Looking at the adventure genre on the iOS I can safely say that it has matured quite a bit. Over the last couple of years, we have seen both adaptations of classic PC titles, like Broken Sword: Director’s Cut (TMA Review) or The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, as well some all original ones created specifically for the platform — 1112 episode 01 / 02 / 03 and HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 (TMA Review) being the most noteworthy. The latter has even been picked up by Telltale and brought to almost all modern platforms, which quite a feat for a mobile release. And this family of games has quite recently been joined by Touch Detective, an original detective adventure.
The court of Louis XIV (no, not our Louis) is arguably one of the most romantic times in the history of France. Intricate plots, hidden agendas and devious politics rule when the King of Spain is at death’s doorstep. Join me in this unique opportunity to experience all the merits of old France and the court of the legendary Sun King in Versailles 2.
It’s hard to imagine modern video games without the polygons. Building blocks of almost all 3D graphics engines, they are everpresent in the industry. But not many people know that one of the first games to use them was the legendary Another World on the Amiga back in 1991. Revolutionary in both graphics and gameplay approach it has sold over a million copies and been ported to many platforms. And now 20 years later a re-mastered edition has found its way to the App Store: Another World – 20th Anniversary.
Few people in the adventure gaming community have not heard of Benoit Sokal, the man behind one of the best adventure games of all time – Syberia. While the story of Kate Archer has yet to reach the iOS platform, one of his early and very highly acclaimed games has. And I’m not talking about the disappointing adaptation of Paradise aka Last King of Africa (TMA Review) and Last King of Africa 2 (TMA Review). Rather, it’s his first adventure ever – the legendary Amerzone: The Explorer’s Legacy – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.
Last summer an indie adventure took the App Store literally by storm. With HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 (TMA Review) Straandlooper, a British studio previously known only for their animated flicks, snatched a boatload of glowing reviews and even nabbed themselves a lucrative (probably… hopefully…) deal with Telltale, the pioneers of episodic adventure games. The entire adventure community had held its breath for nearly a year in anticipation of the sequel, which was finally released a few weeks ago in HECTOR Ep2 HD – Senseless Acts of Justice.
These days, one would find it hard to come across an idea that hasn’t previously been covered in some fashion or an other in a well-known movie, TV series or plain old book. But still the powers of imagination are limitless and a small indie team has managed to create a whole new original universe in the The Train episode 01 (TMA Review), one that you can continue to explore in The Train episode 02….if you dare.
Sometimes the hardest part of getting your hands on an eagerly anticipated release is the waiting. Ever since the original 1112 episode 01 first saw the light of day, I have been leaving scratch marks on my wall just like a prisoner on death roll to help pass the time. 1112 episode 02 (TMA Review) fully met my expectations and holds the crown as the top first-person adventure in our App Store’s Best Adventure. You can guess how I felt about part 3 of the series. Well, after a long one and a half years of waiting the story finally continues in 1112 episode 03/HD and I can tell you right now – it was well worth the wait!
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!
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.
Telltale Inc, HECTOR: Ep2 – Senseless Acts of Justice, 468 MB – $4.99
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…