More pointing-and-clicking wanted

When Jonez from NekoJonez’s Gaming Blog nominated Later Levels for a Real Neat Blog Award, he asked bloggers to share which video game series they’d choose to revive. My pick: give the rights to Monkey Island back to Ron Gilbert so it can be restored to its former glory.

There’s always a high risk that a revived franchise will never live up to expectations, but this doesn’t stop me from wanting to see Guybrush Threepwood star in another point-and-click. Sure, it could be terrible and leave players disappointed – or it could be the best instalment in the series yet, and we’ll never know unless it’s made. Giving the intellectual property (IP) back to the original creators would mean that it could be developed by people who adore it as much as the fans do and who know what makes it so special.

Today’s post is a follow-on from that article back in January and is once again dedicated to Jonez as a thank you for another Real Neat Blog Award nomination last month. Let’s forget about Monkey Island for a moment (although that’s pretty difficult for me to do): which other games and series would I like to see brought back to life? I’ve concentrated on the adventure genre below to make answering the question slightly easier, plus there’s a bonus answer from my other-half which might surprise anybody who’s joined us for a Twitch stream.

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller

Cognition, An Erica Reed Thriller, Erica Reed, FBI, face, gunI love Cognition for two main reasons. First, it’s far gritter and has a darker storyline than what you’d usually expect from most point-and-clicks; and second, FBI Agent Erica Reed is one of my favourite female characters. There’s so much potential here for a sequel and it would be great to see where her potent powers take her next. Sadly though, Phoenix Online Studios haven’t released a title since 2014 and seem more interested in the publishing side of the business nowadays. Turning Cognition into a series therefore seems unlikely but a girl can dream.

Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today

Dead Synchronicity, Tomorrow Comes Today, video game, wasteland, man, boys, watch tower, apocalypseI backed Fictiorama Studios’ crowdfunding campaign for Dead Synchronicity in March 2014 and really enjoyed the title when it was released in April the following year. If you enjoy stories about dystopian futures and weird illnesses (ahem) then I’d recommend checking this one out – but prepare yourself for an ending where a sequel is teased but not delivered. Although the next instalment was announced in December 2016, reports of financial problems for publisher Daedalic Entertainment could mean we’ll be waiting a while for a follow-up.

The Gabriel Knight series

Gabriel Knights, Sins of the Fathers, 20th Anniversary Edition, video gamesGabriel Knight is one of the most sardonic, selfish and sexist protagonists within a point-and-click but for all his faults, it’s impossible not to be fond of him – particularly when he’s voiced by Tim Curry. The fact that the character is played by another voice-actor in Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition was the main reason I didn’t on with the 2014 remake. Jane Jensen has voiced hopes of reviving the series with her company Pinkerton Road Studio over the years, but the website doesn’t seem to exist any longer and she’s more focused on writing fiction nowadays.

Kathy Rain

Kathy Rain, video game, female, girl, Kathy, cemeteryKathy Rain is a must-play for any adventure fans who enjoy atmospheric detective stories with a Twin Peaks vibe. Prepare yourself for a lot of questions though, because things take a turn for the weird towards the end and the hinted-at follow-up hasn’t arrived yet to give us the answers. Clifftop Games confirmed on Steam in January 2017 that it was likely they’d start working on a sequel following on from Whispers of a Machine (another point-and-click I’d recommend) but things have been quiet since it was released in April last year.

Moebius: Empire Rising

Every now and again, a title comes along that’s so bad you end up quite enjoying it. That’s how I felt about Moebius and I kind of want to see protagonist Malachi Rector return for another instalment just to see how annoying he can get. How many eyebrow-raises and sarcastic comments could we expect from him in a sequel? However, if Jane Jensen and Phoenix Online Studios do decide to get together for another project in the future: bump this guy into second place and concentrate on Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller first please!


Paradigm, video game, caravan, shop, computers for sale, dogReluctant heroes tend to be thoroughly irritating (I’m looking at you, Sadwick) but Paradigm is one character who’s far from that. He has a positive outlook despite his situation and a self-deprecating sense of humour, and I want to see him come back for another game along with Doug the beatboxing eggplant so I can laugh at their antics all over again. Unfortunately developer Jacob Janerka has said it will probably never happen though, although there’s the possibility of an animated series to look forward to. Aww yiss!

The Longest Journey series

Dreamfall, The Longest Journey, April Ryan, face, womanWe all have that one series we love but just can’t finish and for me it’s The Longest Journey by Red Thread Games. I might not have been able to complete Dreamfall Chapters yet because I don’t want the story to end, but that doesn’t stop me from wishing for another title. With the Kickstarter campaign for the game failing to reach a stretch goal and Ragnar Tørnquist saying ‘The Longest Journey Home will probably never happen’, it seems unlikely; but I’d love to find out what happened to April Ryan in the years between the first and second releases.

Pete’s choice: Maize

Maize, video game, bear, Vladdy, robot, animatronicAnyone who’s ever joined us for a stream will know how much my other-half enjoys anything involving plenty of ‘pew-pew’, but he’s hiding a dark secret: he also likes an adventure occasionally (gasp!). Maize was one such release and he chose it when I asked him which title he’d like to see a follow-up to. If you’re in the mood for a bit of silliness – along with a brilliant track about top-secret experiments – I’d highly recommend giving Finish Line Games’ project a go. I’m not sure how a sequel would work based on the ending, but I wouldn’t say no.

Bonus: Beneath a Steel Sky

Always wanted a sequel to Beneath a Steel Sky? Well you won’t have to wait too much longer, because Revolution Games are due to release their new title this year. I had the opportunity to play a demo of Beyond a Steel Sky at EGX in October (back when we could attend expos in person) and it was great. The puzzles were logical yet enjoyable, the environments looked lovely, and the voice-acting and music suited them perfectly. We’ve had to wait a very long time for a follow-up but it seems as though we’re finally going to get a worthy successor.

Thank you once again to Jonez for a very kind Real Neat Blog Award, and for giving me the chance to talk about all the adventures I’d love to see make a comeback. Now over to you: which sequels do you keep hoping for?

8 thoughts on “More pointing-and-clicking wanted

  1. I think P&C Adventure games as a whole is a series that should be revived.

    Also, thanks to you I’m now sitting at work/home playing a 10-hour loop of Monkey Island’s intro song


  2. What would you recommend playing with my wife? She’s new to video games but likes stuff you don’t have to do a lot in. So far we’ve played firewatch, Tacoma, ethen carter, Kona, Virginia, Edith Finch, gone home, and dear Esther.


    • There are some great games on your list there! What did you guys think of Virginia? I played it a couple of years ago and couldn’t help feeling as though there was something I missed. 🤔

      I’d suggest trying To The Moon because the story is good and there’s minimal gameplay. There’s a sequel called Finding Paradise, along with a third instalment later this year if you like it. A longer title to try might be Eastshade, which is like an RPG but there’s absolutely no fighting – plus the music and artwork are lovely. I played In Other Waters recently and that’s worth recommending also, because it’s a little bit different.

      Hope that helps!


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  4. Kathy Rain had me at “Twin Peaks.” Although I only watched any of that this year, once I started it was an instant obsession. I DEVOURED the entire series on Netflix, watched the movie on Amazon Prime and immediately bought The Return as soon as I was done as well as The Final Dossier. I haven’t read the book yet, but I did watch a four hour breakdown/complete explanation of it, and I had to get a Fire Walk With Me coffee mug. I’m now seeing how influential it was in retrospect so yeah, anything with that to its credit is going to, er, pique my interest 🙂


    • Oh yeah, got to love that Twin Peaks vibe! I’d highly recommend Kathy Rain if you’re in the mood for a point-and-click and there’s a part at the end I think you’d probably enjoy. The developer’s next game, Whispers of a Machine, was also good but no Twin Peaks feeling, so I’d been really keen on a KR sequel.

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