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A Preview of The Beard in the Mirror

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPC4LP6NU7g Everybody likes adventure games, although the definition of the term "adventure game" has changed a bit over the years. Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded is an adventure game, sure, but so is Uncharted. So is the latest Zelda. Right?

The Beard in the Mirror is an adventure game in the late-80s-to-mid-90s Sierra and LucasArts sense, and it certainly looks and feels the part. Paul Franzen, who also developed the indie adventure game Life in the Dorms, gave us the scoop on this new title by the quite-accurately-named "wife-and-husband team of Lizo and Paul".

The Beard in the Mirror is about a kid who doesn't know who he is, where he's going, or how he fits into his world. But not because he's an amnesiac; he's just a typical 22-year-old. As far as he knows, he's never once traveled outside his own universe—but the beautiful girl who wakes him up in the middle of one stormy night seems to think otherwise...

Inside his bedroom is the comfort and stability he's known all his life, but outside, there's an all-new fantasy world filled with magic, danger, romance—and the promise of adventure.

Mirror is a collaborative work by the wife-and-husband team of Lizo and Paul (the latter being the writer/designer of last year's Life in the Dorms). It started off as an interactive text adventure the two created and played over instant messenger, but over the years it's blossomed into a full-on point-and-click adventure game—complete with challenging puzzles with wacky solutions, dialogue trees, dangerous mishaps (and even death!), and a story about how to find oneself once the world's finally figured out you're an adult.

You can follow The Beard in the Mirror's development by liking them on Facebook or following Paul on Twitter (Paul says you can't follow Lizo on Twitter and you shouldn't even ask).

The team will have a table set up in the upcoming Boston FIG, so drop by and say hi if you're in the area!

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