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Heavy Rain
Heavy Rain

Adventure 23 February 2010

An interactive thriller adventure game developed by studio Quantic Dream (Fahrenheit, Omikron: The Nomad Soul). The player controls several seemingly unrelated characters, each with their own storylines and motivations. How the story develops depends greatly on the decisions made by the player as all plots intertwine until they meet at the game's finale. What’s characteristic for the game is its focus on matters of morality and ethics. The developers took extra care to reflect the various types of human behavior and feelings of the characters in as realistic a way as possible. It can be noticed for example in great facial expressions. The game features high quality graphics with spectacular explosions and realistic weather conditions. It also features a pretty grim vibe that successfully builds an atmosphere of sadness and hopelessness.

The Invincible
The Invincible

Adventure 2021

The Invincible is a retrofuturistic science fiction thriller based on the motifs of Stanislaw Lem's novel of the same title, created as an FPP adventure. The player hits the desert planet Regis III, where he has to investigate the case of the lost ship.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Deus Ex: Human Revolution

RPG 23 August 2011

The third installment in a series of cyberpunk action games with RPG elements. The franchise was launched in the year 2000 by Ion Storm, led at the time by Warren Spector. The reactivation of the series was made possible by the Eidos Montreal studio. Story-wise, the game is a prequel to the original series, taking us back to the year 2027, when Sarif Industies only begins to explore the possibilities of biomechanical augmentation of the human body. You assume the role of Adam Jensen, the company's chief of security, who gets seriously injured when an unidentified armed force suddenly attack the company HQ. Saved by a series of surgeries and mechanical implants, he decides to investigate the puzzling truth behind the events. Gameplay boils down to combat, exploration, and interactions with the environment. Of course, there are the also series’ landmark features, such as sneaking and hacking mini-games. Depending on the augmentations you choose to implant in the hero’s body and the skills they provide, each in-game problem can be solved in several different ways.

This is the Zodiac Speaking
This is the Zodiac Speaking

Adventure 15 October 2020

A psychological thriller adventure game based on the true story of an American serial murderer - Zodiac. During the game, we travel through climatic locations, solve riddles and make choices that influence the ending of the story.

Beyond: Two Souls
Beyond: Two Souls

Adventure 08 October 2013

A thriller movie-inspired action adventure game. The game was developed by French studio Quantic Dream, creators of such hits as Heavy Rain and Fahrenheit. The plot of Beyond: Two Souls shows fifteen years of life of Jodie Holmes (who is modeled after and voice acted by Ellen Page, Oscar nominee). Since birth, the woman was connected to Aiden, an incorporeal creature that ventured into our world. The game is considered an “interactive drama” as it focuses mostly on storytelling, moral choices, and the cinematic experience. The developers from Quantic Dream took care to deliver high-quality, photorealistic graphics, sound effects, and animations created using the motion capture technology.

Twin Mirror
Twin Mirror

Adventure 01 December 2020

Twin Mirror is a non-linear adventure game set in a mysterious American town. The game’s protagonist loses his memories after brutal events of a single night and tries to learn what happened. This requires an investigation both in a real world and the character’s own mind.

Observer: System Redux
Observer: System Redux

Adventure 10 November 2020

A refreshed version of a psychological horror released in 2017. Observer: System Redux offers not only improved graphics but also additional storyline content. Polish studio Bloober Team is responsible for the game.

The Signifier
The Signifier

Adventure 15 October 2020

The Signifier is a FPP adventure game, the action of which takes place in the near future, and the storyline theme touches upon issues such as artificial intelligence or privacy violations related to the ability to read another person's thoughts and memories.

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.

Commander '85
Commander '85

Adventure 30 September 2020

Commander '85 is a sci-fi thriller in a retro style. Player impersonates a teenager, who for his birthday receives Commander, a computer with artificial intelligence. With his help, he gets to know a conspiracy that could endanger the existence of the world.

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.

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.

Observation
Observation

Adventure 21 May 2019

Unusual adventure game, in which we play the artificial intelligence SAM, dealing with the service of the station orbiting the ground. The production was made by No Code studio, and it was released by Devolver Digital company.

Catherine
Catherine

Adventure 10 February 2011

An intriguing combination of a puzzle game with an adventure of light erotic colour. In production we play the role of a young man, who struggles with many social problems. At night, the daredevil also experiences real nightmares.

Firewatch
Firewatch

Adventure 09 February 2016

An indie FPP adventure game and the debut production of the American Campo Santo studio. The team comprises of veteran developers, previously working on such titles as The Walking Dead, Mark of the Ninja, BioShock 2, and Brutal Legend. The story of Firewatch takes place in an enormous forest in the American state of Wyoming, where our hero is trying to escape his day-to-day problems by becoming a ranger. This seemingly calm profession turns into an extremely complicated one, when various unexplainable events take place in the area that our character is charged with patrolling. The incidents are directly connected to our hero’s boss – Delilah, with whom we constantly keep in touch via radio. Building up relations with our superior is one of the key aspects of the game, as she is the only NPC featured in the production. The gameplay revolves exclusively around the single player mode; the popular Unity engine powers the game’s visuals.

Steins;Gate 0
Steins;Gate 0

Adventure 10 December 2015

A visual novel adventure game developed by Nitroplus and 5pb. Studios. The game is a direct continuation of the original Steins;Gate from 2009. The plot picks off using one of the alternative endings of the predecessor. Okabe Rintaro, a student heartbroken after the tragic death of his friend Kurisu Makise, makes an appointment to a psychiatric health facility. Nevertheless, his life changes dramatically when he meets former professor of Kurisu and his research team, conducting research on a unique technology. By taking part in the experiment, our protagonist may be able to make contact with an AI that is a simulation of his dead friend. When it comes to gameplay, Steins;Gate 0 is a typical visual novel. The gameplay focuses on following the plot and dialogues, with some occasional decision making which influences the course of the story and leads to one of its alternative endings.

Indigo Prophecy
Indigo Prophecy

Adventure 16 September 2005

Featuring paranormal mystery/thriller esthetics, a third-person action-adventure game by Quantic Dream studio. The plot of Indigo Prophecy – perhaps better known as Fahrenheit - is set in New York City in year 2009. The city is witness to a series of inexplicably violent acts of murder committed by seemingly ordinary, lawful citizens. The action is presented from the point of view of two separate characters. One of them is Lucas Kane who experiences the mysterious event first hand as he kills a complete stranger in a restaurant's restroom. Haunted by strange visions, he decides to find out what is really happening. The other character is Lieutenant Carla Valenti who, along with her life partner Sergeant Tyler Miles, investigates the case. In the course of the game we will visit various locations, speak to other characters, and fight. What is characteristic for Indigo Prophecy is the dark, shrouded in mystery plot and the opportunity to solve the puzzle while playing either as the hunter, or the hunted.

Erica
Erica

Adventure 19 August 2019

An interactive video for PlayStation 4 and the PlayLink mobile app. During the game we get to know the fate of the title woman, who can help to catch the murderer.

Ghostwire: Tokyo
Ghostwire: Tokyo

Action 2021

GhostWire: Tokyo is the new game from the legendary Shinji Mikami, announced at the Bethesda conference at E3 2019.

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Adventure 25 November 2010

A detective adventure game from the visual novel genre. It was developed by Japan studio Spike Chunsoft. The main protagonist of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, Naegi Makoto, is a teenager who starts his education in an elite high school. In contrast to his colleagues, he has no remarkable achievements and he was accepted to the school by winning a lottery. Soon after the school year starts, Makoto and a group of other students are trapped inside the school building and a digitally-controlled mascot informs them that, in order to escape from the trap, one of them must murder someone else in such way that it will be impossible to find out who is guilty. The game is divided into three separate phases. First the player speaks with selected students, builds relations and learns interesting facts. When the murder happens, the player is tasked with gathering evidence and testimonies. Finally the action moves to a court room where during a trial one must find out who the murderer is through a series of minigames.

Still Life
Still Life

Adventure 14 April 2005

A classic adventure game produced by Microids, which is responsible for the creation of the "Siberia" series. "Still Life" presents a script that could be successfully used to produce a classic action film.

Condemned: Criminal Origins
Condemned: Criminal Origins

Adventure 22 November 2005

Dark, first person psychological thriller, in which the player has the opportunity to experience an abnormal level of mental tension by tracking down serial murderers. In our investigation we use our own instincts, court procedures, sophisticated investigative tools, and in many cases, hand to hand combat skills.

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.

Late Shift
Late Shift

Adventure 09 March 2016

An adventure game in the form of an interactive FMV thriller, developed by the Swiss team at CtrlMovie and directed by Tobias Weber; the script on the other hand, was written by Michael Robert Johnson. Though the game debuted on mobile devices, it also came out for PC and consoles a year later. Matt, the protagonist, is a young student of mathematics, who tries to make some money as a car park guard. He gets charged with stealing Chinese porcelain from an auction house in London. Trying to escape the punishment from the influential owners of the stolen valuables, the protagonist has to prove his innocence by any means necessary. The experience is based on watching story sequences and making various decisions - the player's choices influence the story and determine which of the seven possible endings will appear on the screen. The game is made of about 4 hours of video material in Full-HD quality and its visuals represent the standards of modern-day interactive movies.

Catherine: Full Body
Catherine: Full Body

Adventure 14 February 2019

A remastered and expanded version of Catherine, a game that debuted in 2011. This unique game that combines traits of an adventure game and a logic game was developed by Atlus, a Japanese studio known for the Shin Megami Tensei and Persona series. During the game, the players assume the role of Vincent, a thirty-year-old man who must face his worst nightmares – both metaphorically and literally.

Those Who Remain
Those Who Remain

Adventure 28 May 2020

Those Who Remain is a psychological thriller taking place in a small town in the USA, where the action is observed from a first person perspective. The game puts a lot of emphasis on the heavy, disturbing atmosphere and can evoke associations with titles such as Alan Wake, as well as Polish The Vanishing of Ethan Carter and Kholat.