TouchMyApps » Tetraedge 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 Wed, 26 Aug 2015 22:12:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.10 Dracula: Resurrection in Review – Kill the vampire, save the girl, yada, yada, yada… http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/11/11/dracula-resurrection-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/11/11/dracula-resurrection-in-review/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2011 14:16:32 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=60579 Dracula is definitely one of the iconic horror flick villains, popularized by the famous book by Bram Stoker. Though vampires in general have been part of folklore for hundreds and even thousands of years, he was the one who introduced the signature struggle between a sole hero and the vampire over a girl. In the … Read more]]>

Dracula is definitely one of the iconic horror flick villains, popularized by the famous book by Bram Stoker. Though vampires in general have been part of folklore for hundreds and even thousands of years, he was the one who introduced the signature struggle between a sole hero and the vampire over a girl. In the three-part adventure - Dracula: Resurrection - Microids revisits this concept and this time you’ll have the chance to take down the evil Dracula yourself.

Dracula: Resurrection is an adaptation of a traditional Microids first-person adventure. Jonathan Harker returns home only to find his fiancée Mina missing and a note saying that she’s succumbed to the lure of the Count. Now he has to travel to Transilvania and save her from eternal damnation.

Classic adventure gaming reigns supreme in Dracula: Resurrection as it has you arriving in Borgo Pass, a small remote village at the very front door of Dracula’s fortress. But not everything is as easy as you (or Jonathan) would like it to be. The village inhabitants are scared both of the Count and a band of ruffians that have been terrorizing the area recently. Careful examination of the surroundings though will yield you the necessary items to aid you in your quest. And the villagers themselves, however reluctantly, will lend a helping hand as well.

Most of the puzzles are inventory and dialogue based, though a few minigames have found their way here as well. I like the fact that instead of the more traditional text dialogue indicators, you simply choose pictogram-represented topics to discuss. The puzzles aren’t especially difficult, but the vast areas open for exploration may confuse some players during certain parts of Resurrection. Still, a careful re-tracing of steps and a thorough talk with all available NPCs should be enough to get you through any point in the game that poses a challenge.

As in other Microids offerings, the graphics in Dracula: Resurrection are top notch, with full 360-degree view in each location. At launch, the game was plagued by several visual glitches found in some of the later video sequences and an incorrect aspect ratio for the close-ups. Thankfully, these issues have all been fixed via a recent update. Full voiceovers are available along with an excellent atmospheric soundtrack, so headphones are definitely recommended.

It’s good to see the App Store fill up with more and more quality adventure games. And while Dracula: Resurrection was not originally developed for the iOS, it’s a superb adaptation of the PC title. The dark atmosphere that’s true to the spirit of Bram Stoker’s novel, as well as the great graphics and excellent soundtrack make this adventure a joy to experience both for fans and casual players.

With this I declare Dracula: Resurrection officially touched!

Grab It Rating - 4/5

App Summary
Title: Dracula: Resurrection – Part 1 /Part 2 /Part 3 Developer: Microids
Reviewed Ver: 1.1 Min OS Req: 3.2
Price: $0.99 / $0.99 / $0.99 App Size: 304.33MB / 300.42MB / 307.81MB
  • Atmospheric vampire adventure
  • Nice graphics with 360 degree view
  • World true to Bram Stoker’s legacy
  • A lot of locations with nothing to do
  • Puzzles a bit on the easy side

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Nostradamus The Last Prophecy – Part 1 in Review – Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here. I shall be… on iOS! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/22/nostradamus-the-last-prophecy-part-1-in-review/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/12/22/nostradamus-the-last-prophecy-part-1-in-review/#comments Wed, 22 Dec 2010 14:52:56 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=45315 Tetraedge Games are currently one of the more prominent players on the App Store’s adventure gaming scene. Porting various PC adventure titles, they are responsible for such great games as Jules Verne’s Return To Mysterious Island, Jules Verne’s Secrets Of The Mysterious Island, Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon and the most recent Egypt The … Read more]]>

Tetraedge Games are currently one of the more prominent players on the App Store’s adventure gaming scene. Porting various PC adventure titles, they are responsible for such great games as Jules Verne’s Return To Mysterious Island, Jules Verne’s Secrets Of The Mysterious Island, Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon and the most recent Egypt The Prophecy. This time they have graced us with an adventure centered around the famous prophet, Nostradamus, with the release of their latest title – Nostradamus The Last Prophecy – Part 1.

Nostradamus The Last Prophecy is a classic first-person adventure game, though it has a few original concepts. A mysteries series of death is plaguing the court of Catherine de’ Medici. After the most recent death of the castle’s librarian, the Queen turns to the famous philosopher Nostradamus for help. Alas, the prophet is too old and weak to handle the matter personally so has no choice but to send his daughter, disguised as his absent son Cesar, to investigate the matter.

Nostradamus uses the same engine as the previous Tetraedge games, so the basics have not changed much. You have full 360 degree view control to oversee the surrounding areas with all hotspots highlighted with handy icons, indicating the possible action. In addition to the world around you, a place you’re bound to spend some time in is the inventory screen. It is quite straightforward, with special buttons to open the diary (where various useful notes are kept as well as some puzzle solving), the recipe book (yep, cooking puzzles are part of the game) and probably the remarkable option – to switch disguises between plain old Ann and Cesar.

In terms of playing the game any adventure game fan will be happy to find Nostradamus quite rich in various puzzles. Most of the puzzles are dialogue or item-based, including some requiring you to go on a cooking spree to mix up stuff from fruit jam to appease the queen to anti-plague powder to convince the blacksmith to assist you. As noted above an original feature is the ability to switch disguises with various characters changing the way they interact with the protagonist based on whether they see Ann or Cesar. The story is nicely told and the first part of this two-part adventure should last an average player around 4-5 hours of gameplay.

The graphics in Nostradamus are very nice, with almost a photorealistic quality (minus the characters), though sadly no support for the Retina display is present. The sound is great, with ambient music setting the mood and full voiceovers for all interactions. Nostradamus fully supports iOS4 multitasking, so you don’t have to fear any incoming calls. And the interface is intuitive to a point where you don’t even think about it. The only thing I could wish for on the technical side is probably some kind of social network integration, preferably GameCenter for achievements.

Nostradamus The Last Prophecy – Part 1 is definitely among the better adventure games out there. It weaves together an original storyline involving the great prophet, a mysterious series of murders and a girl-detective in disguise, not to mention the excellent gameplay with original puzzles thrown in for good measure. Paint it with excellent graphics and we have a tapestry that would make any adventure game fan gitty with excitement.

With this I declare Nostradamus The Last Prophecy – Part 1 officially touched!

App Summary
Title: Nostradamus The Last Prophecy – Part 1 Developer: Anuman
Reviewed Ver: 1.0 Min OS Req: 3.0
Price: $0.99 App Size: 546.99MB
  • Excellent story
  • Varied puzzles
  • You can switch on the fly between Anna and disguised Cesar
  • Nice graphics
  • No Retina display support
  • No GameCenter integration

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Egypt The Prophecy rises out of the sand from the App Store! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/05/egypt-the-prophecy-rises-out-of-the-sand-from-the-app-store/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/08/05/egypt-the-prophecy-rises-out-of-the-sand-from-the-app-store/#comments Thu, 05 Aug 2010 15:26:28 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=37112 Almost half-a-year ago I posted an exclusive preview of an adventure game by Tetraedge, well known for such titles on the AppStore as Jules Verne’s Return To Mysterious Island, Jules Verne’s Secrets Of The Mysterious Island and of course, their recent hit Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon. I was very impressed by the ambiance … Read more]]>

Almost half-a-year ago I posted an exclusive preview of an adventure game by Tetraedge, well known for such titles on the AppStore as Jules Verne’s Return To Mysterious Island, Jules Verne’s Secrets Of The Mysterious Island and of course, their recent hit Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon. I was very impressed by the ambiance of the game, known then as The Egyptian Prophecy, as well as the excellent graphics, puzzles and story. Unfortunately due to some changes in the coporate world the game had been frozen in the almost ready state for a few months. But thankfully, now all issue have been resolved and with a minor change of name, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1 has found it’s way onto the AppStore, with the other 2 parts to be available soon. Be sure to check out my preview of the game or just pick it up to enjoy for yourself. Oh yeah, and there’s a video after the gap as well.

Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1 Anuman Interactive, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1, 299.72MB – $3.99

App Description:

Voices and text in English !

The story:
Plunge into ancient Egypt and follow Maya, a young magician, who has been ordered by Pharaoh to investigate the strange accidents that have recently occurred at the great obelisk’s worksite. Find out what is standing in the way of your sovereign’s mission. Evade curses and spells, and allow your people to construct one of the great architectural splendors of antiquity to the god Amon-Ra.

The game:
A point-and-click adventure game using 360° views, similar to Jules Verne’s Return to Mysterious Island and Dracula: The Path of the Dragon.
You play the role of a young magician and help her investigate the mysteries of ancient Egypt.
This is the first chapter of a three-part adventure.

Highlights:
- High-definition graphics and animations
- A user-friendly inventory system
- A large number of riddles to solve
- Varied sound environments and bewitching music
- This Part One content: The Site of Pi-Ramesses and the Quarries of Aswan
- Two additional languages available (French and German)

NB: This game is an adaptation of the PC game, not an identical version of it.
Many elements have been changed to create a game more suited to the iPhone and to a mobile environment.

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Sinking your teeth into Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon for FREE http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/18/sinking-your-teeth-into-dracula-the-path-of-the-dragon-for-free/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2010/05/18/sinking-your-teeth-into-dracula-the-path-of-the-dragon-for-free/#comments Tue, 18 May 2010 15:52:13 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=33031 Love adventure games, but still on the fence about picking up Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 1 (TMA Review) – the beautiful and atmospheric vampire-hunting adventure? Well, have I got great news for you! Anuman Interactive, the current owner of the franchise, has just informed me that in conjunction with Chillingo they … Read more]]>

Love adventure games, but still on the fence about picking up Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 1 (TMA Review) – the beautiful and atmospheric vampire-hunting adventure? Well, have I got great news for you! Anuman Interactive, the current owner of the franchise, has just informed me that in conjunction with Chillingo they will be setting Part 1 of the thrilling story FREE for an entire week. So mark your calendars and get some blood in the fridge – you’ll soon need it!

And if you require some help during your Dracula journey, be sure to visit Tetraedge’s official support forums right here on TMA!

Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon ? Part  1 Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 1 – FREE (May 21 – 27)

Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon ? Part  2 Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 2 – $1.99

Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon - Part  3 Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 3 – $1.99

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Secrets of Mysterious Island Walkthrough http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/10/secrets-of-mysterious-island-walkthrough/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/11/10/secrets-of-mysterious-island-walkthrough/#comments Tue, 10 Nov 2009 07:20:30 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=22913 Chillingo’s sequel to the popular Return to Mysterious Island adventure game made a surprise debut at the App Store, surprising both Chillingo and reviewers alike. But, Apple’s wonky schedule aside, gamers are enjoying leading Mina back to the island on another life-or-death quest. One thing noted in the Return to Mysterious Island review is that … Read more]]>

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Chillingo’s sequel to the popular Return to Mysterious Island adventure game made a surprise debut at the App Store, surprising both Chillingo and reviewers alike. But, Apple’s wonky schedule aside, gamers are enjoying leading Mina back to the island on another life-or-death quest. One thing noted in the Return to Mysterious Island review is that the game is both immense and difficult, leading to the official Tetraedge walkthrough. Both aspects lend themselves to excellent adventure gaming, but users need a break. Well, TMA have been given one to pass on to you. The below link will direct you to the spoils of a walkthrough of Secrets of Mysterious Island.

Walkthrough: Secrets of Mysterious Island – PDF

Be sure to also check out TMA’s review of Jules Verne’s Secrets of the Mysterious Island.

Chillingo, Secrets of Mysterious Island, 6.99$, 704 MB
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Return to Mysterious Island – Walkthrough in the Wild! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/13/return-to-mysterious-island-walkthrough-in-the-wild/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/13/return-to-mysterious-island-walkthrough-in-the-wild/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2009 18:10:50 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=13075 If you are like me and cannot tell your head from your tail especially when it comes to adventure games, you need a bit of help. Tetraedge, developer of RTMI have put together a wonderful walkthrough for us iPhone players with excellent pictures and a very helpful map. It is a long PDF, so put … Read more]]>

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If you are like me and cannot tell your head from your tail especially when it comes to adventure games, you need a bit of help. Tetraedge, developer of RTMI have put together a wonderful walkthrough for us iPhone players with excellent pictures and a very helpful map. It is a long PDF, so put away your Baud 28.8kbps modems and strap on your 56.6kbps ultraspeed, because this may be a bumpy ride.

Tetraedge (Chillingo), Return to Mysterious Island, 4.99$, 263MB
Jules Verne's Return To Mysterious Island

In the meantime, be sure to read the entire review of RTMI and of course, follow the contest @ twitter for a great chance to win a promo code for the game.

Walkthrough (PDF – hosted at Tetraedge HQ)

Twitter Contest - RT Follow @TouchMyApps to win a copy of Chillingo’s Return to Mysterious Island. shigzeo’s review: http://bit.ly/BQ9Lu

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Return to Mysterious Island in Review – One Hot Adventure http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/13/return-to-mysterious-island-in-review-one-hot-adventure/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/06/13/return-to-mysterious-island-in-review-one-hot-adventure/#comments Sat, 13 Jun 2009 11:44:57 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=13041 There is nothing worse than realising that you forgot something. When my eyes started to go bad around age 12, I often forgot my glasses which I hadn’t yet registered as a need. It wasn’t long till I felt naked without them. I have felt the same about my Casio Calculator watches and later, even … Read more]]>

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There is nothing worse than realising that you forgot something. When my eyes started to go bad around age 12, I often forgot my glasses which I hadn’t yet registered as a need. It wasn’t long till I felt naked without them. I have felt the same about my Casio Calculator watches and later, even about my mobile phone. But Mina, Return to Mysterious Island‘s stalwart heroine faces much bigger challenges as she is shipwrecked with barely her skin on a less than friendly island in the Pacific Ocean.

Starving, alone and about to face many, many challenges, Mina is in a precarious state that balances on the edge of survival and a creeping sense of horror as she discovers more about the island made famous by Jules Verne.

If you are stuck, check out Tetraedge’s excellent walkthrough.

Gameplay and Presentation
Tetraedge’s iPhone port is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful games on the platform. Despite featuring very few moving textures, sprites or effects, it is lush with beautifully rendered and realistic scenery. Each scene is viewed exactly as it would appear from Mina’s eyes and is visible in 360 degrees and vertically from her feet to the sky. At times, 3D rendered objects like fish and water make their appearance and can slow the iPhone down to a choppy rendition, but generally, panning around scenes is smooth and effortless and lures the player into a very believable environment.

RTMI’s interface is clean, usable and very simple. Press the ‘plus’ sign and you get the level load screen and a command to return you to the main menu. The game will automatically save as you progress through the island so that if you need to suddenly exit, you will return exactly to your last place of play upon continuation. From the main menu, you can choose movement and sound options and also, to load a level.

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The entire RTMI interface from the menu to gameplay is touch-based. To interact with an item, you touch it and when in inventory mode, you drag an item to another item to combine it with another. You can make special cutting implements, fire starters, salves and many other needed tools. In fact, much of the game revolves around finding items that can be used to solve puzzles. You can also break those items apart again by dropping them onto the spinning gear in your inventory. You will need to do this many times in the course of the game.

RTMI is very labour-intensive. The half-dead Mina must drag her bones up and down cliffs, logs, old buildings, jungles and swamps. She builds, finds new items and invents technology that MacGuyver would shake a stick at. You will find that to solve a certain puzzle, you may have to take Mina from the top of a tall cliff back to the very first scene on the map.

If you have patience and some practical intelligence, Return to Mysterious Island is intensely fun. The combination of futuristic items like Mina’s broken watch-phone and Verne’s historic sci-fi story background solidifies the the game as a pillar among adventures.

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Oversights
But, before we get too far in praise, RTMI suffers from a few set backs. The first may not cause too many of you to stumble, but for others, it may be significant. There are no ambient sounds in the jungle or on the beach, in the highlands or on the mountain. Actual sound effects are sporadically cast around the game and mainly follow the completion of a puzzle or quest. Likewise, there is an intense but static soundtrack throughout the game that could use some extra spice.

Issues
With conspicuously missing niceties out of the way, let’s approach RTMI’s biggest issue: a terrible inventory interface. While putting items into Mina’s hands involves just a drag and drop and returning them, a mere click, the inventory screen falls apart when you must travel multiple pages of her stuff. There is simply no way to do it safely. The button that allows you to go from one page to the next is unpredictable. You may want to go to the left page or the right and even swipe the button in that direction, but end up going the opposite way. This caused me to exit the game in frustration a few times after my inventory became heavier than 2 pages. RTMI also will lose items. When composite items are broken into their elements, sometimes individual objects disappear. Of course, getting them back may be impossible. I lost my lighter about 10 hours into the game, requiring a restart. Not fun.

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Conclusion
Without a doubt, the porting of RTMI to the iPhone was an inspired decision by Tetraedge. The 2004 PC hit re-awakened the point-and-click adventure genre with a compelling, superior product. And now, iPhone users get to taste the full iDevice tailored app. It is smart, fun and complicated. You will think, think and think for many puzzles and for others, immediately snap to their conclusions. There is a deep and engaging storyline with many twists and the pedigree of Verne’s genius. Likewise, the graphics are smoothly rendered and beautiful. With the addition of ambient sounds and a more varied soundtrack, RTMI could have been a Kiss. It also suffers from an inventory system that can prematurely and unforgivably end a game. Assuming that RTMI will be fixed in upcoming updates, I am confident in returning Tetraedge’s prodigious effort a ‘Grab‘ from TouchMyApps.

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App Summary
Title: Return to Mysterious Island (V 1.0) Developer: Seller: Chillingo

Dev: Tetraedge Games

Price: $4.99 App Size: 263 MB
  • Great immersive graphics
  • Amazing Storyline
  • Fun but difficult puzzles
  • Large Gameworld
  • Satisfies the explorer
  • A touch of horror and humour
  • No ambient sounds; static soundtrack
  • Inventory interface is bad
  • Items get lost :(

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Look below for more Chillingo games at TMA:
Toki ToriToki Tori LiteDefender ChroniclesKnights Onrush, Glide Factor, Vampire OriginsFlip DiscThe QuestDungeon and HeroZen BoundiDraculaOrions: Legends of WizardsKrypton Egg,Vector TanksFlatland UnboundBike or Die 2SneeziesiPingPong 3DHiConverter

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