Thanks to publisher Big Finish Games and DRM-free store GOG, two classic adventure games and a space simulation title celebrate their comeback.
Big Finish Games is probably best known for publishing the FMV games Tex Murphy: Under a Killing Moon, Tex Murphy: The Pandora Directive, Tex Murphy: Overseer, and Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure (see the individual links for the reviews). As the first three titles were originally developed and published by former game development company Access Software that consisted of some of the same team members, it’s no surprise to see three games of their back catalogue see the light of day once again00.
Amazon: Guardians of Eden, originally developed and published by Access Software in 1992, is a classic adventure game that embraces the campy episodic storytelling of pulp fiction that clearly inspired the Indiana Jones movies, although in this case the overacting adds to even more fun.
Set in the 1950ies, one embarks on an expedition in the Amazon to look for a legendary land, only to find danger and death in addition to treasure and romance.
Countdown, originally developed and published by Access Software in 1990, is another point-and-clicker that mixes pixel art with live-action sequences and leans heavily on the thriller genre.
Playing as US agent Mason Powers, one is accused of the murder of CIA Section chief Frank McBain and has to escape a prison hospital in Turkey. With 100 cells, it seems to be rather big place to traverse, making it even more difficult to find out who’s behind the framing.
ECHELON, originally developed and published by Access Software in 1987, is a space simulation game, but with an aerchaological twist, as it tasks players to explore a temple and thus the ruins of an ancient civilization.
Taking control of the spacecraft C-104 Light Cruiser, one soon finds more than just dead things on the newly discovered planet Isis, although it’s possible to play without fights, thus focusing solely on exploration, while the Military mode offers more dogfights with hostiles.
All three games are now available DRM-free on GOG with 50% launch discounts that last until tomorrow, August 9, 2021, at 1 PM UTC.