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Sunday, February 11, 2007
Top 20 freeware adventure games released in 2006 (roughly). [show all twenty entries on one page, part 1 only]

11. Dungeonman 3
12. A Cure for the Common Cold
13. The Winter Rose
14. The Marionette
15. Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World
16. Nearly Departed
17. Trilby's Notes/6 Days a Sacrifice
18 - 20. 1213 Episode 1, 2, 3

Best Browser Adventure Game Category:

11. Dungeonman 3

Dungeonman 3 is another sequel to Videlectrix popular text-based adventure, but this time they have included awesome jaw-dropping graphics and animation. You're bound to be impressed by the gorgeous backgrounds and detailed character portraits.

If that isn't going to floor you, then the humor and poor usage of fake Old English will. The game is rather short and easy puzzles are of no help, but what you get in return is a satisfying experience and an amazing tribute to classic adventure titles from the past.

Name: Dungeonman 3
Developer: Videlectrix
Type: Browser Adventure Game
[ play now in new browser window | walkthrough ]

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Bit Too Early/Too Late Category:
November 2005/January 2007 releases.

12. A Cure for the Common Cold

A Cure for the Common Cold is a short AGS adventure game by Marina Siu-Chong, also currently developing The Hatmaker's Tale.

After spending years as a starving artist, you've managed to catch the eye of a influential gallery director. He wants to see some new work, and you've got a terrible cold that is draining your creativity. You'd better find a cure for the common cold, and fast!

Name: A Cure for the Common Cold
Developer: MashPotato
Size: 3.89 MB
[ direct download link | walkthrough ]

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13. The Winter Rose

The Winter Rose is an excellent adventure game by Alex van der Wijst which took a year and a half to develop. The story is about Rose, a young archer on a quest to save her father and rid the land of the evil ice-dragon.

For a solo effort, the game does showcase excellent use of limited resources. Backgrounds are hand-painted, and a lot of nice touches have been added to create the right atmosphere. The animation is great, snowflakes are beautifully animated, and throwing in footprints is genius.

But what is most impressive about the game is the writing. Every item has a description based on your actions, a feat rarely seen in other AGS titles. You will be rewarded with quite a few chuckles if you attempt to click on everything you see, because of the witty script.

Verdict? Fans of classic adventure games won't be disappointed with this one.

Name: The Winter Rose
Developer: Alex van der Wijst
Size: 8.28 MB
[ direct download link | walkthrough ]

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14. The Marionette

In The Marionette, you play as a struggling sculptor named Martin. One evening he finds in his mail a strange white envelope, unmarked except for the number '1011' written in the top right corner. Inside is a photograph of a room with ropes hanging from the ceiling. He has barely registered that fact when he is struck unconscious, and later wakes to find himself in completely unfamiliar surroundings, with only a house nearby to offer any hope of help...

Name: The Marionette
Developer: Team Effigy
Size: 13.1 MB
[ direct download link | walkthrough ]

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Demo Category:
Short demo versions of full games, scheduled to be released in 2007.

15. Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World

Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World is a new adventure series from Naphtalite Productions, featuring a slightly absentminded titular character, his sidekick and an accompanying robot.

Graphically reminiscent of classic 2D LucasArts titles, a verb coin called The Badgotron is used for interaction with objects and characters. The story kicks off with a rescue mission, but soon after Kaptain Brawe finds himself branded as a fugitive from justice for a crime he did not commit.

Name: Kaptain Brawe: A Brawe New World
Developer: Naphtalite Productions
Size: 21.7 MB
[ direct download link | walkthrough ]

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16. Nearly Departed

Nearly Departed is an adventure game made using a relatively new scripting engine named LASSIE. As a professional illustrator working for Disney, John Green has done an amazing job with the graphics for this upcoming release.

The final version will include voice acting. No full screen option for the demo, unfortunately.

Name: Nearly Departed
Developer: John Green
Platform: PC, Mac
Size: 16.3 MB
[ direct download link | walkthrough ]

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The Special Edition Category:
Special editions for each of these games are for sale.

17. Trilby's Notes and 6 Days a Sacrifice (note: released in January 2007)

18, 19, 20. 1213 Episode 1, 1213 Episode 2, 1213 Episode 3

Walkthroughs: Trilby's Notes and 6 Days a Sacrifice

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The OROW Category (Best Three):
The Heist, A Gunshot in Room 37, The Loathesome Man [The Heist, A Gunshot in Room 37, The Loathesome Man review]

The 'Too Difficult' Category:
What Linus Bruckman Sees When His Eyes Are Closed

The 'King's Quest' Bandwagon Category:
The Silver Lining, King's Quest III

The 'Ben Jordan' Category:
Ben Jordan Case 5, Ben Jordan Case 1 Deluxe, Sven Gordan Paranormal Parody

'Narrowly Missed It' Category:
Sydney Finds Employment, The House That Ate My Soul, Chicken vs. Road, The Game That Takes Place on a Cruise Ship


Anonymous Anonymous said at 2/12/2007 01:54:00 AM:  
Where's Part 1?
Blogger Rinku said at 2/12/2007 11:52:00 AM:  
I'm guessing part 1 is coming up.
Blogger gnome said at 2/12/2007 11:57:00 AM:  
Brilliant, brilliant! Can't wait for part 1... I'll blog you as soon as everything is ready. Cheers!
Blogger Chentzilla said at 2/12/2007 12:43:00 PM:  
Isn't The Marionette still at demo stage?
Anonymous Jim_fan said at 2/13/2007 11:03:00 PM:  
Hallway of Adventures and was easily the best OROW game. Common Cold is 2007 and Winter Rose 2005.
Anonymous Jim_fan said at 2/13/2007 11:07:00 PM:  
Oh, I missed the too early/too late part. Reactor 9 was the best game 2006.