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!
Back in the days when the sky was bluer, the grass was greener, and PCs had text-only screens, a genre thrived which spawned what we know today as the Point-And-Click adventure. The name of that genre was Interactive Fiction and it was so named because it played more like a choose your own adventure book. At the time, there was little else to look at beside text descriptions and any actions had to be entered manually via the keyboard. Well, guess what, this genre was adapted and brought to the iPhone by a little company called Pockster.
You know, I am an adventure games junkie. I love to keep my grey matter pumping and I love point-and-click games. Unfortunately, the iPhone has a serious lack of those. Thankfully, EA (that is Electronic Arts for those, living in a tank) decided to step and fill the void at least a little bit. Introducing, Mystery Mania!
There’s something immediately visually appealing about Samurai: Way of the Warrior. Yes it’s got a bit of a cartoonish look, cell shaded and very reminiscent of the recent Zelda game for the Nintendo DS – but at the same time, it’s a bloody and violent game, far more visceral than you’d get from big N. What kind of game does this all add up to? Read on to find out.
Dexter the Game, one of the more eagerly awaited titles for the iDevice, has finally sneaked into the App Store for the kill. As most of you already know, Dexter is arguably one of the best TV shows around (certainly one of my favorites) that follows the story of Dexter Morgan, a blood splatter analyst for the Miami police department who leads a double life and morphs into a menacing serial killer by night (stalking only those who deserve it of course…)
Help Dexter serve justice and protect his identity while testing your investigative skills. Analyze crime scenes, uncover evidence, and choose which brand of justice best suits the situation: the courts or the Dark Passenger. The outcome of every choice and action revolves around the Code of Harry: only kill the guilty, maintain the Mask, and, above all, don’t get caught!
This visually stunning game also features an original storyline written by series producer Tim Schlattmann and voice overs by the man himself, Michael C. Hall. The early feedback on iTunes has been generally positive and it’s looking like fans of the TV series should definitely be checking out Dexter the Game, one that could very well propel into the App Store Top 10 bestsellers in no time.
Marc Ecko Entertainment, Dexter the Game, $5.99, 396 MB
In the world of adventure games, few titles have left eternal marks as deep as 1994′s Beneath a Steel Sky. Revolution’s futuristic cyber punk game took players to a darkly humorous future where hacking and strange commercial intrigues leave society up-side down, quite literally. The futuristic point and click adventure is near perfect blend of grit and bright, shiny story telling. The rumour on the street is that this game will come to more than just the iDevice as Revolution Pocket (the unit responsible for its port) delves deeper into their past.
Thou who have asked politely and waited patiently, shall receive. Been waiting for an iDevice game reminiscent of the popular console and PC franchise, Grand Theft Auto? Well, my friends, the time has come and your prayers have been answered – Gangstar is now available at the App Store.
Mummys Revenge is a great little game, and you should pick it up. What? You want to know more? Ok, it’s a little like the games of yore, like Goonies 2 or Pitfall, combined with modern graphics and gameplay ideas such as weapon upgrades. And if you’ve already played Zombieville USA and the recently released Inkvaders on the iDevice, you’ll feel right at home with this particular genre of games. Mummy’s Revenge is definitely worth your money, especially at the current sale price of a dollar.
I have admitted it before and I’ll admit it again: my gaming skills are far from admirable. Add that to inept puzzle-solving abilities, and I am a sad and frustrated lump of a gamer who can barely stretch his digital legs. Fortunately, I thrive on frustration and Connect2Media‘s Timeloop has plenty of it. It is a fun game which places you in the role of Nik, the robotic janitor of a mad-scientist who has just invented the time-machine. As they must, things go astray whilst Nik is cleaning. The result? The professor is trapped and Nik is left with the duty of freeing his boss and recapturing a litter of runaway kittens before time runs out.
Every console and every mobile device needs its own platformer. I grew up playing the Spyro and Crash Bandicoot series on my PS1 which, in my opinion, were two of greatest series the gaming world had ever seen back when the 32-bit console wars were heating up. This time, the spotlight isn’t on the Playstation or Dreamcast; its on the 32-bit iPhone and the war has been over a long while.