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Adventures in Indie Gaming!

Where are the dancing monkeys?!?!?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on September 27, 2016

Perhaps the only real disappointment of the Special Edition release of Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge was that they nuked the opening credits. Which was, in my wife’s opinion, the best part of the game. While I thought the game was awesome regardless, and is definitely one of the greatest adventure games of all time, […]


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Revisited: A Twisty Little Maze of Passages, All Different

Posted by Rampant Coyote on May 17, 2016

> Kill Dragon WITH WHAT, YOUR BARE HANDS? I never had to answer that question myself. But that dragon was my first significant exposure to the world of computer games. I didn’t play the game myself. Instead, I was given a walkthrough by my buddy in fifth grade, Craig Bucher, who had played it over […]


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How the first console adventure game came to be

Posted by Rampant Coyote on March 13, 2015

Warren Robinett was the guy who brought forth the first (?) console-based adventure game… still something of a rarity… as well as the first known “Easter Egg” in a video game. I wish I could have attended this long-overdue post-mortem on Atari’s “Adventure,” but this article’s highlights of the session fill me with warm fuzzies: […]


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Guest Post: Why I Love (and Sometimes Hate) Adventure Games

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 16, 2014

The following is a guest post by my good friend Greg Squire of Monkey Time Games. He has graciously offered to help out while I’m off in the Land of the Rising Sun. Enjoy! The adventure game genre is filled with tons of evangelists and also tons of antagonists. And while I imagine that may […]


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Indie Horror: Gabriel Knight Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 30, 2014

Determining whether or not a game is “indie” has always been challenging, but it gets moreso every day. Take Minecraft. It started out as indie as indie could be… a game made by a lone wolf developer on his own terms, not even sold through a third party. But then it made gobs of money, […]


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Indie Horror: The Last Door

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 29, 2014

I was kinda skeptical of this one. Yes, even as a retro-gamer, I had issues with giant-pixel graphics running at VIC-20 resolutions (albeit with way more colors). But I broke down and tried The Game Kitchen’s adventure,  The Last Door: Collector’s Edition. The entire game is available free-to-play as an online Flash title, which you […]


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Indie Horror: Anna / Anna Extended Edition

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 24, 2014

Anna is an adventure game that is more-or-less indie and more-or-less horror. And it’s more-or-less horrendously difficult to get all the endings (at least in the Extended Edition, which I played) without some kind of walkthrough. But that’s a whole ‘nother story. Billed as “psychological horror,” it’s an adventure where you must piece together pieces […]


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Grim Fan-Frickin’-Dango!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on July 10, 2014

Confirmed: The “remastered” edition of Grim Fandango announced for the Sony PS4 and Vita platforms is also coming to PC, Mac, and Linux. I still have my original copy. And the box. Getting it to actually *run* in a modern Windows environment without crashing is a major feat requiring hunting the internet and possibly running dubious […]


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The Return of the Text Adventure?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on June 18, 2014

Not that they ever truly went away… but now, text adventures are on Steam. Hanging out with the mainstream games again. That’s novel. “Heroes Rise” Is the First Text Adventure on Steam; We Need Your Help! I haven’t played it yet. In all honesty, I’ve played maybe five interactive fiction games in as many years. […]


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Is Broken Age Telling the Story of Gaming Independence?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on January 15, 2014

Yesterday, two hotly anticipated Kickstarter-funded games were released… or at least “beta” released.  It was a busy day, so I haven’t had a chance to play as much as I would like, not play The Banner Saga at all. In fact, by the time I managed to wrestle my key from servers that seemed to […]


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The Blackwell Give-Away – A Halloween Horror Movie

Posted by Rampant Coyote on November 5, 2013

While it wasn’t a horror movie, it sounds like it could have been. An innocent, fun Halloween celebration goes terribly wrong for an indie game developer. If you haven’t heard the story already, here’s my break-down, re-told as a horror movie plot. Hollywood, take note! Like many a good horror movie, the establishing shot shows […]


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Gabriel Knight Returns!

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 11, 2013

Okay, this news makes me pretty happy… Gabriel Knight 20th Anniversary Remake Sounds like they are giving it a similar treatment to the Special Editions of the first two Monkey Island games. With Jane Jensen herself at the helm… it sounds like it has some serious potential. So if you aren’t familiar with the series […]


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Adventure Games – What’s To Love?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 17, 2013

The trailer for DoubleFine’s adventure game – the one that put Kickstarter on the map for alternative funding for game developers – is out. Here it is, in case you haven’t seen it… I showed it to a friend, mentioning how much I loved Schaffer’s Grim Fandango when it was released (to this day, my […]


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RIP LucasArts

Posted by Rampant Coyote on April 4, 2013

My birthday is over, but the party continues!  Frayed Knights: The Skull of S’makh-Daon is on sale for 50% off right now via this site, and also Desura.  Even though I’ve been at the indie thing for a long time and know how it works, I’m still surprised at how many people I’d expect to […]


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Vespers 3D – Act 1 Nearly Complete?

Posted by Rampant Coyote on February 25, 2013

A long time ago, I interviewed Mike Rubin about his “3D Interactive Fiction” project, Vespers 3D.  In fact, it was the first time I interviewed another game developer. You can check out the interview here – Part 1 and Part 2. While it has had a development period that almost makes Frayed Knights look like […]


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Matt Chat: Interview with Lori and Corey Cole and Dave Marsh

Posted by Rampant Coyote on October 29, 2012

Matt Barton interviews Lori and Corey Cole of Quest For Glory and Shannara fame, and also Dave Marsh, designer of Shadowgate. They are all doing Kickstarters right now. It’s a biggie:  


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