TellTale Games has finally updated Puzzle Agent with the much needed graphical fix, with version 1.1 now being optimized for the Retina Display. As mentioned in our review, the game originally contained issues with encoding during cutscenes, which meant that the visuals were extremely blurry for a good part of the adventure. Now that this has been fixed, the game should be much more playable for most casual players.
If you haven’t picked up Puzzle Agent yet, it’s currently on sale at $0.99 and also included in Apple’s Big Games, Great Prices roundup. One word of caution though. The update will, unfortunately, render your previous saved data useless. So for those of you who’re nearly finished the game (or don’t wish to start over), you may want to hold off on v1.1 until a later time.
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).
This week was a double home run for iPhone gamers, and I’m not sure which item is bigger news. The fan favorite, I’m sure, is Mirror’s Edge (TMA Review), the long awaited “running with a purpose” game from Electronic Arts. On the flip side is my personal interest of the week, Spider-man: Total Mayhem from Gameloft, a game that takes place in the Ultimate Spiderman universe and looks like it could be one of the best outings for the webbed wall crawler to date. For budding space traders there’s Star Shipping Inc, the latest entry in the growing field of buy low, sell high space games to arrive on the iPhone. Finally, RPG fans are in for a real treat with Rimelands: Hammer Of Thor (TMA Review), brought to you from the fine developers that created Ravensword (TMA Review). Sadly there is no intriguing zombie related news this week, though I did finally get to try Zombie Infection from Gameloft, and I definitely recommend it.
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.