iTête à iTête – Interview with Charles Cecil of Revolution Software – Fact is stranger than fiction.
Revolution Software is one of the titans of adventure gaming. The creators of the legendary Broken Sword series have recently blessed the iPhone with its two greatest adventure games to date – Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered (BaSSR) and Broken Sword: Director’s Cut (BSDC). I have been lucky enough to secure an interview with Charles Cecil – the founder of Revolution Software and the director of the games that made the adventure Hall of Fame.
More and more adventure titles are starting to appear at the AppStore. Some are ports and some have been designed specifically for the iDevice. And though any is a welcome addition, not all live up to the high standards set by such great games as Broken Sword: Director’s Cut and Jules Verne’s Secrets Of The Mysterious Island. Today’s review title, The Legend of Crystal Valley, is a port of a PC game released in early 2009. It’s a reasonable effort to keep the die-hard fans entertained until the next major title, but probably not the game you’ve been waiting for.
Rejoice Assassin fans, Ezio has now entered the App Store once again. Assassin’s Creed II Discovery has finally re-appeared on the App Store after an unexpectedly release several weeks back, only to be pulled shortly without warning. However, this time, it appears that Ezio is here to stay.
Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed II Discovery – $9.99
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!
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.
The iPhone still mucks about in a rut of cross-pollinated adventure titles, but thankfully, its playground is expanding beautifully. Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon – Part 1 has me salivating for the next instalment; it is a fun, scary, and well-told adventure with the thick sort of atmosphere which can only be cut with a blood-stained reaping-scythe.
Hello again everybody! Once again it’s time for The JBnator Diaries – the guide to all things jailbreaking, Cydia and other tips and tricks! Today I’m following up on the reasons to jailbreak. This time, it is the adventure gaming engine: ScummVM.
For anybody following my pieces here at TMA, it’s no surprise as I’m an adventure game fanatic. And so it may have bugged you why I haven’t done a piece about the Holy Grail of adventure gaming on the iPhone – ScummVM. It is a port of a multiplatform engine, capable of running adventure games using their original files. And no, it is NOT an emulator – it doesn’t do anything so stupid as trying to pose as an x86 processor or anything like that. It is a complete engine that acts in place of the game executable file and only requires the resource files of the games. What does it mean for us? It means that games work reliably and even more importantly: games run with excellent performance!
Some time ago I reviewed Geocaching – an app for enthusiasts of the likewise named sport. Geocaching is an activity centered around finding caches hidden by other enthusiasts. Participants use hints and the GPS coordinates to uncover the loot. This is a wonderfull hobby which even deserves to be named a sport. At the same time it has its limitations. The most important of which is: caches have to have been hidden by someone in the first place. And in some parts of the world it’s quite difficult to come across them. But now there is way for them to enjoy almost the same experience with virtual geocaching – Traveler’s Quest.
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.
Coladia, Secret of the Lost Cavern Episode 1 – $0.99
Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain in Review – The great-great-grandfather of Adventure/RPG has found its way to the “Jesus” phone
Back in the late seventies, when a computer was something out of a sci-fi movie and RPG was associated with pen-and-paper geeky games like Dungeons & Dragons a couple of British writers got together and started one of the most famous series of interactive gamebooks ever – Fighting Fantasy. These gamebooks allowed the reader to take part in the story that affected the course of it. And now the first one of the series – The Warlock of Firetop Mountain – has found its way to the iDevice.