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Batman: Arkham Knight
Batman: Arkham Knight

Action 23 June 2015

The fourth installment in the action game series, featuring the titular comic book superhero. The game was developed by Rocksteady, the studio which had previously worked on Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. The plot depicts the next chapter of Batman’s adventures. This time, the hero must face Scarecrow, who successfully terrorized Gotham City. A coalition has also formed against the Dark Knight, composed of extremely dangerous criminals such as Penguin or Harley Quinn, and led by the eponymous Arkham Knight. The developers have remained faithful to previously proven solutions and gameplay mechanics. However, several changes have also been implemented, such as the ability to knock out several enemies at once. A brand new feature is the introduction of the famous Batmobile, which can be used to traverse the virtual Gotham.

The Sinking City
The Sinking City

Adventure 27 June 2019

A detective adventure game inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft. The production is set in the 1920s, in the fictional city of New England, suffering from a supernatural flood. You play as a private investigator, whose task is to resist the mass hysteria and discover the cause of the mysterious events.

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine
The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

RPG 31 May 2016

The second expansion to action-RPG The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt created by CD Projekt RED. This time we accompany Geralt during his stay in Touissant – one of few countries in The Witcher’s universe still untouched by war. However, under the veil of carefree idyll the city hides a dark, bloody secret. Investigating the mystery is another task for the White Wolf. Just like in the first expansion, new content does not end with new missions. The add-on also features new items, characters, and monsters. According to the developers’ estimate, Blood and Wine offers over 20 hours of gameplay.

The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone
The Witcher 3: Hearts of Stone

RPG 13 October 2015

The first large expansion to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, developed by the creators of the original game, Polish studio CD Projekt RED. The add-on is set in No Man’s Land and the city of Oxenfurt, where Geralt the witcher gets entangled in a shadowy intrigue and encounters a mysterious Man of Glass. Hearts of Stone is more than a new subplot and missions, which provide for a dozen extra hours of gameplay - the players can also gain new useful items and meet interesting characters. Furthermore, the bestiary was expanded by a several previously unseen monsters.

Batman: Arkham City
Batman: Arkham City

Action 18 October 2011

A sequel to the 2009 Batman: Arkham Asylum. Just like its predecessor, the game was produced by British studio Rocksteady in cooperation with Warner Bros. Interactive. The story campaign in Batman: Arkham City is set several months after the events of the first game. An old district of Gotham City was walled off and the most dangerous criminals were put inside. Afraid that the situation is getting out of control, Batman tries to stop the wrongdoers before it is too late. Gameplay mechanics combines elements of action with beat’em up game. As compared with the first installment, Batman: Arkham City gives players much greater freedom when it comes to exploration of the game’s open world and carrying out the missions.

Batman: Arkham Origins
Batman: Arkham Origins

Action 16 October 2013

The third entry in the series of spectacular action games with Batman. It was developed by WB Games Montreal (which previously prepared the Wii U port of Batman: Arkham City) and published by the Warner Bros. company. The story of Batman: Arkham Origins shows the beginning of Batman’s career, taking inspiration from the comic books Batman: Year One and Legends of the Dark Knight. As the protagonist, we face Black Mask and his hired thugs. Like in the previous games from the Batman: Arkham series, gameplay combines features of a fighting game with shooter and stealth elements. Additionally, the creators included some innovations, like a built-in system of challenges.

L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire

Adventure 17 May 2011

A noir detective action adventure game developed by the Australian studio Team Bondi in cooperation with the veterans from Rockstar Games. The game invites you into Los Angeles of the 1940’s, a city filled with corruption and drug dealing organizations. You assume the role of Cole Phelps, an ex-soldier who becomes a police officer after the war. The game lets you experience the key moments of Cole’s career, starting from the traffic police all the way through murder and drugs department. Gameplay is mainly about examining crime scenes in search of clues and evidence, as well as interrogating witnesses and suspects. The game also offers multiple action sequences, including pursuits (either on foot or by car), fist fights, and spectacular shootouts. When it comes to graphics, the most noteworthy feature are the realistic face expressions that allow you to judge the reactions of interogatees. The game overflows with a noir atmosphere characteristic of the 1940’ and 50’ movies.

Disco Elysium
Disco Elysium

RPG 15 October 2019

An unusual, isometric RPG game that is the first title developed by Estonian studio Fortress Occident. The game is focused mostly on narrative. It takes place in a fictional world that combines modern setting with fantasy traits and with retro-futuristic technologies. The player assumes the role of a policeman who is tired of life. He begins working on a case that can either give him a chance of redemption or take him to the very bottom. During the game player is exploring, completing tasks, speaking to various people and fighting. However, all of this is done in a way that is unusual for the genre. The dialogue system is similar to a logic game during which you must fight by using words and manipulate the person you speak with in various ways. The battles are based on dialogues as well – you must select various text descriptions of actions, trying to create a battle scene worthy of being placed in a good novel.

Return of the Obra Dinn
Return of the Obra Dinn

Adventure 18 October 2018

Return of the Obra Dinn is an FPP adventure game by Lucas Pope, in which you play as an investigator working for the East India Company in the 19th century and your task is to discover the truth behind the disappearance of the entire crew of a trading ship.

Batman: Arkham Collection
Batman: Arkham Collection

Action 06 September 2019

A collection of three Batman games in the cult Arkham series from Rocksteady Games. The productions offer three different storylines, though merging into one plot, as well as an extensive gameplay model, including exploration of the open world, sneaking around and fighting with enemies.

Observer
Observer

Adventure 15 August 2017

A psychological first-person horror from the Polish developer studio Bloober Team, known best for another horror game, entitled Layers of Fear. Observer is set in a cyberpunk universe, in Cracow of 2048. In the game you play as Daniel Lazarski (starred by Rutger Hauer, known from the film Blade Runner), a detective able to hack into people’s minds. The game’s story starts when the main hero gets a letter from his missing son, who turns out to be a high-ranking engineer working for a powerful corporation. The protagonist picks up an investigation that takes him to the slums of Cracow and forces him to relive dark memories and nightmares of both criminals and their victims. When it comes to gameplay, Observer is a first-person adventure game with survival horror mechanics. Most of the time the player explores grim locations and interacts with characters encountered on the way. An important aspect of gameplay are sequences in which the protagonist hacks into the minds of suspects and becomes part of their worst nightmares.

AI: The Somnium Files
AI: The Somnium Files

Adventure 17 September 2019

Detective adventure game with visual novel elements, in which we try to solve the mystery of murders taking place in technologically advanced, modern Tokyo. The game was created by the authors of the Zero Escape series.

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Adventure 25 September 2014

A dark, first-person adventure game developed by The Astronauts - a Polish team led by Adrian Chmielarz, the co-founder of People Can Fly. The player is put in the shoes of Paul Prospero - a detective who has developed certain paranormal abilities. The protagonist tries to solve the mystery behind the vanishing of a young boy. The player traverses an extensive, open world - the game is non-linear and the player is free to explore and look for subsequent clues. The game offers many unique mechanics related to making links between different pieces of the puzzle. Walking around the grim areas of Red Creek Valley, the protagonist makes use of his extraordinary abilities, making contact with the dead, experiencing various visions and visiting alternative realities. Utilizing the Unreal Engine 3, the game stands out with its high-quality visuals supported by technologies allowing to convert photographs of real-existing places into digital pictures.

Telling Lies
Telling Lies

Adventure 23 August 2019

Continuation of Her Story adventure from 2015 created by Sam Barlow. Telling Lies is a psychological thriller in which we immerse ourselves in the lives of four strangers by playing back recordings in a laptop we have found, which belongs to the intelligence services.

Hidden Agenda
Hidden Agenda

Adventure 24 October 2017

An cooperative adventure detective thriller game developed by Supermassive Games. Hidden Agenda is based on popular movies and TV series of this genre. It tells the story of two female protagonists: a policewoman and a district attorney who are on the track of a serial killer. Up to five players can participate in the game, although it is also possible to play the title alone. All players are using a special phone app called PlayLink. By using the action cards displayed on the smartphone and by playing according to the game’s instructions, the players are influencing the whole plot by deciding the fate of the protagonists and the victims of the killer. The choices of the group determine who will die and who will survive. The title features a large variety of different endings.

Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter
Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter

Adventure 10 June 2016

The ninth major installment in the action adventure game series developed by Frogwares, dealing with the exploits of the world most famous sleuth. The plot, as per tradition, takes us to the streets of the Victorian-era London, where Sherlock Holmes and his inseparable companion, Dr. Watson, have to solve five all-new crime puzzles, in which they face, among others, dark family secrets and mysterious cults. In terms of gameplay mechanics, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter follows the direction set by three previous installments of the series, combining elements typical to adventure games with sequences characteristic of action games. In accordance with modern standards, the game offers also the option to move freely through the streets of London and a non-linear storyline that changes dynamically depending on the player's choices. The game features visuals created for the next-generation consoles, which makes it the most visually impressive installment in the series so far.

The Sexy Brutale
The Sexy Brutale

Adventure 11 April 2017

Filled with black humour, an adventure game co-developed by Tequila Works and Cavalier Game Studio. The action of The Sexy Brutale takes place inside an old English mansion transformed into a casino by the mysterious Marquis. One day, its workers murder all the guests. However, the player gets the chance to save them. You assume the role of a priest named Lafcadio Boone who – just like in the movie Groundhog Day – falls into a time loop and relives the day of the murder again and again. Primarily, the title focuses on investigating each homicide and figuring out how to prevent it. To do that, you will have to explore, chat, solve mysteries, and face occasional stealth challenges. Advanced AI deserves special recognition as it simulates the way the guests live and react.

Get Even
Get Even

Action 23 June 2017

An FPS created by Polish developer The Farm 51, mainly known for the NecrovisioN franchise and the latest installment in the Painkiller series. The game tells a story of a man whose profession involves tying up loose ends for governments and influential persons. The protagonist’s situation complicates when one of his potential victims decides to fight back. The story is presented from the twin perspectives of the two rivaling characters. As you play, you learn the story through exploration and interaction with the environment. Get Even stands out with its innovative graphics based on 3D scans of real-life locations, making it almost literally photorealistic. Additionally, the game features an interesting combination of single and multiplayer gameplay – at any moment another player can join the fight taking the role of characters normally controlled by AI.

Judgment
Judgment

Action 25 June 2019

An action adventure game in which we play the role of a detective conducting complex criminal investigations. Project JUDGE was created by the authors of the popular Yakuza series, i.e. Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio. As a former lawyer of Takayuki Yagami, we deal with the prosecution of criminals.

The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series - Season 1
The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series - Season 1

Adventure 11 October 2013

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.

Batman: Return to Arkham
Batman: Return to Arkham

Action 18 October 2016

A compilation of two remastered versions of action-adventure games from the Batman: Arkham series with all DLC packs. The refreshed versions were created by Virtuos, a company which previously created other remastered games. Batman: Return to Arkham consists of two games: Batman: Arkham Asylum from 2009 and Batman: Arkham City from 2011. The first title takes place in a mental facility taken over by Joker and other villains. The second part takes place in an isolated district in which especially dangerous criminals were locked. Both games have open locations and action-based mechanics. What’s characteristic for the series is spectacular combat based on combo system – the longer the series of attacks, the stronger the hero’s hits. Batman also has access to technologically advanced gadgets which are used not only for combat, but for traveling through the game world and for solving riddles as well. The games featured in Batman: Return to Arkham compilation offer improved graphics powered by Unreal Engine 4.

Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut
Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut

Adventure 23 February 2010

Deadly Premonition is an adventure game enriched with elements of survival-horror and RPG. We lead a young FBI agent to explain the mysterious murders in a small American town.

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments

Adventure 30 September 2014

Another installment in the popular series of adventure games developed by Frogwares. A few years age the series became available for console players as well. Once again, the player takes on the role of the most famous detective of all times, Sherlock Holmes, and together they will solve various criminal riddles. The story takes place in the Victorian London well known from previous installments of the series. The protagonist will have six different cases to solve, including murders, kidnappings, and robberies. The gameplay mechanics were slightly changed in comparison to previous installments. Now, the player is frequently required to make tough moral choices that impact both the gameplay and the endings of the game. For the first time in the series, the game uses the advanced Unreal Engine 3 thanks to which it looks much better.

Murdered: Soul Suspect
Murdered: Soul Suspect

Adventure 03 June 2014

Murdered: Soul Suspect is a third-person action-adventure game developed by Airtight Games (Quantum Conundrum, Dark Void, and other games) in cooperation with Square Enix. The game takes place in modern-day Salem. We play as the deceased detective Ronan O'Connor who has to solve the mystery of his own death. Murdered: Soul Suspect features a thrilling detective story. Gameplay combines elements of a detective adventure game, action game, and an RPG. The game has dark, grim visuals that emphasize the city's nature after dark. Murdered: Soul Suspect uses Unreal Engine 3.

Art of Murder: FBI Confidential
Art of Murder: FBI Confidential

Adventure 01 December 2007

Art of Murder: FBI Confidential is a classic point & click adventure game created by City Interactive in Rzeszów. The band consists of the creators of recognized games Schizm and Schizm II: Kameleon.

The Testament of Sherlock Holmes
The Testament of Sherlock Holmes

Adventure 20 September 2012