the art of Pointand-click adventure Games
PUBLISHER: Bitmap Books
‘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