The point-and-click adventure game genre is one of the most immersive around. It typically doesn't seek to draw you in with over-the-top action sequences. Instead, you're drawn in by the sheer amount of attention and focus you must give to each detail as you click on every corner of the screen. When something freaks you out, part of the fear comes from just how hard you've been staring.
Sanitarium is one such game from nearly two decades ago. Released in 1998, the PC horror game sucked players into the mind of an amnesiac in a world teetering on the edge of madness.
Fans of point-and-click adventure games are spoiled for choice on mobile platforms. It seems like every week we get a new game or a remastered classic for connoisseurs to chew on. This week's special is Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, a 1993 Sierra original that was remastered last year. This tale of a bookstore owner investigating a series of murders on New Orleans is one of the favorites of the genre.
The original game was entirely comprised of 2D sprites, but with the remastered version you get remade prerendered backgrounds and new 3D characters to walk around them.
Valiant Hearts isn't your usual war game. You won't be blasting through thousands of bad guys like BJ Blazkowitz, you won't be commanding an entire army like an over-the-top Command & Conquer general. Valiant Hearts is incredibly story focused, as it considers itself more of a playable comic book than a video game. It's also about World War I, which hasn't exactly been a popular subject for video games.
This trailer is for the PC and console version, but the mobile version looks very similar.
In the various episodes of Valiant Hearts: The Great War, you'll follow the stories of a German family living in France as the war begins, after which the father is deported and drafted into the German army.
Machinarium has been around for a few years on virtually every platform, but now we're finally getting something new (to Android) from Amanita Design. Botanicula shares a gameplay and art style with Machinarium, but it's a completely new adventure about five tree-dwelling friends who must save the last seed from their home tree, which has become infested with nasty parasites.
All dogs are time travellers. On a technical level, anyway: they move around through three dimensions while progressing through the fourth at a constant rate. But the charming hero of the adventure game Doggins has one less dimension to travel through, so he makes up for his 2D affliction by blasting himself backwards in time. If you want to see how (not to mention why) you'll have to play the game, now available for four bucks on the Play Store.
Doggins starts off as it means to go on: weirdly. As the game begins a monocled squirrel most pointedly does not invite you to "a grand celebration of villainy" at his diabolical party tree.
Five Nights at Freddy's might just be the most nerve-wracking week you will ever experience. In this point-and-click survival horror game, players are responsible for watching over Freddy Fazbear's Pizza between the hours of midnight and 6AM. As it turns out, these just so happen to be the hours that the animatronic robots at this place of amusement and fun happen to wander the halls. They're made of metal and wires, not flesh and blood, yet for some reason they still have the tendency to stick night watch workers in their mouths. As you would imagine, it tends not to end well.
Developer Headup Games welcomes players to journey through the peculiar world of Asposia in its newly released point-and-click adventure game, The Inner World. With hand-drawn graphics (presented in non-stereoscopic 2D), humorous voice-overs, and an over-abundance of charm, this game looks posed to deliver all the warm fuzzies a mobile gamer can handle (maybe even a little more). After winning high praises over on Apple's mobile platform, it's time for Android fans to get to experience this amusement firsthand.
The world of Asposia is a massive hollow space surrounded, deliberately unbelivably, by an infinite expanse of earth. People are able to breathe thanks to the air that comes from three wind fountains, but as these start failing one after another, we suddenly have cause for adventure and enough justification to sustain a game.
Four months ago, part one of the Kickstarter-funded fifth installment of the Broken Sword series hit the Play Store costing $6.99. It has since dropped to $4.99, and today part two of the saga is available for one dollar more, a reasonable $5.99. Okay, now that the math is out of the way, let's recap. Broken Sword is a long-running adventure series (the 5 in the name may have given that away) that has been picking up fans since 1996, and given the success the franchise found on Kickstarter, clearly many of them have stuck around.
These most recent installments bring many improvements, including visuals that really are a treat.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a radioactive platformer, an incredibly creepy adventure game, a puzzle game that takes physics seriously, an endless runner with no running, and a platformer that's more metal than the HTC One.
Developer Her Interactive and Nancy Drew have a long relationship that will, by the end of this month, span thirty PC games (and some Mac) over the course of roughly fifteen years. These point-and-click adventure titles are standard fare for fans of the genre, containing puzzles, mysteries, and an engaging plot. Now one has made its way to Android, Nancy Drew: Ghost of Thornton." This isn't the first game in the main series (yes, the company has more than one Nancy Drew series), nor the second, nor the third. It's the twenty-eighth.
Her Interactive has done a decent job scaling the content down to run on Android tablets.