Out now! A darkly thrilling Wireframe #49

By Ryan Lambie. Posted

It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for another edition of Wireframe. Yes, the chillingly mysterious, feature-packed new issue is available from today, the 1 April. If you're out shopping for essentials, the mag’s available in selected supermarkets and newsagents, but you can also get a copy delivered to your door by ordering it directly from our website.

What do we have in the cold store this time? You'll find all this and lots more: 

Italian developer LKA takes us on a guided tour of Martha is Dead, its haunting adventure-thriller set in 1940s Tuscany. Carrying on the mystery theme, we delve into the murky world of film noir, and find out why this ageing cinematic genre still has such an impact on game design.

An Italy turned upside-down by war: our look ahead to LKA's upcoming adventure, Martha Is Dead.

Elsewhere, we find out how designers use hidden rooms and side paths to add depth and intrigue to their platform games, and find out how the games industry is making progress towards better representation for those on the autism spectrum.

Over in our patented Toolbox section, meanwhile, you’ll find My Life In Gaming’s essential guide to connecting retro consoles to modern televisions – whatever your budget, there’s a solution to suit.

That still not enough Wireframe goodness for you? Then feast your eyes on this little lot:

  • Looking ahead to Slipways: the sci-fi strategy game that avoids the spectre of war
  • Saluting the history and cracking library of games behind the Sega Dreamcast
  • The city design secrets behind that modern RPG classic, Disco Elysium
  • Recreate Manic Miner’s crumbling platforms in this month’s Source Code

Plus you'll find our usual menu of news, previews and reviews, including our verdicts on Curse of the Dead Gods, Cyber Shadow, and The Medium.

An in-depth look at film noir's continued impact on game designers' imaginations.

Get your copy of Wireframe

Physical copies of Wireframe are available now in WHSmiths, selected supermarkets and local newsagents if you're already out shopping for essentials. But you can also order a copy online at the Raspberry Pi Press store - and yes, we'll deliver to just about anywhere in the universe, with free postage in the UK.


You can save money on every issue of Wireframe with a subscription. Right now, you can get three issues, plus a free book of your choice, for just £10. What’s more, subscribers will get the latest edition of Wireframe before it hits newsstands! You’ll find full details, along with our other subs offers, right here.

The joy of hidden rooms, bonus areas and side-paths in platformers.


If you prefer, there's also the option to download a PDF if you'd like a handy digital version – it’s available for free, or you can contribute a small sum if you’d like to help us bring you more quality video game writing every month.

Get connected: our in-depth guide to plugging retro consoles into modern TVs.

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