[This is a guest post from Offal]
Developer Calvin French has released long awaited action-adventure game The Real Texas,
presently purchasable at a discounted early-release price. In the game, you follow the story of a vacationing cowboy who finds himself on an unexpected journey in a land full of strange happenings and peculiar personalities. You solve puzzles and explore the boundaries of a well developed overworld, and the deep challenging dungeons that lie beneath.
The Real Texas features some unique systems from the adventure genre that are rarely seen in modern releases outside of text games. The game has a deep inventory system, and a streamlined text parser for character conversation. These allow for a lot of old-school adventure type puzzles, letting you ask characters about certain topics directly, or search any area thoroughly for hidden artifacts.
The story unfolds over the events surrounding an otherworldly town and its inhabitants. This fairly small setting allows the game to develop an engrossing story around the mysteries the player-cowboy has stumbled into, and his struggle to set things right.
While the unconventional naive art style, peculiar combat, and conversation elements may seem strange to seasoned gamers at first, once the story picks up and you’ve got a pack full of goods and a goal in mind, there are few modern games that are so uniquely engrossing.