A dark and stormy night…a hotel full of strangers…a scream pierces the air. Someone’s been killed! But who?
Why Am I Dead?: Rebirth is a little old in terms of Flash games (2012! Might as well be the Dark Ages), but it’s been revamped, updated, and rereleased for the masses. It’s a classic whodunit mystery/adventure game revolving around murder. But it might take days for the storm to pass and allow the police to come in and investigate. There’s no time to wait–and surely these hotel guests and workers won’t mind if a restless spirit possesses them to do a little detective work of his own?
|Recommended by Melody Lee||Thursday, January 22nd, 2015||No Comments »|
The Carr family has a secret and it’s darker than yours.
So opens Breeder, a adventure game about three children from the same family spanning multiple generations. Although more than 50 years divides them in total, their stories are startlingly similar: each child has grown up in the same house as the others, each child has extremely neglectful if not outright insane parents, and each child’s room has a boarded up entrance to a labyrinth beneath the house…
Well, not each child. Middle child Marty, telling us his story from the year 1987, finds the entrance open, so he sets out to explore the labyrinth, discovering what appears to be a replica of his house beneath. But, as anyone who’s ever read House of Leaves is well aware, secret basement labyrinths are not exactly child-friendly places to go exploring.
|Recommended by Melody Lee||Friday, January 16th, 2015||1 Comment »|
When adults fail, move aside–a teenage girl is here to save the day. Elena’s father Elkhorn, a groundskeeper for the mysterious and malevolent Willows estate, has gone missing and the tween has no choice but to arm herself and venture forth. Along the way, she learns the secrets of Wortham Willows, an ambitious settler who led a group of white colonists into the Wild West, destroying the lives of his friends and the Elkhorn tribe in the process.
Of course, the story doesn’t end there. Aggressive settlers violently displacing native people is not a new story, and so Whispering Willows adds shades of grey by providing the perspective of the Elkhorn tribe through the lens of Flying Hawk, a shaman. All of this, naturally, filtered through Elena’s increasingly disturbed point of view as she attempts to understand what happened and how it pertains to her father.
|Recommended by Melody Lee||Wednesday, January 7th, 2015||No Comments »|
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is an isometric adventure-puzzler starring two brothers who, after their father becomes sick, set off on a fairy-tale journey in search of a cure.
The twist is that you control both of the brothers at once–it’s a single player co-op game, and one of its kind. The left thumbstick and trigger controls the big brother, and the right controls the little brother. You’ll need some coordination to play this game and solve the puzzles throughout, but the adventure is both epic and meaningful.
Brothers is available now for Xbox Live Arcade, and coming soon to Playstation Network and Steam.
|Recommended by Paul Cohn||Wednesday, August 7th, 2013||No Comments »|
He’s an aspiring writer with a wife and son–an ordinary guy with ordinary problems. He’s spending the summer at a beach house with his family, trying to balance his family life with his career. But you’re there too.
That’s the premise of The Novelist. You don’t play as the main character but as a ghostly onlooker. Staying hidden is key as you observe the lives and thoughts of the family. As the story progresses, you’ll make important decisions about Dan’s priorities, with each play-through yielding different results. The game promises to give us a unique take on narration, empowering the player as an observer rather than a character, and provide important questions the player must answer.
The Novelist is planned for release this summer on PC and Mac.
|Recommended by Paul Cohn||Wednesday, July 24th, 2013||No Comments »|