As the protagonist of The Old City: Leviathan kept addressing his claustrophobic surroundings as if it was a living entity I was convinced that he was mad. Not that I could blame him really. Described as a “sewer dwelling isolationist” who is making his way through the bleak environments of a decaying city, it is hard not to feel sorry for the nameless protagonist. You might view the world through his eyes and direct his movement, but you are certainly not playing “as” him. I was intrigued by his musings, but certain that he was mad, until the city answered
I did not know what to expect when I entered the world of Master Reboot and the game delighted in surprising me around every turn. The way that the gameplay shifts depending on what memories you are reliving makes for a memorable experience and the creepy atmosphere will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you want to experience a game that is quite unlike anything else, do yourself a favor and check out Master Reboot.
Gameplay: Each memory offers new surprises and ways to play.
Graphics: The art style is very unique and features some breathtaking environments.
Sound: The audio compliments the atmosphere of the game nicely
Ask fans of the genre to name some of their favorite classic point & click adventure titles from the nineties and you can be sure that the name Gabriel Knight will crop up. Thanks to the dark and mature nature of the game it is perhaps not as well-known as the family friendly Lucasarts titles, but offered an experience that was memorable to say the least. From the voodoo steeped setting of New Orleans to the cast of memorable characters and enthralling storyline, Gabriel Knight was, no make that IS, a bona fide classic.
Gameplay: A great version of a classic game.
Graphics: Not perfect, especially the animations, but very good overall.
Sound: The new voices take a while to get used to, but the soundtrack is superlative
Fans of adventure, exploration and combat should take note of the upcoming Double Damage Games space epic, Rebel Galaxy. It is the debut title for the studio and gives players command of a powerful star cruiser. Players are then let loose upon a massive, randomly generated galaxy to explore. Of course, there will be plenty of danger and mystery to be found in order to keep things interesting
The Vanishing of Ethan Carter offers the perfect blend of immersive storytelling, atmospheric music and jaw dropping visuals. The gameworld is not just beautiful, but also compelling to explore. I would have loved it if the world was a bit more interactive and the whole experience slightly longer, but overall the game delivers on all its promises. It is also best experienced without knowing exactly what you are getting yourself into, so don’t be tempted into ruining any surprise for yourself before playing.
Gameplay: The supernatural talents of the protagonist allows for some interesting, but not too taxing, puzzle solving.
Graphics: The use of photogrammetry technology means that the game looks phenomenally detailed.
Sound: The soundtrack is hauntingly beautiful although the voice acting has a few rough patches
Cloud Chamber is more of an experience than a game in the traditional sense, but this doesn’t make it any less compelling. The story might be fictional, but includes plenty of references to real science which makes for fascinating viewing depending on how keen you are on the subject. Due to the massively multiplayer aspect of the game your experience will depend on the other players, but even if you opt not to take part in the discussions you can still enjoy the story on your own.
Gameplay: No gameplay in the traditional sense, but still plenty to see and discuss with other players.
Graphics: The videos are believable and the 3D landscapes quite impressive.
Sound: Good acting and a brilliant soundtrack help immerse you in the experience
Don’t let the fact that The Room was originally an iOS title scare you away from this great puzzle adventure. The developers have gone the extra mile to enhance the visuals and tighten the controls for this PC release all while keeping the price very reasonable. The game looks and sounds fantastic and it is only the short time it takes to complete holding it back from a better score. Still, there is very little padding here and the game offers a compelling experience from start to finish.
Gameplay: Engrossing puzzle solving from start to finish.
Graphics: Superbly detailed.
Sound: Atmospheric and fitting
If you value interesting dialogue and moral choices more than loot gathering and monster slaying then you will enjoy Unrest. The game dares to do things a bit differently and for the most it works quite well. The lack of puzzles or any real combat means that the pace of the game is very slow, but just like a good book you will want to know what is going to happen next once you are hooked.
Gameplay: The focus is very much on the story, so action junkies might become bored of all the reading.
Graphics: The hand-painted visuals give the game an unique look.
Sound: Outstanding tunes, but no speech
Cannon Brawl is an extremely addictive title that manages to blend together several genres without making any compromises. The action is fast paced, but strategic thinking is rewarded and the balance is also very good. While the Adventure mode isn’t very long, the AI battles and multiplayer modes will keep you coming back for more. If you are looking for an entertaining title to play against friends, either online or local, Cannon Brawl should be high on your wishlist.
Gameplay: Fast paced, challenging and very addictive.
Graphics: Colorful and polished, but the visuals can be a bit cluttered at times.
Sound: A decent soundtrack and good sound effects
Fading Hearts was a pleasant surprise, more so when I discovered that it is not by a Japanese company. A nice combination of visual novel, dating sim and role playing that has plenty of things to discover. Definitely a title that you will want to complete more than once.
Gameplay: Much more to see and do than typical visual novels.
Graphics: Nice characters and backgrounds, pity about the monsters.
Sound: Very nice