Hello fellow adventurers. Instead of wasting our time with the cancellation of Samand Max and writing articles about how Lucasarts is a dead company when itcomes to the adventure genre like the rest of the adventure community suddenlyunderstood (it took everyone 5 years but they finally got it), we prefer to focus onthe people who actually hold the torch of the adventure genre high. So this monthwe have a special issue on independent adventures. If you want to read ouropinion on Lucasarts and co. we might as well refer you to an article of The Hydra in The Inventory 7(March 2003) called Churches, the fan revolution and adventure/adventure, where we discussedwhat everybody else found out about a year later.Back to things that actually matter now, and we are of course talking about the independentdevelopers out there. This month we have reviews of The Apprentice, The Adventures of JP andCosmo, Out of Order and Patrimonium. All of them little gems that show beyond doubt thatindependent developers are the future of this genre. When commercial adventures introduce worsestyles of gameplay year by year, and stories that bring the term cliché to a whole new level, a fewdedicated adventurers around the world prove with their work that the mediocre commercial titleswe’ve paid for so many times will soon be unnecessary.So before you find yourself solving the 8
crate puzzle or solving the 5
slider puzzle in the latestcommercial adventure that you spent 50 euros / dollars for, try to visit those games’ sites anddownload the aforementioned adventures for
and see what the difference is between doingsomething for the love of the game and just doing what your publisher or the mainstream press toldyou to do. This month is just the beginning of our special on independent adventures, as next monthwe will feature interviews and previews of upcoming independent adventures. Something that wassupposed to be done this month, but due to some ‘communication’ problems they had to bepostponed for next month.This month you will also have the chance to read our first interview with White Birds Productions,the company that was founded from the creators of Syberia, where they reveal some information ontheir upcoming Lost Paradise. You also have the chance to read an interview with DreamcatcherEurope where we discuss their previous and upcoming titles. Both interviews were conducted live inthe headquarters of the two companies in Paris and they are the first live interviews we ever conduct.We hope to have more such goodies for you in the future.Last but not least you also get the chance to read a preview of Egypt 3, a 1
person adventure fromthe Adventure Company. I also want to welcome Rob Hamilton on board, and to welcome back MarkLovegrove and his column, Talking Dead.