Adventure Gaming and Interactive Fiction

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Telltale Games Announce New Seasons of Batman and More!

Telltale Games announces new seasons of Batman, Wolf Among Us, and Walking Dead<p>Telltale Games has brought out the big guns with three huge …

How Maniac Mansion's verb-object interface revolutionised adventure games

It’s hard to imagine what adventure games looked like before Maniac Mansion, although that’s partly because most of them looked like a big wall of …

Gaming

Gorgeous adventure game Figment marks launch window with weird and wonderful music video

We first caught wind of Bedtime Digital Games' Figment in March—a musical action adventure game set against a lovely-looking, hand-drawn world filled …

Gaming

The best adventure games on PC - from old-school gems to modern classics

Ah, the humble adventure game. From 1976’s text-based Adventure – that gave the genre its name – through the point-and-click golden age of the ‘90s …

Gaming

Release date July 19th announced! - Aporia: Beyond the Valley

The whole team at Investigate North is proud to announce the official release date for <b>Aporia: Beyond The Valley</b> – July 19, 2017 🏆!<p>In a little under …

Silicon Valley

Pyramid of Doom: Heart of the Phraoah

Last time, I had found a “throne room” with an “Iron statue of Phraoah” that killed me. There was a mural with the hint “Seek ye well the HEART of …

Procrastination

One cryptic storyteller is using Twitter to craft thrilling interactive fiction

Numerous esteemed authors have previously relied on Twitter to tell original <i>Flash fiction,</i> but one talented storyteller is pushing his tales way beyond the 140 character limit to create interactive <i>scenarios</i> that put you in charge of the story.<p>Artist Nas Maraj has created a truly engaging story …

Storytelling

A Sierra Retrospective: Part 2 - Composing a Quest

From speaker beeps to MIDI modules to digital orchestras, Sierra's acclaimed music makers always knew the score.

Game Development

The Invincible Hero of ‘Monkey Island’ Was an Adventure Game Masterstroke

<b>Guide to Games is Waypoint's weekly short video series diving into a game we love, detest, or find fascinating. If the video above doesn't play, try the version on YouTube!</b><p>The graphic adventure game has been around since the very early 1980s, but the genre really found its footing, and both …

Adventure Games

Mailbag: Teaching Spatial Storytelling

A Twitter follower asked me for resources to teach students to pair space and story in a meaningful way, and they were already familiar with my …

IF Comp 2017 opens for scribes and crowdfunds prizes

The annual Interactive Fiction Competition has opened for authors, and is crowdfunding for cash prizes with the hope of raising a $6000 prize pool. …

Interactive Fiction

Stop Motion Inspired Adventure Game 'Harold Halibut' Is On Kickstarter And It Looks Incredible

Move over <i>Skullmonkeys</i> and <i>Armikrog</i>—a new stop motion tour de force is sculpting its way into town.<p>Promising adventure game <i>Harold Halibut</i> has recently gone up for public consideration on Kickstarter, and to be honest, it’s looking to fulfill some of my unanswered <i>Clay Fighter</i> reboot prayers. Though if …

Stop Motion

Indie dev turns Wikipedia into a text adventure game

Like a lot of people, I’ve spent hours clicking from link to link, sucked into Wikipedia’s endless void of information. Indie dev Kevan Davis apparently has as well — except he came out on the other side with a game. Wikipedia: The Text Adventure is a free-to-play piece of interactive fiction that …

Game Development

Interactive Fiction foundation formally adopts venerable IF Archive

The folks behind the relatively new Interactive Fiction Technology Foundation announced today that they're adopting the Interactive Fiction Archive, …

Game Design

Revisit Colossal Cave with Open Adventure

In the history of computer games, very few are as influential as Colossal Cave Adventure. Initially developed in 1976 by Will Crowther and expanded …

Open Source Movement

E3 2017: You Have Only 60 Seconds To Make Progress In This Zelda-Like Adventure Game

Roguelikes center around runs. Since your progress resets when you die, you're meant to build up a familiarity with the game's mechanics by throwing yourself at the game until you understand it better and can make it further each run. These runs are meant to be relatively short; you play for twenty …

Sonder. Episode ONE lands on Steam Early Access

Building on the more realistic take on science fiction seen in movies like <i>2001: A Space Odyssey</i>, and <i>Alien</i> with its “Truckers in Space” theme, …

The First Text Adventure Game Ever Is Finally Open Source

‘Colossal Cave Adventure’ is due for an update.<p><i>Colossal Cave Adventure</i> was the first text-based adventure game—It was developed in 1976 using one of the earliest computer programming languages, at the same time as the earliest version of the internet itself, ARPANET. The game is an important part …

Gaming

Point-and-Click is Dead (Again)

I’ve come to the conclusion that point-and-click games are stupid. But hold thy axe: there’s a reason. I’ve always had a soft spot for the genre (I …

31 years later, groundbreaking MMORPG Habitat is coming back online

31 years after Lucasafilm Games launched a beta version of its groundbreaking MMORPG Habitat, the game is being brought back online by the folks at …

Game Design

Sequel To Critically Acclaimed Adventure Game To The Moon Delayed

Originally scheduled to release this summer, the follow-up to the 2011 indie adventure game To the Moon has been delayed until the end of 2017.<p>Developer Freebird Games announced that its development trajectory for the sequel, titled Finding Paradise, has changed. "Due to personal circumstances, its …

VR Needs To Branch Out Into Interactive Narrative

Netflix and disruption go together like Oculus and Rift. Never one to rest on its laurels, the company is continually looking for ways to shake …

29 Essential, Must-Play Adventure Games - PC

Ah, adventure games — the only genre with more lives than the luckiest cat. In the ‘80s and early ‘90s, they were our passport to incredible worlds …

Gaming

Dreamfall Chapters Launches on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with a New Trailer

Red Thread Games and Deep Silver have been hard at work on the console version of their continuation from the 1999 point-and-click adventure title,</i> …

A Sierra Retrospective: Part 1 - The Pioneers of Adventure

<i>King’s Quest</i>. <i>Space Quest</i>. <i>Leisure Suit Larry</i>. All seminal games in adventure game history. All created by the same company.<p>Dig deeper into the catalog …

Opinion: Tales From The Borderlands Is Telltale’s Best Game

I’ve hardly been quiet about my love for Tales From The Borderlands. One of the first things I did when I joined Game Informer was declare it my …

Ten of the best classic adventure game scenes

Low resolution adventure game scenery is a favourite subject of mine, and a field I've been working in for several years, and I regularly look to the …

PC Gaming

Interview: The creator of the Conquests adventures on what made them special

<b>The story behind the myth of two beloved Sierra classics.</b><p>Back in the late '80s - early '90s when adventure games reigned supreme, Sierra On-Line was …

Takume is a very short (like, 5 mins) adventure game with some very nice pixel art. You can get it h

Takume is a very short (like, 5 mins) adventure game with some very nice pixel art.<p>Takume is a <i>very</i> short (like, 5 mins) adventure game with some very …

Pixel Art