TouchMyApps » Coladia http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:45:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.3 Coladia Adventure Games Giveaway http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/08/03/coladia-adventure-games-giveaway/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/08/03/coladia-adventure-games-giveaway/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2011 15:55:08 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=55717 TouchMyApps is giving away copies of Coladia’s bestselling and popular point and click adventure games on the iPad. They include Destination: Treasure Island HD, Secrets of Da Vinci HD and Secret of the Lost Cavern HD. Each adventure comes with hours of gameplay, great visuals, a unique storyline and plenty of puzzles to solve. Simply … Read more]]>

Destination: Treasure Island HD

TouchMyApps is giving away copies of Coladia’s bestselling and popular point and click adventure games on the iPad. They include Destination: Treasure Island HD, Secrets of Da Vinci HD and Secret of the Lost Cavern HD. Each adventure comes with hours of gameplay, great visuals, a unique storyline and plenty of puzzles to solve. Simply put, if you’re a fan of adventure games, especially of the point & click variety, this is one giveaway you don’t want to miss. We’ll be picking 5 winners in total, and each will receive a copy of all three titles*. Full contest details can be found within.

Secrets of Da Vinci HD Coladia, Secrets of Da Vinci HD, 867 MB – $4.99
Secret of the Lost Cavern HD Coladia, Secret of the Lost Cavern HD, 529 MB – $4.99
Destination: Treasure Island HD Coladia, Destination: Treasure Island HD, 599 MB – $4.99

Contest Details:

  • This Coladia Adventure giveaway is open to all, though you must have a valid iTunes account in order to redeem your code. And yes, promo codes are now redeemable Worldwide.
  • Subscribe to our feed either via email or your choice of a feed reader.
  • Send us an email at contest[at]touchmyapps.com with the subject heading: Coladia Adventure for iOS Giveaway
  • To increase your chances of winning, follow us on Twitter and tweet the following: Win Coladia’s point & click adventure games for the iPad from @TouchMyApps! Full contest details –> http://goo.gl/hNqj5
  • If you’re sending a tweet, be sure to let us know your Twitter username in your submission email.
  • The contest will close August 5th @ 9:00 PM EST
  • Winners will be randomly picked and announced right here.

*Note: Since we only have 4 promo codes on hand for Secrets of Da Vinci HD, the last person picked in the draw will only receive a copy each for Destination: Treasure Island HD and Secret of the Lost Cavern HD.

Secrets of Da Vinci HD

 

Paris – 1522.
Valdo, an ambitious young apprentice working for Leonardo Da Vinci’s disciple, Francesco, is least happy when the scholar suddenly dismisses him. However, shortly afterwards, he receives a letter from a mysterious patron, asking him to locate one of the great master’s missing codices.

To gain access to Da Vinci’s last residence, the Manoir du Cloux near Ambroise, Valdo tells its new inhabitant, a courtesan by the name of Babou de la Bourdaisière, that he is Francesco Melzi’s apprentice and that he wishes to examine the inventions that still remain on the estate.

Under this cover, he starts to scour the estate: Babou’s bedroom, Leonardo’s workshop, the grounds, and dovecot, leaving no stone unturned. In the course of his investigations, he encounters a wide array of intriguing characters: Saturnin, a suspicious looking guardian, as well as the King of France himself.

To complete his mission, he has to solve a series of enigmas set by the great master himself. On the trail of the genious, Valdo is no more aware of the secrets he is about to unveil as the danger lurking in store for him.

Secrets of Da Vinci HD Coladia, Secrets of Da Vinci HD, 867 MB – $4.99

Destination: Treasure Island HD

Four years have passed since the end of the adventure recounted in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel. Jim Hawkins has become an upstanding adventurous young man, attentive to those around him. Imagine his surprise when, one morning, he sees a parrot enter his bedroom window : none other than Captain Flint, Long John’s own companion. The bird brings him a message from his master. In the message the old pirate announces that he has buried a marvelous treasure on the secret isle where he retired : Emerald Island. Jim is going to have to hurry though. Pirates, old enemies of Long John, are on his trail.

Destination: Treasure Island HD Coladia, Destination: Treasure Island HD, 599 MB – $4.99

Secret of the Lost Cavern HD

In 15,000 B.C.

Strange symbols found while hunting remind Arok of an encounter with a charismatic traveler a long time ago. In order for him to find his long-forgotten friend, the most brilliant painter of Prehistoric times, Arok begins a long and perilous journey.

Play as Arok and enter a fascinating and bewitching Stone Age adventure. Learn about Prehistoric life, follow the path of your mentor and work with him to recreate the paintings of the renowned Lascaux Cave.
Venture through a wild time and decipher the symbols left by our ancestors. Hunt, fish, cut stones, paint animated frescoes and take part in mysterious shamanist ceremonies to win your place among the Lascaux Cave artist tribe.

Will you be able to come through our ancestors’ secrets and survive in this wild and harsh world?

Secret of the Lost Cavern HD Coladia, Secret of the Lost Cavern HD, 529 MB – $4.99

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Discover the life of the genius in Secrets of Da Vinci HD http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/28/discover-the-life-of-the-genius-in-secrets-of-da-vinci-hd/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/28/discover-the-life-of-the-genius-in-secrets-of-da-vinci-hd/#comments Fri, 28 Jan 2011 15:38:34 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=47282 As a big fan of adventure games it warms my heart to see a tiny trickle of new new titles turn into a steady stream, both from indie developers and more well-established companies. Coladia, developers of the superb Secret of the Lost Cavern, one of the best adventure games on the platform and responsible for … Read more]]>

As a big fan of adventure games it warms my heart to see a tiny trickle of new new titles turn into a steady stream, both from indie developers and more well-established companies. Coladia, developers of the superb Secret of the Lost Cavern, one of the best adventure games on the platform and responsible for Destination: Treasure Island HD, along with the soon to be released iPhone version of the adventure of Jim Hawkins after the famous novel, have just released Secrets of Da Vinci HD for the iPad — a title that presents a unique opportunity for gamers to dive into the world of the famous artist, philosopher and inventor, Da Vinci. You play the part of a young apprentice to one of Da Vinci’s students, sneaking into his mansion to study the inventions that still reside there. And all that is available at the low intro price of just $1.99! Full info and screens after the gap.

Secrets of Da Vinci HD Coladia, Secrets of Da Vinci HD, 871.08MB – $1.99

App Description

Launch price is $1.99 instead of $4.99, just for a few days.

Paris – 1522.
Valdo, an ambitious young apprentice working for Leonardo Da Vinci’s disciple, Francesco, is least happy when the scholar suddenly dismisses him. However, shortly afterwards, he receives a letter from a mysterious patron, asking him to locate one of the great master’s missing codices.

To gain access to Da Vinci’s last residence, the Manoir du Cloux near Ambroise, Valdo tells its new inhabitant, a courtesan by the name of Babou de la Bourdaisière, that he is Francesco Melzi’s apprentice and that he wishes to examine the inventions that still remain on the estate.

Under this cover, he starts to scour the estate: Babou’s bedroom, Leonardo’s workshop, the grounds, and dovecot, leaving no stone unturned. In the course of his investigations, he encounters a wide array of intriguing characters: Saturnin, a suspicious looking guardian, as well as the King of France himself.

To complete his mission, he has to solve a series of enigmas set by the great master himself. On the trail of the genious, Valdo is no more aware of the secrets he is about to unveil as the danger lurking in store for him.

Features:

- The first game game about the life of Leonardo Da Vinci giving players the opportunity to penetrate the hidden enigmas of his work.
- A fascinating quest full of risks, new developments and discoveries.
- Intuitive handling and interface.
- Dozens of puzzles and enigmas based on the artist’s major work: the Mona Lisa, the flying machine, the Battle of Anghiari, Saint John the Baptist.
- An exclusive partnership with the Clos Lucé, the last residence and now official museum of Da Vinci, a guarante of highly detailed historical respect.
- Graphics of stunning realism and beauty: the Clos Lucé perfectly modelled in 3D.
- Videos, voices and texts in english, french, spanish, german and italian languages.

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Destination: Treasure Island Promo Code Giveaway (Closed) http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/02/destination-treasure-island-promo-code-giveaway/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/02/destination-treasure-island-promo-code-giveaway/#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 21:50:17 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=44151 TouchMyApps is giving away 1 of 3 copies of the recently released first person adventure game Destination: Treasure Island for the iPad ($9.99). Developed by Coladia (see their first App Store release in Secrets of the Lost Cave), Destination is a faithful port of the excellent game on PC from a few years back. For those … Read more]]>

TouchMyApps is giving away 1 of 3 copies of the recently released first person adventure game Destination: Treasure Island for the iPad ($9.99). Developed by Coladia (see their first App Store release in Secrets of the Lost Cave), Destination is a faithful port of the excellent game on PC from a few years back. For those of you not familiar, here’s the basic premise:

Four years have passed since the end of the adventure recounted in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel. Jim Hawkins has become an upstanding adventurous young man, attentive to those around him. Imagine his surprise when, one morning, he sees a parrot enter his bedroom window : none other than Captain Flint, Long John’s own companion. The bird brings him a message from his master. In the message the old pirate announces that he has buried a marvelous treasure on the secret isle where he retired : Emerald Island. Jim is going to have to hurry though. Pirates, old enemies of Long John, are on his trail.

If you’re a fan of adventuring gaming on the iPad, this is one giveaway not to be missed! Check out the full contest details on to win 1 of 3 codes after the cut.

Destination: Treasure Island Coladia, Destination: Treasure Island, 599 MB – $9.99

Contest Details:

  • This Destination: Treasure Island giveaway is open to all, though you must have a valid US App Store account in order to redeem your code.
  • Subscribe to our feed either via email or your choice of a feed reader.
  • Send us an email at contest[at]touchmyapps.com with the subject heading: Destination: Treasure Island Giveaway
  • To increase your chances of winning, follow us on Twitter and tweet the following: Win 1 of 3 copies of Destination: Treasure Island ($9.99) from @TouchMyApps! Full contest details –> http://ht.ly/3j5s8
  • If you’re sending a tweet, be sure to let us know your Twitter username in your submission email.
  • The contest will close December 5th @ 22:00 pM EST
  • Winners will be randomly picked and announced right here shortly after.

Winners

Thanks to all who took the time to enter this Treasure Island giveaway! Without further ado, here are the lucky (and random) winners:

  • Kevin L.
  • Joey L.
  • Abdul N.

Congrats and enjoy this great adventure game for the iPad fellas.

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Secret of the Lost Cavern updated for iOS 4.2, individual episodes available for a limited time! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/24/secret-of-the-lost-cavern-updated-for-ios-4-2-individual-episodes-available-for-a-limited-time/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/24/secret-of-the-lost-cavern-updated-for-ios-4-2-individual-episodes-available-for-a-limited-time/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 14:54:01 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=43586 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, … Read more]]>

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!

In celebration of the release of iOS 4.2, finally uniting the whole iOS family under a single umbrella, Coladia decided to republish the individual episodes so that gamers who already own some of them can complete their collection. But do hurry though, as they will be available for 1 month only. And some more good news – utilizing the advanced video options of iOS 4, Coladia has been able to additionally cut all of the game sizes roughly by half.

I reviewed the first episode almost a year ago and absolutely loved it. If you dig adventure games, this is surely something you’ll want to pick up!

Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 1 Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 1 (TMA Review), 134.91MB – $1.99
Secret of the Lost Cavern Ep. 2 Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 2, 110.63MB – $1.99
Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 3 Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 3, 126.93MB – $1.99
Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 4 Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 4, 145.14MB – $1.99

Secret of the Lost Cavern Secret of the Lost Cavern, 336.09MB – $4.99

Secret of the Lost Cavern HD Secret of the Lost Cavern HD, 528.70MB – $9.99

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Set your iPad’s course to Destination: Treasure Island http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/23/set-your-ipads-course-to-destination-treasure-island/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/11/23/set-your-ipads-course-to-destination-treasure-island/#comments Tue, 23 Nov 2010 13:37:16 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=43490 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. … Read more]]>

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!

Destination: Treasure Island Coladia, Destination: Treasure Island, 599.27MB – $9.99


Description

Four years have passed since the end of the adventure recounted in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel. Jim Hawkins has become an upstanding adventurous young man, attentive to those around him. Imagine his surprise when, one morning, he sees a parrot enter his bedroom window : none other than Captain Flint, Long John’s own companion. The bird brings him a message from his master. In the message the old pirate announces that he has buried a marvelous treasure on the secret isle where he retired : Emerald Island. Jim is going to have to hurry though. Pirates, old enemies of Long John, are on his trail.

  • A thrilling quest: Set out in search of the incredible treasure. The sequel of R.L. Stevenson’s adventure: A tale that has fascinated millions of readers for years!
  • A varied, exotic environment. Highly coloured and detalied graphics to give you a real taste for travel.
  • A treasure trail: Danger at every turn, to keep you in suspense for hours.
  • A innovative game system: An interactive inventory using object combinations and a new system of knot puzzles.
  • Dozens of fascinating enigmas: Resolve them or never reach the treasure.

TIPS :
- Listen carefully the videos, they’ll give you a lot of hints.
- Click on the bulb light to activate or deactivate the built-in help.
- if you’re stuck in the game, you’ll find help and answers on our forum http://www.coladia.com/forum

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iTête à iTête – Interview with Frédéric Aloé from Coladia – We need to do a more casual game on the iPhone http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/22/itete-a-itete-interview-frederic-aloe-coladia/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/03/22/itete-a-itete-interview-frederic-aloe-coladia/#comments Mon, 22 Mar 2010 15:06:57 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=29696 Quite a few high-profile titles have been brought to the iPhone in the last several months. And one such release came almost out of the blue from a company, previously only a player on Mac OS market. I’m talking, of course, about Secret of the Lost Cavern from Coladia – an adaptation of the excellent … Read more]]>


Quite a few high-profile titles have been brought to the iPhone in the last several months. And one such release came almost out of the blue from a company, previously only a player on Mac OS market. I’m talking, of course, about Secret of the Lost Cavern from Coladia – an adaptation of the excellent ECHO: Secrets of the Lost Cavern PC adventure by Kheops Studio. It got a Grab-it rating from me and earned a well deserved spot in our The App Store’s Best Adventure Games. And joining me today is Frédéric Aloé – the founder and CEO of Coladia to talk about the iPhone, iPad and their plans for bringing new and exciting games to the iDevice platform.

As usual, my comments are in bold.

1. Frederic, thank you for joining me today. Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and Coladia?

I’m French, 37 years old and I have a master degree in computer science. I started developing 1984 on an Atari 800XL, then moved to the Atari ST and finally to the Mac in 1995. Since then, I’ve always developed for the Mac. In 1999, I was hired by Cryo Interactive, a French game company, to port their games to the Mac. From 2002 to 2005, I worked for Apple on mobile technologies. I created Coladia in 2006 mainly as a consulting company for companies who wanted to develop apps for the Mac. I was also in contact with my ex-colleagues from Cryo who founded Kheops Studio, a company dedicated to adventure games for the PC. In 2008, we decided to port all their games on the Mac and when Apple announced the iPhone SDK, we obviously decided to do adaptations. Today, we have 6 Mac games and 1 iPhone game and we’re working on 5 more games for the Mac, 3 game for the iPhone, and 11 games for the iPad. I think we have enough work for 2010 and 2011 :-)

2. Coladia is quite an established company, specializing in bringing game to the Mac OS platform. How did you start on this path?

Opportunity :-)

We were doing Mac development and Kheops Studio asked us to do the porting. Since they had 10 titles available on the PC, it was a good opportunity to bring a lot of adventure games to the Mac, with a low financial risk. The main problem was to negotiate the deal with their publishers.

3. Why did you decide to expand to the iPhone platform?

Well, the iPhone is the natural extension of the Mac. First, as Mac developers, we had a very good knowledge of the Apple frameworks and technologies. Second, as Mac users, we were very excited by this new platform. We talked a lot with Kheops to see how we could adapt their games on the iPhone. We didn’t want to do a port, but an adaptation. Mac/PC versions of their games target adventure games lovers. But for the iPhone, we had to make a game more casual, easier to play on a small screen, but with a very good graphic quality and a strong story telling. It took us almost a year to port our engine to the iPhone, to build new tools and to imagine the gameplay.

At the moment you’re not the only company bringing Kheops Games to the platform. Tetraedge have got quite a head start on you with the Mysterious Island as well as some other games. Do you compete with them?

No, they’re friends, we share the same offices :-)

Nice to hear, since both of you bring out excellent products :)

4. Your first adventure project for the iPhone is the highly acclaimed Secret of the Lost Cavern, released over several months in 4 episodes. Are you happy with the result?

It was our first title on this platform, and we had no idea how many units we could sell. We were maybe too optimistic :-)

As you know, they are any many titles available on the iPhone, and it’s very difficult to gain visibility. But we had some help from Apple, especially in France.

At the end, we’re happy with the sales and since we learned a lot, we very confident for the next titles.

We, maybe, made one mistake: we released the game in 4 episodes, and it created some frustration for our users.

5. Once you released the final chapter you made the first one free. How did this affect its sales? How are they overall?

Downloads for Episode 1 were huge (more than 100 k during the first week), and we tripled the sales of other episodes.

Wow, that’s amazing

By the way, since a lot of people are asking it, we’re going to release a full version of the game. But it will be a 800 MB game – maybe the biggest on the AppStore.

I know Tetraedge have decided to split their latest titles into parts for exactly that reason.

Episodes are good and bad :-)

good: because you have small application and you can sell them for 1 or 2$

bad: because they create frustration

I don’t think our next games will be released as episodes.

On the other I remember installing Myst was a pain exactly because of the enormous filesize.

I know, I had the same feeling. Especially on iPhone Edge or 3G, which are very slow.

Personally I would go for the episodes provided they are released simultaneously.

That’s also a possibility if the game can be split in episodes.

6. What would you say are the main challenges in bringing such a game as SoLC to the iPhone?

Optimization and memory issues. The PC/MAC version of the game is 1.5 GB, because of video, sounds and animations. It’s a huge amount of data. Even if we reduced the data to 500 MB, it’s a lot for a small device for the iPhone.

7. What main challenges did you encounter in your work on SoLC?

We spent a lot of time to optimize our engine. Before the iPhone 3GS, the memory was very slow and video memory texture was very limited. We had almost no performance issues on the iPhone 3GS. But since Apple sold over 50 millions iPhone 3G and iPod touch, our game had to run smoothly on these devices.

8. In any project there are lots of funny stories. Could share one or two of them from your SoLC project?

We decided to name episode 1, Man vs Wild, because of the show with Bear Grylls. Since you had to learn to do fire and hunt a lion :-)

9. What can you say on the future of the iPhone as a platform for adventure games? How would you compare it to the other similar devices on the market?

Well as I told you. We need to do a more casual game on the iPhone mainly because of the screen size. You can’t do complex puzzle with tiny items. But multi touch can bring you a very good opportunity for nice ideas.

We’re watching the other comparable devices (Android, Palm Pre) but it seems very few people are willing to buy games there.

10. If you went back to the start of the project, what would you’ve done differently?

nothing :-)

Wow. That’s a first in my interviews :)

We didn’t make big mistakes during development. We spent a lot of time learning and testing the platform. But it’s always a process on a new platform. For sure, for our next games we will be much faster since our engine is quite optimized and we have a very strong toolchain.

12. You have an impressive array of titles for the Mac OS. Will you be bringing some of them to the iDevice? What are your future plans for the iPhone?

Yes and on the iPad too. On the iPhone, we’ll bring Destination Treasure Island, Cleopatra a Queen’s Destiny and Secrets of Da Vinci. We’re talking with publishers for other titles but I can’t tell you more now. Next release is Treasure Island. But I have to admit, we’re late because of the Pad :-)

By the way – you said you’re developing 11 titles for the iPad. Does this mean that some of them will be exclusive to that platform?

Not yet, but maybe in the future. First, we want to port our adventure games, because we think the iPad is a much better platform for point and click game than the iPhone.

That is true, but at the same time there are far more iPhones and iPod Touches out there.

That’s true :-) But it’s easier to port a game from the Mac to the iPad, than to the iPhone. On the iPhone, you have to rework the interface, the gameplay, the puzzles. Because of the 9inches screen on the iPad, we can have almost the same gameplay than on a PC/Mac.

What will the titles be that won’t get an iPhone version?

They’ll come to the iPhone one day :-) It’s just a matter of time and money :-)

13. We’re getting closer and closer to the release of the iPad. What do you think about it?

As users, we’re very very excited by the platform. As developers, we’re thinking of new games. We have a lot of ideas for adventure games, but also for some social games.

Are you thinking of developing a game from scratch?

Yes!

That sounds great. Any specific dates already?

2011 :-)

We have so much work to do!

14. Do you think the iPad will catch on? Will you get one?

I’ll get one on April 3rd :-) I think the iPad will be a huge success. It will be a new way of using your computer. I know I won’t be using my Macbook at home anymore. I’ll use an iPad to check my mails, browse the Internet, manage my music or play. I’ll be able to use it in my bed, my coach, in my kitchen – I’ll have it everywhere. I love my MacBook but the iPad is so much lighter!

15. Almost each month some developer publicly announces that they suffer enormous amounts of piracy and lost revenue. What’s your take on piracy on the iDevice platform?

For 1 game sold, 9 are pirated. It’s hard to tell how much is in term of loss revenues. One common explanation for piracy is to tell they want to test a game before buying it. We offer Episode 1 for free, so users can see the game before buying the other episodes. But we do have piracy on all episodes. Some people are just collectors, so they pirate everything. They’ll never buy a game, so it’s not a revenue loss. But as a user, if you have the choice to buy a game or get it for free, people will choose to pirate it.

16. What are your top 3 favourite apps and games for the iPhone?

Currently,

Games:

Apps:

17. Frederic, thank you for your time. Could you say some final words for the TMA readers?

Buy the games, don’t pirate them! Most developers are small companies, you need to support them if you want to see more great games coming to the iPhone.

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Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 4 debuts, Episode 1 goes FREE! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/17/secret-of-the-lost-cavern-episode-4-debuts-episode-1-goes-free/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/02/17/secret-of-the-lost-cavern-episode-4-debuts-episode-1-goes-free/#comments Wed, 17 Feb 2010 14:02:59 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=28290 One of the App Store’s best Adventure game series, Secret of the Lost Cavern, has just been concluded with its fourth and final episode. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Coladia have dropped the first episode to FREE. You can read my review of Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 1 here or grab it for … Read more]]>

One of the App Store’s best Adventure game series, Secret of the Lost Cavern, has just been concluded with its fourth and final episode. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Coladia have dropped the first episode to FREE. You can read my review of Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 1 here or grab it for FREE and try it out for yourself.

Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 4, The Fate of Arok, continues the pre-historic adventures of Arok in an episodic adventure game which mashes together good story-telling and mechanics.

Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 1 Coladia, Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 1 – FREE

Secret of the Lost Cavern Ep. 2 Coladia, Secret of the Lost Cavern Ep. 2 – $0.99

Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 3 Coladia, Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 3 – $0.99

Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 4 Coladia, Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 4 – $1.99

Piccies and more after the gap.

EPISODE 1, 2 and 3 ARE ALSO AVAILABLE

STORY:

In 15,000 B.C.

Strange symbols found while hunting remind Arok of an encounter with a charismatic traveler a long time ago. In order for him to find his long-forgotten friend, the most brilliant painter of Prehistoric times, Arok begins a long and perilous journey.

Play as Arok and enter a fascinating and bewitching Stone Age adventure. Learn about Prehistoric life, follow the path of your mentor and work with him to recreate the paintings of the renowned Lascaux Cave.
Venture through a wild time and decipher the symbols left by our ancestors. Hunt, fish, cut stones, paint animated frescoes and take part in mysterious shamanist ceremonies to win your place among the Lascaux Cave artist tribe.

Will you be able to come through our ancestors’ secrets and survive in this wild and harsh world?

WATCH THE TRAILER ON OUR WEBSITE

MAIN FEATURES

- Hyper-realistic graphics and amazing environments including rivers, green valleys, troglodyte caves…
- Wild animals and many prehistoric characters to interact with in order to achieve your quest.
- Original soundtrack and sound effects creating an immersive atmosphere.
- Intuitive tutorial will guide you in your first steps in the game
- Available in english, french, spanish, italian, german and russian languages

ABOUT THE GAME :

Secret of the Lost Cavern is an episodic adventure game that plunges the player into an inspiring journey that takes place during the Paleolithic period in prehistoric time, 15,000 years B.C.

The gameplay and each puzzle were redesigned from the ground up to take unique advantage of the touch capabilities of the iPhone. 3D graphics and videos were also optimized for an unparalleled visual quality on mobile devices.

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Secret of the Lost Cavern Continued – Part 2 of the saga is out on the AppStore http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/14/secret-of-the-lost-cavern-continued-part-2-of-the-saga-is-out-on-the-appstore/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/14/secret-of-the-lost-cavern-continued-part-2-of-the-saga-is-out-on-the-appstore/#comments Thu, 14 Jan 2010 13:23:02 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=26101 Some time ago I reviewed the excellent adventure set in the prehistoric times from Coladia – Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 1 I was astounded by the beautiful graphics and excellent storyline of the game and it has earned a well deserved spot in our The App Store’s Best Adventure roundup. And I’m happy … Read more]]>

Some time ago I reviewed the excellent adventure set in the prehistoric times from Coladia – Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 1 I was astounded by the beautiful graphics and excellent storyline of the game and it has earned a well deserved spot in our The App Store’s Best Adventure roundup. And I’m happy to announce that the second episode of the tale Arok is finally out on the AppStore! You can find the screens and description after the gap or simply get it using the link below. You can also check out the first part if you missed it. Our Review of Episode 1 is in blue.

Secret of the Lost Cavern Ep. 2 Coladia, Secret of the Lost Cavern Ep. 2 – $0.99

Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 1 Coladia, Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 1 – $0.99

STORY:

In 15,000 B.C.

Strange symbols found while hunting remind Arok of an encounter with a charismatic traveler a long time ago. In order for him to find his long-forgotten friend, the most brilliant painter of Prehistoric times, Arok begins a long and perilous journey.

Play as Arok and enter a fascinating and bewitching Stone Age adventure. Learn about Prehistoric life, follow the path of your mentor and work with him to recreate the paintings of the renowned Lascaux Cave.
Venture through a wild time and decipher the symbols left by our ancestors. Hunt, fish, cut stones, paint animated frescoes and take part in mysterious shamanist ceremonies to win your place among the Lascaux Cave artist tribe.

Will you be able to come through our ancestors’ secrets and survive in this wild and harsh world?

WATCH THE TRAILER ON OUR WEBSITE

http://www.coladia.com/en/games/iphone

MAIN FEATURES

- Hyper-realistic graphics and amazing environments including rivers, green valleys, troglodyte caves…
- Wild animals and many prehistoric characters to interact with in order to achieve your quest.
- Original soundtrack and sound effects creating an immersive atmosphere.
- Intuitive tutorial will guide you in your first steps in the game
- Available in english, french, spanish, italian, german and russian languages

ABOUT THE GAME :

Secret of the Lost Cavern is an episodic adventure game that plunges the player into an inspiring journey that takes place during the Paleolithic period in prehistoric time, 15,000 years B.C.

The gameplay and each puzzle were redesigned from the ground up to take unique advantage of the touch capabilities of the iPhone. 3D graphics and videos were also optimized for an unparalleled visual quality on mobile devices.

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Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 1 in Review – Sabretooth tigers, cave drawing that move and handprints that glow! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/24/secret-of-the-lost-cavern-episode-1-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/24/secret-of-the-lost-cavern-episode-1-in-review/#comments Tue, 24 Nov 2009 23:04:29 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=23592 It seems the iDevice has successfully proved as being a more than viable platform for adventure games. Though there were virtually none at the App Store not more than half a year ago, more and more really solid titles are beginning to make their way to the “Jesus” phone! Following the footsteps of Tetraedge Studios, … Read more]]>

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It seems the iDevice has successfully proved as being a more than viable platform for adventure games. Though there were virtually none at the App Store not more than half a year ago, more and more really solid titles are beginning to make their way to the “Jesus” phone! Following the footsteps of Tetraedge Studios, Coladia, a relatively new studio, have undertaken the porting of quite recent PC adventure games to the iPhone. And today we’ll be reviewing their first project, the episodic adventure Secret of the Lost Cavern.

This game is actually a port of the 2005 PC game ECHO: Secret of the Lost Cavern. At least part of it, anyway. Only Episode 1 of 4 has been released as of today, though new ones are promised monthly. The game is set 15,000 BC and follows the adventures of a young hunter Arok. While hiding from a sabretooth tiger, he finds a painting on a cavern wall that reminds him of his old teacher. Following the wall paintings, he sets out to find his old friend and discover the true secret of the fabled Lost Cavern.

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The game is a classic first person point-and-click adventure (and there can never be too much of those, right?). You explore the surroundings, collect items and solve puzzles. Arok has a handy journal that outlines the immediate objective if you have forgotten or missed it in the cinematics.

The inventory is limitless, though some items (like burning wood or water) can only be carried in your hands and are dropped as soon as you try to open the inventory. Also you can’t combine items directly in the inventory, though you can examine them in greater detail. At the same time, classic item-based puzzles are mixed with Myst like environment ones. Paying attention to your surroundings is critical in Secret of the Lost Cavern, as it is quite easy to miss some hints.

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Speaking of surroundings, this adventure is simply eye-candy. The environment is pre-rendered and the quality and detail is amazing. Unlike, for example, Myst you can pan your view smoothly 360 degrees both horizontally and vertically. The cinematics are also good to the point that can rival many full-blown animation films. And the excellent music, sound effects and voiceovers help put a finishing touch on the outstanding and immersive gameplay.

The interface is also very good. A lot of work has gone in redesigning the game for the unique controls of the iDevice. As I have already noted, at each location you can pan your view in any direction. To help you find the active zones in such an enormous area, you can switch through the built-in help system to either leave you on your own, simply light up the active zones with circles or even indicate the action that can be performed there. Overall, the interface works very well and is suited both for pixel-hunting maniacs and the newcomers to the genre.

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The downside, as with many other episodic titles, is that the game just ends much too quickly. It took me about 1,5 – 2 hours to complete the first instalment. I found the difficulty to be quite adequate, for me at least. While there weren’t any frustratingly difficult puzzles that would require a hunt for a walkthrough, there also weren’t any that seemed disappointingly simple. The only place I really had problems with was the last handprint puzzle, and the only reason was that it was not clear that I had to tap one of the spots in the first row to activate it.

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It is definitely a joy seeing such quality products on the “Jesus” phone. I really enjoyed Secret of the Lost Cavern, though the first episode really made me hungry for more. I don’t know if the subsequent episodes will be released as separate titles, or just update the original one, but at $0.99 or even at the full price of $1.99 this game is a must have for any true connoisseur of adventure titles. And the immersive atmosphere, stunning graphics and cinematics, excellent interface and good difficulty curve make this a good pick for anyone who values a good game.

With this I declare Secret of the Lost Cavern officially touched!

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App Summary
Title: Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 1 Developer: Coladia
Reviewed Ver: 1.0 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $0.99 (1.99) App Size: 187 MB
  • Excellent graphics and cinematics
  • Atmospheric music and sounds
  • Good difficulty
  • Excellent interface with 360 degree view
  • Ends far too quickly

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