There’s never been a better time for fans of point and click adventures. The rise of Kickstarter has given way to revivals of old classics, and companies like Telltale have taken the genre in new directions. But this genre revival isn’t a new thing. It’s been alive and well, especially in the indie scene, for years now.
Dave Gilbert and Francisco Gonzalez have both been working on old-school point and clicks for over a decade. They both started making freeware titles using Adventure Game Studio back in the early 2000s, and both earned awards for their work. Dave founded Wadjet Eye Games in 2006, and has since made a living on critical darlings like the Blackwell series and Gemini Rue. Wadjet eye is publishing Francisco's A Golden Wake, a a deep, fascinating look at the real estate boom that preceded the great depression.
Hardcore Gamer sat down with Dave and Francisco to discuss their bodies of work, their history with the AGS engine, and their thoughts on the current state of the genre.