Developer : Aero
Release Year : 2008
Price : 5$

FMV + Panorama picture, could be another future of Adventure genre.


Even if it says 'Episode 0' in the title, those are taken from Episode 1.

I wrote about basic game system at Episode 0 review, so I'd pass it now. After they made until Ep. 2 & released Demo Ep. 0, so this Episode 1 is the first of them. However Ep. 0 didn't have some mini games - NPC, so you could think this Ep. 1 is improved version of Ep. 0.

Best thing is, Movie / Photo / Actor's Act are all good. Except for low quality of Zoomed in photos, everything is fine, and even some in-game movies are well shot. And every Movies - Voices have English Subtitles, which helps understanding much better to foreigner like me. Even Interviews have summarized journal, which is very good for understanding. And after ending of Ep. 1, very-well-made-to-hook-us-all trailer of Ep. 2 appears.

This series will be completed w/ Ep. 6, and if they make 2-3 Ep. per year, that could be good. At least, you could try Ep. 0 & purchase this Ep. 1 cheap. I think they are so worthy.

Where to buy : Official Homepage
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Developer : Areo
Release Year : 2009
Price : Free (Additional episodes are not free.)

FMV style + Panorama picture based Mystery Adventure!


Worth to try, even if download is slow.
(This trailer is not episode 0, from later episode.)

In 1990's, there were some FMV(Full Motion Video) Adventure games, as [Gabriel Knight 2] - [Phantasmagoria] - ... etc. It could become some fashion, due to CD-ROM boom. However that's stopped, few FMV games are made after 21th. century, and is this another one follower? In fact, this is part-FMV / part-Paronama (360 degree) picture game. And this is surprisingly fun.

Aunt missed ashes urn of his husband, and wants to find & who hid it. She lives in another grandma & her husband, and she's suspiscious for them. They checked everywhere except for basement, and our detective will search for it. Whodunit? And why? ...

This 'Episode 0' is kinda trial version of full series. Even if it's kinda smaller one, still worth to enjoy & everything is completed within this one. I think Paronama-based environment is well made & fun to check, even if zoom-in pictures are not so high quality. Not sure this (Paronama-based-environment) could lead another way of Adventure genre, however still worth to try.

Where to play : Official Homepage
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Review : [Blackwell Convergence] (2009)

Developer : Wadjet Eye Games
Release year : 2009
Price : 14.99$

Good but short, or Short but good?


Even if you're not moved by this trailer, download Demo & Try it.

I cleared [Blackwell Convergence] yesterday, took 2 days. My friend ritgun cleared within 4 hours straight. Okay. This is short game as Dave did in the past, but much shorter because puzzle became easy. So... This game is Good but short, or Short but good? Depends on your taste.

If you're Core Gamer(including Adventure game), this game could be Short but good.
If you're Casual Gamer as I am, this game could be Good but short.

Game making style improved, something inside evloved. Voice recording is better than ever, 'oogle' puzzle1 is neat. But even if this game is still good, you could like it or hate it, because it's Short & Easy.

Where to buy :

Blackwell Legacy (#1) : Buy / Download Demo / Information
BL Soundtrack : Buy
Blackwell Unbound (#2, prequel) : Buy / Download Demo / Information
BU Soundtrack : Buy
Blackwell Convergence (#3) : Buy / Download Demo / Information
BC Soundtrack : Buy

Shivah (Before Blackwell release, story not related.) : Buy / Download Demo / Information
Shivah Soundtrack : Buy

Footnote.
  1. Homage to [Gabriel Knight 3], maybe? [Back]
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Preview : [Blackwell Convergence] (2009)

Developer : Wadjet Eye Games
Release year : 2009
Price : 14.99$

Wadjet Eye Games = Blackwell series = Must buy.


Even if you're not moved by this trailer, download Demo & Try it.

Not sure you know, Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye Games is really genious. Not just the game he makes, but also for business dealing style. However he's very good at making Adventure games with AGS. Good storyline & plot / character / dialogue / game design / UI design / direction & production / music soundtrack / audio commentary, almost everything is excellent or even perfect. And personally, really impressed by the Intro of this new game.

But this game has some downside things like these.
(1) This is 3rd. of Blackwell series, and you must play 2 earlier games to understand background story.
(2) Dave is good at making Short / Medium length games, and his games are not so long. Our member ritgun cleared within 4 hours. 1

If you already played his (or their) games before, just try this new one.
If you never played at all, download [Blackwell Convergence] demo & see how good it is. 2

Where to buy :

Blackwell Legacy (#1) : Buy / Download Demo / Information
BL Soundtrack : Buy
Blackwell Unbound (#2, prequel) : Buy / Download Demo / Information
BU Soundtrack : Buy
Blackwell Convergence (#3) : Buy / Download Demo / Information
BC Soundtrack : Buy

Shivah (Before Blackwell release, story not related.) : Buy / Download Demo / Information
Shivah Soundtrack : Buy

Footnote.
  1. He tried to make longer w/ [Emerald City Confidential], middle part was somewhat boring. [Back]
  2. You don't need to know background story for demo. [Back]
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