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The Last Express

Last week, one of my favorite older PC games was re-released for iOS devices.  It’s a point-and-click adventure called The Last Express, designed by Jordan Mechner  (better known for his Prince of Persia series). The Last Express was released in 1997 and is unlike any adventure game you’ve ever played.  The story follows the dashing Robert Cath as he stows away on (what turns out to be) the final journey of the Orient Express before the start of World War I.  Cath quickly becomes embroiled in the many unusual events taking place aboard the train as he tries to solve…

Riven Re-make in the Works

My Reddit-savvy husband informed me of an Ask Me Anything (AMA) post happening today by a team of developers working on a realtime 3D port of Riven: The Sequel to Myst.  Riven is one of my favorite games, and this port project was news to me! The Starry Expanse Project, as it’s being called, is made up of a small independent group of programmers and artists.  Apparently the project started out in a “legal gray zone” but has recently received official approval by Cyan Worlds to move forward and make this thing a reality, with a bit of support from their end…

My Top 5 Favorite Secret World Moments (So Far)

It’s almost been a month since The Secret World was released, and I’ve been enjoying it immensely!  I’ve been trying to take my time and enjoy the scenery a little more than I did during the beta, and I thought I would share some of my favorite moments in the game so far.  It’s a spooky game with a lot of little surprises and details.  Enjoy!   #1 – Chatting with Deputy Andy (and other likable NPCs) Every action, investigation, and sabotage mission you pick up comes with a cut-scene featuring the NPC who is giving you that mission.  It…

REGAME – Escape from the Haunted House

Yesterday, in the name of investigative journalism (and curiosity, and cheap fun), I went ahead and signed up for REGAME, the online version of the real version of online escape the room games, Real Escape Game. The game started at 9:00am EDT, so I hopped online at 6 to get a ticket before registration closed (2 hours before the event). Closer to 9:00, I got everything prepared for the game.  It said I would need to print out an answer sheet (a page with boxes for 9 words which made a 10th vertical word once all the spaces were filled…

Real Escape Game Online

Now there’s a baffling title!  Real Escape Game is going back to its roots, creating its own online escape game, called REGAME, to be playable in a one-time-only live online event (though it looks like a volume 2 is planned for winter).  The game will be haunted house-themed and will only be open to players for one hour after the starting time at 9:00am EDT on Tuesday, July 24th.  Entry into the game is $5, and players can play the game through their PC web browser or via iPhone. A free trial version of the game lets you check out the…

Games About Something

I’m super busy today, so I need a post I can write quickly.  I write quickly about things I’m feeling fired up about.  Today I’m feeling fired up about game design!  I hope this topic is still interesting to some of my readers, even if it isn’t exactly puzzle/mystery-related.  (Maybe I should just formally extend the genre of this blog to include games and game design in general…) I have never designed and built a game, but I’ve been thinking about it more and more.  Games have always been a part of my life to a certain extent, growing up…

Puzzle and Adventure Games from E3 2012

E3 just wrapped up, here is a brief look at some of this year’s featured games that fall into the puzzle and adventure categories.   Papo & Yo A fantasy adventure/3D puzzle platformer about a young boy and his three unusual friends.  Gameplay involves exploring a beautifully designed urban landscape and solving puzzles.  Looks gorgeous and looks to be a very thoughtful game as well.  Sometime this year.   Beyond: Two Souls New work by the creators of the psychological “interactive drama” Heavy Rain.  Expecting the same choose-your-own-adventure style storyline and subtle puzzling.  Gorgeous, if nothing else.  Early 2013.

The Secret World – Investigation Missions

A few weeks ago, I wrote my first impressions of briefly playing The Secret World open beta.  I specifically mentioned that I hadn’t yet encountered any of the puzzle elements that I knew were supposed to be in the game.  After that, I ended up with some more time to dig in and enjoy two puzzling adventures, which come in the form of Investigation Missions. Like most MMORPGs, much of the core gameplay of TSW is based around quests, in this case called “missions” in line with the modern setting.  The missions are split into the following categories: Story — Missions…

Always Outnumbered

*WARNING* This post has nothing to do with puzzles or mysteries.  But everything to do with an exciting new game my husband is working on! Do you play Starcraft?  Do you like competitive multi-player games?  Are you a fan of e-sports and tournaments?  Do you enjoy tower defense games? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you should definitely check out Always Outnumbered, a new game project by my husband’s work, SRRN Games.  They’re an indie game company, and they’ve just launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their new game project. It’s the first Tower Defense game built from…

The Secret World – Templars Beta Weekend

I’ve been excited about The Secret World since I first heard about it, and now I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on a key for this month’s beta weekends (though apparently you can just go get one if you sign up for GameSpot)! I’ve never managed to stick with an MMORPG for very long.  I did enjoy playing Ultima Online back in Jr. High, but I pretty much just ran around making furniture and clothes, never any quests or fighting or otherwise exploring the game.  My husband, on the other hand, is a big fan of the genre.…