Gobliiins coming to the iiiPhone

One of the more original point-and-click adventure game series back in the golden age of the genre has certainly been the Gobliiins series by Cocktel Vision. It put the player in controls of 3 characters with different skills that had to be used creatively to solve puzzles and advance to the next area. Looking back at the game now I can’t help but relive fond memories of playing this excellent but devilishly hard game. Good news folks, thanks to Bulkypix the adventures of this ungodly bunch are coming soon to the App Store! Oh yeah, and chapter 2 and 3 are already planned for Nov 15 and Dec 15 respectively, so stay tuned!

Check out the official press-release and screenshots after the gap!

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Beyond Ynth in Review – A Cool Puzzler with a Steep Learning Curve

Beyond Ynth is a new puzzler by FDG Entertainment, who is no stranger to the App Store, having published titles like Across Age , Kryzer, and Parachute Panic. It is the official successor to Ynth, which was released over a year ago by krabl.com. In Beyond Ynth, you play as Kribl, a ladybug sent by the queen of Kriblonia on a quest to retrieve the diamonds scattered by the four dark spiders of the apocalypse. In order to do so, you must travel through wooden mazes, dodge obstacles and collect diamonds whenever possible.

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The Crimsons in Review – Sometimes it takes a more than a great story…

The App Store is devoid of any really notable games in the Horror genre. Only a few developers have been able to convey the atmosphere through the small screen of the iPhone and truly succeed in instilling the feeling of terror. What’s even more interesting is the fact that all of them are indie, with such famous franchises as Resident Evil 4 or SILENT HILL The Escape (US) failing to even scare a 2 year old on the platform. The most notable ones who managed the feat are the king of our The App Store’s Best Adventure in the Action/Adventure genre Fallen EP-1 (TMA Review) and the original interactive movie Hysteria Project (TMA Review). And just recently a new entry in the genre has arrived by the curious name of The Crimsons.

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Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge goes Retina!

When I was finishing up on my review of Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge one of the things that really got me down was the graphics. I’d love to love this excellent adventure game in full Retina resolution, but I couldn’t. Instead a lot of the graphics were blurry and most of the fonts looked downright awful. Well, in an unexpected move, LucasArts have conceded the point and released a free update to Monkey Island 2, fixing a bunch of minor issues, and, most importantly, adding Retina Display resolution.

Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck's Revenge LucasArts, Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge, 398.09MB – $2.99

Comparison screenshots and the full list of What’s new after the gap:

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Wizzley Presto and the Vampire’s Tomb in Review: No Jumping Allowed

It’s no secret that I love platform games, and it’s probably not a surprise either that I’ve been a bit under-whelmed with the offerings on the App Store. From a presentation point of view Wizzley Presto and the Vampires Tomb could easily raise those expectations. Sadly, poor movement controls and a lousy save system keep this one from rising above the crowd.

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Puzzle Agent in Review – Freeze, FBI! Department of Puzzle Research!

Talking about the modern adventure games scene, it’s impossible to avoid mentioning Telltale Games. The company that pioneered episodic adventure games and trusted by LucasArts to resurrect the Sam & Max and Monkey Island franchises is definitely the pillars of the genre both on the PC/Mac and across the various consoles available. On the App Store they are known for Sam & Max Episode 1: The Penal Zone for iPad and Wallace & Gromit The Last Resort for iPad – and just recently, for their first original title – Puzzle Agent (HD).

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Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge in Review – On your iDevice – a three-headed monkey!

If you were anywhere near computers in the early 90’s, there is no way you couldn’t have heard about the Monkey Island series. Roughly a year ago, LucasArts decided to give the adventures of Guybrush Threepwood a radical makeover and released  The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition with updated graphics and complete voiceovers. Apparently it was a success as this summer they followed up with Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge.

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Mishap in Review – Who Let The Ghosts In?

Just like when it comes to match 3 games, I’m always willing to try a new hidden object game if it either does the basics really well or even more so if it brings something new to the table.  Thankfully, in the case of Mishap it actually has both bases covered.  The hidden object sequences are well done, and while you might have to use the occasional hint to locate something, the objects aren’t ridiculously hard to find.  Moreover, there are not only things to do besides the hidden object sequences, but the whole structure of the game is somewhat unique to the genre.  But this is just an intro, so let’s move on to discover if this tale from the beyond is for you…

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Get buried in Egypt The Prophecy for FREE

Just a few days after the release of the final part of Egypt The Prophecy – Part 3 Anuman Interactive set the first part of the adventure FREE. Yep, now you can embark on your own journey to ancient Egypt absolutely free of charge. Just grab yourself a copy of Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1 and off you go! Meanwhile look out for a full review from TMA’s own shigzeo soon and check out my preview with hands-on video.

Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1 Anuman, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1, 299.72MB – Free
Egypt The Prophecy - Part 2 Anuman, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 2, 358.55MB – $3.99
Egypt The Prophecy – Part 3 Anuman, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 3, 537.35MB – $3.99

An update on Egypt The Prophecy and Secret of the Lost Cavern

Just a few weeks after my report of the final release of Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1, Anuman Interactive has now put up the rest of the game for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Finishing up with Egypt The Prophecy – Part 3 this epic adventure piles up to be the most expensive one on the App Store, with each installment weighing in at a hefty $3.99. But if you are willing to dole out the cash, you’ll be rewarded with an excellent and intriguing journey through ancient Egypt. Look out for a full-scale review by my esteemed colleague shigzeo soon and be sure to check out my preview with hands-on video in the meanwhile as well.

Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1 Anuman Interactive, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1, 299.72MB – $3.99
Egypt The Prophecy - Part 2 Anuman Interactive, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 2, 358.55MB – $3.99
Egypt The Prophecy – Part 3 Anuman Interactive, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 3, 537.35MB – $3.99

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