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Intriguing cyberpunk point-and-click title Murder teased

Do androids dream of pixel art?
Oct 27
// Rob Morrow
Peter Moorhead, the designer behind the striking but mostly negatively received pixel art point-and-click adventure game Stranded has released a teaser trailer for his next project, Murder. Moorhead describes the project as ...

Did Pirates of the Caribbean rip off Monkey Island?

Oct 26 // Jonathan Holmes
[embed]283049:56111:0[/embed] Despite my fanboy freak out, we still had an amazing conversation. We talked about working with George Lucas, how frustrations with other games can inspire innovations in his own designs, the influence of Blazing Saddles on the ending of Monkey Island 2, his thoughts on modern adventure games like Lone Survivor, Kentucky Route Zero, and The Stanley Parable, the actual secret of Monkey Island,  how 90% of your ideas suck, why that's OK, his dream to return to Monkey Island, the game he's planning now, and so much more.  I also couldn't help but squeeze out some resentment I'd been holding in. Those Pirates of the Caribbean movies? They should have been Monkey Island movies. To me, that's what they were -- poor man's Monkey Island movies. Ron seemed to know exactly what I meant, though he was a little more composed and respectful than I was. He certainly looked calm. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen someone look so consistently relaxed. Maybe it's because his face is made entirely of squares. I bet that helps.  Thanks again to Ron for being on the show, and if you want to meet the creators of Adventures of Pip and maybe win a code for Devil's Dare, tune in for the live show here at 4pm EST. We'd love talk to you and give you things.
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Get to know the people who make great videogames
[Sup Holmes is a weekly talk show for people that make great videogames. It airs live every Sunday at 4pm EST on Youtube, and can be found in Podcast form on Libsyn and iTunes.] Last week on Sup Holmes we...

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Dropsy delayed until early 2015, hugs his way onto tablets

Look ma, no hands
Oct 23
// Rob Morrow
Ringmaster of the surreal Jay Tholen recently provided an update on Kickstarter with news on his creepy/charming point-and-click adventure game Dropsy. First, it's being ported to mobile platforms -- iPad and Android tablet...
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Outpost 13

Bad dog! Outpost 13 basically lets you play as The Thing

Man's best fiend
Sep 18
// Darren Nakamura
This is why you name a dog Fluffy or Fido or Spot. When you go and give it a name like Fenrir, after a mythological wolf monster, it gets taken over by an alien being and wants nothing more than to devour your flesh and bone...
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Paradigm is a point-'n'-click game starring sloths and mutants

Poor mutated Paradigm is looking for love
Sep 04
// Alasdair Duncan
While adventure games are doing as well as ever, there's still not too many that hark back to the classic era games like Day of the Tentacle. They used to be really weird! Jacob Janerka's Paradigm seems to emulate that style...
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Book of Unwritten Tales

The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 hits Steam Early Access today

Here's a video for you, too!
Sep 04
// Brittany Vincent
The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 is hitting Steam Early Access today. The sequel to the 2009 point-and-click adventure game was successfully funded via Kickstarter and looks just as charming as the original. I'm a huge fan of...
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Shadowgate Death trailer

Face your mortality in the latest Shadowgate trailer

The point-and-click puzzler comes to PC on August 21
Aug 14
// Rob Morrow
Playing through the NES port of Shadowgate is one of my fondest memories of gaming during the late eighties. In fact, Shadowgate was my very first exposure to the point-and-click genre. Coming from a family of die-...
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Devolver Digital

So long, RNG: Gods Will Be Watching update adds new difficulty options

There were complaints about the game's randomness
Aug 08
// Jordan Devore
Reading through Alasdair's review of Gods Will Be Watching, I don't know if I could put myself through some of the game's horrors even once, much less multiple times due to failure. Deconstructeam's Mercy update should help. ...
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Sierra's making a comeback, and signs point to King's Quest and Geometry Wars

More at gamescom
Aug 08
// Brett Makedonski
Activision's playing the role of necromancer, and reviving Sierra Entertainment from the dead. At least, if recent indications can be believed. A teaser site has appeared that plays the above video with a new Sierra logo and...
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Randal's Monday

Clerks actor heads up point-and-click adventure Randal's Monday

He's taking it day by day
Aug 03
// Jonathan Holmes
Many who fondly remember playing point-and-click adventure games growing up are quick to find that the feeling just isn't the same should they give those classics another spin. The same is often said of Clerks, Kevin Smith's...
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This Humble Flash Bundle has Putt-Putt and other Humongous titles

24-hour sale
Jul 28
// Jordan Devore
Night Dive Studios brought the likes of Putt-Putt, Freddi Fish, Pajama Sam, and Spy Fox to Steam earlier this year, and here they are again in this flash sale from Humble Bundle. If you want to go on a nostalgia trip and come...
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Gods Will Be Launching

Gods Will Be Watching dials back the torture for a launch trailer

That doesn't mean it's any less depressing
Jul 22
// Brett Makedonski
Launching a videogame is usually cause for celebration. However, this Gods Will Be Watching launch trailer is bleak enough that you won't want to celebrate anything, not even the game's impending July 24 release. At lea...
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Maniac Mansion

Ron Gilbert releases original design document of Maniac Mansion

Meanwhile, I can't contain my excitement
Jul 22
// Brittany Vincent
I absolutely love the SCUMM period of Lucasfilm Games (later LucasArts) development and this document gives insight into the game that started it all. It's interesting to see that although the Edison family stayed much the sa...
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The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4 out next week

Amid the Ruins
Jul 17
// Jordan Devore
Two more episodes to go for season two of The Walking Dead. Won't be long now. This season's fourth episode, Amid the Ruins, releases next week. PC, Mac, and PS3/PS Vita (in North America) get it first on July 22. A day late...
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AR-KChapter 2

AR-KChapter 2 is a sequel to a game I bet you didn't play

Well, maybe you did, I don't know
Jul 14
// Brittany Vincent
AR-K –Chapter 2: The Girl Who Wasn’t There- is the sequel to point-and-click adventure game AR-K –Chapter 1-. I'm willing to bet you haven't played it, but the brainchild of Gato Salvaje Studio is now availa...
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Grim Fandango

Grim Fandango is headed back to PC in all its remastered glory

I can't wait to dive back in
Jul 09
// Brittany Vincent
It seems like it should have been a no-brainer, given the game's original success as a PC adventure games, but the remastered version of Grim Fandango has just been confirmed for PC as well. Additionally, it'll be headed ...
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This Gods Will Be Watching trailer made me wince

Not your average point-and-click
Jul 02
// Jordan Devore
I'll go out on a limb here and suggest that we're not going to feel good about ourselves after playing Deconstructeam's point-and-click thriller Gods Will Be Watching. The game is out July 24 for Windows, Mac, and Linux on S...
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The Golden Wake

It's back to the 1920s in The Golden Wake

Wadjet Eye is publishing this point-and-click adventure game.
Jun 26
// Alasdair Duncan
The 1920s is another one of those time periods, rich in history but still passed over as a setting for videogames. The Golden Wake is a new point-'n'-click adventure game from genre specialist Wadjet Eye set in Miami that sp...
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Tormentum sure looks like a messed up adventure game

Well, that's me not sleeping easy tonight...
Jun 18
// Alasdair Duncan
It seems that both horror and adventure games are in rude health in 2014, so it's no surprise to see a game combine the two. The trailer above is for Tormentum, a new indie point-and-click game from developer OhNoo that has ...
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Broken Age

You can play Broken Age now on your iPad

Now's the best time to check it out
Jun 12
// Brittany Vincent
Double Fine's latest adventure game Broken Age has made its way to the iPad, and it's just as gorgeous as a mobile game as it was upon its original release. It's split up into two releases, and right now, you can catch Broke...
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No Wave

No Wave is a point-and-click game set in NY's music scene

Sonic Youth and Swans on the soundtrack? Win!
May 14
// Alasdair Duncan
Aside from videogames, music is my other big passion in life, whether it's just listening to it, going to gigs or reading about various bands or periods in music history. So when I got a message from the developers of No Wave...
Max interviews the creator of this dark future
Max sat down with Sam Farmer, the creator of Last Life. Being developed in association with Double Fine, Last Life is a point-and-click adventure game set in a cyber-noir future, where death doesn't always mean the end. Check out the Kickstarter for this game here.

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Kentucky Route Zero

Kentucky Route Zero: Act III is out now

Tricksy stealth releases
May 06
// Brett Makedonski
We've had to wait a little while, but Kentucky Route Zero: Act III is finally available for download. It's been close to a year since the second part of the five act story launched, notwithstanding the release of the muc...
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I hope The Eldritch Cases: Dagon is Lovecraft done right

Innsmouth, Dr. Herbet West, Dagon... all the ingredients are there
Apr 25
// Alasdair Duncan
It's been quite a while since a game did the Cthulhu mythos, created by HP Lovecraft, really well. Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth was an inspired but uneven game and that came out in 2005. The Eldritch Cases: Dag...
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The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead is finally headed to PlayStation 4

I'm not really surprised, but good news!
Apr 22
// Brittany Vincent
It's been some time since The Walking Dead shambled into our hearts, but there's still reason to revisit Telltale's zombie opus, especially since it looks as though the Game of the Year Edition is coming for PlayStation 4 own...
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Inspire Me

Rewrite history in the point-and-click game Inspire Me

Beethoven didn't come up with those tunes himself, y'know?!?
Apr 22
// Alasdair Duncan
When will kids learn -- you just don't mess around with time machines. Honestly, it's like the kids of 2040 have never seen Back to the Future. At least, young Kelvin, the main character in Inspire Me, clearly hasn't: he's b...

Gods Will Be Watching stressed me the hell out

Apr 14 // Patrick Hancock
[embed]273248:53398:0[/embed] Gods Will Be Watching began as a game jam game, but the reception was so good that the developers, all five of them, decided to expand the concept into a full game. Players are put into an unfavorable scenario with the simple task to handle it. The scenario at PAX was in some sort of hi-tech facility, where my team of brigands had already captured 4 hostages, and a SWAT team-like force was bearing down on us. I had to buy enough time so my buddy could hack the entire system in order to escape. The hostages proved a big problem to tackle. When clicking on the hostages, I had a myriad of options including to calm them down, shout at them, kick them, or kill them. If I was too mean to them, they could try to commit suicide. If I was too lax, they would take advantage and mutiny. I never did find the right middle ground, since my first attempt was very brief as the SWAT team killed us, and the second time each and every hostage tried to run out, leaving me with no collateral. Keeping the SWAT team at bay was a matter of using one of my other cohorts to either fire at them or to negotiate. Either one would help postpone their march, buying me more time to finish the hack. Another ally could charge up his hack boost, and it could be unleashed once it got to an acceptable percentage. He could also display another screen on a camera, allowing me to keep an eye on how close the SWAT team actually was to the room. You have to be an awesome juggler to succeed at Gods Will Be Watching. If you get too caught up with one thing, say, the hostages, another will come and bite you in the butt (like the SWAT team). Scenarios are very tense, making it very easy to lose concentration and blow an entire scenario. It’s also a game that will test players’ ethics and resolve, making it a game that’s also incredibly enjoyable to just watch and see how certain people react to certain scenarios. Gods Will Be Watching will be out in June for PC. You can play the original game jam game here.
I thought I was a nice person...
I have found myself both playing and looking forward to more and more “point-and-click” games in the past few years than ever before. I didn’t grow up with games like Day of the Tentacle or the Monkey Island...

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Welcome to The Weird Story of Waldermar the Warlock

Ah alliteration, a headline writer's best friend
Apr 14
// Alasdair Duncan
When a developer emails you and says "Well, yet another Kickstarter," you have to smile. At least Paco at Spanish indie studio enComblot has a sense of humor about the state of crowdfunding. His team is currently working on ...
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Dead Synchronicity

There are eight days left to fund Dead Synchronicity

Here's a new teaser trailer to whet the appetite
Apr 03
// Alasdair Duncan
It was the end of March when I saw Dead Synchronicity on Kickstarter, a great-looking science-fiction adventure game with heavy horror and dystopic themes. I've played the demo which is built on the alpha version of the game...
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Tex Murphy

Tex Murphy: Tesla Effect is now available for pre-order

Celebrate by watching poor old Tex get beaten up
Apr 03
// Alasdair Duncan
The fact that a new Tex Murphy game is just a few weeks away makes me really happy; it might not kick off a rebirth of the full-motion video adventure game genre but darn, it feels good to have Tex back in 2014. If you're ke...

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