I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I love adventure games. When PC gaming first started to gain popularity, adventure games were all the rage. I cut my teeth on games like Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, King’s Quest, Police Quest (Which I first discovered in the decisions lab for the ASU computer science department, on a Mac, no less) and many more. Adventure games were great because they kept you busy and active and could take days of play time to complete; Something we’ve gotten far away from.
And now, adventure games seem to be making a comeback. I like it!
I don’t know what happened with adventure games…why they dropped out of the scene and lost all of their market share. It used to be that all we had were platformers, simulators and adventure games…And adventure games were at the top of the mountain. Every time a new adventure title came out, people would flock to the store and buy up every available copy, so our only choice was to scoop up a copy from some mail order joint on the other end of the country, which would take 2-3 weeks to arrive because shipping was crap back then.
I am very happy though to see that the genre is starting to gain in popularity again and we’re getting more and more announcements about upcoming adventure games. Today, I got one which caught my eye, if for no other reason than the shenanigans contained in the press communication.
Apparently, Daedalic has been cranking out adventure titles for quite a while (if I had typed titels one more time, I would have severed my own fingers) and they have a new one coming out in a couple of months called “Night of the Rabbit”. According to the release we got, Night of the Rabbit – and I quote –
has a magic rabbit and everyone loves magic rabbits
So, it seems that 12 year old Jeremiah Hazelnut (why he’s named after a nut, I don’t know) has always wanted to become a magician…Clearly to impress the ladies. Jeremiah kicks it during summer vacation and works on his Copperfield routine and then, in the last 2 days of his break, he gets his Harry Potter on and materializes a sharply dressed rabbit named The Marquis de Hoto, out of nothing.
And, as is to be expected when people go about conjuring up rabbits in snazzy suits, the Marquis snatches Jeremiah up and whisks him off to an enchanted realm.
“The Night of the Rabbit is Daedalic’s biggest adventure game so far, and when it is released this May it will follow in the footsteps of the international success of our ‘Deponia series'”, says Carsten Fichtelmann, Daedalic’s CEO. “We believe with this project, the development team has created a unique game that will enthrall players all over the world.”
We know that Night of the Rabbit will release on PC and Mac on May 29th, 2013 and will feature full German and English versions, as well as Russian, Polish, Czech, French and Spanish text localizations. Other than that, and the bit about the Marquis taking Jeremiah off to the magical realm, there’s not a whole lot of detail going on…YET.
We’ll keep you up to date as we learn more, though…Because adventure games kick every last bit of ass.
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