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Monthly AGS Archives Newsletter - May 2017
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May Issue

Welcome to the May issue of MAGSAN!

Another month, another newsletter!
Plenty new games announced and games released! Get playing :)

I'm still looking for any potential content writers interested in writing content for MAGSAN, if this is you give me a shout! I can be reached via PM on the AGS forums or on the #clubgalen channel on IRC.
 
Peder Johnsen
MAGSAN Editor

Next months Monthly AGS Competition topic

Rescue

Guidelines were set by: Slasher


This month's MAGS is all about rescue.

It could be rescuing anything from Grandma's secret Apple pie recipe that has accidentally gone out with the trash to saving refugees from a war-torn location. Maybe even rescuing your job or pride...

As long as it's about rescuing it's in.

Let's hope we can get more people to enter, so no restrictions apart from subject.

Golden Oldie with Dave Seaman
Prodigal
by Trisk

I'm not into the horror genre at all but this game combines it with thriller in such a compelling manner that this game has stayed with me since I played it many years ago. It's a story about two estranged brothers, a mysterious cult, and ends up with a plot that spans the ages. It works well on all fronts - good puzzles, nice graphics, good story - but what it truly excels at is creating a genuinely creepy atmosphere.

I still live in vague hope that the proposed sequel will come out one day, but it seems increasingly unlikely. Don't wait for that though, enjoy the original which is still an extremely good adventure game 12 years after its original release.

"A-Z Unrated" with Stupot
Join me as I work my way, month-by-month, through the A-Z of
'Games no one has rated.' This month: H.
Him
by Calin Leafshade

I was surprised to see this one on the list. Not least because I myself had already played it when it was released last year for Adventure Jam 2016. I remember enjoying it but had forgotten the basic storyline, so (after fiddling with the winsetup to get it to actually show on my screen) I replayed it for this review.

The game starts, as many horror games do, outside an old abandoned house. When you step inside, you are greeted by a sinister apparition of a little girl who is afraid of someone called only "Him". As the game progresses you slowly uncover a story of abuse and tragedy.

There are a number of possible ways to die in this game (well, two on my count) but it's easy to get back to where you were in no time, once you know what to do.

The creepy visuals, by SookieSock are of a stylish dirty black-white-and-red graphic novel style. The screen is split into several sections like some graphic adventures of old, with a box for directions, a box for dialogue and descriptions and a separate box with the main playing screen. It all works well to create a very sexy look.

The writing is solid. Mr Leafshade knows how to tell a good story. My only problem with this side of the game were the randomised responses to unhandled interactions. Most of them were some variation of "Why would I do such a stupid thing?" or "Don't be absurd!" when a simple "hmm, nah, I don' think I need that" would have sufficed.

But considering this game was made in only two weeks, it's an overall impressive and compelling little horror game.
That's all for today. I really want to abolish that list of games no one has rated but I can't do it myself. I'll be back next month with some reviews of games beginning with I, but until then, I need your help getting rid of these Hs:

Harry Potter RPG
Hawk Eye Quandaries
Hell's Satans
HELP! the game
Huxz Adventure Demo Demo
The Hobbit: Rise of the Dragon King

See you next time.

Trailer Watch
Two sci-fi adventure games in the works!
Captain Disaster in: Death Has A Million Stomping Boots - Official Teaser Trailer:


Startropy - Reveal Trailer:

Games announced this month
Forgotten City
Noria hoped for a bright future; now that the machine took over and she has nothing. Surviving the carnage and her painful memory will be a challenge.
Startropy
A game of space exploration, with free-roaming and story driven elements. The vast galaxy, a lone ship, many races to befriend or to annihilate! Go, captain!
Mhoczny dom
Riddle/mystery crossover in black & white graphics. Your uncle was found dead and you inherited an immense fortune. But something doesn't feel right...
46 MEMORY LANE
You come back to your city, only to find nothing in place of what you had: your wife, your house, gone... Are you dreaming? What kind of nightmare is this?

Demos released this month
SRAM 2 - Cinomeh's Revenge
A text parser adventure remake, sporting 31 (count them!) retro graphic modes. You are an assassin in a mission to kill the tyrant ruler.

Games released this month
Sniper and spotter serving the motherland
Another chapter for our two (one resolute, one clumsy) comrades! A bridge lies between a small town and the enemy, you need to make it explode!
Space Rangers Ep. 52
Space, science fiction and a generous dash of satire. You are a bounty hunter: many friends to help, many enemies to fend off! Nebula primes awaits you!
Archeos
Many years in the future, two scientist land on earth, examining its ruins, trying to decipher its symbols and their meaning. Will you find truth?
I Walked a Path
An interactive experience more than a game, involving walking into the woods. Relaxing, unique and innovative in the adventure genre.
The Treasure of Loch Inch
Roddy is heading to Scotland, hoping to recover long forgotten gold. It would be all nice and dandy, if only he didn't have a deep fear of sheep...
Quest for Jesus
Have some wine and want to turn it into water? This might just be the game for you: learn about our Lord Saviour and have a laugh (in German or English)!
Space Quest Mania 1-6
Inspired by Maniac Mansion Mania, a series of 6 vignettes taking place in the Space Quest universe. Enjoy your adventures, have a laugh & try not to die!
Magic-8-Ball
A one to one simulation of a magic 8-ball. Tea or coffee? A life of sin versus the word of God? Let the black-ball decide!
Game blurbs written by: Bicilotti
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