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Long time adventure fans will be thrilled to hear that Revolution Software has informed us that they are forming a mobile game division called Revolution Pocket, and the first title to be released through the new division is an iPhone port of the cult-classic adventure Beneath a Steel Sky.

Originally released for the Amiga and DOS in 1994, Beneath a Steel Sky is a sprawling graphical adventure set in Australia in a dystopian future.  The story goes like this: the protagonist, Robert, crashed in the Outback as a child and was raised by a group of natives.  After growing into an adult, storm-troopers sent from Union City by its all-powerful computer, LINC, kidnap Robert and kill his tribe.  After entering the city dome, the helicopter transporting him crashes and he escapes into the city with his robot companion, Joey.  Robert's mission is to find out why he was wanted and what to do next.

bass2The game received very high praise at the time of its release and is widely considered to be one of the best adventure games ever created.  PC Gamer gave it 91% and called it "a must-buy for all serious adventure fans."  CU Amiga gave it 95%, calling it "one of the greatest adventures ever," while Simon Byron of The One gave it a 93%, saying, "I could sum this game in one word: Superb."

Revolution indicates that the game builds on the original, featuring new animated movies from comic artist Dave Gibbons who did the artwork for the original game as well as its introductory comic book.  This remastered iPhone release will feature a new context-sensitive help system and even higher quality audio than the original.

“The adventure genre is undergoing a renaissance, and we’re thrilled to be bringing a revamped and remastered version of this classic adventure to a whole new audience,” says Charles Cecil, founder of Revolution Software. Digital distribution has changed the game for developers, and it’s great to be able to communicate directly with our audience. Revolution has a sizeable, passionate fan base which we value enormously. By tackling development and publishing duties ourselves, we can strengthen our relationship with them and retain complete commercial and creative freedom – not just in terms of content, but in terms of distribution and, crucially, pricing. The model allows us to ensure that our games offer incredible value for money. We’re bringing high-quality, intelligent, narrative-based gaming to a whole new platform – some owners of which will have enjoyed the games before, and others who will be experiencing our titles for the very first time – and that’s something I find tremendously exciting.

bass3While I've not personally played the game to completion, I've spent notable time with it -- and in recent years -- on my Amiga 1200.  Beneath a Steel Sky was an amazing adventure experience 15 years ago, and holds up quite well today.  Whether or not you've played the original, if you're an adventure gaming fan keep a close eye on this one.  It should truly be a rare App Store gem when it makes its debut.

We'll take a closer look when the game goes live but, in the mean time, have a look at the 2003 shareware release (which was ported to the ScummVM engine), playable on most major platforms.

See the original game's five-minute intro video here.  Photos in this article are from the Amiga / DOS versions of the game.

  • Benj

    This is really awesome! I love adventure games, loved the Monkey Island port, and if the controls on BaSS are comparable to Monkey Island, I will buy it in a heartbeat.

    P.S. To TA admins, I hate to be that guy but you're missing a "t" in "title" in the first paragraph... :P

  • Benj

    This is really awesome! I love adventure games, loved the Monkey Island port, and if the controls on BaSS are comparable to Monkey Island, I will buy it in a heartbeat.

    P.S. To TA admins, I hate to be that guy but you're missing a "t" in "title" in the first paragraph... :P

  • thechansen

    good old game (gog.com) has this for PC as a free download, as well as the community repos in Ubuntu, and of course you can just download it for free from the link above, as that is the game in it's entirety and not just a shareware release.

  • thechansen

    good old game (gog.com) has this for PC as a free download, as well as the community repos in Ubuntu, and of course you can just download it for free from the link above, as that is the game in it's entirety and not just a shareware release.

  • Jon

    I really hope they do a broken sword port as well.

  • Jon

    I really hope they do a broken sword port as well.

  • Somerandomdude

    Actually, I'd like to see more point and click games that can't be emulated with ScummVM or an original point and click game. I love this game despite the fact that I can't get anywhere and I have this on my iPod already. This had better be free as the actual game is now freeware. But either way, this looks great, but I'd like to see stuff that can't currently be emulated on iPhone like Grim Fandango, Monkey Island 4, or something original, especially from LucasArts.

  • Somerandomdude

    Actually, I'd like to see more point and click games that can't be emulated with ScummVM or an original point and click game. I love this game despite the fact that I can't get anywhere and I have this on my iPod already. This had better be free as the actual game is now freeware. But either way, this looks great, but I'd like to see stuff that can't currently be emulated on iPhone like Grim Fandango, Monkey Island 4, or something original, especially from LucasArts.

  • Somerandomdude

    Sorry I forgot to add this in my above post but there's no edit button, so I had to post again. I just wanted to say that if the devs are reading this, include the option to change between tap to click and touchpad mode. When I'm trying to click something quickly, tap to click is really convienent, but when you have to click on a small object or a specific line of text, touchpad mode is really useful. Keep that in mind others who would like to port classics like this. Hope it gets the attention it deserves.

  • Somerandomdude

    Sorry I forgot to add this in my above post but there's no edit button, so I had to post again. I just wanted to say that if the devs are reading this, include the option to change between tap to click and touchpad mode. When I'm trying to click something quickly, tap to click is really convienent, but when you have to click on a small object or a specific line of text, touchpad mode is really useful. Keep that in mind others who would like to port classics like this. Hope it gets the attention it deserves.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    Somerandomdude: The iPhone verison is revamped with enhanced graphics, audio, a new help-system, and iPhone-appropriate controls. It will not be free, not should it, as it is a reworked release.

  • http://www.blakespot.com Blake Patterson

    Somerandomdude: The iPhone verison is revamped with enhanced graphics, audio, a new help-system, and iPhone-appropriate controls. It will not be free, not should it, as it is a reworked release.

  • thechansen

    I second Grim Fandango, which was my favorite of the Lucas adventure games, followed closely by Full Throttle.

  • thechansen

    I second Grim Fandango, which was my favorite of the Lucas adventure games, followed closely by Full Throttle.

  • Adams Immersive

    Yes, Grim Fandango, please! I never played it, and always wanted to.

    And I remember wanting Steel Sky too, and never getting it. My chance will come again :)

    As for Blake's A1200--I'm jealous. My Amiga has a bad HD and I haven't figure out what to do next with it.

  • Adams Immersive

    Yes, Grim Fandango, please! I never played it, and always wanted to.

    And I remember wanting Steel Sky too, and never getting it. My chance will come again :)

    As for Blake's A1200--I'm jealous. My Amiga has a bad HD and I haven't figure out what to do next with it.

  • Darwiniandude

    Great game, excellent dialog and humour. I played the demo many times, never had the full version. I have it now, from gog.com, but i only seem to game on the iPhone now, even the PS3 is gathering dust. I will buy this certainly.

    Next: I want Simon the Sorcerer, if only for the tree stump woodworms arguments. Love that game.

  • Darwiniandude

    Great game, excellent dialog and humour. I played the demo many times, never had the full version. I have it now, from gog.com, but i only seem to game on the iPhone now, even the PS3 is gathering dust. I will buy this certainly.

    Next: I want Simon the Sorcerer, if only for the tree stump woodworms arguments. Love that game.

  • Currymutton

    Yeah, Grim Fandango, and DotT, Sam & Max series, Full Throttle and many other SCUMM games. Not to leave out this: "I have no mouth and I must scream!".

    "Beneath" comes free with all incarnations of SCUMMVM, afaik.

  • Currymutton

    Yeah, Grim Fandango, and DotT, Sam & Max series, Full Throttle and many other SCUMM games. Not to leave out this: "I have no mouth and I must scream!".

    "Beneath" comes free with all incarnations of SCUMMVM, afaik.

  • Brad Newsom

    I hope everyone realizes that this is the original. No enhancements what so ever. Please read it before distributing rumors.

    There will be a remake of this game, but again. This isn't the remake, it is the class game.

    If this will cost money, then I will definitely not get it. Though, Like flight of the amazon queen, this most likely will be free.

  • Brad Newsom

    I hope everyone realizes that this is the original. No enhancements what so ever. Please read it before distributing rumors.

    There will be a remake of this game, but again. This isn't the remake, it is the class game.

    If this will cost money, then I will definitely not get it. Though, Like flight of the amazon queen, this most likely will be free.

  • http://torley.com Torley

    Be vigilant!

    I'm happy to see the iPhone is a burgeoning market for classic games, including these point-and-click adventures.

  • http://torley.com Torley

    Be vigilant!

    I'm happy to see the iPhone is a burgeoning market for classic games, including these point-and-click adventures.

  • shinobi

    Great!! Can't wait for this. I hope they also port "Rise of the Dragon" - My favourite point-click adventure after BASS.

  • shinobi

    Great!! Can't wait for this. I hope they also port "Rise of the Dragon" - My favourite point-click adventure after BASS.

  • Fokion

    Wow, mentions of the Amiga 1200 and The One in the same post! Suddenly, I don't feel so old.

  • Fokion

    Wow, mentions of the Amiga 1200 and The One in the same post! Suddenly, I don't feel so old.

  • nizy

    Now all we need is the directors cut of Broken Sword!!!

  • nizy

    Now all we need is the directors cut of Broken Sword!!!

  • 2Smug4HisOwnGood

    I know I shouldn't but even though I have a 2G iphone in Australia (where it was never released) I sometimes feel superior with my hacked phone! I have my own colour theme, I had copy/paste & video recording 6 months before OS 3. Dudes, I clocked Beneath a Steel Sky on my iPhone like 8 months ago now (go SCUMM VM iPhone convert). Sheesh.

    But I guess I'm glad such a great classic is going to reach a wider audience, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole game. If you're still stuck in iPrison, get it! It's great fun.

  • 2Smug4HisOwnGood

    I know I shouldn't but even though I have a 2G iphone in Australia (where it was never released) I sometimes feel superior with my hacked phone! I have my own colour theme, I had copy/paste & video recording 6 months before OS 3. Dudes, I clocked Beneath a Steel Sky on my iPhone like 8 months ago now (go SCUMM VM iPhone convert). Sheesh.

    But I guess I'm glad such a great classic is going to reach a wider audience, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole game. If you're still stuck in iPrison, get it! It's great fun.

  • Kintaro360

    Can't wait 'till Beneath a Steel Sky comes out.
    It is one of the beste Adventures I ever played.
    Very funny dialogues and cool graphics.

    1112 - Episode 01
    Monkey Island
    Beneath A Steel Sky

    Who can complain about good iPhone Games?

  • Kintaro360

    Can't wait 'till Beneath a Steel Sky comes out.
    It is one of the beste Adventures I ever played.
    Very funny dialogues and cool graphics.

    1112 - Episode 01
    Monkey Island
    Beneath A Steel Sky

    Who can complain about good iPhone Games?

  • spiffyone

    "Brad Newsom Says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I hope everyone realizes that this is the original. No enhancements what so ever. Please read it before distributing rumors.There will be a remake of this game, but again. This isn't the remake, it is the class game."

    Um...the article is about the enhanced remake, Brad.

    I'm not entirely sure what you're getting at with that response of yours.

    The article deals with the enhanced remake of BASS that has been announced by Revolution Games. No mention of the classic version being released on this platform is mentioned at all. Just the enhanced remake.

  • spiffyone

    "Brad Newsom Says:
    July 31st, 2009 at 1:02 am

    I hope everyone realizes that this is the original. No enhancements what so ever. Please read it before distributing rumors.There will be a remake of this game, but again. This isn't the remake, it is the class game."

    Um...the article is about the enhanced remake, Brad.

    I'm not entirely sure what you're getting at with that response of yours.

    The article deals with the enhanced remake of BASS that has been announced by Revolution Games. No mention of the classic version being released on this platform is mentioned at all. Just the enhanced remake.

  • spiffyone

    "Somerandomdude Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Actually, I'd like to see more point and click games that can't be emulated with ScummVM or an original point and click game."

    Then join me in screaming to the heavens for an enhanced port/remake of Hideo Kojima's classic adventure games, Snatcher and Policenauts (the latter of which was NEVER officially translated from Japanese). Y'know...on the off hand chance that Kojima actually hears us ;)

    BTW...WTF happened with the "respond to this post" option?

  • spiffyone

    "Somerandomdude Says:
    July 30th, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Actually, I'd like to see more point and click games that can't be emulated with ScummVM or an original point and click game."

    Then join me in screaming to the heavens for an enhanced port/remake of Hideo Kojima's classic adventure games, Snatcher and Policenauts (the latter of which was NEVER officially translated from Japanese). Y'know...on the off hand chance that Kojima actually hears us ;)

    BTW...WTF happened with the "respond to this post" option?

  • Somerandomdude

    @ Blake

    I didn't realize that it was a reworked version. I thought it was something like with Flight of the Amazon Queen where a help screen was thrown in then charged 5 bucks for the game that was otherwise untouched. I'd like to see how this looks compared to the original. Hope it turns out well.

  • Somerandomdude

    @ Blake

    I didn't realize that it was a reworked version. I thought it was something like with Flight of the Amazon Queen where a help screen was thrown in then charged 5 bucks for the game that was otherwise untouched. I'd like to see how this looks compared to the original. Hope it turns out well.

  • Somerandomdude

    And at spiffyone about the two Kojima games, I never got to play those but I've been dying to get them since I've liked every other game I've played from Kojima (MGS is my favorite game of all time, ZOE was awesome, and I loved Boktai), so I'm sure they're awesome.

    Actually I have another series that started as partly text based (walk to the place and type the command) then went to point and click: Police Quest.

    And yeah, where's the edit button too? Tired of having to post twice to mention something i forgot.

  • Somerandomdude

    And at spiffyone about the two Kojima games, I never got to play those but I've been dying to get them since I've liked every other game I've played from Kojima (MGS is my favorite game of all time, ZOE was awesome, and I loved Boktai), so I'm sure they're awesome.

    Actually I have another series that started as partly text based (walk to the place and type the command) then went to point and click: Police Quest.

    And yeah, where's the edit button too? Tired of having to post twice to mention something i forgot.

  • Sn7ke

    Wow, exciting. I was playing Fate of Atlantis on my iphone the other day, and was suprised how entertaining it was on my iphone. MY 3 hour train ride was over in no-time!

    Are there voice overs in this game ? I greatly enjoyed the speech in IJ:FOA

  • Sn7ke

    Wow, exciting. I was playing Fate of Atlantis on my iphone the other day, and was suprised how entertaining it was on my iphone. MY 3 hour train ride was over in no-time!

    Are there voice overs in this game ? I greatly enjoyed the speech in IJ:FOA

  • http://dorino.net dorino

    Am I the only one that already played/beat most of the SCUMM games with the (free, and legal) SCUMMVM port for the iPhone? It's a quick cydia download!

    And Sn7ke, there is audio. Very fitting audio, well done character voices, and well done characters. It's a damn good game.

    • http://dorino.net dorino

      On that same key, those of you asking for ports... use the emulator already released! It's not the finest thing ever, and the controls are by no means what they should be... but it's a great P&C ipod experience

  • http://dorino.net dorino

    Am I the only one that already played/beat most of the SCUMM games with the (free, and legal) SCUMMVM port for the iPhone? It's a quick cydia download!

    And Sn7ke, there is audio. Very fitting audio, well done character voices, and well done characters. It's a damn good game.

    • http://dorino.net dorino

      On that same key, those of you asking for ports... use the emulator already released! It's not the finest thing ever, and the controls are by no means what they should be... but it's a great P&C ipod experience

  • Zeiter

    Hey BASS fans.. I'm having some trouble getting the dog biscuits. Whenever I try to pick them up the character says that the contents would dump on his hands.. already got the dog barking at the cats, and Mrs. Piermont's on the phone. What am I missing? Thanks!!

  • Zeiter

    Hey BASS fans.. I'm having some trouble getting the dog biscuits. Whenever I try to pick them up the character says that the contents would dump on his hands.. already got the dog barking at the cats, and Mrs. Piermont's on the phone. What am I missing? Thanks!!