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.
Are you tired of those whiny princesses? Tired of always being the “Prince Charming” or the “Knight in Shiny Armour”? Are you a fan of adventure games? Then the newly released title by Launching Pad Games is for you! It’s girl power time in Scarlett and the Spark of Life: Scarlett Adventures Episode 1 with the aforementioned princess taking the lead in saving her lovely backside from the would-be kidnappers.
In this bustling world of the triumph of modern technology, a recent trend has been a rapidly rising demand for nostalgia gaming. It isn’t that much of surprise if you come to think of it. After all, people who grew up on the classic games of 80’s and 90’s are now in the position of making decisions and spending money… Sometimes, a LOT of money… And this in turn gave rise to a new breed of companies, focusing their efforts on bringing the classic games to modern platforms. One of the more prominent players in this market has been DotEmu, known for porting titles for almost every platform imaginable, from modern PCs and Browsers to Smartphones of all breeds. And more recently – the iOS family of devices.
Joining me today are the co-founder and CTO of DotEmu – Romain Tisserand and his Head of iPhone applications – Guillaume Siorak. The topic at hand: the recent release of the cult classic – Gobliiins (TMA Review), along with more general talk of the iDevice world.
It’s Coladia’s newsweek on TMA! Shortly after the release of Destination: Treasure Island for the iPad, the devs rolled out a massive update for their first entry to the adventure scene on the App Store – Secret of the Lost Cavern. This great adventure game, redesigned for the iPhone, was originally released in 4 episodes, and later re-released as a single title (with an HD version to boot). Since then the individual episodes have been taken off the shelves, which annoyed some players who weren’t able to pick up the whole collection. Well, guess what…it’s your lucky day folks!
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
Every once in a while whenever I look at new releases on the App Store, I get a wave of nostalgia threatening to swipe me off my feet. I don’t care that the devs are just taking good old games and bringing them to the i-platform, I just care that they do it right. And what can compare to the joy of reliving those sweet memories on the Jesus phone? Especially if those memories have iii in them, as in the famous Gobliiins.
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.
Nostalgia gaming is one of the trending areas of the App Store and it’s getting more and more attention from various developers. With the current power of mobile devices –almost tenfold that of PC’s 10 years ago — it’s quite an attractive idea to simply port original games to the platform at a fraction of the cost of developing titles from the ground up. And interactive movies certainly fit the bill perfectly. With only the slightest adaptations of controls required, you can be rewarded with an instant hit like Dragon’s Lair (TMA Review) or the PC original – BrainDead 13.
One of the genres that fit especially well on an iDevice are first-person adventure games. These echoes of the golden age of adventure games, ones that actually helped usher in the CD era at some point (see my Myst review), are quite playable even on the smallish screen of an iPhone or iPod Touch and are surprisingly popular on these platforms. Enter The Secret of Grisly Manor, promising over 50 locations to explore and solve. Let’s take them up on that offer!
Amazingly, the age old Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style gamebooks are having a surprise resurgence on the iDevice platform. We’ve seen both a re-imagining of the classics, like Steve Jackson’s Fighting Fantasy titles (i.e. Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (TMA Review)) and original titles developed exclusively for the platform in the Gamebook Adventure series – Gamebook Adventures 3: Slaves of Rema (TMA Review). The creative folks over at Agni Studios feel there is room for more and have recently released their own interactive gamebook; this time set in space and titled Star Breed – Episode 1