Last King of Africa 2 in Review – In the jungle, the quiet jungle, the panther sleeps tonight…

In the jungle, a lone young woman is driving for her life in a truck with a panther in the back. If you think this is the start of the latest Animal Planet documentary, you couldn’t be more wrong. This is part two of the adaptation of the classic Benoit Sokal adventure – Paradise aka Last King of Africa (TMA Review). On to Maurania once again!

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HECTOR: Ep2 – Senseless Acts of Justice arrives on the App Store

One of the most pleasant iOS gaming surprises in 2010 came in the form of HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1. The point & click adventure was a refreshing take on the genre, filled with crude humour, challenging puzzles and superb visuals. Sadly, the cliffhanger ending left us wanting for more…much more. Well the good news is that the potty-mouth detective is back to save the town of Clappers Wreake from the mysterious (and psychopathic) terrorist in HECTOR: Ep2 – Senseless Acts of Justice. Now published by TellTale Games, Hector Ep2 features all that you loved from the first, plus it’s twice as long in content. If you missed our review of Badge of Carnage, here’s what ChiffaN had to say:

HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 is a welcome addition to the adventure game genre. The excellent atmospheric graphics, crude but witty humour, excellently balanced and thought out puzzles, memorable characters and hilarious writing make it a definite must have for any iAdventurer. Despite the author’s claims of a “half-decent” adventure game, it is actually one of the best games I’ve ever played on the iOS. And I’m NOT talking just about adventure games.

For those new to the ongoing tale of Hector, Ep 1 for the iPhone is now on sale for $0.99 until Sept 1st, while the iPad version drops down in price to $2.99. And while you’re at it, if you do get stuck, don’t forget to check out our walkthrough for the first episode.

HECTOR: Ep2 – Senseless Acts of Justice Telltale Inc, HECTOR: Ep2 – Senseless Acts of Justice, 468 MB – $4.99

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Cryptic Keep in Review – Treasure hunting the boring way

The extremely low entry barrier onto the iOS development scene ($99 and a Mac) is both a blessing and a curse for a number of reasons. On one hand it allows indie developers with original ideas to make a grab for the proverbial “millions”. On the other, a significant chunk of the 300K+ of apps on the App Store are complete and utter crap. That’s why sites like TMA exist – to sort through the dung to find the gold. Unfortunately, Cryptic Keep is not shiny…

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Dragon’s Lair 2: Time Warp in Review – Out of the frying pan and into the fire

I remember in the ’90s everyone was saying that “The Future” of the entertainment industry will be interactive movies. You know, where you can actually influence what the hell is going on on-screen. This, unfortunately, is still far far away from reality, but the early attempts left us with some rather noteworthy titles. I’m talking, of course, about the handful of Laserdisc classics, best known for Don Bluth’s Dragon’s Lair (TMA Review) series. Well, iOS was recently hit with the sequel to the classic adventure – Dragon’s Lair 2: Time Warp.

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Gobliins 2 in Review – Two heads are better than one!

Apparently quite satisfied with the performance of Gobliiins (TMA Review) on the App Store, DotEmu with the support of BulkyPix, have decided to go ahead and release the second part of the series, detailing the misadventures of the goblins. True to the spirit of the franchise, Gobliins 2 puts you in control of a duo of characters on a quest to solve devious riddles and rescue the prince.

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The Deskplorers Episode 1 in Review – Doodles Do More Than Just Jump

Have you ever wondered what doodles do when their creators walk away?  They don’t jump, that’s for sure (at least not in an infinite manner).  The come to life and go on exciting adventures throughout time – or at least that’s what The Deskplorers – Episode One: “Knights” would like you to believe.  This new series from Happy Blue Fish has a lot in common with such kids’ favorites as Dora The Explorer and Little Einsteins, which unfortunately includes a relatively short running time.  Still, I think they have a good thing going here, and for younger kids who are okay with repetitive things they could get quite a lot of use out of this game.

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City of Secrets in Review – Comrade Moles and Commandante Rex reporting for duty

Every so often, a top-notch title springs up out of the blue. Late 2009 one such game was Call of Duty: Zombies (TMA Review); in 2010 we had a number of surprise releases, and now in 2011, that distinction belongs to City of Secrets. This superb adventure game featuring the famous duo – Rex and Moles the Mole – has been waltzing across European TV shows for years and recently picked the iOS as their foothold for global stardom.

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Romance Of Rome in Review – When In Rome…

I know I’ve been touting in my last few hidden object game reviews about how I like the fact that this style of game is becoming more adventure game like as time passes.  However, it’s still good to play a hidden object game every once in a while where the focus is on finding objects.  That’s not to say that Romance of Rome doesn’t have any additional elements going for it, of course.  I just appreciate the fact that the game remembers what it is like to be simpler in nature, without a mini-game lurking around every turn.  Romance Of Rome is lots of fun, and despite the name isn’t very “girly” at all (okay, maybe just a little with the romance).

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Hamlet or the Last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders and Product Placement in Review – None of the above, but a devilishly good puzzler

The adventure game genre has seen quite varied incarnations on the iDevice. From ports of the classic games like Broken Sword: Director’s Cut (TMA Review), to all original hardcore adventures in 1112 episode 02 or HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 (TMA Review), to more light hearted ones such as Mystery Mania (TMA Review), a good number have found their rightful spot in our App Store’s Best Adventure list. And it is this last genre that has just been updated with a title with the very long name of Hamlet or the Last Game without MMORPG Features, Shaders and Product Placement.

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The Telltale of Hector – Straandlooper to team up with the well-known adventure games maker

There is luck, and then again – there is hard work. The App Store has been a place where many a developer has tried to find his fortune, though quite few have really succeeded. And while not a lot of folks can boast the millions of dollars made like Doodle Jump – BE WARNED: Insanely Addictive! or Angry Birds, some get their break in a different way. We’ve seen  a number of iOS dev teams gobbled up by big-time names, with Chillingo being one of the more recent celebrated acquisitions. Others get a well-deserved deal and partner up with big-names to reach new heights in their endeavours.

And I’m happy to announce that one such deal has just been made public. Straandlooper, developer of the superb HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 (TMA Review), have teamed up with one of the leaders in the adventure games market – Telltale Games – to bring their adventure from the iOS to PC and Mac. Even better, episodes 2 and 3 are already in production and will be released later this year along with the re-release of episode 1 for the medium screen.

I will try and secure the interview with Straandlooper soon, meanwhile, make sure you read the hilarious semi-official press-release from the guys after the gap.

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