A hugely popular genre in the 90s, point and click adventure games have – a few high profile examples aside – felt like a bit of a lost art in recent years. Thankfully, with an indie scene more prominent and diverse than ever, there are still point and click adventure games out there if you know where to look.
Lucy Dreaming – which is currently raising funds on Kickstarter – is a lovingly created tribute to those beloved 90s adventures, with a beautifully detailed pixel art style. Players are in charge of untangling young Lucy’s repressed memories, with locations taking players from a normal suburban house, to the more surreal environments from her subconscious mind.
Chock full of Easter Eggs, hidden references and sarcastic quips, Lucy Dreaming looks to have nailed the spirit and humour of classic LucasArts adventures wonderfully. There’s a demo – which functions as a prequel to the main game as well as an introduction to its mechanics – that you can try on Steam or itch.io or even Google Play, which thankfully doesn’t spoil the full game. Having given it a try myself, I can confirm that it’s a charming, very British game – shot through with sarcastic humour, excellent animation and great voice acting.
If point and click adventures are your thing, it’s well worth checking out – though it is an homage to the SCUMM-powered titles of the 90s, Lucy Dreaming does have the benefit of modern game design elements too, so you’re unlikely to find yourself hitting a brick wall – as it was so easy to do in the adventure games of the past. Developers Tall Story Games – comprised of husband and wife Tom & Emma Hardwidge – specialise in narrative-driven games; they’ve already created and released a number of similar, albeit shorter, games: ‘Hair of the Dog’, ‘Lockdown’ and their first game, historical adventure ‘Where’s My Cloak?’ for the Roman Baths – which can be played in-browser here. It’s clear the development duo have a great deal of passion for the genre, as well as an understanding of the quirks and charm of point and click adventures.
You can check out the Kickstarter page for Lucy Dreaming here – and the game’s trailer is below.
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