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The Filmmaker is Now Showing on Greenlight; A Playable Demo is Yours For the Taking

The Filmmaker is Now Showing on Greenlight; A Playable Demo is Yours For the Taking

The Filmmaker is Now Showing on Greenlight; A Playable Demo is Yours For the Taking

This puzzle-focused text adventure from Unimatrix Productions (aka Christopher M. Brendel) combines the best elements of interactive fiction, visual novels and gamebooks, and is slated for release December 19th


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If you like cheesy Hollywood B-movies and supernatural mysteries, you’ve come to the right place. Get ready to step into the shoes of Brianna Auberon and actually enter five distinct black-and-white films being shown in a haunted theater in a game that emulates the look of early 1990s text adventures.

The Filmmaker is the third game in a series of text adventures that puts a unique spin on classic interactive fiction, combining classic room-based explorative text game mechanics with a 1990s-era graphical interface. It plays like an interactive novel. You make a series of choices that determine what happens next in the story. But unlike in traditional gamebooks and visual novels, The Filmmaker also features more advanced adventure-based game mechanics, including locations to explore, items to interact with, characters to meet, and puzzles to solve.

It’s not necessary to have played the first two games to enjoy The Filmmaker.

The game features beautiful artwork and cinematic music. In place of a text parser is a context-specific multiple choice menu. A compass allows you to travel from room-to-room, and separate inventories, maps, journals and character screens are available at the push of a button.

You’ll interact with a variety of characters as you discover a terrifying link behind a series of gruesome murders. Enjoy 6+ hours of gameplay and unlock 25 achievements to view a special post-game bonus scene.

If you’re having a feeling of déjà vu, don’t be concerned. The current game is based on the 2010 point-and-click adventure game of the same name from the same developer. Click here for JA’s review of the original, which Bob Washburne awarded an A-.

Fans of interactive fiction are encouraged to vote for The Filmmaker on Steam Greenlight to help support the growth of text-based gaming. 

The plan is to release The Filmmaker December 19th on Windows.

Karla Munger

Karla Munger

I've been with JA in one capacity or other since 2003. I'm currently website administrator. I'm also a digital artist (my avatar is one of my creations). I write reviews and articles, create graphics and basically help tend the site. It's work I enjoy very much. I love playing games of all kinds, but adventure and RPGs are my favorites (particularly scary/dark/unsettling ones). At the top of my list are The Cat Lady, The Longest Journey, Dreamfall, Still Life (first one only), Scratches and Culpa Innata. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool recluse and prefer the company of animals, hardware and ghosts to human beings (no offense). And no bio would be complete without my saying that I do NOT care for phones of ANY sort. Further, I think Dell computers are garbage and that Microsoft has become megalomaniacal. "I put my heart and soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process." - Vincent Van Gogh "I need solitude for my writing; not like a hermit - that wouldn't be enough - but like a dead man." - Franz Kafka "I've been to hell and back, my boy." - Susan Ashworth, The Cat Lady

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