Action July 2018
An action-adventure game offering a surrealistic atmosphere and developed by Bedtime Digital Games. Figment is set in a world which depicts the subconsciousness of a 40-year-old man. When his calm mind got attacked by nightmares symbolizing everyday frights, two friends stood up to them. Dusty is an embodiment of courage; as for Rusty, she manifests optimism and bears a resemblance to birds. The game is played from an isometric view and the experience is based mainly on exploring locations filled with traps and fighting enemies and bosses encountered. Interestingly, the stronger enemies sometimes are not eager to fight and only through backing them into a corner can the player confront them, which requires finding the weak spots of the adversary and taking advantage of them. The game world is filled with sounds and music, which illustrates the player's actions. The in-game environments are presented with thr use of colorful, hand-drawn graphics reminiscent of the works by Salvador Dali.
Adventure 16 January 2018
An unique exploration-oriented game by indie studio PolyKnight Games. The gameplay in InnerSpace focuses on traversing a world surrounded by water, where the laws of physics are reversed, and the locals live in cities built on the remnants of earlier civilizations. You play as a cartographer searching for artifacts and discovering previously unknown places to learn the history of this universe. Mechanics-wise, the game is based on such productions as Minecraft, Proteus, or Journey, blending free exploration with an extensive narrative. You travel by a special vehicle, interacting with NPCs and environment. Everything you do is closely connected to the plot, gradually uncovering the history of the worlds you visit, and their deities. The game features simple but pleasant visuals and a fitting soundtrack.
The Station (XONE)
Adventure 20 February 2018
An exploration-focused adventure game with FPP view, developed by The Station studio – an experienced team consisting of people who worked on titles like Crash Bandicoot, League of Legends, Destiny and the Prototype series. Its story has been set in a distant future and focuses on the activities of Axiom corporation, which finds the first alien civilization after years of searching. However, the station that was sent to establish contact with the Aliens has malfunctioned, and a prospector (the player character) is sent to investigate the case. What he will discover will change his view on surveillance, imperialism and morality. Gameplay in The Station is based on exploration and plot, with classic narration being limited to minimum. This means that the players discover the plot not through dialogues or cutscenes, but mostly through their environments, and they must bring all pieces of a puzzle together.
Unknown Fate (XONE)
Adventure July 2018
An unusual, surrealistic adventure game developed by MarsLitGames and published by 1C Company. The main protagonist of Unknown Fate is a man named Richard. He is being taken to a parallel dimension. There he experiences unusual events and he meets original characters, animals and weird creatures from a different world. He also finds artifacts of unknown origin. There are many questions asked during the game, many of which remain unanswered. The action in Unknown Fate is shown from a first-person perspective. The gameplay focuses on exploration, discovering new mysteries of the oneiric environment and solving puzzles based on object manipulation. The surrealistic, three-dimensional graphics fit the atmosphere of the game. Unknown Fate supports virtual reality sets, but they aren’t required to play the game.
Reflections is a PC adventure game by Broken Window. The game focuses on the narrative aspect and tells the story of a young woman spending the last day in her hometown before going to college. The production allows you to freely shape the plot.
Deliver Us the Moon (XONE)
A science-fiction action-adventure game featuring survival elements. It is the first major project of KeokeN – an independent Dutch developer. The player is taken to the year 2069, when humanity has to face total depletion of natural resources. Established by governments of world powers, the Worldwide Space Agency decides to resume the exploration of the Moon's surface and the player is cast in the role of an astronaut sent there among others. The protagonist discovers the existence of a huge conspiracy, which sheds new light on the Earth's situation. For the most part, the player explores the virtual environment and solves puzzles. However, the player is not entirely on their own here, for a robot accompanies the protagonist, which is helpful in said puzzle solving. The protagonist has a universal tool at their disposal and the player modifies its purpose gradually alongside progression. Additionally, survival elements were interwoven into the gameplay. For instance, the player encounters locations which lack oxygen and so one is required to make the best possible use of what air they have left.
The Park (XONE)
Adventure 03 May 2016
A first-person horror adventure game set in The Secret World’s, a popular MMO title, setting. It was developed by Funcom the studio that, apart from the aforementioned production, created Age of Conan and Dreamfall: The Longest Journey, among other things. The plot of The Park takes us to a theme park surrounded with a dense forest, which brings to mind The Secret World's Atlantic Island Park. While playing, we assume the role of a woman named Lorraine whose son, Callum, went missing during an unfortunate visit to that ghastly place. The player’s task is to naturally find the boy and solve the dark secrets of the eponymous park. Sound effects are extremely important in the gameplay, namely the protagonist’s shouts. The heroine incessantly calls her son and the changes in the timbre of her voice indicate her attitude and emotions.
The Town of Light (XONE)
Adventure 06 June 2017
First-person adventure game in the form of a psychological thriller and the debut of an independent Italian studio Lka.it. The game's plot is set in an mental institution located in the Italian town of Volterra. Creators of The Town of Light decided to depict in their game the history of an actually existing place, focusing on dramas of its residents, treated by facility staff like animals. In the game we play the part of a 16-year-old girl named Renee who comes to the asylum in hope of recovering her lost memories. Her task is complicated by the fact that she suffers from schizophrenia, and during exploration she is constantly accompanied by her various fears and other symptoms of her condition. During the game we explore subsequent, carefully reproduced rooms of the asylum, slowly discovering all of its dark secrets. Depending on our actions, story can develop in a nonlinear way.
Adventure 24 August 2016
An FPP action-adventure game featuring sci-fi elements and focusing on exploration. It was developed by Blue Isle Games - a Canadian team popular for Slender: The Arrival. The player is taken to the titular valley, which is a mysterious place located somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Assuming the role of an unspecified character, the player traverses a set of diversified locations, trying to discover the secrets hidden in the area. The protagonist makes use of the L.E.A.F. exoskeleton, which belongs to the latest inventions in technology. However, thanks to the possibilities the exoskeleton offers, the exploration is very dynamic, for the protagonist can access locations an ordinary human being would not be able to reach. One of the most important uses of L.E.A.F. is control over life and death - the player can both deprive organisms of their lives or literally breathe life into them. There is a price to be paid for this ability however, because each death of the protagonist causes the entire valley to decay gradually.
A children-friendly sandbox and a debut of Lightbulb Games, a studio established by former employees of Press Play. The players enter a vast world inspired by desert areas of Colorado in a quest to choose the greatest explorer alive. The game sees us explore the vast depths of the available world and engage in various activities, from discovering oasis, through scaling mountains, up to taking part in wild racing. The means of transport are created from scratch using a set of tools and ready-made elements. The used vehicle can be modified and upgraded to suit the needs at hand, as well as repaired after wearisome journeys. The game offers both single and multiplayer modes, but as could be expected, the online features are especially interesting, offering multiplayer racing or joint exploration. Trailmakers is characteristic for its detailed visuals, mixing post-apocalyptic environments with pastel colors and friendly atmosphere.
Adventure 07 August 2015
A third person action adventure game that combines a post-apocalyptic setting with fantasy elements. The game was created by Uppercut Games, a developer studio founded by industry veterans who previously worked on such classics as Fallout Tactics and the BioShock franchise. You take on the role of a young girl, who brings her wounded brother into a submerged city. Gameplay is based on exploration (on foot or by boat) in search of any items that could give the boy some relief. Instead of traditional puzzles, you have to figure out how to reach seemingly inaccessible places. While playing you also find upgrades for your boat, as well as pictograph that reveal the story of both the siblings and the mysterious, submerged metropolis. The game is powered by Unreal Engine 4.
Beyond Eyes (XONE)
Adventure 04 August 2015
An unusual adventure game by tiger & squid, and independent Dutch studio. The protagonist of Beyond Eyes is a ten-year-old girl named Rae who lost her sight in an accident while firing up fireworks. Ever since that day, she spends most of the time in the garden next to her house, accompanied by a cat named Nani. One day, the animal disappears, and Rae decides to leave the house for the first time in a long time to find her lost pet. The gameplay consists of traversing alien, hostile environment in search of traces of the lost cat. Since we control a blind girl, the game quite significantly deviates from the established formulas of the genre, because the protagonist has to skillfully use the incoming stimuli, mostly sound-based ones, for the purposes of orientation and visualization of the surrounding world. The game features unusual graphics that are full of endless white and dimly outlined shapes.
Pneuma: Breath of Life (XONE)
Logic 27 February 2015
An FPP logic puzzle game with adventure elements, developed by two independent teams: Bevel Studios and Deco Digital. You play as the eponymous Pneuma, a deity, who observes the beginnings of the universe. Like in the other games in the genre, the gameplay focuses on exploration and solving puzzles, which require good orientation, analytic skills, and unorthodox thinking. In addition, Pneuma: Breath of Life features an internal monologue of the self-congratulatory protagonist. The visuals are high-quality, created with the Unreal Engine 4; the game features beautifully rendered locations with advanced visual effects, such as realistic lighting.
Blackwood Crossing (XONE)
Adventure 17 February 2017
An adventure game developed by PaperSeven. The plot was written by Oliver Reid-Smith (the creator of the script for the well-received The Room), and it focuses on the relations of orphaned siblings: Scarlett and her younger brother, Finn. When the girl enters adolescence, their relations worsen. While traveling on a train, the protagonists meet a mysterious creature that lets them look at their past from a different perspective. The gameplay in Blackwood Crossing is based on exploration of the environment, having conversations with non-player characters, and making various kinds of decisions. The choices we make not only have an influence on subsequent stages of the story but also its climax. The game is also enriched by simple logic puzzles. The title is powered by Unity Engine technology and boasts high-quality three-dimensional cartoon graphics.
Adventure 06 December 2017
An exploration-focused adventure FPP game by indie studio Hangonit. Rememoried is set in a surreal land, where memories turn into dreams and forgetting fragments of your life is the only way to get to deeper dream levels. At first you have no idea where you are and why you got here, but step by step you find hints that come together and eventually reveal the truth about the whole situation. The gameplay of Rememoried focuses on exploring various locations and solving easy logic puzzles. Since there are no clear instructions, you have to discover the mechanics and construction of the land on your own. This knowledge becomes useful when you have to overcome increasingly more difficult obstacles. Rememoried features attractive surreal visuals, usually in black and white. For better immersion the game utilizes a first-person view.
Soul Axiom (XONE)
Logic 08 June 2016
An adventure logic puzzle FPP game created by Wales Interactive, and a spiritual successor to Master Reboot. The story of Soul Axiom takes place in the far future, when death is no longer a problem and people are mass-uploading their souls into a server called Elysia, where all their fantasies and dreams come true. However, something went wrong during the upload process of the protagonist's soul, and when he finally arrives on the “other side,” he no longer remembers who he is and how he ended up there. Your task it to discover, step by step, his story, which you do by exploring the world and solving puzzles. The game features 40 unique locations and over 100 varied puzzles, whose solutions involve mostly using the laws of physics and manipulating the environment. During the gameplay you gain a range of abilities, which come in handy when trying to solve the puzzles.