I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but I didn’t know what to expect with James Cameron’s Avatar. I’m always nervous when it comes to movie related tie-ins as it is, but Avatar is probably going to be the biggest movie of the decade, regardless of whether it’s a phenomenal success or a cosmic flop. So what does that mean for the game? Well, for starters, I’m not sure anyone told these guys there was a movie related to this material. I don’t know what the movie is like, but after playing this game I actually want to go see the it. Normally, that’s not the case if I play the movie based game first.
As a child I simply adored Sherlock Holmes. I had the complete collection of works by Arthur Conan Doyle and later even read some of the spin-offs, though they were never half-as-good. The genius detective has been a hero of mine ad it always amazed me how he always managed to crack even the most bizarre of cases. And now, just in time for the release of the latest movie about the great Sherlock, Warner Brothers invite you to test your intellect in the Sherlock Holmes Mysteries.
Adventure games have always been my favourite genre. Yeah, yeah, I start almost any adventure games review this way. But what can I do if it is true? Sadly I was too late for the Interactive Fiction era. When I entered the conscious gaming stage of my life at about 6 (I was an avid gamer even before that but have few memories about that) I fell smack in the dawn of the point-and-click games with such legendary games as King’s Quest 1, other Sierra series, The Secret of Monkey Island and others. The casual pace of the games and the devious puzzles that make the grey matter really earn it’s keep always appealed to me. For a long time I have shunned first-person adventure games for various reasons and have only grown to appreciate them on the iDevice which is simply perfect for them.
Today is indeed a grand day for all fans of adventure games on the iPhone. Tony Warriner – one of the founders of Revolution Software – has let it slip on the official forums that the Directors Cut of one of the best adventure games of all time – Broken Sword – is coming to the iPhone early next year. What’s even more interesting is that the iDevice platform will see this remake of the classic game before the PC release.
It has been quite some time since I reviewed Stranded! I quite liked the game, though I felt a number of features were missing and that it could use some more polish. Well, it seems the devs heard my plea. Today checking my iTunes account I was quite surprised to find the game updated to version 1.2 and even rebranded to Stranded Without A Phone. What did they do to warrant such a change – well – they have really gone all out and implemented literally a ton of new features – hunting, autosearch, new item combinations and more. Personally I think they would even warrant a 2.0 release. And they’re still selling the game for the measly $1.99!
It’s nice to see devs working hard on their games even after they are released. Unfortunately most think that as soon as their product makes it to the App Store, the only things that require additional work are bug fixes. You can get the game using the link below or check for a full list of new features after the gap.
Blood everywhere, blurred vision, mutilated corpses and only a steel bar in your hand. Where is everybody? Why do the dogs look like they’ve been turned inside out? What are these ugly pods hanging from the ceiling everywhere? What are there strange symbols drawn everywhere? Can escape this prison intact?
Update: Our review for Avatar is now live on TouchMyApps.
If there’s a movie that needs no introduction, it’s James Cameron’s epic Sci-Fi Avatar. Rumored to have cost upwards of 500 million to make (plus marketing), this is easily the year’s most anticipated movie. While the film’s release date is still several days away (Dec 18), Avatar the game is now available at the App Store, courtesy of Gameloft. Having published Terminator Salvation earlier this summer for the iDevice, Gameloft is no stranger to turning blockbuster movies into mobile games.
Go deeper into the spectacular world of James Cameron’s Avatar™ and embark on a fantastic journey of redemption and discovery two decades prior to the film events. As the first experimental avatar, experience the amazing powers your new body bestows. Will you use those powers to save the Na’vi, or will you work with the humans to destroy their world?
Undoubtedly, many of you will be lining up in droves to watch Avatar. With the game taking place 20 years before the events of the movie, it’ll introduce you to the world of the Na’vi and how they came to be. At $9.99, Gameloft’s latest offering is a bit steep by App Store standards, but with great visuals and immersive gameplay, consider it the price of pre-admission that comes bundled with hours of enjoyment. Gameplay and interview videos after the break!
Gameloft, James Cameron’s Avatar, $9.99, 189 MB
Any gamer that grew up in the 80s knows, you have to approach movie-based games with a lot of caution. After all, they generally tend to suck (and yes, that is a “professional” opinion). I have to admit that I was actually kind of excited when I heard about Ice Age, though. What could go wrong when you take one of the most endearing casts of an animated movie in recent years, toss it in the hands of the guys who brought us the fabulous Toki-Tori, and then center the game around the character who says so much by saying nothing at all? Well, Ice Age is certainly far from a disaster, but I’m not 100% sure I like the direction they went with it, either.
The early nineties left me a lot of wonderful wee memories for a wonderful wee lad. One of my fondest places to incessantly visit was the arcade. And of my favourite games was, of course, Dragon’s Lair – you know, the one where you feel like you’re making your own cartoon! Well, now you can enjoy the adventures of Dirk the Daring on the Jesus phone!
One of my favourite game genres is open-space exploration. In the early 1990s, I fell in love with Origin’s Privateer and up a logical progressive ladder through the X series. The freedom to go anywhere, to do anything, and to be anyone is appealing. Imagine my excitement when I noticed that finally an open world space faring game has come to the iPhone! Now double it and read on!