These days it seems like when you visit a web site dedicated to â€œadventureâ€ games theyâ€™re talking about the latest hidden object game from Big Fish or the newest FPS from whomever.Â When I was growing up, however, adventure games were a lot more special.Â They were about stories and talking to interesting characters.Â There were interesting settings, and several sometimes mind boggling puzzles.Â Itâ€™s clear that the developers of YesterdayÂ grew up in that same era, or at least have done their research.Â I also thank BulkyPix for helping bring this tale to my iPad screen.
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 deathâ€™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.
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 â€“ 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 authorâ€™s claims of a â€œhalf-decentâ€ adventure game, it is actually one of the best games Iâ€™ve ever played on the iOS. And Iâ€™m NOT talking just about adventure games.
For those new to the ongoing tale of Hector, Ep 1 for the iPhoneÂ is now on sale for $0.99 until Sept 1st, while the iPad versionÂ drops down in priceÂ to $2.99. And while you’re at it, if you do get stuck, don’t forget to check out ourÂ walkthroughÂ for the first episode.
Â Telltale Inc,Â HECTOR: Ep2 â€“ Senseless Acts of Justice, 468 MB – $4.99
Every so often, a top-notch title springs up out of the blue. Late 2009 one such game wasÂ Call of Duty: Zombies (TMA Review);Â in 2010 we had a number of surprise releases, and now in 2011, that distinction belongs toÂ City of Secrets. This superb adventure game featuring the famous duo â€“ Rex and Moles the Mole â€“ has been waltzing across European TV shows for years and recently picked the iOS as their foothold for global stardom.
It seems Iâ€™m on a roll this week! Itâ€™s time for yet another review of a new adventure game. Following the superb Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered (TMA Review) and frustrating but promising The Train episode 01 (TMA Review) Iâ€™m going to examine another recent entry to the genre on the App Store, which also happens to be an iDevice exclusive as well – Cop – the case of the cloned beauty queen. Will this one prove to be worthy of our The App Storeâ€™s Best Adventure?
In myÂ interview with Charles Cecil (creator ofÂ Broken Sword: Director’s Cut)Â I asked him about the chance of other BS games coming to the iDevice. At that point he was still uncertain, but with the success and acclaim for his superb ports, it’s no wonder he followed through. And whileÂ Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror does not boast the additional content of the first, the sequel has enough neat tricks, tweaks and updates to make it shine anew on the iDevice platform.
Are you tired of those whiny princesses? Tired of always being the â€œPrince Charmingâ€ or the â€œKnight in Shiny Armourâ€? Are you a fan of adventure games? Then the newly released title by Launching Pad Games is for you! Itâ€™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.
One of the more original point-and-click adventure game series back in the golden age of the genre has certainly been the Gobliiins series by Cocktel Vision. It put the player in controls of 3 characters with different skills that had to be used creatively to solve puzzles and advance to the next area. Looking back at the game now I can’t help but relive fond memories of playing this excellent but devilishly hard game. Good news folks, thanks to Bulkypix the adventures of this ungodly bunch are coming soon to the App Store! Oh yeah, and chapter 2 and 3 are already planned for Nov 15 and Dec 15 respectively, so stay tuned!
Check out the official press-release and screenshots after the gap!
Myst is a legend in its own right. When it originally appeared on the Mac back in 1993 (one of the few games which originated on this platform), it was an instant hit and the main spark behind CD-ROM drive sales. The game had the unique ability to immerse the players in the empty, beautiful and mysterious world of the game. And now you can experience the legend on the king of handheld gaming platforms, the iPhone!
It’s nice to see more and more adventure games appear on the “Jesus” phone. Especially if they have been developed specifically for it, using its great interface capabilities. And now, a new addition to the genre has been presented by Medigames Studios. You’ll have the unique opportunity to discover how hard it is to be in the first-aid officer’s shoes. Yep, just like ER! Or almost…