Mystery of Castle Wildenburg
An adventure game in the classic sense of the genre, as well as in a more low-tech DHTML implementation, the Mystery of Castle Wildenburg combines original photography of Germany's deep woods with the cartoon drawings of artist Aurèle Mechler, which together produces a unique visual appeal to this engaging and compelling Web-based game by Jörg Jochims.
Make your way through the deep forests on your way south to a very hidden castle that is difficult to find, Castle Wildenburg. The castle is home to a very old and mysterious, valuable treasure: the Lapsit Excillis, a jewel with an amazing power capable of extending the life of whomever possesses it. You are sent by your king to fetch it for him "by hook or by crook!" from its current owner, King Anfortas.
Sporting an easy-to-understand interface that includes clickable buttons for actions, a compass for navigation, an inventory, as well as meters showing food and water status, the game is well-designed and even supports saving and loading games as you play. Move the mouse around each scene to find hidden items and areas that can be acted upon. Click an action button first, and then the item or area desired. To move, simply click on one of the directions of the compass—provided of course you can move in that direction.
Use your old-school adventuring skills to find and examine items, talk with strangers, buy items with Taler (gold), anything you need to find the elusive castle and fetch the prize for your king.
Keep an eye on your hunger and thirst levels, for you will die if they are ignored. Good luck, and long live the king!
Cheers to Jeremie for the link to this great find! =)
Note: This game maintains state using server sessions, which will timeout after a period of inactivity. Therefore make sure you save your game often, especially if you plan to be away from your computer for a while.