Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Enter The Story: The Count of Monte Cristo Is Out

I missed this one when it was released in August. The Count of Monte Cristo is the latest game in Chris Tolworthy's ambitous adventure game series that aims to create interactive versions of classic literature.

This game improves upon the previous games based on player feedback. Actions can be completed by single clicking the right or left mouse button rather than the double clicking the right mouse button, and the middle mouse button is now supported for menus. It also has a much more focused story, as it focuses on one main central character, and the side characters now have full movement as there are fifty fully mobile sprites. More color has been added into this game by popular request.

The story is also improved based on feedback. There's less jumping around between locations, and clues are delivered wherever you are to reduce confusion. Also, due to reviewers early feeling the story moved too slowly, the story in this game has been adjusted to make it flow more quickly.

The Count of Monte Cristo is available for $7.99 USD or in a package with all five Enter the Story games for $14.99.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Indiana Jones Adventure World Video Preview

More news is coming out about the change in Adventure World. It's going to become Indiana Jones Adventure World tomorrow, and an Indiana Jones themed map called Indiana Jones and the Calendar of the Sun will be playable.

Autumn Sales

Just thought I'd give you a heads up that Telltale's iPad titles are 50% off and their iPhone/iPod touch titles are $0.99 until November 30th. Also, there's a lot of deals to be had at Steam's Autumn Sale (which ends in just over 7 hours), including most of Telltale's PC titles, the LucasArts Adventure Pack (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis, The Dig, and Loom), and other adventures.

Indiana Jones Comes To Adventure World Tomorrow

Adventure World, the casual social adventure game that combines Indiana Jones and his Desktop Adventures with Farmville, put out a new message today.

There's a 40% off sale on adventure dollars (the game's completely optional money system) today because Indiana Jones is coming to the game tomorrow. I'm not sure exactly what that means, but I think it's safe to say Indy will be featuring in the game more than his current role as the sender of letters.

Hal Barwood (author of Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine) updated his website to mention that he worked on Adventure World in the area of narrative design. So, it should be interesting to see what tomorrow brings.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sołtys is Now Free, Open-Source, and in English

The ScummVM downloads page now has a new playable freeware game. That game is LK Avalon's Sołtys, an adventure game where a groom runs away at the alter of his arranged wedding, and the bride's father goes off to find him.

The game was originally available only in Polish, but the freeware release is available in its original Polish language, and, for the first time, an English translation is also available. The game can be played with a ScummVM daily build.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Simon the Sorcerer Enhanced Soundtrack 2.1

James Woodcock's Music Enhancement Project, the project where James Woodcock uses a Yamaha Tyros4 keyboard to create music that is faithful to the original MIDI music in the games, has had an update today.

The Simon the Sorcerer Enhanced Soundtrack has been updated. The second song (track02.ogg) had a single note that was out of place, which has now been fixed in this latest release. As with all of his enhanced soundtracks, this is playable with the original game using ScummVM.

Along with Simon the Sorcerer, he also released ScummVM compatible music for the games Simon the Sorcerer, Discworld and Inherit the Earth.

Monday, November 21, 2011

ScummVM Supports BASS Enhanced Soundtrack

James Woodcock's Music Enhancement Project is a project where James Woodcock uses a Yamaha Tyros4 keyboard to create music that is faithful to the original MIDI music in the games, since modern MIDI output is so variable and rarely sounds like the developers intended.

Beneath a Steel Sky is available for free from the daily builds of the point and click adventure game interpreter, ScummVM.

James Woodcock also released ScummVM compatible music for the games Simon the Sorcerer, Discworld and Inherit the Earth. You'll need to own these games in order to play these enhanced soundtracks, because, unlike Beneath a Steel Sky, they aren't freeware.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

All Episodes of Jurassic Park Are Out Now!

All four episodes of the Telltale Games episodic Jurassic Park: The Game are out now for PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. iPad gamers only get episode 1, as the game is being released episodically on that platform.  The remaining three games will come out for iPad in the upcoming months.

People who ordered the deluxe pack from Telltale can also download the soundtrack and commentary from the bottom of their "My Telltale" page.

Friday, November 11, 2011

ScummVM 1.4.0 "10th Anniversary" Released

ScummVM, the program that lets you run many 2D point and click adventure games (most LucasArts, Sierra, Revolution, Adventure Soft, etc.) on modern systems and video game consoles, has been updated.

This release includes support for a new adventure game (Ringworld: Revenge of the Patriarch), a new children's game (Blue's Birthday Adventure), and a new non-adventure RPG game based on the same engine as the Kyrandia games (Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos). This brings the total amount of games (including non-adventures but not including fan games and demos) supported by ScummVM up to 172!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tales of Monkey Island Episode 1 for iPhone

Launch of the Screaming Narwhal, the first episode of Tales of Monkey Island, is now available for the iPhone from the iTunes app store.  No announcement has been made, as of yet, about whether the remaining four episodes will also be coming to the iPhone as well.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

L.A. Noire Complete Edition for PC is Out Now

The L.A. Noire Complete Edition, a PC release of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 noire detective game L.A. Noire, has been released. The PC version contains the full game, originally developed by defunct Australian Studio Team Bondi and Rockstar North, as well as all console DLC from the game, including the 'Nicholson Electroplating' Arson case, 'Reefer Madness' Vice case, 'The Consul's Car' Traffic case, 'The Naked City' Vice case, 'A Slip of the Tongue' Traffic case, The Badge Pursuit Challenge, and all weapons and outfits released to date.