TouchMyApps » Revolution 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 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:42:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered in Review – The shard may be mightier than the sword http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/11/broken-sword-the-smoking-mirror-remastered-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/01/11/broken-sword-the-smoking-mirror-remastered-in-review/#comments Tue, 11 Jan 2011 18:27:29 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=46230 In my interview with Charles Cecil (creator of Broken Sword: Director’s Cut) I asked him about the chance of other BS games coming to the iDevice. At that point he was still uncertain, but with the success and acclaim for his superb ports, it’s no wonder he followed through. And while Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror does not … Read more]]>

In my interview with Charles Cecil (creator of Broken Sword: Director’s Cut) I asked him about the chance of other BS games coming to the iDevice. At that point he was still uncertain, but with the success and acclaim for his superb ports, it’s no wonder he followed through. And while Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror does not boast the additional content of the first, the sequel has enough neat tricks, tweaks and updates to make it shine anew on the iDevice platform.

As with the original, The Smoking Mirror is a classic point-and-click adventure game, and it’s one of the most renowned in the genre. The story takes place shortly after the first Broken Sword, when George is forced to return to America to tend to his dying father. Meanwhile the restless Nico finds some new adventures to keep her busy, and in the process, she gets caught in a journalistic investigation of drug trafficking that quickly turned into a race against time to stop the resurrection of a bloody Mayan god. Stobbart to the rescue!

Broken Sword 2 features everything that made the original a part of adventure hall of fame gaming. Taking control of either George or Nico you’ll be faced with numerous challenges that only your wit can handle. This said the puzzles are all quite logical and even if you’re a purist and don’t want to use the helpful contextual hints system, you’ll rarely find yourself stuck for too long. The Smoking Mirror limits you to only a handful of locations at a time (whether this is a blessing or a curse is for you to decide) and rarely more than a dozen items in the inventory, making the game accessible to both casual and hardcore players.

The writing of The Smoking Mirror is pure genius . This is one of the rare games where I read through each and every hilarious line. Each of the characters has a style of their own and the added facial expressions make them even more apparent. The graphics have been carefully ported from the original PC version and look great on the Retina display, with only a few spots where the age becomes a bit more evident. And, of course, all of the newly added stuff (i.e. facial animations) fully support the iPhone 4 high-quality display. The voice work is superb and if you have the option, opt for playing with the headphones on to fully enjoy the game.

Broken Sword 2 features the same superb interface that made the previous Revolution titles a model on the App Store, with full touch controls, convenient hints system and an added extra bonus of a diary to help you keep track of what’s going on. But the developers did not opt to sit on their heels and went a step further, adding full Game Center support with achievements, an unlockable digital comic detailing some backstory and a first for adventure games – Dropbox integration for seamless savegame shifting between various devices. Because, as I haven’t mentioned yet, The Smoking Mirror is a universal application, you can enjoy it on the iPad at home and in the palm of your hand (iPhone or iPod Touch) on the road all for one single tasty price.

Designed by the mastermind, The Smoking Mirror sees the return of our favourite heroes in adventure gaming heaven – gorgeous graphics, witty dialogues and inventive but logical puzzles on a new platform. The updated graphics, facial animations, Dropbox and GameCenter integration and the release as a universal application are all just icing on the cake of another perfect release by Revolution. Regardless of whether you’re a fan or a newcomer to adventure games, whether you’ve played the game through 5 times or never heard of the series before, Broken Sword 2 is one of the must have games for any iDevice.

With this I declare  Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered officially touched!

App Summary
Title: Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered Developer: Revolution
Reviewed Ver: 1.1 Min OS Req: 3.1.3
Price: $6.99 App Size: 694.40MB
  • Great graphics
  • Genius writing and puzzles
  • Our favourite couple back in action
  • Dropbox savegame handling integration
  • Universal application
  • Somewhat limited set of locations to explore at any one time

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Broken Sword: Director’s Cut HD is now out on the AppStore! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/26/broken-sword-directors-cut-hd-is-now-out-on-the-appstore/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/26/broken-sword-directors-cut-hd-is-now-out-on-the-appstore/#comments Wed, 26 May 2010 15:20:30 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=33516 There are games and then there are Games. And one certainly worth the capital “G” is, of course, Broken Sword: Director’s Cut (TMA Review)! I think there is little doubt in anyone’s mind that it is one of the best adventure games on the iDevice and holds a well deserved crown of the top 3d … Read more]]>

There are games and then there are Games. And one certainly worth the capital “G” is, of course, Broken Sword: Director’s Cut (TMA Review)! I think there is little doubt in anyone’s mind that it is one of the best adventure games on the iDevice and holds a well deserved crown of the top 3d person adventure in our AppStore’s Best Adventure Games round-up, which incidentally was updated quite recently with several new titles being added.

Well, now you can fully enjoy this BAFTA-winning classic on the big screen of your iPad with the long awaited release of Broken Sword: Director’s Cut HD for a measely sum of $7.99. What’s more, bundled with the big-screen version in addition to the high-res graphics is an exclusive never-before released digital comic by Dave Gibbons. Get the game now or check out the press-release and more screenshots after the gap.

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London, UK – May 26, 2010 – Revolution Software today announced that the iPad version of the multi-BAFTA nominated Broken Sword: The Director’s Cut is now available from the App Store.

The iPad version boasts substantial graphical improvements, designed to make the most of the hardware’s stunning 10-inch screen.The app also includes a significant bonus: a digital version of the Broken Sword comic, illustrated by Watchmen co-creator Dave Gibbons. However, this lavish electronic comic – never issued digitally before – has to be earned by discovering six new hidden features buried within the game.

“This really is the definitive version,” says Charles Cecil, managing director, Revolution Software. “Rather than rush the game out for the US launch, we have taken the time to get it just right, and with the higher resolution graphics, and the addition of the digital comic as a bonus feature, there’s a lot of new content to enjoy. We are thrilled to be able to release the game to coincide with the European launch of the iPad.”

A brutal murder at the Palais Royale in Paris. When photo-journalist Nico Collard is invited to interview statesman Pierre Carchon, she soon finds herself inextricably drawn into a terrifying conspiracy. One of the all-time classic adventures, Broken Sword: Director’s Cut pitches sassy journalist Nico Collard, and intrepid American George Stobbart into a mysterious journey of intrigue and jeopardy, in an epic narrative spanning the globe. Unique in terms of its production values, quality of narrative and contemporary plot, Broken Sword: The Director’s Cut has won an army of fans since its release on iPhone and iPod touch.

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Broken Sword: Director’s Cut in Review – Neo-Templars, Hashishin, Baphomet and world domination http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/27/broken-sword-directors-cut-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/27/broken-sword-directors-cut-in-review/#comments Wed, 27 Jan 2010 16:02:53 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=26808 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 … Read more]]>

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!

Broken Sword: Director’s Cut is a port/remake of Broken Sword: The Shadow of the Templars aka Circle of Blood that was released on the PC back in 1996 and shook the gaming community. It is a classic third-person point-and-click adventure game, featuring the charming vacationing American, George Stobbart and the hot French reporter, Nico Collard. The two are thrown in the midst of a murder investigation that quickly turns into a world-domination conspiracy. Even if you finished the classic 3 times over and then some, you’ll want to pick the Director’s Cut version since it additionally features a storyline about Nico and her father worth an additional 2-3 hours of gameplay and character development.

Broken Sword is truly an example of the golden age of adventure games. The puzzles are logical, interesting and entertaining. At the same they are not too simple and require you to be able to put 2 and 2 together. (If you can make it a 5 – it’s always a plus.) The handy Diary will record anything of interest and if you’re stuck, I would advise to check it before whimping out and using the hints system. I would also advise to take your time when playing Broken Sword and not rushing through it with the walkthrough. The characters are very colourful and the dialogues are simply hilarious and the game rewards the curious and explorative natures with occasionally triggered tweets (you may have noticed some from me during the last few days).

The graphics are the same as in the original and still look fantastic. The quality and attention to details of the backgrounds and characters reminds me of the classic hand-drawn Disney cartoons. This feeling is immediately tripled at every cutscene. While some of them have been taken from the original, a whole new bunch has been drawn by Dave Gibbons to support the added storyline.

Broken Sword features the same interface system first tried-and-tested in Beneath the Steel Sky: Remastered. It is completely touch-based without that stupid touchpad-style cursor controls so popular in many adventure game ports. You move the finger around the screen and once you’re near a hot-spot, it is highlighted. If you move over a hotspot a number of icons with possible actions are presented above and you simply tap the one you want. The icons to access the inventory, game options and help are conveniently positioned at the corners of the screen. This is indeed a benchmark interface for the iDevice adventure games which works great.

The game allows you to manually save in several slots and also automatically saves state on exit. Unfortunately the latter doesn’t always work that well and sometimes the auto-save is a bit behind. On the other hand it is never more than a few actions behind, so it’s not too big of a deal. I felt it might have been a performance issue with 3G iPhones. The same goes for the strange situation when the game would occasionally not register when I tried to use an item on the hot-spot making me doing it twice.  And as in Beneath the Steel Sky: Remastered if you don’t have access to the network when a tweet is triggered – it is lost.

With over 12 hours of gameplay and a story featuring Neo-Templars, the Hashishin, Baphomet and even spies and Nazis Broken Sword: Director’s Cut is the definitely the new king of adventure games on the iPhone. Whether you’re a fan or a newcomer to the genre, whether you played the original 5 times through or never heard of it in your life – there is simply no way you could go wrong with Broken Sword: Director’s Cut.

With this I declare Broken Sword: Director’s Cut officially touched!

App Summary
Title: Broken Sword: Director’s Cut Developer: Revolution
Reviewed Ver: 1.0 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $6.99 App Size: 353 MB
  • Colourful characters and hilarious dialogues
  • Gorgeous hand-drawn graphics and animations
  • Exceptional interface
  • Excellent voiceovers
  • Over 12 hours of gameplay with an extra storyline
  • The auto-save sometimes is abit off
  • Using an item is occasionally not registered
  • The tweets are lost if there is no data connection

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Have an affinity for adventure games? Check out some of our reviews/articles here and the App Store’s best Adventure Game article for more great games.

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Broken Sword: Director’s Cut slashes into the AppStore http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/25/broken-sword-directors-cut-slashes-into-the-appstore/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/01/25/broken-sword-directors-cut-slashes-into-the-appstore/#comments Mon, 25 Jan 2010 09:26:27 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=26668 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 … Read more]]>

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.

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Paris in the Fall… a brutal murder at the Palais Royale. When Nico Collard is invited to interview statesman Pierre Carchon, she finds herself inextricably drawn into a terrifying conspiracy.

One of the all-time classic adventures, multi BAFTA-nominated ‘Broken Sword: Director’s Cut’ pitches sassy journalist Nico Collard, and intrepid American George Stobbart into a mysterious journey of intrigue and jeopardy. Guide George and Nico on their globe-spanning adventure, exploring exotic locations, solving ancient mysteries, and thwarting a dark conspiracy to reveal the secret truths of the Knights Templar.

Featuring a widely-praised touch interface, ‘Broken Sword: The Director’s Cut’ introduces an intricate new narrative thread, alongside the classic story that has charmed millions of players. It’s time to experience George and Nico’s worldwide adventure in a whole new way, with brand new puzzles, hilarious new jokes, and the distinctive, rich story that made the series so deservedly renowned. This is adventure gaming at its very best.

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Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered in Review – A masterpiece remastered! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/10/21/beneath-a-steel-sky-remastered-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/10/21/beneath-a-steel-sky-remastered-in-review/#comments Wed, 21 Oct 2009 17:37:34 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=21886 As I’ve said many times, I am and have always been an adventure games fanatic. And when a few old-school classics started creeping in to the App Store, I was glad – at first. At the same time, I had mixed feelings about it. Some ports such as Flight of the Amazon Queen and Simon … Read more]]>

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As I’ve said many times, I am and have always been an adventure games fanatic. And when a few old-school classics started creeping in to the App Store, I was glad – at first. At the same time, I had mixed feelings about it. Some ports such as Flight of the Amazon Queen and Simon the Sorcerer 1 and 2 have really frustrated me because they have been available for free for some time already and some developers simply bundled them with the ScummVM which is available for jailbroken iPhones for FREE. Their projects just reeked of money-grubbing. Others were better, provided by developers of the original titles and at least somewhat adapted for the platform (Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Jules Verne’s Return To Mysterious Island). Well, now another classic has made its way onto the platform and boy, has it had a makeover!

Beneath a Steel Sky (BASS) is a dystopian future, coloured by the story of a runaway orphan, Robert Foster who is raised the wilderness area called the Gap which sits just outside a towering cit. One fateful night, soldiers appear, seize Robert and take him away in a helicopter, and leave his village in a smoking ruin behind them. He manages to escape, crashing the copter and now, on the run in the strange an unfamiliar territory, he must find out why he was brought here. The only one he can place his trust is his robot friend Joey.

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BASS is cult classic. The puzzles are logical, but you have to really get the feel of the game, to get a grip on the logic. The way Robert’s trusty robot Joey, transforms from a circuit board to a cleaning bot, and into a welding bot and beyond is hilarious and often drops useful hints. I would say this is not an extremely difficult adventure, and for those who are really really really stuck, there is a context-sensitive (meaning it knows where you are and what the next step should be) hint system.

Revolution have remastered BASS for the iPhone, adding gorgeous cut scenes which are created in partnership with Dave Gibbons (the co-creator of Watchmen). And the music, oh the music! It is simply amazing, and there are wonderful voice-overs. The actor’s voices fall nicely with the characters, although the emotional context is sometimes a bit off. Then again, maybe it’s just me. The graphics themselves have not been updated, unfortunately, but nevertheless can still put many other games on the App Store to shame.

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But the main work has obviously gone into the new interface system. I can safely say that Revolution have finally nailed it. This is the new benchmark for the adventure games interface on the iPhone.Completely touch sensitive, you just move your finger on the screen and all hot-spots near the tip light up in a flurry of context-focused motion. If you move over the hot-spot, several icons appear, signifying possible actions for the hot spot. The inventory screen is handled in a similar fashion. You can bring it up using the icon on the bottom left of the screen and it appears as a strip containing all of your items. A double tap will provide some info on the item and a tap-and-drag will allow you to use it whenever you wish – or at least try to use it ;)

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Evidently, with such a polished game, there is no need to note that it saves state on exit. In addition to this, you can save/load your game in separate slots if you wish. A nice additional feature is Twitter integration. What it does is send various messages out using your twitter account when interacting with certain hidden hot spots in the game. If you follow me on twitter, you must have noticed several of those tweets. The downside is that if such a tweet should go out when you don’t have access to internet, the tweet is scrapped. Sadly, I have missed a couple this way.

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Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered is truly an a top-notch remake. Revolution have not taken the easy way of porting form within a ScumVM – though they could have. Rather, they have set a new benchmark on how an adventure game should be ported to the iPhone. With lots of new content and a brilliant interface, this game is an excellent pick for both old-school adventure fans and newcomers to genre alike. And with 10+ hours of such high-quality gameplay I’d this wonderful adventure is well worth the price.

With this I declare Beneath a Steel Sky Remastered officially touched!

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App Summary
Title: Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered (v.1.0) Developer: Revolution
Price: $4.99 App Size: 129 MB
  • Gorgeous cutscenes
  • Excellent music and voice-over
  • 10+ hours of gameplay
  • Benchmark interface
  • Sometimes the voice-overs are a bit off
  • Twitter messages are not buffered in case of no internet connectivity

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TMA simply can’t do without adventure games, and I assume that you too are like us. Perhaps the below articles can help you out.
Raving Manor in ReviewMystery Mania in ReviewReturn to Mysterious Island in Review

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