Adventure Gaming and Interactive Fiction

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'Full Throttle Remastered' Review: A rock and roll fantasy

<i>Full Throttle</i> is a LucasArts adventure game I hold near and dear to my heart. Though I fell hopelessly in love with <i>Day of the Tentacle</i> first, the …

Gaming

Interesting ways to frame scenery

Framing interests me in adventure game art, especially when outside the actual piece of art itself, and separate elements treated as a frame, as it's …

dungeonfs

A FUSE filesystem and dungeon crawling adventure game engine.<p>Install<p>Usage<p>The command-line mount command is used to mount the FUSE filesystem. It can …

Programming

Graphic Adventure Game 'Her Majesty's Spiffing' Hits the App Store on May 4th

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Game Development

Guest Column: A Not-Quite Dead Past

It’s a strange thing, as someone coming from the interactive fiction community, playing Devolver Digital’s Stories Untold. It’s a horror game that’s …

Gaming

Spring Thing 2017 is now open!

I'm very pleased to announce that the 2017 Spring Thing Festival of Interactive Fiction is now open! Held annually since 2002, Spring T...

Spring Thing 2017

Spring Thing 2017 is now launched, with fifteen Main Festival entries and seven Back Garden items, including Twine, ink, Inform, Quest, Texture, …

Parsing

How Ron Gilbert uses 'improv game design' to create charming games

Adventure game designer Ron Gilbert shares his unconventional process for creating "charming" games, which may help you inject a dose of comedy in …

Game Design

Haven Moon review

Caught up in a wisp of mist, <i>Haven Moon</i> transports you to abandoned islands full of majestic brick-and-stone structures. Strange devices baffle and …

I'Ve

Stories Untold review: A creepy and fantastic example of interactive storytelling

I’ve always believed that Interactive Fiction is one of the most exciting genres of interactive entertainment, filled with almost unlimited scope and potential. Choose Your Own Adventure books, text adventures written in Inform, then more visual examples like Her Story or even some point and click …

Storytelling

Interactive fiction and the origins of the conversational interface

It’s 2017, and conversational interfaces (people talking with machines the same way they talk to other people) are everywhere. Siri has become a household name. Taco Bell lets you order tacos over Slack. A chatbot lawyer can help you get out of your parking tickets. MasterCard is allowing people to …

Thimbleweed Park review: A brilliant point and click adventure

Adventure games come in two flavours: old school point and click (Monkey Island, Sam and Max, Day of the Tentacle), and newer, more cinematic …

Gaming

The Frostrune

<b>Genre:</b> 2D point-and-click Adventure <b><br>Release date:</b> February 2, 2017<b><br>Reviewed on</b> Android; also available for Windows<p><b>What's in a Rune?</b><p><i>The Frostrune</i> begins …

Adventure Games

Opening the Gold Box, Part 5: All That Glitters is Not Gold The Digital Antiquarian

SSI entered 1989 a transformed company. What had been a niche maker of war games for grognards had now become one of the computer-game industry’s …

RPGs

Point-and-click adventure Thimbleweed Park arrives to positive reviews

For gamers of a certain age, such as myself, the point-and-click adventure titles of the late eighties and early nineties will always hold a special …

Gaming

Review: Thimbleweed Park (PC) - A Genuine Modern Classic

If you’re a fan of point and clicks, you’ve probably heard of Ron Gilbert. He’s famous for classic adventure games such as Monkey Island and Maniac …

Adventure Games

Telltale’s first episode of Guardians of the Galaxy game launches on April 18 (Update: out now!)

<b>Update (4/19):</b> Telltale has finally released the first episode of the Guardians of the Galaxy game to Google Play! As mentioned, the game costs $4.99.<p>Interested? Head to the Play Store link below for the download.<p><b>Update (3/30):</b> It’s still a while before the April 18th launch, but we know Guardians …

Superheroes

7 works of interactive fiction that every developer should study

<i>“You are standing in an open field west of a white house, with a boarded front door. There is a small mailbox here.”</i><p>If you’re a gamer of a certain …

Game Development

The Occupation is the next adventure from the creators of Ether One

Heck of a trailer<p>White Paper Games is smartly following its 2014 adventure <i>Ether One</i> with another first-person narrative game, <i>The Occupation</i>. Set in …

Gaming

The Station prepares for boarding this summer

Here's a tip for wannabe space explorers: NEVER be part of the initial research team, because you'll inevitably disappear without a trace. Now, being …

Space

How Wadjet Eye's Unavowed weaves modern design into a gritty point-and-click adventure

“AGS [Adventure Game Studio] is easy,” says Dave Gilbert, when I ask if he’s started to run up against the limitations of the now 20-year-old engine for adventure games. I’ve met up with Gilbert to discuss his latest game, <i>Unavowed—</i>the first Wadjet Eye title he’s spearheaded since 2014’s <i>Blackwell</i> …

Gaming

Dog Star Adventure (1979)

We last saw Lance Micklus in Treasure Hunt (1978) which was only sort-of what we’d recognize as an adventure game. This one is a clear …

Adventure Games

From DOS to Kickstarter: Maniac Mansion director Ron Gilbert retraces his steps

In a new lunchtime video interview with Google, veteran designer Ron Gilbert sat down to retrace his path from the days of DOS software to the …

Adventure Games

28 Games Like The Neverhood for IOS iPhone

IOS<p>As you complete levels, you will discover Kosmo and Novas heartbreaking love story! Cute Reconstruct the touching past of Kosmo and Nova by …

Cyberpunk 2077 Is Likely to Outsell the Witcher 3, According to CDPR Co-Founder

Topping the Witcher 3 Is a Tall Order, but Cyberpunk 2077 May Just Succeed<p>It’s been some time since <i>Witcher 3</i> ended development and won 2015’s Game of …

Indie Gaming

'Full Throttle Remastered' will tear up the road this April

It's been almost a year and a half since Double Fine announced it was giving Tim Schafer's classic motorcycle adventure game an HD makeover, but title is finally almost ready. Today, the company announced that <i>Full Throttle Remastered</i> will be available on PS4, PS Vita and PC on April 18th. Its been …

Detective Hayseed: Hollywood review

Ever since the first days of cinema, detective stories have had a prominent place on the big screen. In <i>Detective Hayseed: Hollywood</i>, Czech developer …

Voice Acting

Telltale’s Guardians of the Galaxy game debuts this spring

Series is unrelated to Marvel’s films<p><i>Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series</i>, the latest episodic adventure game from Telltale Games, will premiere this spring with an original story, the studio announced today.<p>It does not appear that the five-episode adventure game will relate to Marvel …

Adventure Games

Screenshot sources for adventure games

I've got a pretty big collection of game screenshots on my hard drive, but for some games I have to look online to save me playing through the games …