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The fourth annual AdventureX was held in London this weekend. In addition to the exhibit, there was also talks by several notable game developers, including Dave Gilbert and Francisco Gonzalez of Wadjet Eye Games, Mathias Johannson of SkyGoblin and Kevin Mentz of Daedalic Entertainment. A few of the talks have been uploaded to AdventureX's YouTube channel, and hopefully more will be added in the near future.

The exhibits

UK animation studio Rumpus Animation had their début game Adventures of Bertram Fiddle on display. The game has a distinct cartoony style and is a comedy murder mystery set in Victorian London. Episode 1 of the game will be out for iOS in a few days and will be followed by Android before the desktop release, including Linux. If you want to see the game on Steam, you can vote for it on Steam Greenlight.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MUULRHVY-E

Guru Meditation Project also had a playable demo of their upcoming fantasy point-and-click adventure game The Weavers. The game is broadly inspired by classics such as Monkey Island and The Dig, but introduces several RPG elements like character building and action sequences. It's a story about a young thief who has to travel across different planes of existence in order to unravel the mysteries of the world Amera. The game was greenlit for Steam this week.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GY4IAGC4wMk

The guys from SkyGoblin were at the event to show off their episodic game, The Journey Down. We covered the game when chapter 2 was available for pre-order and on release in August. Both episodes of the Grim Fandango-esque saga about the journey to the fabled Underland are good, but the second chapter is still something else and has received great reviews.

Returning this year

Jason the Greek had a successful run on Kickstarter a year ago and is a point-and-click adventure game set in ancient Greece. The official website for the game has a video teaser for the demo, but the demo itself is so far only available for Windows. The game game is currently in development and uses the Visionaire engine that Daedalic Entertainment has used for most of their games.

The Slaughter by developer Brainchild was also funded on Kickstarter last december. It's a film noire style game set in Victorian London following a string of serial killings, and will have you walking the line between dreams and reality. It's being developed with Construct 2, which is the engine used for Cosmochoria and the developer is currently in need of votes on Steam Greenlight.

Comedian and game maker Alasdair Beckett-King attended AdventureX both to give talks and to show off progress on his Kickstarter funded pirate adventure game Nelly Cootalot: The Fowl Fleet. The game is shaping up to become a hilarious nautical romp, is being developed in Unity and it has already had a successful run on Steam Greenlight.

Not confirmed for Linux

Daedalic Entertainment was at the event to promote their upcoming game The Devil's Men, but there has currently been no mention of supporting Linux for the game. Since this summer they have brought their Deponia trilogy to Linux and The Whispered World Special Edition recently got encrypted Linux depots on Steam, but I think many of us would have wished for them to speed up the process a bit.

The event schedule also listed Downfall by Harvester Games but it's not clear in which capacity they were there. The sequel to Downfall, the excellent horror adventure The Cat Lady, is published by the event organizer Screen 7 and it's known that Downfall is currently being remade to bring it up to the same quality as its sequel. It has been greenlit on Steam and they're aiming for a release in Q2 2015. There hasn't been any announcements regarding Linux support yet, but it seems likely as it is being made with the cross-platform Adventure Game Studio engine.


So there you have it. Lots of indies to look forward to next year for point-and-click adventure fans, and here's hoping we'll see more from Daedalic on Linux in the near future too. Article taken from GamingOnLinux.com.
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pd12 11 Dec, 2014
As a mainly FPS gamer, I was really surprised to like their offerings (especially Gemini Rue), since point and click isn't nearly as much control you have with Tribes 6DOF + weps, items and deployables =P

I guess the art, music and definitely story wove together into a cohesive whole. Even though my brain tells me not to get any point and click games, I may get this!
Speedster 11 Dec, 2014
Planning to pick up Nelly Cootalot after it comes out -- came close to backing the campaign (probably would have if payment had been through Amazon)
Speedster 11 Dec, 2014
Good that you'll be following Atomicity, interested in finding out more about it
lucifertdark 11 Dec, 2014
Looks like the Point & Click games are making a big comeback, about time too if you ask me, quick call out to any developers watching, Discworld needs a new game, hint hint hint. ;)
Pixel-Tux 11 Dec, 2014
Thanks for writing about this. I love Wadjet Eye Games!
I've been trying to get into the Deponia series now that it is on Linux. But despite Deponia's great visuals, I still like Gemini Rue and the Blackwell series way more. They have great stories and logical puzzles.
flesk 11 Dec, 2014
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Quoting: lucifertdarkLooks like the Point & Click games are making a big comeback

Probably has a lot to do with the increasing popularity of tablets, since point-and-clicks are near perfect for those devices. And possibly crowd-funding, since they might be the kind of games that are too ambitious to be making on your own in your spare time, but not mainstream enough to be of interest to most publishers.

Quoting: Pixel-TuxThanks for writing about this. I love Wadjet Eye Games!
I've been trying to get into the Deponia series now that it is on Linux. But despite Deponia's great visuals, I still like Gemini Rue and the Blackwell series way more. They have great stories and logical puzzles.

Yeah, I love Wadjet Eye Games too. I think their main strength is in the writing. I'm looking forward to seeing Dave Gilbert's talks from AdventureX once they're uploaded. He did one called "Shutup! Creating better dialogs with fewer words" that sounds very interesting. It's a good quality in a writer to be able to tell a lot and build atmosphere without using too many words.
Pixel-Tux 12 Dec, 2014
QuoteYeah, I love Wadjet Eye Games too. I think their main strength is in the writing. I'm looking forward to seeing Dave Gilbert's talks from AdventureX once they're uploaded. He did one called "Shutup! Creating better dialogs with fewer words" that sounds very interesting. It's a good quality in a writer to be able to tell a lot and build atmosphere without using too many words.

Agreed. That's what sucks me in. The great stories and the characters. Dave's a pro.

I didn't know the talk from AdventureX will be posted. I'll keep on eye on their youtube page.
GamingPenguin 14 Dec, 2014
Will buy both :D
flesk 15 Dec, 2014
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Dave Gilbert's talk "Shutup! Creating better dialogs with fewer words" is up now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfHpch-ipFU
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