Talking about the modern adventure games scene, it’s impossible to avoid mentioning Telltale Games. The company that pioneered episodic adventure games and trusted by LucasArts to resurrect the Sam & Max and Monkey Island franchises is definitely the pillars of the genre both on the PC/Mac and across the various consoles available. On the App Store they are known for Sam & Max Episode 1: The Penal Zone for iPad and Wallace & Gromit The Last Resort for iPad – and just recently, for their first original title – Puzzle Agent (HD).
Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge in Review – On your iDevice – a three-headed monkey!
If you were anywhere near computers in the early 90′s, there is no way you couldn’t have heard about the Monkey Island series. Roughly a year ago, LucasArts decided to give the adventures of Guybrush Threepwood a radical makeover and released The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition with updated graphics and complete voiceovers. Apparently it was a success as this summer they followed up with Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge.
Just like when it comes to match 3 games, I’m always willing to try a new hidden object game if it either does the basics really well or even more so if it brings something new to the table. Thankfully, in the case of Mishap it actually has both bases covered. The hidden object sequences are well done, and while you might have to use the occasional hint to locate something, the objects aren’t ridiculously hard to find. Moreover, there are not only things to do besides the hidden object sequences, but the whole structure of the game is somewhat unique to the genre. But this is just an intro, so let’s move on to discover if this tale from the beyond is for you…
Just a few days after the release of the final part of Egypt The Prophecy – Part 3 Anuman Interactive set the first part of the adventure FREE. Yep, now you can embark on your own journey to ancient Egypt absolutely free of charge. Just grab yourself a copy of Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1 and off you go! Meanwhile look out for a full review from TMA’s own shigzeo soon and check out my preview with hands-on video.
Just a few weeks after my report of the final release of Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1, Anuman Interactive has now put up the rest of the game for the iPhone/iPod Touch. Finishing up with Egypt The Prophecy – Part 3 this epic adventure piles up to be the most expensive one on the App Store, with each installment weighing in at a hefty $3.99. But if you are willing to dole out the cash, you’ll be rewarded with an excellent and intriguing journey through ancient Egypt. Look out for a full-scale review by my esteemed colleague shigzeo soon and be sure to check out my preview with hands-on video in the meanwhile as well.
As hidden object games are becoming more popular on the iPhone, it’s nice to see variants coming out that are more than just a combination of searching for objects and playing mini-games. In the case of Vampire Saga, it really feels more like an adventure game that just happens to use hidden object scenes in order for you to find some of the key objects for solving puzzles in the game. Additionally, it actually has a gripping story. Combined with excellent visuals and stirring music, Vampire Saga: Pandora’s Box is probably one of the best hidden object games to come along in a while.
Adventure games are my passion, as many of you may have guessed a long time ago. And when I heard that Telltale Games, the company responsible for such great iPad titles as Sam & Max Episode 1: The Penal Zone for iPad and Wallace & Gromit The Last Resort for iPad, are developing a completely original series in Puzzle Agent, I was thrilled. Thankfully, after a bit of back-and-forth with the developers, I was able to secure a mini interview with Mark Darin – the mastermind behind the new project.
Almost half-a-year ago I posted an exclusive preview of an adventure game by Tetraedge, well known for such titles on the AppStore as Jules Verne’s Return To Mysterious Island, Jules Verne’s Secrets Of The Mysterious Island and of course, their recent hit Dracula: The Path Of The Dragon. I was very impressed by the ambiance of the game, known then as The Egyptian Prophecy, as well as the excellent graphics, puzzles and story. Unfortunately due to some changes in the coporate world the game had been frozen in the almost ready state for a few months. But thankfully, now all issue have been resolved and with a minor change of name, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1 has found it’s way onto the AppStore, with the other 2 parts to be available soon. Be sure to check out my preview of the game or just pick it up to enjoy for yourself. Oh yeah, and there’s a video after the gap as well.
Anuman Interactive, Egypt The Prophecy – Part 1, 299.72MB – $3.99
Laura Jones and the Secret Legacy of Nikola Tesla is quite different than what I was expecting. I know hidden object games have come a long way in the last couple of years, but this feels more like an adventure game that just happens to use some hidden object scenes as part of the “action”. There’s a detailed story intertwined with many interactive sequences, only some of which involve finding mass amounts of hidden objects. Conceptually it all works, and I know the story keeps me intrigued, but there are a few things in the details that make this journey less than exemplary.
Late last year an indie team - 7th Sense Studios – surprised everyone by releasing Fallen EP-1 (TMA Review), the first and probably only true Survival Horror for the iDevice to date. Unfortunately due to various reasons the team has been disbanded since and the sequel to the excellent game is delayed indefinitely. But it seems Hidden Games have picked up the flag and released Prisoner 84, a game similar in many respects.