If there’s one genre that’s got a tradition of having scary games (apart from the survival horror genre, for obvious reasons) it’s our genre of choice: adventure games. Oz Orwell and the Crawling Chaos, a new effort from Midian Design, who also brought us Odissea, happily continues that tradition. (more…)

May I present the interview I conducted for ACG with Larry Ahern (Full Throttle, Curse of Monkey Island, Insecticide) concerning a bunch of adventure games that sadly none of us – the players – ever got our mandibles on – like Vanishing Act, Full Throttle 2 and Insecticide Part 2.

The highlights include not only some really cool behind-the-scenes stories from up to 20 years ago, but also a gallery of concept art from the aforementioned games, as well as the never before seen cutscenes from Insecticide: Part 2 which wrap up most of the storyline!

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8oWnnsJ_GWBQwZyzmFgVPA/videos?view=1

Lastly, I’ve been recommending the relatively unloved Insecticide: Part 1 for ages and still do. You can get it cheap on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/app/16710/

HardyDev’s first ever interviewee Adam Kuczek (that I talked to back in 2009) is sadly to busy working with the Wachowskis (on Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending) to finish his own cyberpunk adventure game Butterfly. Nevertheless, he decided to create a gallery of artworks related to the world and story he envisioned. Have a look! (New images are regularly added)

Sorry, that you had to wait a few days longer for the results, but the good news is we added an additional copy of The Journey Down to the pool of prizes. So there are FIVE lucky people who’ll get their hands on them. And their names are:

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Four! IV! “4“! That’s the amount of The Journey Down digital copies that we’ll be giving away courtesy of Skygoblin – the scourge of the skyroads. Participate in our contest, or risk a surprise goblin visit during your next flight.

So… If you want to know more about the game, have a look at our review (2 reviews actually): HERE.

And to win, all you have to do is to answer the following 4 (“four”) simple questions – correctly – and email your answers to igor@hardydev.com.

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If you’re looking at this game thinking you’ve seen it before, you may be right. It is in fact a completely revamped and extended HD version of the freeware The Journey Down: Over The Edge, which was reviewed by HDJ back in 2010. I, however, haven’t played that version, so what you’re going to read is coming from the perspective of someone completely new to the wondrous world of The Journey Down.
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The recent success of Dear Esther shows there’s a real market for atmospheric first-person games that play more like an interactive story than a traditional game. Process is such a game. In terms of game mechanics, it’s a lot like Myst, although atmospherically it feels like a survival horror game. But ultimately, it is neither, and perhaps best described as an “experience”. (more…)