As hidden object games are becoming more popular on the iPhone, it’s nice to see variants coming out that are more than just a combination of searching for objects and playing mini-games. In the case of Vampire Saga, it really feels more like an adventure game that just happens to use hidden object scenes in order for you to find some of the key objects for solving puzzles in the game. Additionally, it actually has a gripping story. Combined with excellent visuals and stirring music, Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box is probably one of the best hidden object games to come along in a while.
Big Fish Games is one of the most prolific mobile publishers, best known for its range of excellent hidden object (HO) titles. Keeping this in mind it’s not much of a surprise that Azada has quite a bit of hiddenness in it. But this time, Big Fish Games decided to make things more interesting and throw in a LOT of other puzzles, making hidden objects only a part of the gameplay, rather than the backbone.
7th Sense Studios have just informed me that Fallen EP-1 has been nominated for Mobile Content Awards 2010 in the Mobile Entertainment category. I was lucky to review Fallen Ep 1 back late 2009 and was impressed with the sense of atmosphere the developers created. Now it firmly holds the title of best Action-Adventure game according to our The App Store’s Best Adventure roundup and is the only Survival Horror title on the AppStore, worth any real attention.
The Mobile Content Awards is an annual global event, held to recognize excellence in mobile content creation that are specifically developed for digital gadgets as well as services and technologies that enable or facilitate mobile content. The Mobile Content Awards 2010 is not only celebrating the highest achievements across the industry, but also showing current trend and future developments in mobile industry.
The Awards will culminate with networking reception inviting content business people.
About 500 mobile industry leaders throughout the world gather here as well as the finalists and winner of the Mobile Content Awards 2010 and judging committee.
I wish all the luck to 7th Sense, as this is a truly worthy game. And if you haven’t had your taste of Fallen yet – check out my review or just pick up the game itself.
Almost half-a-year ago I posted an exclusive preview of an adventure game by Tetraedge, well known for such titles on the AppStore as Jules Verne’s Return To Mysterious Island, Jules Verne’s Secrets Of The Mysterious Island and of course, their recent hit Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon. I was very impressed by the ambiance of the game, known then as The Egyptian Prophecy, as well as the excellent graphics, puzzles and story. Unfortunately due to some changes in the coporate world the game had been frozen in the almost ready state for a few months. But thankfully, now all issue have been resolved and with a minor change of name, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1 has found it’s way onto the AppStore, with the other 2 parts to be available soon. Be sure to check out my preview of the game or just pick it up to enjoy for yourself. Oh yeah, and there’s a video after the gap as well.
Anuman Interactive, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1, 299.72MB – $3.99
Laura Jones and the Secret Legacy of Nikola Tesla is quite different than what I was expecting. I know hidden object games have come a long way in the last couple of years, but this feels more like an adventure game that just happens to use some hidden object scenes as part of the “action”. There’s a detailed story intertwined with many interactive sequences, only some of which involve finding mass amounts of hidden objects. Conceptually it all works, and I know the story keeps me intrigued, but there are a few things in the details that make this journey less than exemplary.
Late last year an indie team - 7th Sense Studios – surprised everyone by releasing Fallen EP-1 (TMA Review), the first and probably only true Survival Horror for the iDevice to date. Unfortunately due to various reasons the team has been disbanded since and the sequel to the excellent game is delayed indefinitely. But it seems Hidden Games have picked up the flag and released Prisoner 84, a game similar in many respects.
Gamebook Adventures 2: The Siege of the Necromancer in Review – This could go wrong in so many ways…
The adaptation of the Choose Your Own Adventure gamebook genre to the iDevice had truly exploded earlier this year, with the release of both the tried and tested classic Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (TMA Review) by Steve Jackson and an original Gamebook Adventures 1: An Assassin in Orlandes (TMA Review) written exclusively for the iDevice by Tin Man Games. The former was not a big surprise in terms of content, being a port of original paper gamebook. The latter, however, turned out to be truly a bold re-imagination of the genre for the platform, with some interesting design decisions. And it seems this bold step has only been the first one with the long awaited release of Gamebook Adventures 2: The Siege of the Necromancer.
The explosion of Flash based games these past few years has brought quite a few new genres to the market. One of which is the Escape the Room genre, a cross between adventure and puzzle games, that has even earned a right to its own section in our own Best Adventure games. The iDevice is still mostly devoid of the genre however, with rare examples creeping in. And one such game that is a recent addition to the App Store is Escape the Room: Magician’s WC .
Dracula The Path of the Dragon is an adaptation of highly acclaimed PC adventure game for the iOS. It has been released in 3 parts for the iPhone back in late winter/early spring and has earned a well deserved spot in our AppStore’s Best Adventure Games, as well as being highly acclaimed by the press all across the board. It was and still is one of the most atmospheric adventures on the iDevice platform. And in the last couple of weeks it has become even better with a remastered iPad version released for your pleasure by Anuman Interactive. If by any chance you missed the original it is definitely worth picking it up for the big screen.
And should you have missed the game entirely, there’s always an opportunity to pick it up for the iPhone/iPod Touch as well.
Late last year we reported a bunch of adventure games, planned for adaption to the iDevice platform with the centerpiece being the legendary game by Benoit Sokal – Syberia, arguably one of the most enchanting adventure games ever. Unfortunately, with the owner of the franchise, Microids, having been acquired by Anuman the plans shifted and the project had been suspended indefinitely, with other titles being pushed forward. Instead the current home of the genius, White Birds Productions, has teamed up with Bulkypix and released The Last King of Africa, an adaptation of one of Benoit Sokal’s later games – Paradise.