24 Upcoming Adventure Games of 2018
A new Otome is heading for the PlayStation Vita this April. Announced last year, it's about time for Otomate's visual novel to arrive in the west with Aksys Games heading its localization. Play as the lovely Beniyuri and watch her match wits with the game's collection of lovely characters. Putting the visual in visual novels, it's set to release on the PS Vita on April 27th.
Stepping into the realm of magic realism, ThroughLine Games' hand-animated adventure game is set in a world where objects have taken sentience. Decode the secrets that led to this strange phenomenon as you yourself take on the perilous journey towards home. Despite being set in a 2D environment, the game has no shortage of style and depth. A charming fantasy backed by grand orchestral tracks, it's set to release on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One on May 15th
Set in a strange town, follow a young girl as she finds her missing brother. But that’s not entirely it, as an Otome game, seek the help of multiple Alpha males with varied personalities. Talk about mysteries, the supernatural and so much more as you get one step closer to finding your brother. Uncover its multiple endings, and lead a normal life in this mystical town. Coming to the PS Vita on May 25th
Become the guiding wind to a lowly lantern in this atmospheric indie adventure. Light the way of love as you pass through each village, painting the monochrome landscapes with the spark of color. Reverse the sadness of the princess, and bring happiness and love to the whole kingdom. A relaxing title whether on VR or out, it's set to release on the PS4 and Xbox One this June
Just one of two otome games coming out this year from the Psychedelica series. While it boasts the same Yuiga Satoru-developed artstyle, the stories don't seem to be connected. Take on the life of heroine Jed in her life that's spent under the cover of manliness. Help her through the many interactions, and find your own best boy canon. It's coming to the Vita on June 29th.
As surreal as Anamorphine's world is, it no doubt brings real issues to the forefront. Tackling themes of mental health, depression, and loss in its story-rich settings, play as the young Tyler in an emotional battle with his wife's death. Take a tour through the dark, dream-like recesses of his mind, and help him in his journey towards moving on. Coming this second quarter on the PC and PS4.
It's about time for a VR survival experience. Coming from the capable hands of German developer Soulpix, put yourself into a primeval world of tomorrow. Take control of man, drone, or canine companion, and roam around the Dinosaur-laden deserts. By the looks of its trailer, it’s something VR fans should look forward to. Survive until tomorrow...or get Eden! It's set to release on the PS4 this second quarter.
Looks like it's a hell of a year for visual novels. Dharker Studio places their bets with their crowd-funded anime adventure starring fiery female protoganist. Dive into a world of tokyo cyberpunk and try to survive the dark twists that lay in the life of a fixer. Uncover hidden truths, and become immerse in its exciting narrative arc. Set to release on the PC this second quarter.
Get a taste for psychological horror as PlayWay's adventure game signs you into the cult of Darkness. Journey through the borders of two worlds, and discover a world seeped in the erotic occult. Needless to say, this is not a game for kids. Roam around an old Victorian mansion, and unravel a story inspired by the Lovecraft mythos. Sexy, dark, and endlessly haunting, it's set to release on the PC this second quarter.
From saturnine sexiness to the realm of weird. A visual novel adventure headed by Spike Chunsoft, it's altogether more familiar for fans of their last titles. Take on the shoes of detective, virus expert, or weirdo in a catsuit and follow each of them on their way to solve a mysterious case. Try to make the best decisions in each scenario and try to find each of their 85 endings. It's set to release midyear on the PC and PS4.
For anyone who loved Swiss Army Man, you'll be glad to know there's got another dose of trippy coming for you....wait, scratch that. Wrong guy. Headed by the unmistakeable Elijah Wood, go on a one way ticket to the land of weird in this cinematic psychological that skirts the borders of game and mobile. Enter the "home of the mind" and hope you find a way out. Set to release on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One this Spring.
Lovecraft's getting more loving with this suspense-filled adventure from Zoetrope Interactive. In it, chilling takes on a new meanning. Follow the story of 4 scientists as they try their best to climb back up the spiral of madness in the depths of Antarctica. A wintry version of Lovecraft's Mountains of Madness, it's set to release on the PS4 and Xbox One sometime this year.
Put on your detective hats and get solvin' in this adorable, handcrafted adventure mystery. Carrying the old-timey looks within its sleek artstyle, Jenny LeClue is a perfect tribute to the classic mysteries. As much as it's about riddles, your choices will also matter. On a quest to redeem your mother's name, don't leave any stone unturned in their snoopfest of a rich and interactive world. Coming to the PC and PS4 in 2018.
Telltale's version of Robert Kirkman's zombie comicbook is coming to a close with the upcoming release of their final chapter. Time to reunite with all your favorite post-apocalypse survivors, and find out what the future has in store for them this season. While it was a thrill to watch their highlights and tragedies unfold, it will be satisfying to see how it all ties up. Coming to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2018.
They took their time, but after three years and a barrage of requests, Telltale has finally decided to bring us a second season of Bigby Wolf's adventures. Navigate through his semi-charmed life, and make more of those tough but necessary decisions. With Telltale's current streak though, some are more worried than excited. We'll have to wait and see. It's set to release this year on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
This follow up to the 2016 game offers the same spine-tingling chills like before. Apparently, details are scarce since their website is entirely Korean. What we know so far is that it completely changes the way we see White Day and it will offer a nightmare-inducing horror experience. Playable with and without a VR headset, it's set to release on the PS4 sometime this 2018.
An exploration of Martian that's different from your usual city-building escapades. Take in the sights of the red planet in adventure that literally leaves you lost in space. With your choices and its immersive branching storylines, it puts in the place of stranded astronauts who must choose between escape and survival. Beautiful and with a multiplayer to boot, it's coming to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One sometime this year.
Steins;Gate Elite for for PC, PS4, PS Vita and Nintendo Switch
The newest entry fromm 5pb’s critically acclaimed visual novel series. For the first time ever, this is a fully animated adventure as they use most of its footage from the anime adaptation. Every sweet minute of their beloved time-bending anime is captured exactly for this game. Explore previously undiscovered routes with your pals Rintaro, Kurisu, and Mayuri once it releases on the PC, PS4, Vita, and Switch this year.
Those Who Remain PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch
The night is its own kind of hell, especially if you're in cursed town like Dormont. Find your way to the light in this psychological horror where darkness isn't just enveloping--it also consumes. But other than the imminent void, Those Who Remain also tackles with heavy issules like bullying, infidelity, and suicide. Make those tough decisions, and whatever you do, stay in the light. Coming to the PC, PS4, Xbox One and the Switch sometime this year.
A realist adventure game with a touch of magic. Set beneath the caves of Kentucky, follow a man lost inside fantasy world with giant eagles, robot musicians, and so much more. It’s a title that packs a whole lot of potential with its stylish visuals and eerie atmosphere. Set to release this year on the Switch.
Before you Switch fans get excited, this game is unfortunately a Japan-only release. Shinobi Refle isn't a lot different from your usual Senran Kagura title--except this time, you finally get a bit more handsy with your waifu. Meet the lovely Asuka and use your healing hands to heal and massage her hands, legs, and arms. Now you know why Takaki's a little reluctant about pitching it to Nintendo America. Coming to the Japan switch consoles in 2018.
And before you know it, we have Lovecraft ON MARS. Despite being an outerspace adventure, it's actually more rooted in human themes than you think. Dealing with mental health issues in the coldness of space, Moons of Madness dares you to conquer your demons as the astronaut Shane Newart. Fight through the bouts of hallucinations and solve the supernatural phenomena in the derelict space station. Coming this 2018 to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Come face to face with that which is unknown in Marslit Games' story driven fantasy. Played in the first-person perspective, you'll get to see a gorgeous world come alive before your eyes. It's a game that promises a surreal experience through the eyes of a man lost in a strange universe. Will you find your way home? It's set to release on the PC this year, with PS4 and Xbox One dates to follow.
One of the most hypnotic and beautiful walking simulators yet, watch an ethereal unfold with each careful step. It lets you experience the joys of getting lost, growing on and with you as you progress through its stunning environments. A great example of a digital adventure that meshes simplicity with grandeur. It's set to release on the PC, PS4, Xbox One this year, with a Switch release to follow.