Life is Strange (AND)
Adventure 19 July 2018
An episodic adventure game created by the developers of Remember Me, a French studio DONTNOD. The game bears a resemblance to Telltale Games titles. Its protagonist is a 12th grade student named Max Caulfield, who returns to her home town in Oregon after years of absence. Together with her old friend she tries to solve the mysterious disappearance of her schoolmate, which prompts a series of strange events. The story is the essential part for the game, whereas gameplay mechanics are based on the well-proven formula employed by Telltale, which combines free exploration and difficult choices with non-obvious consequences. An interesting addition to the gameplay is the fact that Max possesses the power to manipulate time, allowing you to experience another version of events without having to restart an entire episode. On the technical side, the game is well-designed and well-executed, featuring expressive, slightly cartoonish graphics.
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.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (AND)
A new game by Niantic, known for the popular Pokemon GO app. This time the production is based on the Harry Potter franchise. The game utilizes the augmented reality technology, bringing magic into the real world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Life is Strange: Before the Storm (AND)
Adventure 19 September 2018
A prequel to Life is Strange – an episodic adventure game developed by DONTNOD Entertainment. The new title was developed by Deck Nine Games and it enables the player to assume the role of Chloe Price, a character well known from the original game. The story presents how the protagonist met Rachel Amber and how the strong bond between two teenagers was born. It is worth mentioning that Chloe has no special abilities – this means that the choices made during the game cannot be changed. Life is Strange: Before the Storm focuses on gradually revealing pieces of the story and making various decisions that impact the plot. All other aspects of the game, like exploration, interactions with NPC and riddle solving, are secondary to the above mentioned elements. Similarly to the first entry in the series, the game has expressive graphics that features pastel colors.
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.
Adventure December 2018
A point-and click adventure game by indie Czech studio Amanita Design. In Chuchel, you play as the eponymous critter, whose task is to catch a mysterious criminal and get back his stolen cherry. On his way, Chuchel has to solve puzzles, complete various challenges, and get through levels inspired by classic video games. The production is rich with situational humor.
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.
Batman: The Telltale Series (AND)
Adventure 13 September 2016
Another episodic adventure game developed by the experienced American studio Telltale Games, who had produced many highly acclaimed video games based on famous films, books, and comic books, such as Back to the Future, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones. Batman: A Telltale Game Series takes you into the grim city of Gotham, however, unlike Rocksteady’s popular action game series, Telltale Games’ production focuses on Bruce Wayne himself, showing his moral dilemmas and the burden imposed on him by the constant fight against corruption and crime. In terms of gameplay the title does not stray far from the studio’s previous productions. As always, the key element of gameplay is making tough choices that influence the way the story unfolds – and not just within one chapter but across the entire season.
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.
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.
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.
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - Season Two (AND)
Adventure 26 June 2014
A sequel to the repeatedly awarded adventure game The Walking Dead: Season One by American studio Telltale Games. The plot of The Walking Dead: Season Two is a continuation of the story from the first installment. This time you play as the 11-years-old Clementine, who, like the other characters, is trying to survive in the world infested by a zombie epidemic. The game mechanics remain the same, focusing on exploration, talking to NPCs, searching for items, and solving puzzles. The decisions you make affect the story even much later in the game. Like the first installment from 2012, The Walking Dead: Season Two was released as a series of episodes.
Five Nights at Freddy's (AND)
Adventure 26 August 2014
An original horror game created by Scott Cawthon, an independent gamemaker. The player assumes the role of a watchman who takes up a seasonal job at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. What is important about the restaurant, is that mechanical mascots are its main attraction. A seemingly easy job turns into a true nightmare during the very first night, when the protagonist discovers that the sympathetic animatronics come to life after dark and display a hostile attitude towards humans. Trapped in a cramped watch room, the protagonist has to avoid contact with murderous robots during five subsequent nights. The task is not easy, because using various devices, such as lighting and monitoring systems, as well as locking the door drains the power supply, which has to be appropriately managed throughout the entire night. Despite its simplistic mechanics, Five Nights at Freddy's provides a good dose of anxiety and is capable of frightening the player with ease.
Adventure 14 October 2014
A climatic adventure game developed by the Czech Amanita Design studio (Samorost, Machinarium), set in a marvelous, floral world. Botanicula tells the story of five creatures living in the branches of a giant tree that is slowly dying due to merciless parasites. In order to prevent it, the heroes set on a dangerous journey to save the last seed of their home plant. In terms of game mechanics, the title is a classic point-and-click adventure game, with the gameplay resolving around searching locations, collecting hints, and solving various logical puzzles. The game features unique, minimalistic visuals, which, in conjunction with its numerous humoristic features, give this production a very distinctive vibe.
Night in the Woods (AND)
A combination of adventure and arcade games, created by an independent developer known as Infinite Ammo. The player assumes the role of Mae - a cat with paranormal abilities. The protagonist quits her studies and returns to her hometown - Possum Springs, in order to have some quality time with her old friends. The place has fallen into decline since the last mine in town was closed, because the inhabitants have been left without work. What is worse however, is that a neighboring forest has apparently kept some dark secret concealed. The plot serves the role of an parallel to human existence, with themes such as death, transience of all things or longing for certain moments from the past elaborated on throughout the story. The player is required to explore (by jumping across platforms mostly) a unique in-game environment, solve simple puzzles connected to it, talk to NPCs, as well as engage in joyful activities, such as playing the guitar or having fun with the in-game friends. What distinguishes Night in the Woods from other titles, are its visuals based on an original art style - those were crafted by Scott Benson. The unique soundtrack on the other hand, was created by Alec Holowka.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War (AND)
Adventure 26 November 2014
Valiant Hears: The Great War is an original action-adventure game that takes place during the World War I. It was developed by Ubisoft Montpellier, creators of best-selling platform games Rayman Origins and Rayman Legends. The game's plot is based on authentic letters from the WW1 period and tells the story of five heroes who were were brought together by the war and... a good-willed dog that can influence the fate of people. Among our heroes we will find a French captive, an American enlistee, a Belgian paramedic, an English pilot, and a German infantryman. Gameplay differs depending on which character we are currently controlling. We will have to solve riddles and puzzles, explore, and face some arcade elements. Even though the game's atmosphere and setting are a bit grim, Valiant Hears: The Great War tends to be a bit humorous. We will also find many stereotypes about the nationalities of our heroes in the game. Game's visuals are comic book-like, "hand drawn" to some degree.
Broken Sword 5: The Serpent's Curse (AND)
Adventure 15 March 2014
The fifth installment of a classic series of point and click adventure games whose origins can be traced back to 1996. The player travels around the planet while leading a pair of heroes that solve the puzzles of old. The game was developed thanks to a crowdfunding campaign at Kickstarter.
The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series - The Final Season (AND)
The final season of the adventure game franchise The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series. This time the developers decided to focus again on Clementine and present her final adventures in the world filled by zombies.