the art of Poin­tand-click ad­ven­ture Games

PUB­LISHER: Bitmap Books

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‘com­pre­hen­sive’ is the first word that comes to mind hav­ing read through The Art Of Point-and­click Ad­ven­ture Games, and not just be­cause it chron­i­cles the genre from En­chanted Scepters in 1984 to The Dark­side De­tec­tive in 2017. This is more than just a col­lec­tion of screen­shots list­ing the big names in the long his­tory of this resur­gent genre, as it also man­ages to pin down long-form in­ter­views with ev­ery big name from the genre you can think of. from Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert to Jane Jensen and Charles Ce­cil, this is packed with di­rect in­sight from the mak­ers of these amaz­ing games.

The book breaks it all down pretty smartly, giv­ing you full spread im­ages of the big re­leases, some­times fol­lowed by ad­di­tional im­ages and a brief write-up of their con­tent and then, more of­ten than not, im­me­di­ately fol­lowed with a multi-page in­ter­view with one of the key game-mak­ers be­hind the project. It adds a lot of depth and de­tail to the ex­pe­ri­ence that is of­ten lack­ing in col­lec­tions such as these. The genre fo­cus brings with it even greater ded­i­ca­tion to cap­tur­ing all of the de­tails of these ti­tles.

The im­ages have been su­perbly cap­tured so that ev­ery pixel is as crisp as can be, there’s a nice smat­ter­ing of con­cept art in places (some Machi­nar­ium, Dropsy and Bro­ken Age art stands out in our minds) and it’s very nicely pack­aged in the hard­back edi­tion, as we’ve come to ex­pect from Bitmap Books. An­other fine ad­di­tion to the pub­lisher’s line of retro-fo­cused re­leases. Some more genre pieces in the fu­ture would be most wel­come. www.bitmap­books.co.uk

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