Blaaast in Review – Whack An Alien Without The Fun

Dr. Octopus Said What?

As I was playing this I thought to myself “maybe I should have read the game’s description better.” Blaaast sure looks good, but it basically amounts to Whack A Mole in space with a few ultimately annoying extras thrown in.  Upon reviewing the iTunes description, though, I realize that it really doesn’t do a good job of explaining what type of game this is, so that makes me feel a bit better.  It doesn’t make me enjoy the game any more, however.  I’m all for tap shooter, and an alien setting is not nearly as overdone as you’d think, but I’ve played many efforts that are much more fun than this one.

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HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 in Review – A “Half-decent” adventure worth its weight in gold…

Sadly, the adventure game genre on the App Store is far from being heavily populated. In fact each and every release, be it even a sub-par one, is a welcome addition. Most of them are ports of PC titles with a few rare but superb exceptions – 1112 episode 01, 1112 episode 02 (TMA Review), 1112 episode 02 HD and Fallen EP-1 (TMA Review). And out of the blue a new underdog just popped onto the scene: HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1. In the best traditions of Sam & Max, developers Straandlooper send Detective Inspector Hector  - their last and only line of defence against crime – to stop the sniper terrorizing downtown.

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1112 Episode 01 is now FREE – find out how it all begins!

In celebration of the release of 1112 episode 02 HD - the iPad version of the highly acclaimed 1112 episode 02 advenure game (currently topping our 1st person AppStore’s Best Adventure Games list), Agharta Sudio decided to make 1112 episode 01 – the first chapter of the series FREE in conjunction with OpenFeint’s Free Game of The Day. This gorgeous and atmospheric adventure game was also highly acclaimed by the media and scored high reviews all across the board. And for FREE there’s absolutely no reason not to try it out!

1112 episode 01 Agharta Studio, 1112 episode 01 – Free

1112 episode 02 Agharta Studio, 1112 episode 02 (TMA Review) – $4.99

1112 episode 02 HD Agharta Studio, 1112 episode 02 HD – $7.99

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Phoenix Spirit in review – Watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat…

Sometimes it’s nice to have a game that’s not all about “how fast can you get through it” or “how many things can you blow up”.  A game that’s about exploration and discovery.  A game that lets you go at your pace – one where you can actually stop to enjoy the scenery. Phoenix Spirit tries really hard to be that game, and at some levels it succeeds quite well.  Unfortunately, for me to consider something a game there has to be a sense of accomplishment, and this is something that Phoenix Spirit lacks.

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Debut: 1112 episode 02 HD – The AppStore’s LOST finds the iPad

Just in time for the international iPad launch Agharta Studio has released the iPad version of their amazing 1112 episode 02 adventure. This dark and atmospheric adventure game holds a well deserved top spot in our AppStore’s Best Adventure Games and gets even better on the big screen. Agharta Studio have also optimised the interface to match all the extra pixies.

Adventure game lovers, you owe it to yourself to get this badboy.

1112 episode 02 HD Agharta Studio, 1112 episode 02 HD – $7.99

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Broken Sword: Director’s Cut HD is now out on the AppStore!

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.

Broken Sword: Director's Cut HD Revolution, Broken Sword: Director’s Cut HD – $7.99

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1112 Episode 02 is going HD

Agharta Studio has just informed us that their recent hit 1112 episode 02 [TMA Review], a title that is leading the way in the first-person category in our adventure games list, has just gone through an overhaul specifically for the iPad. It has already been submitted to Apple for review under the title of 1112 episode 02 HD, and just in time for the worldwide iPad launch. Soon all lucky bastards owners of an iPad will be able to experience this stylish adventure in all its glory on the big screen for a mere $7.99.

A few more screens after the gap.

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Destination: Treasure Island set for iPad

The adventure game genre is perfect for the iPhone. Check out TMA’s The App Store’s Best Adventure Hall of Fame. From the looks of it, the iPad is even better for adventure gaming and much easier to programme for. Capitalising on this, Coladia, developer of the excellent Secret of the Lost Cavern, Episode 1 (TMA Review), Ep. 2, Ep. 3, Ep. 4, are already finishing up on the work on their next big title (for the iPad for now, but coming for the iPhone and iPod Touch a bit later in the year) – Destination: Treasure Island – an adaption of an excellent 2007 PC adventure game by Kheops Studio.

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.

Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 3 has seen the light on the AppStore – It’s time to face the count

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

I’m very excited to announce that the final part of Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon saga, developed by Tetraedge games and published by Chillingo, has been released on the App Store. The story of Father Arno and his quest to uncover the dark and bloody mysteries of Vladoviste is concluded with some unexpected twists at the end. TMA’s shigzeo reviewed Dracula part I back in late January 2010 and had this to say:

Dracula is more fun, more atmospheric, and more acutely entertaining than either Mysterious Island game is. It is streamlined, involving, and has great writing.

I myself consider it to be one of the most atmospheric and involving adventure games ever to be released on the iDevice, one with an exceptional storyline and great graphics. If you’re a fan of the genre, I highly recommend you grab the games now; at the very least, check out the official description after the gap.

Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon ? Part  1 Chillingo Ltd, Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 1 – $0.99

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

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

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Stranded: Mysteries of Time in Review – Lost in the moment…

The AppStore will soon turn 2 years old and has matured enough to see a flurry of sequels start hitting the market. One such game that has recently seen a followup is Stranded! Without A Phone – an interesting and original adventure / RPG game that I thoroughly enjoyed a few months ago. Today, I’d like to welcome Glu’s take: Stranded: Mysteries of Time.

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