Ahoy there, ye mates! The Talk like A Pirate Day is almost upon us and in the spirit of this holiday the adventures of scurvydog Guybrush Threepwood are almost given away. Can’t say what the landlubbers at Anuman, Kali and Jagex have to do with it but there ARE giving away some of their stuff as well! Secret of Monkey Island 1 & 2, Part 3 of Egypt The Prophecy and TriDefense are available for free or at least virtually so. And one of the best old-school RPGs on the iDevice Undercroft has been re-released by its new owner for FREE as well. ‘Tis a grand day indeed!
Not many adventure games are better known than the fabled Monkey Island series. The adventures of the young pirate wannabe have earned their rightful place in the Hall of Fame of the genre and set the bar for other games to try and top. And now the first 2 parts are available for a mesely $0.99 each in celebration of the aforementioned holiday. I recently reviewed the second installement of the series on the iPhone and found:
The adventures of Guybrush won over people’s hearts and wallets long before the iPhone ever was conceived. On the iDevice the Monkey Island 2 finds a home away from home, fueling the rebirth of the adventure game genre and acquainting the generation “i” with the classics. Though it lacks the additional content of Broken Sword: Director’s Cut (TMA Review) it makes up for it in superb graphics, all-new voiceovers and completely touch-screen interface. The only really frustrating thing is the auto-save bug, which may lead to lost progress, but other than that – it’s a winner. Time to embark on the search for Big Whoop, ye mates.
Next in line today is also a treat for you adventure game fans – Anuman has decided to drop the price of Part 3 of Egypt The Prophecy to FREE. While it’s quite unusual to give away the ending of the series and not the beginning, if you have been able to pick up the first part for free several weeks ago you might want to see how the story ends. And if not, this discount puts the whole series at the quite reasonable price of $5, instead of the overwhelming original price point. I did a preview of Egypt back in early 2010 and enjoyed the game quite a bit:
The Egyptian Prophecy is an excellent title for all adventure fans to sink their teeth in to. It offers the unique opportunity of diving into the charm of ancient Egypt wrapped in a visually beautiful package and a user-friendly interface.
Anuman Interactive, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 3, 537.35MB – Free
Anuman Interactive, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 2, 358.55MB – $3.99
Anuman Interactive, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1, 299.72MB – $0.99
As many of you might have noticed the App Store is almost devoid of quality hardcore RPGs. And a year ago the situation was even worse! And in such times the release of Undercroft came both as surprise, but a good one. The developers (originally – Rake in Grass) did an excellent job porting their old-school party-based RPG, originally designed for the PocketPC, to the iPhone. And now the new owners of the title have decided to re-release this wonder for FREE! I was thrilled with the atmosphere of the game back in 2009:
Undercroft really is a gem. The game is the model of how an RPG should look and feel on the platform. Though I may be a bit selfish and wish there were more more skills and attributes, I can’t help but see that this is an ideal game for both hungry, die-hard RPG fans and role-playing newcomers alike. And with the huge, almost desktop amount of game-play (15+ hours), this is a definite must have for any RPG fan. And the Easter Egg of Jets’N’Guns, my favourite side-scrolling arcade for the PC right at the beginning of the game has also brought a warm and fuzzy feeling to my heart.
And last but not least we have an original Tower Defense game. At the time of my original review it was (and I think still is) the only game, not only providing land, air and water defences to construct, but the only one allowing terraforming the landscape as well. Since then I saw a bunch of updates roll by, adding new maps, towers and enemies, which are sure to make the game even better. Check out my summary below or simply grab it while it’s free!
In the end, I would like to note that this is still version 0.9.3 (prerelease in the AppStore?) and I did sometimes feel like a beta-tester. On the other hand, there really are some good ideas in this game and I really feel it could become one of the elite among Tower Defenders if the developer as polish to the primer. And while it is still pre-release, if you’re a fan of the genre you can get it at 0.99$ since the price should go up once the 1.0 is approved. All things considered, I declare TriDefense officially touched. Cheers and this was the last of my vacation cycle articles.