Ending Soon: Duke Grabowski, Mighty Swashbuckler! Point-and-click fun!

Ending Soon: Duke Grabowski, Mighty Swashbuckler! Point-and-click fun!Duke Grabowski wants to be a pirate captain. Sadly, Duke is not the sharpest cutlass in the weapons locker and the rest of the crew aren't too keen on having him giving orders. But Duke is a big boy...

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New Addition: Steam Community Group

New Addition: Steam Community GroupBecause we love adventure games, and Steam is one of the most popular platforms for gaming in general, we have decided to create a community group for everyone to enjoy. With the introduction of the...

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J.U.L.I.A. : A Space Oddity

J.U.L.I.A. : A Space OddityJust released to the public a little more than a week ago is the enhanced version of J.U.L.I.A. : Among the Stars. The campaign ran on IndieGogo in April of last year (2013) and raised nearly 300% of...

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Ending Soon: Hearts Under Blades

Ending Soon: Hearts Under BladesVisual novels seem to be growing a bit in popularity lately as a handful have shown up on Kickstarter recently. One such "interactive story" is in the final week of its run and could use some help in...

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Sep 30

Ending Soon: Duke Grabowski, Mighty Swashbuckler! Point-and-click fun!

Duke Grabowski wants to be a pirate captain. Sadly, Duke is not the sharpest cutlass in the weapons locker and the rest of the crew aren’t too keen on having him giving orders. But Duke is a big boy and saying no to him is a great way to start seeing the world through your navel, so one of the nastier crew members suggests Duke go out and prove what a “ladies man” he is to show he can be a swashbuckling and dashing captain. Duke heads out with disastrous results. He starts being rude to the ladies, gets in trouble with the law and slowly realizes that maybe there is a better way.

To quote our own Serena Nelson in her write up of Duke from last month: “Starting off as a tech demo of sorts, the idea quickly grew into a few hours long swashbuckling adventure. The minds behind it have a long resume of classic adventure game series under their collective belts. Included in the roster is veteran game designer Bill Tiller, best known for his work on The Curse of Monkey Island and A Vampyre Story. And others from Autumn Moon, developers from the aforementioned vampire comedy adventure game.” Well said Serena, I couldn’t say it better so I didn’t try! Duke just would have gotten frustrated at the first multi-syllable word and smashed something.

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Sep 24

New Addition: Steam Community Group

Because we love adventure games, and Steam is one of the most popular platforms for gaming in general, we have decided to create a community group for everyone to enjoy. With the introduction of the “curator” functionality for groups, we thought now would be the best time to bring it to our readers. It is an open group, so anybody can join. However, we do not tolerate any harassment and we expect everyone to “play nice”. Go ahead and follow us, join in the conversations, participate in any events that we might hold, follow our recommendations, and in general just have fun.

Here is the link to our group: http://steamcommunity.com/groups/KickstartVentures

Sep 20

J.U.L.I.A. : A Space Oddity

2014-09-20_00001Just released to the public a little more than a week ago is the enhanced version of J.U.L.I.A. : Among the Stars. The campaign ran on IndieGogo in April of last year (2013) and raised nearly 300% of their funding goal of $5,000. Jan Kavan was gracious enough to give me a Steam key for the game to review and I played practically nonstop (when I had free time, at least) just so I could get this article out to our readers as soon as possible. And it was worth every minute of playtime. The title of this review, by the by, should make a lot more sense by the end of the narrative. You can purchase the game from Steam and CBE’s own Web site.

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Sep 20

Ending Soon: Hearts Under Blades

Visual novels seem to be growing a bit in popularity lately as a handful have shown up on Kickstarter recently. One such “interactive story” is in the final week of its run and could use some help in getting funded. Hearts Under Blades isn’t your typical romance game (as the genre has pretty much become known for), although there are romantic options. It’s more a tale of honor and growing up, a “coming of age” story if you will. Set in feudal Japan.

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Sep 19

SQH018 – Retro fan games

SQ_Historian_Logo-150x150The universe might implode at the sheer awesomeness of having three illustrious fan game developers, Guy From Andromeda Mark Crowe, SpaceVenture composer Ken Allen and Westwood composer Frank Klepacki all in the same podcast episode. But that’s exactly what’s happening here.

Get ready for two hours of pure unadulterated nerdy space fun as we take a closer look at three retro style fan games — The Lost Chapter, Replicated and Decision of the Elders — complete with commentary by all three developers, along with some added incentives to play Replicated by our resident Professor Jess.

Serena Nelson gives her lowdown on her favorite supporting character, and Mark Crowe talks about the inspiration behind Roger’s crew in Space Quest V. There’s also more fun to be had at Priapic Mountain Games’ CEO, Pete Toleman, and Josh Henry continues his epic fan fiction tale “Quest for the Two Guys From Andromeda.”

And, as a special treat, our music pal Ken Allen sits down for a chat with the composer for Westwood’s Legend of Kyrandia and Command & Conquer series, Frank Klepacki.

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Sep 17

Ending Soon: Norse Noir: Loki’s Exile

Crossover tales can be pretty much “hit” or “miss”, especially when you’re dealing with two very different settings. Such as Norse mythology and 1920s style Noir stories. Norse Noir: Loki’s Exile is such a crossover and it looks to hit the mark in pretty much every respect that it tries to. The game’s plot seems to tell two unrelated stories at first glance, but based on what I’ve seen so far they look like they’ll mesh very well together. But how they fit remains to be seen.

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Sep 15

Do you dare open the Last Door?

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Something has pushed Beechworth to the edge. The very precipice. As The Game Kitchen’s low-res horror adventure game, The Last Door, opens, the text (for the game lacks voiceover, an interesting but fitting choice given the early generation era pixel graphics of the game) on the screen consists of a letter that Beechworth is composing to his preparatory academy chum, explaining why his actions are necessary. While the letter progresses across the screen, you control Beechworth as he prepares for his final moments on Earth. Your actions move a chair to the center of the room, string up a rope from the ceiling. Your actions place the rope around Beechworth’s neck. Your actions end his life. His lifeless body, in all its pixelated morbidity, swaying gently as he steps from the chair and into the dark abyss is the last thing you see before the game fades to black and opens on chapter one.

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Sep 13

REVIEW: Quest for Infamy

Just some of the fun people you'll meet!

Just some of the fun people you’ll meet!

Quest for Infamy is an old time adventure game that transports this old adventure game player back to the heydays of adventure gaming. You can get the game at Phoenix Online Studio’s store, GOG or Steam. The game is available for PC, Mac, and Linux. This review is based upon being played in Windows 7 X64 with an nVidia Quadro card in a Lenovo W530 laptop. Before we meander too deep into this review, those unfortunate enough to have read any of my previous musings know that I like to establish my relationship to the game in question. In this case, I backed the Kickstarter for Quest for Infamy and have gotten to know the games creators Steven Alexander and Shawn Mills, as well as a number of the artists (especially Jenny Kit Pattison and James Broom) and the composer, James Mulvale. In short, I have, as they say, a horse in this race so don’t say you haven’t been warned!

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Sep 09

Ending Soon: Queen At Arms

Visual novels. They’re the equivalent of an interactive novel, but sometimes they have quite the tale to tell. In the case of Queen At Arms, it’s an epic one. There’s political intrigue, war, romance, and even other deep topics that you might not find in most “dating sims” that go with this approach. Sure, there’s a romance plotline, but it’s really about the war between two fighting nations and the people caught in the middle. Anyone who likes a good war story should find this one worth checking out.

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