and The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series) the player follows the darker and darker story of Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter-ego. This time Batman has to challenge both Joker and Riddler as well as a merciless federal agent who has just came to the city of Gotham. The story is split into five episodes, the first one of which launched in August 2017. In the game you get to explore small locations, talk to characters met there, play through QTE sequences and, of course, make difficult moral decisions that determine how the story unfolds. Batman: The Telltale Series - The Enemy Within features actors that made the appearance in the first game. Batman is starred by Troy Baker, while his arch-nemesis Joker by Anthony Ingruber.
The Inner World: The Last Wind Monk (AND)
Adventure March 2018
A continuation to a well-received point-and-click adventure game, developed by the independent Studio Fizbin. The Last Wind Monk is set three years after the events depicted in the original game. Robert, the protagonist, had been turned into a stone and has remained in this form during these three years. As a result, his dynasty lost its influences to the evil Emil. Along with his companions, Robert has to stop the wrongdoer, through finding the titular, Last Wind Monk. Above all, the player discovers secrets hidden within different locations and solves puzzles - those require the player mainly to manipulate different mechanisms, use the items gathered, or to perform songs using Robert's flute nose. Apart from that, the player talks to NPCs and completes more and less complex assignments for them. The game offers high-quality 2D graphics and brings old, animated movies into mind.
The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier (AND)
Adventure 23 December 2016
The third full-fledged season of the popular series of episodic adventure games developed by Telltale Games based on the cult comics and TV series, The Walking Dead. The mechanics of the game are similar as in previous installments of the series and they concentrate on exploration and conversations with non-playable characters. In difference to classic adventure games, The Walking Dead: Season Three lacks typical puzzles and the focus is on making various moral choices which are the main factor that shapes the story of the game. A new feature in the game is a special system that allows moving saved games between various platforms. It is possible to import saves from Season Two and continue the plots started there with all consequences of the choices previously made.
Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends (AND)
Adventure 28 September 2017
Developed by The House of Fables in cooperation with Artifex Mundi, Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends is a Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure game, in which players get to follow the adventures of a botanist by the name of Mary Gilbert, who this time around has to rescue her brother kidnapped by an evil sorcerer. Unfortunately, the antagonist not only poses a threat to the main protagonist's brother but also to the entire world, and the only chance of stopping him lies in Mary and her companion Aitwara – a house spirit. On his adventure, a player gets to travel to a fantasy land of Clouders located on the other side of the rainbow. The gameplay formula does not deviate much from the one featured in other HOPA games and requires a player to visit consecutive locations and look for hidden objects. The game is relatively easy; however, in case of any difficulties, one can use the hint system. Another aspect, which diversifies the experience, is the set of various logical puzzles. Eventide 3: Legacy of Legends delivers high-quality visuals.
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - Season One (AND)
Adventure 09 April 2014
An episodic adventure game from Telltale Games, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman. The main theme of The Walking Dead: Season One revolves around a dramatic struggle for survival in a world infested by zombies. The player assumes the role of Lee Everett, one of the few survivors. The gameplay emphasizes exploration, dialogues, collecting items, and puzzle solving. The most significant feature are in-game moral choices the protagonist has to make, and whose consequences are often made visible only after some time. The developers created a highly interactive environment to give the players a good degree of freedom in puzzle solving. The Walking Dead: Season One catches the eye with its comic-like style, achieved with cel shading.
The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series - Season 2 (AND)
Her Story (AND)
Adventure 29 June 2016
A unique detective game by Sam Barlow, the main designer and writer of Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. Her Story is a rare example of a FMV adventure game — most of the visuals consists of videos of live-action actors. The plot of Her Story focuses on a British woman named Hannah, whose husband went missing in mysterious circumstances. Based on the recordings of her testimonies from 1994, you have to discover the truth behind those events. The game features an interesting keyword search system, allowing you to quickly find the moment, in which the woman used a particular phrasing. The videos feature various effects, making them look like blurred VHS recordings, and they're complemented by a minimalist interface, which is supposed to look like old computers once used by the police. It's also worth noting that Hannah is played by a professional actress, Viva Seifert.
Titan Souls (AND)
Adventure 02 September 2015
A two-dimensional retro action platform game inspired by typical cRPGs and the cult PS2 title Shadow of the Colossus. Titan Souls was developed by the independent, three-person studio Acid Nerve and it is an expanded, commercial version of the application created during the Ludum Dare competition. The game takes place in ancient ruins in which, according to a legend, the souls of titans were placed. These souls are the source of all life, but they were shattered into many pieces and access to each of them is protected by a legendary golem. As a young warrior, the player will face the golems, each of which is challenging in a different way. The monsters have their strong and weak points and learning about them is the key to victory in the duels. The fact that the protagonist is equipped with a bow with only one arrow makes things even more complicated – in order to attack the opponent again, one must first pick up priceless projectile.
Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame (AND)
Adventure 25 July 2013
Remake of a 1993's classic platformer and second installment in the cult series from Broderbund Software studio, redesigned for mobile devices. Plot of Prince of Persia: The Shadow and The Flame continues the story of the first part of the franchise. Happiness of the Prince of Persia and the daughter of the Sultan is interrupted by the vengeance of Vizier Jaffar. With the help of magic he sways all guards of the kingdom to capture Prince and steals his position, forcing him to flee through several locations, including not only palace dungeons, but also open spaces. Gameplay itself does not differ significantly from mechanics known from the original, just as in the Prince of Persia Classic. However, the title features modernized, completely redesigned visuals and a whole range of improvements concerning mechanics and level design. Developers deleted several scenes from the base game, introducing brand new ones in their place.
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series - Season One (AND)
Adventure 22 December 2014
A game by Telltale Games, the studio behind many others similar productions, designed as an episodic adventure game based on the HBO’s popular TV show Game of Thrones - an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire books. The game features an original story overlapping with the events presented in the seasons 3-5 of the TV series. This six-part episodic story focuses on the House Forrester, whose members, although missing from the TV show, appeared in the fifth book of the saga. Known for ironwood trade, the Forresters are trying to survive the War of the Five Kings, while competing with House Whitehill. Gameplay employs the classic point-and-click mechanics. The game lets you visit many well-known locations from across both the Westeros and Essos continents, and observe the events from the perspective of several characters whose actions have direct impact on the fate of the two families.
Tormentum: Dark Sorrow (AND)
Adventure 19 April 2016
A classic 2D point-and-click adventure game with extremely characteristic visuals inspired by such artists as H.R. Giger and Zdzislaw Beksinski. This is a debut project by the Polish three-man studio OhNoo. During the game, you assume the role of a nameless hero who travels through a surreal world on the border between dreams and nightmares. The protagonist knows neither his identity nor the reason why he's stuck there. His mission is to find out the truth about himself and the world around him. Gameplay comes down to exploring diverse locations of different architecture, atmosphere, and dwellers. The hero chats with NPCs and solves varied logic puzzles. The partially non-linear plot requires the player to take decisions that shape further gameplay and lead to one of several alternative endings.
Adventure 23 December 2013
An adventure game designed by Benoit Sokal, the famous Belgian comic writer, in cooperation with studio Microids. Syberia is the first chapter of the adventures of Kate Walker, an American lawyer hired by the company that produces automatons – mechanical toys. She is tasked with finishing the formalities related to taking over a factory located in a small city in Europe. The game begins when the protagonist arrives at the factory and learns that its owner, Anna Voralberg, is dead. In order to complete her mission, Kate must find her heir. The task pushes her to embark on the greatest adventure of her life. During the journey she will visit various climatic and mysterious places located in the Eastern Europe and she will meet many interesting people. Since it's a typical point-and-click adventure game, the gameplay consists mostly of exploring locations, solving riddles and speaking with non-playable characters. Syberia is famous for its climatic graphics with pre-rendered, hand-drawn backgrounds.
Lifeline: Whiteout (AND)
Adventure 24 May 2016
Another installment in a series of mobile adventure titles developed by 3 Minute Games. The plot is centered around a man called V. Adams, who wakes up in a distant corner of the Earth one day, right in the middle of a raging snow storm. Without remembering how he got there, he realizes he has no chances of survival just on his own. However, a special text message system allowing him to contact the player becomes helpful in his attempt to make his way out of that dangerous place. The player's task is to give various advices to the protagonist, in order for him to be able to make it out alive and find a way back to civilization. Along the way, the player also helps the protagonist in discovering the truth behind his past and the events that led to this miserable situation. Similarly to the previous installments, Lifeline: Whiteout is a form of a gamebook that requires the player to respond to the messages received, choosing from several reponse options available. These affect the actions of the protagonist and further developments of the story.
Adventure 10 May 2012
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.
To the Moon (AND)
Adventure 12 May 2017
An unusual adventure game developed by an indie developer studio from Canada, Freebird Games. To The Moon lets you play as two scientists working for Sigmund Corp., who offer people a chance to revisit their own memories and change the way they remember how their lives went so they can live out their biggest, unfulfilled dreams. As the two scientists delve into the mind of an ill old man named Johnathan Wyles, whose life dream was to fly to the Moon, the player’s job is to make that happen. Elements of the real world and the memories of fading Mr. Wyles interweave constantly throughout the story, and gameplay boils down to exploration of in-game locations and collecting special orbs that represent the old man’s key memories. To this end, you have to talk to people you meet and collect various items that give access to deeper layers of his memory. To the Moon combines a not so small dose of humor with a touching drama.
The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series - Season 1 (AND)
Adventure 30 October 2014
An episodic adventure game based on the popular Fables comic book series. The Wolf Among Us was developed by Telltale Games, studio that used the same mechanics as in its previous title, The Walking Dead. The protagonists are fairy creatures that were forced to look for a safe haven in the human world where they must hide their true nature. During the game the player can encounter many characters known from the comic books – including the Big Bad Wolf, Snow White or Ichabod Crane. The gameplay is focused mostly on visiting locations, conversing with NPCs, solving riddles and making hard decisions. The Wolf Among Us employs comic book-like visuals and, as usual, cel-shading.
Scarlett Mysteries: Cursed Child (AND)
Adventure 13 July 2017
Co-developed by World-Loom and Artifex Mundi, another casual hidden object puzzle adventure. Scarlett Mysteries: Cursed Child tells a story of the titular heroine who had supernatural powers since childhood, therefore her father put her in an orphanage ran by nuns. After many years, by mistake, she receives a letter addressed to her father. She decides to find him and learn the truth about her abilities. The trace leads her to the residence of Baron Steamayer, which hides many dark secrets. During gameplay, you visit over 30 locations, chat with NPCs, and collect items necessary for solving diverse puzzles. Elements typical for adventure titles are complemented with a set of minigames.
Choices: Stories You Play (AND)
Adventure 03 August 2016
A simple text adventure game developed by Pixelberry (a studio established by former employees of Electronic Arts) known for creating High School Story and Hollywood U. In Choices: Stories You Play, a player gets to learn diverse stories – in one case, he can fight for a lost throne, in another, he can become a private detective trying to catch a murderer. A player can also be at school, where teenagers form life-long relationships, while others are looking for love. The gameplay revolves around reading the text describing what given characters say and making decisions – sometimes, one has to e.g. choose one of the available questions or select who is going to talk next. Player’s actions affect the story. The game is available for free, however, it features an optional microtransaction system. With real money, a player can purchase the in-game currency in a form of diamonds, which can be used to make certain decisions. Additionally, certain episodes require special serial keys.