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The point-and-click Kickstarter adventure goes on with Demetrios

October 13, 2015 4:45 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Aiming for a truly humble crowdfunding goal (that's €2,500, roughly $2850), the Demetrios Kickstarter campaign must succeed and thus be able to provide us with a big, cynical, humorous, handcrafted point-and-click adventure game, that won't be afraid to dwell into murky and mysterious directions. Demetrios will be initially launched for Windows, Mac and Linux, and, should everything go according to plan, expand itself over to consoles.

You can play its very hefty demo here and vote for it on Greenlight here. A pledge of €10 will secure you a copy of Demetrios upon launch.

Sir(s), You Are Being Hunted lets Ladies and Gentlemen multiplay

October 12, 2015 12:00 PM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

SIREhunted.jpgThe ultimate in tweed-punk guns-robots-and-tea entertainment, lovely first person stealth-shooter Sir, You Are Being Hunted has just gone multiplayer meaning a) you will no longer have to die alone, and b) nobody can complain about unmet stretch goals anymore. Huzzah!

A Kickstarter Predicklement: Bertram Fiddle

October 12, 2015 5:45 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

This being the era of the cool-adventure-game-on-Kickstarter, it obviously felt appropriate for Victorian detective Bertram Fiddle to address the crowds and ask them to help a bit with his second coming in the delicious looking Episode 2: A Bleaker Predicklement; obviously via Kickstarter. It will, rather sensibly, be a sequel to the hilarious and quite excellent episode 1, in which you will presumably get to finally uncover the true identity of horrible chap Geoff the Murdere. Wonderful graphics, impressive noses, puns, unexpectedly funny puzzles and some very silly things indeed are to be expected on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android.

A humble pledge of £5 (approx $7.50) will get you episode two and a thank you telegram (handily delivered via email). Pay a bit more to also get episode 1 or, well, even more for some intriguing stickers, comic books, figurines, t-shirts and/or other expensive things.

Exploring identity, technology, and responsibility in Read Only Memories

October 11, 2015 2:32 AM | Lena LeRay

ROM_SS_05.pngMidBoss, LLC, the LGBTQ-focused company behind the GaymerX events and the film Gaming in Color, has released Read Only Memories. It's a point and click adventure game designed to provide an example of how including a more diverse cast of characters doesn't mean sacrificing quality of gaming experience, and it is a very good example. The game hooked me from the start and pulled me right along until the end, whereupon I discovered that I had several Skype messages that had come in whose alert sounds I hadn't even noticed.

BrambleLash Brings New Mechanics to Local Multiplayer

October 9, 2015 10:06 PM | Sean Flint


As someone who frequently looks for new local multiplayer games to play with friends, I'm always excited to hear that a new title is coming out. Typically, we end up getting very similar titles such as brawlers, shooters, and arena combat games where you end up having to battle against your friends in what turns out to be quite like something you've played before. BrambleLash piqued my interest as a result of its interesting tether mechanic, which aims to bring players closer together and encourage communication and teamwork, which is something I feel is often lacking in co-operative titles.

Magic Lost: Kickstarting Adventure

October 9, 2015 10:40 AM | John Bridgman

It has been often said in the past that the adventure game is dead. Thankfully, this is not now nor has it ever truly been the case, just for a while fans of the genre had to look a little harder than at other times. Of course, the genre has seen a resurgence recently with some major hits, especially thanks to crowdfunding campaigns. One game that looks to continue the trend of excellent crowdfunded adventure games is Magic Lost by Conundrum Cove.

Else Heart.Break() introduces point-and-hack adventure gaming

October 9, 2015 7:45 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

elseGIF.gifIn Else Heart.Break() not only can you code your own games and even play them on the in-game arcade machines, you can actually hack everything around you: lamps, doors, people, time, puzzles, everything. Even the game's interface itself to a degree.

Impressive as this may sound and actually be, hacking still is not everything there is to this utterly unique adventure. Yes, you will have to code through many puzzles and this will feel absolutely natural and satisfying, but you'll also get to explore a wonderfully pixelated, vibrant 3D world that can only be compared to Little Big Adventure's. A strange, whimsical and at times incredibly digital world that will allow you to find your place in it along with love and friendship.

Masochisia: Will You Give Yourself Over to Evil?

October 9, 2015 6:00 AM | Joel Couture


Masochisia tells you that you're destined to be a terrible person. Your mother was. Your father was. Your brother was. Your own visions, which you see through through the game's first-person viewpoint, tell you that you will be. But does any of this mean you have to be? Are you just another dark blotch on the world, or can the choices you make in the point-and-click gameplay help you take control of your life back from the monstrous influences that are trying to overtake it? Masochisia deals with some heavy, uncomfortable topics, making you endure mental abuse and depression, but can you overcome it? Available today, you'll have to try it (although you can still download a free demo) to see if you can become more than just the product of the awful things you grew up with.

Memoranda: the pragmatic needs of magical realism

October 8, 2015 11:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

Memoranda looks beautiful in a very unique, very '90s-French-animated-movie way. I already love its expressive characters and melancholy backgrounds. The weird touches of fantasy in its almost naturalistic backgrounds. Its stunning colours and obviously vibrant imagination.

What's more, I'm almost certain I will deeply appreciate Memoranda when it becomes the ambitious and incredibly promising Murakami inspired point-and-click adventure it's so close to being. All it needs is a little support on Kickstarter so that it can reach its modest funding goal and cover its final (mainly audio and coding) needs.

Roughly $12 will get you a copy upon launch. Memorand will be released on Windows, Mac and Linux.

Play with the mysterious, surreal, noir words of PataNoir on iOS and Android

October 8, 2015 8:30 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome

patanoirIG.pngPataNoir is a text adventure. A work of interactive fiction and thus a game utilizing words, even though, unlike most adventures of its kind, one that seems intent to actually manipulate and play with said words. To conceive figurative language as literal, somehow without losing the allure of a remarkably accessible offering; one ideal for i-f newcomers.

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