2007: Play the news

Eight mildly amusing videogame ideas inspired by real life news

This is the news

The world of palentology was rocked (Heh! Eh? Oh) when a researcher uncovered a dinosaur bone that had sat, unidentified, in the basement of the Natural History Museum in London for over a century. It turned out to belong to a never-before seen sauropod. So, we got to thinking, what else is hidden away in museum archives around the world? And what meaning could these discoveries hold?

The game

RELIC HUNTER: UNDISCOVERED

The blurb

"John Taylor is an alcoholic loner, a social recluse working as a researcher at the British Museum. But, one day, his content life as an outsider is shattered when he discovers a long-forgotten manuscript deep within the museum's vaults. What does it mean? Who are the men following him home, via the pub?

"As John battles with the implication of the writings on the scroll, and his overwhelming desire for a pint of bitter and a whisky chaser, he'll travel the globe in search of other mysterious Undiscoveries - the abuse of which could bring about the end of the world!"

The review

"Relic Hunter is an adventure oddity, but a great one. It calls to mind the best of Broken Sword and George Stobbart's archaeological ramblings, while the script holds the same titters and amusements as any Monkey Island. John's character is charming, if always drunk, and Relic Hunter weaves his debilitating addiction into good gameplay - let his Sober bar fill up and he'll call it a day and go home to bed. A must have."
94%, Good Gaming magazine

The game

RELIC HUNTER: UNDISCOVERED

The blurb

"John Taylor is an alcoholic loner, a social recluse working as a researcher at the British Museum. But, one day, his content life as an outsider is shattered when he discovers a long-forgotten manuscript deep within the museum's vaults. What does it mean? Who are the men following him home, via the pub?

"As John battles with the implication of the writings on the scroll, and his overwhelming desire for a pint of bitter and a whisky chaser, he'll travel the globe in search of other mysterious Undiscoveries - the abuse of which could bring about the end of the world!"

The review

"Relic Hunter is an adventure oddity, but a great one. It calls to mind the best of Broken Sword and George Stobbart's archaeological ramblings, while the script holds the same titters and amusements as any Monkey Island. John's character is charming, if always drunk, and Relic Hunter weaves his debilitating addiction into good gameplay - let his Sober bar fill up and he'll call it a day and go home to bed. A must have."
94%, Good Gaming magazine

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