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The Perils of Man is a traditional point-and-click adventure game with time travel, created by LucasArts veteran Bill Tiller (The Dig, The Curse of Monkey Island) and writer and designer Gene Mocsy (1954: Alcatraz) in collaboration with IF Games. The duo have previously worked together on A Vampyre Story and Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island and recently successfully crowdfunded their next adventure game Duke Grabowski in cooperation with Jeremiah Grant.



Formerly an exclusive to iPad, the game was released on Steam this spring in collaboration with Vertigo Games, and is now also available for Linux. I've been looking forward to this game since I read about a future Linux release last year, and after putting a few hours into it, I can safely say that it's been worth the wait.

Ana Eberling, the protagonist of the game, receives a gift from her long lost father on her 16th birthday. She soon discovers that the gift is the key to a powerful technology, unknown to the public; and perhaps also to the truth about her father's mysterious disappearance several years ago.

The game is designed like a traditional point-and-click adventure, with a good amount of puzzles. What sets it apart from most other games is the in-game technology that lets you travel through time and space, and identify possible risks that might have a huge impact on the future. The game starts out with a nice series of complex and satisfying puzzles, and though the second location you visit, in the past, is less intricate puzzle-wise, I'm left with a good first impression of the game. The writing is good too, there's a lot of it, and it has a good touch of humor and an underlying story that has held me captivated so far.

On the technical side, the experience has been a bit more rough so far. The game runs on Unity, and though I don't have any performance issues for the most part, the game seems very CPU hungry during cutscenes. For me this causes the animations to lag a bit, even on medium settings, and I've had to turn the graphics down to low to avoid the issue. The game still looks nice on low though, so it doesn't take anything away from the experience for me. I've also noticed that hotspots sometimes are a bit off, and have reported both issues on the Steam forums for the game.

About the game (Official)

Imagine a machine that can crack the code of destiny and give you the power to tinker with fate. Imagine that before you, every attempt to master this power has failed.

Ana Eberling may only be a teenager, but she is about to confront the biggest questions of life as she tries to solve the mystery of her father Max Eberling, a charismatic scientist who vanished at the height of a trailblazing career, just like his father, and his father before him.

Perils of Man reboots the classic graphic adventure genre with striking 3D animations, challenging puzzles and a story that will span four generations, and leave you pondering its profound implications.


The Perils of Man is available on Steam and is currently 20% off.

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km3k 17 June 2015 at 1:12 am UTC
Thanks! I heard about this one when it first was released and asked the devs about Linux support. I'm glad it didn't take very long. Thanks for keeping tabs on it flesk! I'll probably get this one before the Steam sale ends.
Eike 17 June 2015 at 8:09 am UTC
That sounds very interesting - except those technical issues. I'd be interesting in hearing when/if these are fixed. I'll subscribe to your forum posts, I guess.
Ronsen 17 June 2015 at 2:54 pm UTC
Thanks...totally missed that one. Downloading now
oldrocker99 17 June 2015 at 8:00 pm UTC
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Another point-and-click adventure, new on Steam and 33% off in the sale, is Dyscourse, which promises many different endings and a boatload of replayability as players explore the "game space."

Here's Steam's webpage:http://store.steampowered.com/app/234920/.

Looks pretty unique and different, it's safe to say.
flesk 17 June 2015 at 10:14 pm UTC
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oldrocker99Another point-and-click adventure, new on Steam and 33% off in the sale, is Dyscourse, which promises many different endings and a boatload of replayability as players explore the "game space."

Here's Steam's webpage:http://store.steampowered.com/app/234920/.

Looks pretty unique and different, it's safe to say.

I actually wrote a review of Dyscourse a while back. They released the promised free DLC last week, and I've played through it a couple of times, but haven't gotten around to writing about it yet.
oldrocker99 18 June 2015 at 12:46 am UTC
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Oops...I had not looked for the game on this site when I answered .

Oh, well; it not as though it's the first mistake I've ever made...
flesk 18 June 2015 at 5:28 am UTC
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oldrocker99Oops...I had not looked for the game on this site when I answered .

Oh, well; it not as though it's the first mistake I've ever made...

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