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This is a game about World War One, and about the people who took part in it. Meet the characters manning the trenches, and discover their personalities behind their horizon blue uniform.

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It would require a historian or philosopher, to explain the causes of the Great War. It will suffice to know, that Germany and Austria were allied, and at war with Russia, Great Britain, and France. Germany started the war by mobilizing more than three million soldiers, and having them march into french territory through Belgium, in the hope of taking by surprise its historical rival.

Despite initial success, the advance of the german army was halted at the Marne. So it stopped and it switched to the defense, determined in keeping the patch of territory that had already been conquered. Soon, the line of the front got heavily fortified, on both sides, with a labyrinthian system of trenches, spanning from the belgian coast to the Alps. This resulted in a tactical stalemate, and the war settled into a war of attrition.

Adrian takes place almost two years since the war started. Infantry regiment one hundred and sixtyone is currently manning a sector of the front north of the city of Reims. The german artillery increased its activity as of lately, as the battle of Verdun is raging fifty miles from here. The telephone lines have gone off, probably as a result of the shelling. Until the problem is solved, communication between the regiment and headquarters has to be done via couriers.

You play the part of one such courier. You have been tasked to deliver an important dispatch to colonel Coreau, who's in command of the regiment. He is waiting for you in the reserve trenches.

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This is a game about war, but it is not about combat. You won't find waves upon waves of enemies, only waves upon waves of text.

Headphones, a dark room, and about an hour of spare time are recommended. The game does not have a saving system.

Per gli italiani la fuori, navigatori intraprendenti nelle acque tempestose della rete, raccomando di giocare Adrian nella lingua madre dello sviluppatore. Cioè questa. 

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Adrian (ver 1.1) (win 64 bit) 16 MB
Adrian (ver 1.1) (win 32 bit) 15 MB
Adrian (win 64 bit) 16 MB
Adrian (win 32 bit) 15 MB

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Really great, different war game! The visual style with the slight fog and the good story go together really well. It's a bit like reading an interactive book.

We'd be happy to see this game in our this year's Game Development World Championship!

In my usual game search, I came across the symbolic barbed wire Adrian. This was an amazingly intense narrative despite the brief silences between artillery shelling. That silence amplified the immersion and made me dwell on the Grimm, Dark power of war this expresses. I have to say I was surprised by what this game entailed for me, looking at the character models, I was expecting perhaps a small combat sequence (contrary to the description), but the result was a rather wonderfully dark experience as an observer. This is a wonderful experience despite the downside of it all resulting in such great losses. I hope to revisit this again just to gain new perspective on all the stories. Happy Memorial Day to all!