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Andromeda Awakening

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Marco Innocenti 2011
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

One of the planet's three suns is threatening all life as we know it. You are one of the few people who knows about it. On the way to the institute where you're supposed to try and save the world, disaster strikes already: Earthquakes destroy much of the subway system, killing all your fellow passengers. But these quakes also carve the way into a long-forgotten underworld full of machines and artifacts dating back to the early days of colonisation – and even before that.


Beet the Devil

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Carolyn VanEseltine 2011
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Interpreter

Demons have laid waste on your garden, probably killed your neighbour and, worst of all, kidnapped your dog! What else is there left to do, but to go down to hell (armed with various vegetables and accompanied by a helpful puppy) and to retrieve it?


Blind

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Andrew Metzger 2011
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Interpreter

A woman is abducted right off the street by a man. When she wakes up, she finds herself chained to a bed... obviously, the goal is to escape. The catch: She is blind and, being in an unknown surrounding and still affected by the shock of the attack, disoriented. "Who says blindness is a handicap?", asks the game. This seems like a bit of an unreasonable implication – it is a handicap and this game will not convince anyone otherwise. A better tag line would have been "Who says being blind makes you easy prey?" or "Who says blindness makes you defenseless?", because that is what the game turns out to be actually about: fighting back.


Cold Iron

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Andrew Plotkin 2011
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 1/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Interpreter

A simple farmer is looking for his axe to chop wood. In the process, he has to enter the nearby forest which, according to his superstition, must be haunted. His naive viewpoint is sometimes contrasted by those of a clergyman – or rather the farmer's interpretation of that guy's views. Until a shift in perspective occurs in the last few turns.


Cursed

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Nick Rogers 2011
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 5/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Interpreter

The king's protégé, engaged to his daughter and the future king's best friend: Your life looked good. Then, Prince Alsanter was murdered; stabbed with your knife by an unseen assassin while you were in the room with him. It might have been a setup, but who would believe you? Although the king and his court wizard do not believe in your guilt, they have no choice but to follow the verdict: guilty. Instead of execution, the king gives you a final chance: He has the wizard put a curse on you, turning you into an animal which is routinely hunted – either a rat, a fox or a snake. The only hope would be reaching another powerful wizard and, with his or her help, prove your innocence.


Death of Schlig

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Peter Timony 2011
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Schlig is working at the meat counter in the supermarket. What he really wants to be is a detective. He gets his chance when he is kidnapped by aliens who take them to their planet to be eaten. First, they want to fatten him, though. Messing with his DNA, what they achieve is giving him extensible and retractable eyes.


Escape From Santaland

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Jason Ermer 2011
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Publishing a Christmas-themed game in early October? Strange choice for sure, but then, the supermarkets are already full of chocolate Santa Clauses, gingerbread and stollen. I'm always wondering who is buying this stuff at this time of the year. On the one hand, sure, why not? But the inevitable effect is that you will be fed up with all this ultra-sweet stuff by the time Christmas actually comes along. But I disgress.


Infra Arcana

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Martin Törnqvist 2011
Genre: RPG
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

New England in the early 20th century. The legendary Cult of Starry Wisdom, fabled for their secretive behaviour and their great wealth, has been struck by an inexplicable tragedy. Their temple has fallen in disrepair, their members have either died, disappeared or scattered. The perfect opportunity for a treasure hunter like you to enter their once impenetrable sanctum to loot and pillage.


Keepsake

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Savaric 2011
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

A body is lying at your feet. You've just shot the guy. You may think you've missed the best part of the game, having already committed murder, but fear not – all will be well!

Although it might look like the pressing issue is escaping the scene of crime in time before the police arrive, Keepsake quickly turns into a game of mild surrealism. You meet the fixer who has sold the gun to you – but he's there twice, for some reason, once alive and once dead. Even shooting the still living version of him doesn't really solve this dilemma. And more similarly strange interactions are still waiting for the player on the next screens. What is actually happening here is hinted at in a subtle way all the time, and the well-done epilogue will even spell it out explicitly in case there was still some doubt. The elliptic nature of the game is certainly its main asset – bonus for a good, if gimmicky, idea.


Last Day of Summer

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Doug Orleans 2011
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 0/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

The exact plot remains sketchy: The protagonist, the son of a farmer, apparantely still young, but of unspecified age, goes to town alone to sell some cranberries. He wants to surprise his parents with the money he plans to bring back. It is not really clear what time this is; probably some unspecified past.



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