A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of reviewing Nostradamus The Last Prophecy – Part 1 (TMA Review) – the latest adventure by the Tetraedge games team, released under the watchful eye of Anuman Interactive. You play the role of Madeline, Nostradamus’ daughter, who has to unravel the enigmatic series of murders in the court of Catherine de’ Medici. Not everyone, however, has the same trust in her abilities as the great prophet and so Madeline has to disguise herself as her brother Cesar, who is out travelling.
I felt the story was off to a great start and had a nice balance of puzzles and narrative. The second part that has just been released offers even more puzzles centered around the mystic arts of Astrology, Alchemy, Pharmacy and runic symbols. Can you change the future and defeat Nostradamus’ last prophecy?
When I reviewed the port of The 7th Guest, the legendary PC adventure, I noted that some of the puzzles there can be quite tricky. And that even despite the built-in hint system in the game. Apparently I was not the only one thinking this and due to popular demand Trilobyte released an official walkthrough app for this excellent game – The 7th Guest: Book of Secrets.
One might argue whether it is actually fair to charge an additional $0.99 for the information, already freely available on the internet for anyone who cares to look. But then again, those web-savvy people probably won’t buy this app. For those who are stuck, however, and don’t wish to burden themselves the Book of Secrets presents a great way out of the conundrum.
Trilobyte, The 7th Guest: Book of Secrets, 11.10MB – $0.99
Hi folks! You all remember me, TMA’s adventure games addict, right? Well, have I got a treat for you! Charles Cecil, creator of some of the best adventure games ever, has just contacted me to inform that Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered is going to be released shortly. And by shortly I mean tomorrow or even today, depending on where you are at. For example it has already hit the store in New Zealand!
If you spotted the Remastered label attached to the famous adventure – good on you. Broken Sword 2 will not see such a massive content update as the the Broken Sword: Director’s Cut (TMA Review), but the amount of various types of bonuses, features and tweaks is enough to satisfy anyone.
Update: It’s already available in the US store as well.
Revolution, Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered, 697.15MB – $6.99
All of you who follow TMA know I’m a sucker for a good point-and-click adventure game and have a special place in my heart for any dev team that creates an original title for the iDevice. Well, my heart just got a little more crowded thanks to the Italian indie team Footprint, who recently released Dispersio: Start ENG and Dispersio Alone Lite ENG. Dispersio is a dark graphical novel/ adventure made in an original comic style. Your aunt is dying and you travel to visit her in the hospital. Once there, however, you are dragged into a mysterious event and wake almost 20 years later, only to find the world around you barren of life.
Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel, Treasure Island, is arguably one of the most famous adventure books ever. It has served as food for many adaptations into various media, up to a frivolous animation picture by Disney. The various game adaptations also number in dozens, with a few already finding their way to the App Store. I’m talking, of course, about the port of the excellent PC Adventure – Destination: Treasure Island, remastered and just released for the iPad by developer Coladia. If you’re the lucky owner of the dream tablet and fancy yourself an adventure gamer, there’s no excuse for you not to pick up this excellent game. And if you’re still on the fence about the iPad, Coladia plans to release the iPhone version in the near future.
Gameplay video and more after the gap!
Coladia, Destination: Treasure Island, 599.27MB – $9.99
The adventure games genre has had a rocky start on the iDevice with but a few titles available back when the App Store was first launched. Since then many companies have seen the light and the genre found a true rebirth on the iOS, with both ported and original titles appearing every so often. Most notable of the former is definitely the 1112 series, exclusive to the platform and offering a unique and involving story along with gorgeous graphics and holding a firm spot in our AppStore’s Best Adventure games.
And, of course, there’s no denying that playing adventure games on the iPad is even better, especially if they’re optimized for it. Guess what, now you can enjoy the first original adventure game specifically developed for the iOS platform right from the comfort of your dream tablet! Agharta Studios have released 1112 episode 01 HD and promised to update the iPhone version too, with a completely redesigned interface and brand new high quality graphics. If there’s even a bit of an adventure fan in you, don’t dare miss it.
Description and screens after the gap.
Ever said to yourself, “I’d like to be like Johnny and battle the devil for a fiddle of gold”, but never quite had enough cash to purchase the fiddle and for the 1-on-1 lessons to make your dream come true? Well stop day dreaming because it’s now a reality for only $2.99 (and of course the hundreds of dollars you’ve already spent on your iPad).
Smule, the creators of Ocarina – one of Apple’s “All-time top 20 Apps” — along with other popular ones including Glee Karaoke and Magic Piano bring you Magic Fiddle for the iPad. Learn basic and advanced fiddle techniques in Story Book mode, perform from a list of 20 songs, earn medals for your performance, and compete with other fiddle players from around the world in online leaderboards (Satan may or may not be a competitor). So if you’ve ever had aspirations of learning how to play yet another instrument on your iDevice, Magic Fiddle is another unique musical app from Smule that shouldn’t be missed. Check out the video demo after the gap.
Smule, Magic Fiddle, 16.04MB – $2.99
Like many publications that have recently joined the iPad revolution, The New Yorker has now released their own app. For long time readers, this should come as a much welcomed addition to the App Store. In case you’re not familiar with the popular weekly magazine, here’s a description from iTunes:
The New Yorker offers a signature mix of reporting and commentary on politics, international affairs, and the arts, along with fiction, poetry, humor, and cartoons. Founded in 1925, The New Yorker has received more National Magazine Awards than any other magazine.
The app is free to download, though initially, you’ll only have access to the Table of Contents. Each weekly subscription will then cost you $4.99 and can be purchased from within the app. Oh, and Jason Schwartzman also stars in the promo for its launch. It’s an absolute hoot and definitely worth watching. Video right after the gap…
CondeNet, The New Yorker Magazine, 1.8 MB – Free
A little over a year ago a game took the App Store’s adventure section by storm, setting a new bar for others to follow and snatching the crown of the genre for several months to come. I’m talking, of course, about the excellent adaptation of Jules Verne’s Return To Mysterious Island (TMA Review) for the iPhone by Tetraedge games. And while it has since been surpassed by other titles in quality it still holds a well-deserved place in our App Store’s Best Adventure roundup. Well, Return to Mysterious Island – Deluxe Edition has just been released for the iPad and surprisingly, it’s literally a completely different title, even developed by a different company.
Anuman, Return to Mysterious Island – Deluxe Edition – $9.99
With yesterday’s iPad VLC release and now Napster, iOS devices are receiving a fair amount of big, multimedia press. Of course, this isn’t the Napster you grew up with as a shifty-eyed teenager at the end of the 90′s. Napster was bought by Best Buy back in 2008 in one of the better ironic moments in history. Anyway, it’s back, and evidently, it’s out to turn up the sleeves of rental P2P music sharing – if you’re in the US of A, that is. And if you can stomach the “awful” sound quality. Napster reckon they stream both new and old tracks in 128kbps (a number that still carries the stigma of poor sound), but its customers reckon that music sounds like the radio. If Nappy wants to get its mojo on, it’s gonna have to dish out at least 128kpbs sounding files in a music app! But then, what’s Napster without complaints from audiophiles?
For the uninitiated:
Some of the things you can do with Napster plus mobile access:
• Save songs, albums, and playlists to play even when you’re offline
• Kick back with playlists, recommendations, and Billboard® charts dating back to 1955
• Create your own playlists for a customized listening experience
• Save your last 100 songs played so you can easily replay favorites
• Automix your favorite song to create an instant playlist blending similar artists
Napster LLC, a Best Buy company, Napster®, 1.85MB – Free
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