I'm not trying to do comprehensive downloadable release news anymore -- there are too many platforms, and most of them are pretty active these days. (Even Nintendo is making a lot of its new retail releases immediately available as downloadables on the 3DS.) But I'll put up posts like this on occasion when something catches my attention and seems worth sharing. This week features a lot of adventure game news:
-- Roddy McNeill's Coo Chew Games has remade the old Spectrum adventure game Artic Adventure A: Planet of Death for the iPhone/iPad. The text is fleshed out nicely, and the wheel-based verb/noun/target selection makes for fairly convenient adventuring on platforms without a physical keyboard. He's recently patched it to fix a crash bug in the initial release, and it's an inexpensive release. It's available in the iTunes store -- details here.
-- A new episodic adventure arrived on Steam this week, courtesy of the Greenlight channel -- Cardboard Computer's Kentucky Route Zero. Its visual style and soundtrack are intriguing. My only concern is whether this as-yet-unproven publisher will see the project through -- the game is being sold as a season pass up front, with Act One available now and four more slated for release during 2013. This kind of thing can certainly be done -- I just hope the game sells well enough for its creators to do the remainder of the saga justice.
-- The long-lost Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail, missing from the most recent Sierra animated adventure game compilations, is now available for $5.99 at GOG.com.