I think few franchises have ever captured the imagination of the public like the famous Jurassic Park trilogy by Steven Spielberg. Books, toys, even theme parks – the world has seen it all. And even a couple of video-games, though they weren’t really worth mentioning. Until now that is! Telltale has struck again, taking an age-old intellectual property and twisting it in new and interesting ways. As a serialized interactive movie adventure none-the-less.
Ah, loveâ€¦ What men (and women) wonâ€™t do for love, at least if itâ€™s true. And if your beloved is infected by a horrible evil zombie plague, who would think twice about embarking on a journey to find the mythical zombie-sucking Giant Sea Sponge. I know I wouldnâ€™t and neither did Guybrush Threepwood. Though the chance that his own possessed hand might be cured as well could have something to do with itâ€¦ nahâ€¦ itâ€™s just Monkey Island Tales 3.
Before I start, I would like to say that for better or for worse Iâ€™ve never seen a single episode of Law and Order. Ever. So as I laid my hands on the recent release from Telltale, I was completely unbiased, if a little surprised. It seemed to me that the TV show in question would not survive the transfer to videogaming well, let alone on an iOS device. Boy, was I wrong. But wait, the courtâ€™s in session and the jury have yet to reach a verdict on Law & Order: Legacies.
Pirates and zombies â€“ these two things are just destined to go together. No wonder when LucasArts designed Monkey Island all those years ago the villain was made one. Now more than 20 years have passed and Telltale has boldly set out to show what the evil pirate would be like if he was human. Meet the dreaded LeChuck turn into a lovable oaf in Monkey Island Tales 2 â€“ the follow-up to Monkey Island Tales 1 (TMA Review) and tremble withâ€¦ well, not fear.
TellTale Games, one of the most popular publishers of Adventure Games on the planet, is also celebrating the New Year with an awesome $0.99 sale for a number of their iOS offerings.Â HECTOR: Ep1 HD – We Negotiate with TerroristsÂ (Review), a hilarious 3rd person point-and-tap adventure starring foul-mouthedÂ Detective Inspector Hector (and honorable mention in our App Store’s best Adventure Games roundup) has dropped from $6.99 to a buck. So instead of paying well over $20 for the 3 part series, the complete trilogy on the iPad can be yours for only $3. Fans of the genre will also get to pick upÂ Puzzle Agent,Â Wallace & Gromit The Last Resort for iPadÂ and several others for a dollar. Telltale doesn’t often drop their games to $0.99, so if you’re into the puzzle/adventure scene, now would be a great time to take the plunge (links after the break). The sale will last an entire week, up until January 29th.
For years now Telltale has proven time and time again that they’re able to turn a famous franchise into first-class episodic adventures. Weâ€™ve seen this in reboots of Sam & Max and Monkey Island (Review) series, as well as excellent adaptations of Wallace & Gromit and Back to the FutureÂ (Review). But when Jurassic Park: The Game was announced I couldnâ€™t help but feel skeptical as to how the unique cinematic experience of such a movie could be translated into an interactive title. Well, I can tell you right now I have been proven wrong.
Few franchises have enjoyed such a cult status as the famous Monkey Island series by LucasArts. While the original trilogy is simply above all praise and the remastered versions of The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition and Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge (TMA Review) have already found their way onto iOS, the PC version of Escape from Monkey Island was a flop. Thatâ€™s why when Telltale announced they were going to take over the series from LucasArts, the entire Monkey Island community held its breath. And only with the release of Monkey Island Tales 1 could fans finally breathâ€¦
The Back to the Future trilogy is my favourite movie franchise of all time. Unfortunately as far as game-implementations go, it’s has never had much luck. The late 80’s and early 90’s console and PC adaptations were boring, virtually unplayable arcade games. But when developer Telltale announced that they were going to be revisiting the franchise in my favourite genre of adventure games â€“ I was beside myself with anticipation. And what better platform to experience a Back to the Future game than on the futuristic iPad in Back to the Future HD!
In a rare feat of productivity and unlike many other authors of indie episodic adventures, Straandlooper, under the watchful gaze of Telltale, have released the final episode of the Hector series Beyond Reasonable Doom. I have already reviewed both HECTOR: Badge of Carnage Ep1 (TMA Review) and HECTOR Ep2 HD â€“ Senseless Acts of Justice (TMA Review) and personally donâ€™t see a single reason not to buy the final episode if you enjoyed the first two. But if youâ€™re still in doubt â€“ read on.
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 (probablyâ€¦ hopefullyâ€¦) 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 â€“ Senseless Acts of Justice.