733638_5While we announced the release of the classic point and click adventure Beneath a Steel Sky for the iPhone, we never took a closer look at the release.

Originally released for the Amiga and DOS in 1994, Beneath a Steel Sky is a graphical adventure set in Australia in a dystopian future. The original 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.

The iPhone port of the game has since received rave reviews in our forums. Unlike, LucasArts' Secret of Monkey Island, Beneath a Steel Sky has not been completely re-rendered for the iPhone version, but that's not to say it doesn't have its share of notable improvements.


The iPhone game offers new animated cut scenes, re-sampled voice work and higher quality music. As well, an extensive hint system that will prevent you from getting stuck. Most importantly is that the traditional point-and-click interface has been revamped to the iPhone's touch screen. Rather than controlling a virtual pointer, you can touch and drag your finger across the screen. Items of interest light up with a small blue circle. Tapping on that circle then brings up contextual icons that let you act on that item. An eye, for example. lets you look at the item, while gears allow you to manipulate an item. Meanwhile, inventory items can simply be dragged over to items of interest to activate them. In this regard, the game is a notable improvement over Secret of Monkey Island, and plays much more like a natural iPhone game.

We've recorded some of the animated intro scene as well as basic gameplay elements in this video:

The game's story and dialog remains enjoyable and immersive and the iPhone port does justice to the classic title. While the PC version game has been available for free over the years, the iPhone version is a worthy conversion for fans and newcomers to the series.

App Store Link: Beneath a Steel Sky, $4.99

TouchArcade Rating

  • http://www.untoldentertainment.com Ryan Henson Creighton

    "Beneath a Steel Sky" is my #2 pick for most poetic game title evar, just beneath "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream." But that one was based on a short story, so it's kinda cheaterpantsing.

    Anyway, Steel Sky was great, and i'm amazed we haven't seen a sequel after all these years. But maybe that's what the iPhone release is gearing up for?

    Very pleased that they've recreated the interface. The Monkey Island port was some lazy-ass programming.

  • Gamingfun

    Alright I was hoping I would see another story on this here. Game is really a marvel. I never played it originally but I have to say it's a solid title and can see why it was a hit when it first came out. The control method I would agree with that it is a big improvement over what MI did. Music and setting plus the writting makes this game a winner. I too hope this release does give way to part 2 ^^ if only...

  • noamjamski

    LOVED this game. Too short, but aren't all games we love?

    The sad thing is I was trying to find yet another good point and click iphone game and there are none.

    There is mysterious island which still mysteriously crashes by 3.1.2 2nd gen touch, and monkey island.

    Hopefully Sierra has all the Space Quest and Gabriel Knight games ready to go. Right, right Sierra?

    • preston

      OMG Gabriel Knight on iphone.. that would be lovely

    • tronmaster

      Space Quest and Gabriel Knight? What about the other classics? I would enjoy playing the two Laura Bow games again. There is so many point and click adventure games that came out during the Golden Age of PC, some of my favorites were Ripley's Believe It Or Not: The Riddle of Master Lu and the Lost Files of Sherlock Holmes. Well, we can only wish.

      • nerd

        jailbr..... and scummvm

    • Isilel

      [quote]The sad thing is I was trying to find yet another good point and click iphone game and there are none.[/quote]

      Well, it was my first point-and-click adventure game and I may be biased, but I really loved Flight of the Amazon Queen. It has more or less ScummVM interface, but I didn't care.
      I am currently enjoying Return to Mysterious Island too - so glad I didn't upgrade the firmware on my 2G Touch ;).

      Simon the Sorcerer games were supposed to be good too, I've heard. Didn't try them yet.

      • noamjamski

        Thanks for the recommendation. I'm going to check out the Amazon Queen game......

        And to all talking about Sierra, yeah, I wish they would put out everything. My heart trembles for a "remastered" version of the Manhunter games. As a man in my early 30s so many of my childhood memories with my father were us playing through the Sierra catalog together. If they put out the collections on iPhone, even at $20 a pop I would bite. Give me every police quest, LSL, Manhunter and King's Quest and you get ALL my money.

  • Allan

    Back in the mid-90s when I had a PC I had Sam & Max and Monkey Island 1 & 2. I really wanted Beneath A Steel Sky but just never got round to getting it. Well I finally played the game for the first time yesterday on my iPhone and I love it. Plays really well on the phone.

    If you like this - you should also check out Monkey Island SE and Flight Of The Amazon Queen. It's great to see mid-90s point & click's receiving a new lease of life via the iPhone.

  • Robbo

    Great game, love the humour. Works alright on the iPhone although the interface is a bit rubbish (looks like a very amateur job). However it means I can finally play it again, as the ScummVM version doesn't agree with my PC. Tis a crime that they're forcing people to pay so much for it when it's free on PC - should be $99 imo.

  • 8bitz Jack

    Great I remember this!
    These independent gamers want to make the next great point n click!! Smooth interface - 'Touch n slide' perfect for iphone. They might teach monkey islands interface a thing or two.

    Game looks like great too - very early lucas arts humour from what i see. A rebirth of the genre. One to follow?


    Game design blog =

  • 8bitz Jack

    ANyone know any other good point n clickers out on iphone besides the BADGE OF CARNAGE game??? Can't get enough of 'em!

  • President of Earth

    This is one of the few high quality games on the iPhone.
    If you want more of it - buy it!

  • Raygun

    Interesting game. I'm looking for more point n clicks for iphone. Anyone know any others??

    • President of Earth

      Try 1112

      • Isilel

        I don't like 1112 all that much, myself. Oh, sure, it's i-exclusive and has a nice presentation, but the puzzles and the interface don't do it for me.

        IMHO Flight of the Amazon Queen or Return to Mysterious Island are much better, either one.

  • Alf

    This genre seems to have been given a good reboot up the --- recently πŸ™‚

    Monkey Island of course would be the best to go with - Read Hector, Badge of Carnage looks promisingly sweet -- Anything by Lucas , of course you can also get lucasarts emulator for iphone don't forget, play all the classics you want!

  • Bitboy

    The classics are the only way to go though hector badge of carnage may be in with a chance if they do what they say on the tin??

  • eggzbacon

    How many stars do you give it?

  • TKO

    I'm tempted to get this, but I already got it way back in the Amiga days, and have it on just about everything now (PC, Mac, GP2x..) It is a stirling game. I much prefer it without the intro and speech though. Can those be turned off? The voice acting just drives me crazy (especially the accents ..me living just across the water from Oz.) πŸ™‚

    Anyway.. brilliant game. So glad to see it make the leap to iPhone with all the right tweaks made to the UI.

  • rafal

    Love how the adapted the controls for the iPhone. I hope they all make the adventure games so easy to navigate and interact as Steel Sky.

    I saw some pictures of Simon the Sorcerer, and I think they just ported it and u use the finger as a mouse. Nothing new after so many years.

    Thumbs up from Steel sky

  • EMily

    Oh this game looks delightful, having not played this when it first came out because i was only 6 at the time.

    After reading the comments so far it seems that no one has mentioned Broken Sword. Broken Sword is a highly similar adventure game that I grew up playing. I think the new UI was inspired by Broken Swords UI?

  • Brend_n

    Rex Nebular anyone? A Space Quest rip-off perhaps, but a memorable one. Wonder who has the rights these days to the Microprose titles...

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/ujnhunter Ujn Hunter

    Price dropped last night to $0.99 just a heads up! I grabbed it no questions asked at that price. πŸ™‚