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Games - 2016 (5 result(s))

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Color the Truth

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Brian Rushton 2016
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 4/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

Rosalita is being blackmailed, having embezzled some money from her own charity. Two days later, the aging radio station owner and show host is murdered in her own office. Her secretary saw the murderer: a very likely disguised man with a stubble. The investigation team already sweeped the place. Now it's up to the player to interview the four main suspects – the beneficiaries named in the victim's will, i.e. her sister (a flamboyant wannabe show star), her ex-husband (also her former colleague who went to the competition recently), her business partner and the secretary.


Darkiss! Wrath of the Vampire - Chapter 2: Journey to Hell

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Marco Vallarino 2016
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

I quite enjoyed the first part of this "saga" last year, so I was looking forward to this one. And then, the competition randomiser put it right at the bottom. Nevertheless, I made it! Anyway, there seems to be a jump in narrative compared to where the first one ended. There, vampire Martin Voigt had only just escaped his tomb. Now, he's already well on his way to fulfil his plans for world domination.


Dungeon Mercenary

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hgames 2016
Genre: RPG
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: PC

So-called Roguelike games are having a bit of a revival right now. With a lot of these projects being Open Source and even generic libraries which do the heavy lifting concerning the basics (level generation, input-output routines, pathfinding…), many new ones keep popping up. In fact, so many that it's hard to keep track, let alone tell the worthwhile ones apart from the rest. Dungeon Mercenary's first version has only been released this year, and it's been improved & extended since then (it is in active development, so this review may not reflect the latest status). Still, it's currently (at the time of writing) only a ten level dungeon, so overall play time is definitely short. Good, because that makes it much less scary to give it a try!


Fair

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Hanon Ondricek 2016
Genre: Adventure
Rating: 3/6
Licence: Commercial
System: Interpreter

Hanon Ondricek has shown himself to be one of the best text adventure authors of recent years (we have full coverage of Transparent). So expectation are high for this one.

Fair follows last year's (The Baker of Shireton) approach: the player is thrown into an "open world" which can be, explored, used and abused to his liking. This is a special approach to storytelling insofar that it even enables the player to stay away from the classic role of protagonist and just let things unfold around him. There is a number of things going on and which strand of plot he follows is entirely up to the player. I.e. it's much more of an indirect way of storytelling compared to classic player-centric narratives.


Game of Worlds Tournament

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Ade McT 2016
Genre: Puzzle
Rating: 2/6
Licence: Freeware
System: Interpreter

I've never been into trading card games, as I believe they are a total commercial rip-off. Buy to win. After playing this one, I see the strategic appeal, however. The player takes part as a wild card participant in an intergalactic tournament. Nobody would bet a dime on him. Round by round, he challenges opponents and with that, the status quo of the ruling society (or something…).



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