Author: Stephani Hren

Inverness Nights Reminds Us of the Perils of a Bad First Impression

Inverness Nights is a visual novel that follows the story of Tristam, a sellsword turned skilled tailor with an unusual talent for curing decay. The game begins in the aftermath of Tristam’s decision to use his unique powers to de-age his partner, Alasdair. With his social standing destroyed and his body plagued by the remnants of his elderly condition, Alasdair swears vengeance on Tristam by threatening to report him for “buggery” (anal intercourse, which is illegal in 18th-century Scotland). Tristam’s only option is to make enough money to leave Inverness, and so the player embarks on a journey to...

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WWAC’s PAX West Awards: Smooching Our Way Through The Show Floor

This year’s PAX West was a whirlwind, as always. With three of our writers on site for most of the convention, we decided it was in everyone’s best interests to wrap our favorites up in one tidy article, spotlighting the individual achievements of each. While we can’t cover every single game we played at the convention, we can certainly share our favorites in a variety of categories with you. From cooking to smooching to stumbling through darkened caves, these are the best games we played at this year’s PAX West. BEST IN SHOW Joesph Langdon: Monster Prom. Maybe it’s...

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Old Man’s Journey Asks Players to Balance Family and Following Their Dreams

It’s a tale as old as time: boy meets girl, boy starts a beautiful family… boy leaves them behind to go sailing for 10+ years? Old Man’s Journey Broken Rules May 18, 2017 Old Man’s Journey is the story of a salt-weathered old sea captain living in a coastal cabin atop a steep cliff. One day, the Old Man is delivered a letter that inspires him to set out on a pilgrimage across the countryside. He travels towards his unnamed destination by foot, train, truck, and boat, while the player is tasked with guiding the Old Man through colorful...

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Emojiam Combines The Beauty of Emojis With The Challenge of Quick Game Design

Emojiam has a simple premise: make a game in seven days based on a design document written in emojis. Participants were free to interpret the document as they wished, skipping some sections if desired, so long as the game was in some way inspired by the document. The result is 19 fresh new games, all of which offer unique spins on the design document and demonstrate the individual talents and aspirations of each designer. We divvied up the games between the two of us, except for the two multiplayer games and Hot Water, because only one of us has...

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Sleuthing, Seducing: Kendal Crawford’s Sorority Sister Sleuths

As a devotee of all things visual novel and a self-admitted sucker when it comes to a good mystery, one glance at the plot summary for Sorority Sister Sleuths: London Calling had me salivating over my keyboard. Quester Entertainment’s most recent mystery/romance adventure tells the story of three young women: Veronica, Anna, and Tatyana. After graduating from the University of Washington, the three sorority sisters embark on trip across Europe, where they find themselves entangled in a series of romantically-infused encounters that lead to a vacation filled with mystery, intrigue, and, if they’re lucky, summer love! According to our...

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