Reality Is a Harsh Mistress #7 “Everything Old is New Again”

Reality Is a Harsh Mistress #7 “Everything Old is New Again”

This week I was enticed (yet again) by a Steam sale to buy games that I had been looking at for a while but wasn’t sure were worth their full cost. This time I ended up with a five pack of indie adventure and puzzle games, including Machinarium, Gemeni Rue and Jolly Rover. Machinarium in particular was a game that I had been looking at since it was released, mostly because of its beautiful aesthetic, but also because I have an affinity for classic adventure games. Adventure games have been undergoing a resurgence in the last few years, mostly fueled by the indie game scene and their (relatively) low cost to make. That, coupled with a platform like Steam that allows access to a massive consumer base with little cost, seems to be the magic formula for the resurrection of this niche genre.