The Dispersio saga launches on the App Store

All of you who follow TMA know I’m a sucker for a good point-and-click adventure game and have a special place in my heart for any dev team that creates an original title for the iDevice. Well, my heart just got a little more crowded thanks to the Italian indie team Footprint, who recently released Dispersio: Start ENG and Dispersio Alone Lite ENG. Dispersio is a dark graphical novel/ adventure made in an original comic style. Your aunt is dying and you travel to visit her in the hospital. Once there, however, you are dragged into a mysterious event and wake almost 20 years later, only to find the world around you barren of life.

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Scarlett and the Spark of Life: Scarlett Adventures Episode 1 in Review – If you want anything done right, you have to escape the kidnappers yourself…

Are you tired of those whiny princesses? Tired of always being the “Prince Charming” or the “Knight in Shiny Armour”? Are you a fan of adventure games? Then the newly released title by Launching Pad Games is for you! It’s girl power time in Scarlett and the Spark of Life: Scarlett Adventures Episode 1 with the aforementioned princess taking the lead in saving her lovely backside from the would-be kidnappers.

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Secret of the Lost Cavern updated for iOS 4.2, individual episodes available for a limited time!

It’s Coladia’s newsweek on TMA! Shortly after the release of Destination: Treasure Island for the iPad, the devs rolled out a massive update for their first entry to the adventure scene on the App Store – Secret of the Lost Cavern. This great adventure game, redesigned for the iPhone, was originally released in 4 episodes, and later re-released as a single title (with an HD version to boot). Since then the individual episodes have been taken off the shelves, which annoyed some players who weren’t able to pick up the whole collection. Well, guess what…it’s your lucky day folks!

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Set your iPad’s course to Destination: Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel, Treasure Island, is arguably one of the most famous adventure books ever. It has served as food for many adaptations into various media, up to a frivolous animation picture by Disney. The various game adaptations also number in dozens, with a few already finding their way to the App Store. I’m talking, of course, about the port of the excellent PC Adventure – Destination: Treasure Island, remastered and just released for the iPad by developer Coladia. If you’re the lucky owner of the dream tablet and fancy yourself an adventure gamer, there’s no excuse for you not to pick up this excellent game. And if you’re still on the fence about the iPad, Coladia plans to release the iPhone version in the near future.

Gameplay video and more after the gap!

Destination: Treasure Island Coladia, Destination: Treasure Island, 599.27MB – $9.99

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Gobliiins in Review – Putting the iii in iDevice adventure gaming…

Every once in a while whenever I look at new releases on the App Store, I get a wave of nostalgia threatening to swipe me off my feet. I don’t care that the devs are just taking good old games and bringing them to the i-platform, I just care that they do it right. And what can compare to the joy of reliving those sweet memories on the Jesus phone? Especially if those memories have iii in them, as in the famous Gobliiins.

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1112 episode 01 has seen the light… Now in HD

The adventure games genre has had a rocky start on the iDevice with but a few titles available back when the App Store was first launched. Since then many companies have seen the light and the genre found a true rebirth on the iOS, with both ported and original titles appearing every so often. Most notable of the former is definitely the 1112 series, exclusive to the platform and offering a unique and involving story along with gorgeous graphics and holding a firm spot in our AppStore’s Best Adventure games.

And, of course, there’s no denying that playing adventure games on the iPad is even better, especially if they’re optimized for it. Guess what, now you can enjoy the first original adventure game specifically developed for the iOS platform right from the comfort of your dream tablet! Agharta Studios have released 1112 episode 01 HD and promised to update the iPhone version too, with a completely redesigned interface and brand new high quality graphics. If there’s even a bit of an adventure fan in you, don’t dare miss it.

1112 episode 01 HD Agharta Studio, 1112 episode 01 HD, 81.15MB – $7.99
1112 episode 02 HD Agharta Studio, 1112 episode 02 HD, 154.61MB – $7.99

1112 episode 01 Agharta Studio, 1112 episode 01, 137.65MB – $4.99
1112 episode 02 Agharta Studio, 1112 episode 02 (TMA Review), 95.23MB – $4.99

Description and screens after the gap.

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BrainDead 13 in Review – Computer expert vs Evil genius… Fight!

Nostalgia gaming is one of the trending areas of the App Store and it’s getting more and more attention from various developers. With the current power of mobile devices –almost tenfold that of PC’s 10 years ago —  it’s quite an attractive idea to simply port original games to the platform at a fraction of the cost of developing titles from the ground up. And interactive movies certainly fit the bill perfectly. With only the slightest adaptations of controls required, you can be rewarded with an instant hit like  Dragon’s Lair (TMA Review) or the PC original – BrainDead 13.

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The Secret of Grisly Manor in Review – It’s not THAT big of a secret.

One of the genres that fit especially well on an iDevice are first-person adventure games. These echoes of the golden age of adventure games, ones that actually helped usher in the CD era at some point (see my Myst review), are quite playable even on the smallish screen of an iPhone or iPod Touch and are surprisingly popular on these platforms. Enter The Secret of Grisly Manor, promising over 50 locations to explore and solve. Let’s take them up on that offer!

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Star Breed – Episode 1 in Review – There ARE gamebooks in the 24th century!

Amazingly, the age old Choose-Your-Own-Adventure style gamebooks are having a surprise resurgence on the iDevice platform. We’ve seen both a re-imagining of the classics, like Steve Jackson’s Fighting Fantasy titles (i.e. Fighting Fantasy: The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (TMA Review)) and original titles developed exclusively for the platform in the Gamebook Adventure series - Gamebook Adventures 3: Slaves of Rema (TMA Review). The creative folks over at Agni Studios feel there is room for more and have recently released their own interactive gamebook; this time set in space and titled Star Breed – Episode 1

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Gamebook Adventures 3: Slaves of Rema in Review – Third time’s the charm?

The Gamebook Adventures series is quite an interesting franchise. In the wake of the re-release of the classic Fighting Fantasy series from Steve Jackson himself, Tin Man Games dared to enter the market with their own title, originally developed from the ground up for the iDevice. I have reviewed the first two titles Gamebook Adventures 1: An Assassin in Orlandes (TMA Review) & Gamebook Adventures 2: The Siege of the Necromancer (TMA Review) and found them very compelling. They’re very well written and more focus on the adventure than combat part of the process, though when it comes to finding the best endings, they can be a bit too difficult for the uninitiated. In their latest release  - Gamebook Adventures 3: Slaves of Rema – they vowed to fix the latter issue, making the games accessible to both casual and die-hard gamers.

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