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The Dumbing Down of the Adventure Genre

Adventure games are getting easier, but is that a good thing or bad? On this topic there’s no easy answer, as our discussion this week will show. Bonus top fives: franchises that would make good adventure games!

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Closer Than You Know

Closer Than You Know

Demo for Closer Than You Know is here now on Steam Fantastical hand-painted adventure promises a cozy, family friendly point-and-click experience in 2024   If you’ve got children (or are still a child at heart yourself, regardless of age), you'll want to take...

Unboxing the Mind of a Cryptic Killer, Parallel Lab

Unboxing the Mind of a Cryptic Killer, Parallel Lab

Evidence of two upcoming co-op mysteries detected on Steam Noir-styled, two-player timed escape puzzlers coming in 2023 following browser-based developer launches   Remember when adventure games were almost exclusively single-player experiences? It wasn't that...

Maelström Legacy: The Tesla Mystery

Maelström Legacy: The Tesla Mystery

Maelström Legacy: The Tesla Mystery creating sparks on Kickstarter Demo available for upcoming hand-drawn mystery puzzler inspired by Professor Layton and Ace Attorney   The Professor Layton and Ace Attorney series are both incredibly popular, so why not create a...

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Classic Games from non-Sierra/LucasArts Studios

We’ve all got our LucasArts and/or Sierra faves, but this week Matt Aukamp and Adventure Game Geek join us for a fond look at some of the great games from other studios. Bonus lists: top five female protagonists!

What Makes a Good Adventure Game?

What Makes a Good Adventure Game? Jack and Joshua analyze the elements needed to make a successful adventure, then dig deeper into their inventory for their top five lists of the week.

Up & Coming

First-person vs. third-person: It's a showdown of styles and perspectives as we debate the merits of both. Bonus lists: Top five games with the best voice acting!

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New Tales from the Borderlands

New Tales from the Borderlands

New Tales from the Borderlands has great production values that really pull you into this unique universe, yet the humour falls flat and the characters aren’t at all compelling this time around, unable to cover up what’s lacking in actual gameplay, feeling more like an animated movie than a game.

The Gallery Game Review

The Gallery Game Review

Largely ignoring the “full-motion” in full-motion video, The Gallery is let down by the lack of purpose for its otherwise intriguing antagonist in this well-acted story between hostage and terrorist.

The Case of the Golden Idol Review

The Case of the Golden Idol Review

A rip-roaring mystery epic that lingers with you long after it’s over, The Case of the Golden Idol is probably the best combination of murder mysteries and Mad Libs one could ever hope for.

Immortality Game Review

Immortality Game Review

While it’s hindered slightly by some questionable game design and content choices, Immortality is an otherwise impressive achievement in filmmaking and gaming with a thought-provoking and chilling story that will leave you thinking about it long after it’s over.

Born Punk

Born Punk

With dull things to do, a plot even the characters don’t care about, and no real ending just when the story starts, it’s left to the lush pixel artwork, smooth animations, and atmospheric audio to at least partly salvage the dystopic future in Born Punk.

Justin Wack and the Big Time Hack Review

Justin Wack and the Big Time Hack Review

Focused more on winking at the past than being a memorable experience in its own right, Justin Wack and the Big Time Hack lacks the charm and originality of its inspirations, though it still offers a handful of cozy hours of solving puzzles across multiple timelines in a cute cartoon world.

As Dusk Falls Game Review

As Dusk Falls Game Review

The strength of the story weakens as the game goes on, but As Dusk Falls flows smoothly and gives your choices real importance, making it highly replayable and easy to recommend.

Lucy Dreaming

Lucy Dreaming

Lucy Dreaming is so good that if it had been presented as a lost Schafer/Gilbert/Grossman collaboration from ’95 that was excavated and polished off for a quarter-century-late release, I’d half-believe it.

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Hot Off The Presses

New Game Announcements

Closer Than You Know

Demo for Closer Than You Know is here now on Steam Fantastical hand-painted adventure promises a cozy, family friendly point-and-click experience in 2024   If you’ve got children (or are still a child at heart yourself, regardless of age), you'll want to take...

Unboxing the Mind of a Cryptic Killer, Parallel Lab

Evidence of two upcoming co-op mysteries detected on Steam Noir-styled, two-player timed escape puzzlers coming in 2023 following browser-based developer launches   Remember when adventure games were almost exclusively single-player experiences? It wasn't that...

Maelström Legacy: The Tesla Mystery

Maelström Legacy: The Tesla Mystery creating sparks on Kickstarter Demo available for upcoming hand-drawn mystery puzzler inspired by Professor Layton and Ace Attorney   The Professor Layton and Ace Attorney series are both incredibly popular, so why not create a...

The Dumbing Down of the Adventure Genre

Adventure games are getting easier, but is that a good thing or bad? On this topic there’s no easy answer, as our discussion this week will show. Bonus top fives: franchises that would make good adventure games!

Classic Games from non-Sierra/LucasArts Studios

We’ve all got our LucasArts and/or Sierra faves, but this week Matt Aukamp and Adventure Game Geek join us for a fond look at some of the great games from other studios. Bonus lists: top five female protagonists!

Up & Coming

First-person vs. third-person: It's a showdown of styles and perspectives as we debate the merits of both. Bonus lists: Top five games with the best voice acting!

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In Case You Missed It

New Tales from the Borderlands

New Tales from the Borderlands

New Tales from the Borderlands has great production values that really pull you into this unique universe, yet the humour falls flat and the characters aren’t at all compelling this time around, unable to cover up what’s lacking in actual gameplay, feeling more like an animated movie than a game.

The Gallery Game Review

The Gallery Game Review

Largely ignoring the “full-motion” in full-motion video, The Gallery is let down by the lack of purpose for its otherwise intriguing antagonist in this well-acted story between hostage and terrorist.

The Case of the Golden Idol Review

The Case of the Golden Idol Review

A rip-roaring mystery epic that lingers with you long after it’s over, The Case of the Golden Idol is probably the best combination of murder mysteries and Mad Libs one could ever hope for.

Immortality Game Review

Immortality Game Review

While it’s hindered slightly by some questionable game design and content choices, Immortality is an otherwise impressive achievement in filmmaking and gaming with a thought-provoking and chilling story that will leave you thinking about it long after it’s over.

Born Punk

Born Punk

With dull things to do, a plot even the characters don’t care about, and no real ending just when the story starts, it’s left to the lush pixel artwork, smooth animations, and atmospheric audio to at least partly salvage the dystopic future in Born Punk.

Justin Wack and the Big Time Hack Review

Justin Wack and the Big Time Hack Review

Focused more on winking at the past than being a memorable experience in its own right, Justin Wack and the Big Time Hack lacks the charm and originality of its inspirations, though it still offers a handful of cozy hours of solving puzzles across multiple timelines in a cute cartoon world.