Spore Creatures is the highly anticipated sequel to Spore Origins, and rides high on expectations that this version will be as good as, if not superior to its predecessor. Those familiar with the original are in for a pleasant surprise – Spore Creatures offers a different kind of experience. While Spore Origins is mainly about survival and evolution, Spore Creatures focuses on exploration, puzzle-solving, quests and interaction with other creatures and both friendly and hostile engagement with each. Aptly called an ‘evolutionary adventure’, Spore Creatures focuses on evolution but gives it a variety of twists on the otherwise familiar gameplay – incorporating other game elements into a unique storyline.
If you’ve read my reviews in the past, you’ll notice that I’ve made no effort to hide my love for “pick up and play” type games. Having to work all day and then worry about my home/husband-ly duties at home, I don’t always have a whole bunch of time to devote to a game. Instead I prefer and enjoy titles that I can pick up and put down whenever I want without feeling like I am missing something. It’s been a while but thanks to the good folks at Glu Games and their new and addicting title 1000: Find ‘Em All! I’ve filled that want and then some.
Revolution Software is one of the titans of adventure gaming. The creators of the legendary Broken Sword series have recently blessed the iPhone with its two greatest adventure games to date – Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered (BaSSR) and Broken Sword: Director’s Cut (BSDC). I have been lucky enough to secure an interview with Charles Cecil – the founder of Revolution Software and the director of the games that made the adventure Hall of Fame.
More and more adventure titles are starting to appear at the AppStore. Some are ports and some have been designed specifically for the iDevice. And though any is a welcome addition, not all live up to the high standards set by such great games as Broken Sword: Director’s Cut and Jules Verne’s Secrets Of The Mysterious Island. Today’s review title, The Legend of Crystal Valley, is a port of a PC game released in early 2009. It’s a reasonable effort to keep the die-hard fans entertained until the next major title, but probably not the game you’ve been waiting for.
Rejoice Assassin fans, Ezio has now entered the App Store once again. Assassin’s Creed II Discovery has finally re-appeared on the App Store after an unexpectedly release several weeks back, only to be pulled shortly without warning. However, this time, it appears that Ezio is here to stay.
Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed II Discovery – $9.99
OH MY GOD… I still can’t believe it’s true – one of the best adventure games of all time has finally arrived on the iPhone. And with more than 2-3 hours of added content! This is a dream come true! Revolution has done it again and now you can follow the adventures of the gorgeous Nico Collard and the witty George Stobbart with Jesus and Broken Sword: Director’s Cut!
Our original report back in December has finally been confirmed by the arrival of Broken Sword: Director’s Cut at the AppStore. Broken Sword is one of the best adventure games of all time and has been made even better with new cutscenes and an added storyline.
It was a quiet day in Paris when a clown blew up a cafe. George Stobbart is thrown in the middle of detective story revolving around the Knights Templar. Now he must enlist the help of the beautiful Nico to follow the clues of an ancient manuscript.
I will follow up with a review in a few days, but believe me, there’s no need to wait for that – go and pick it up NOW. Also be sure to check out The App Store’s Best Adventure Games.
The iPhone still mucks about in a rut of cross-pollinated adventure titles, but thankfully, its playground is expanding beautifully. Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 1 has me salivating for the next instalment; it is a fun, scary, and well-told adventure with the thick sort of atmosphere which can only be cut with a blood-stained reaping-scythe.
Oh, happy day! Two first-class adventures just found their to the AppStore. One of them is part 1 of Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon announced late last year by Tetraedge Games and Chillingo. The other is part 3 of 4 of the Secret of the Lost Cavern saga following the release of part 2 just last week. This is indeed a grand day for all fans of quality adventure games on the iPhone.
Coladia, Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 1 – $0.99
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Hello again everybody! Once again it’s time for The JBnator Diaries – the guide to all things jailbreaking, Cydia and other tips and tricks! Today I’m following up on the reasons to jailbreak. This time, it is the adventure gaming engine: ScummVM.
For anybody following my pieces here at TMA, it’s no surprise as I’m an adventure game fanatic. And so it may have bugged you why I haven’t done a piece about the Holy Grail of adventure gaming on the iPhone – ScummVM. It is a port of a multiplatform engine, capable of running adventure games using their original files. And no, it is NOT an emulator – it doesn’t do anything so stupid as trying to pose as an x86 processor or anything like that. It is a complete engine that acts in place of the game executable file and only requires the resource files of the games. What does it mean for us? It means that games work reliably and even more importantly: games run with excellent performance!