If you were a PC gamer back in the early 90s, you may remember a point-and-click adventure game by the name of Gobliiins [99¢]. In the game you took control of three different goblin characters who each had their own unique abilities that would need to be utilized to solve a series of (sometimes nonsensical) puzzles. A charming art style and humorous story complimented the clever use of the different characters in Gobliiins, which went on to spawn 3 sequels in the two decades since its original release.

Fans of Gobliiins will be happy to know that a port of the game, developed by DotEmu and published by Bulkypix, is now available in the App Store. The game contains all 22 of the original levels and remains largely unchanged other than having an added hint system and being slightly reworked for touch screen controls.

While the impressions in our forums are largely positive, they are predominantly from players of the original Gobliiins. It's important to note that this is a game from 1991, and lacks some of the refinement that came with later adventure games of the era. If you have fond memories of Gobliiins and are looking to scratch that nostalgia itch, then this version should be a no-brainer. If you never played the original but are looking for a new adventure game to play, the dated feel of Gobliiins may be a bit hard to overcome.

As a small word of caution, Gobliiins seems to be having some loading/freezing problems on certain devices. DotEmu has stated in the forum thread that these issues are being addressed and should be resolved in an update.

  • Noah

    Could you also link directly to the YouTube video? I don't have flash installed on my computer for performance & battery life reasons, but YouTube allows me to watch the video's in HTML so it's not an issue when I go directly to the site.

    Unless I missed the link, in which case ignore this post. Thanks!!

    • Adams Immersive

      You might try this Safari extension—I haven’t tried it yet but it looks slick: http://www.verticalforest.com/2010/10/27/youtube5-version-2
      It plays YouTube/Vimeo/Facebook videos without Flash, even when embedded in articles like this. And I bet someone has made something similar for Firefox.

      (Now, for iOS users, they just have to wait sometimes: YouTube converts videos for non-Flash devices like that, but sometimes there’s a delay. I just bookmark the TA article and check back later in the day to see the video.)

      • Noah

        Works like a CHARM. Thank you so much! That extension is amazing.

  • Mrtz

    AWESOME! i played this game when i was so young, I even forgot it was called "goblins" :D oh my goblins!
    instant buy:)

  • EastsideStompers

    Can't say the first puzzle made an awful lot of sense to me. A bit trail and error-like. But it's definitely got charm.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=525338891 Jiří Fiala

    Doesn't work with 4.2 on iPhone 3G. Can see menus, but not the action itself.

    • http://dotemu.com DotEmu

      We can confirm that 3G/2nd Gen iPod Touch in addition with iOS4+ only have this issue. Any other devices, 1st Gen iPod, 3GS, 4, iPad, 3G with iOS 3, .. are running fine. We schedule to submit a full update asap but a least by the end of the week.

      • Damien

        Great, you confirm that you released unfinished games ...

        Seriously ... I put 1 star on your game for that, I hope a lot of people will do the same. Not supporting iPhone 3 with iOS4+...

        Never heard about beta testing ? Man, it's not like you have hundreds of phones like with Android, you only have few configurations to support...

      • http://twitter.com/riChchestMat Chris Matchett

        Wow you got a personal reply confirming the issue on a 50p game and an ETA for a fix within a week and you think that's one star service.

      • TFEccles

        Very valid point.

      • Damien

        Someone give you a buggy software and tell you it will fix it later and you find this really good ?

        You must love Microsoft then.

      • http://twitter.com/ScottColbert Scott Colbert

        Wow, you might wanna grow up a bit, before acting like a spoiled brat.

      • Treesong

        Every company that releases software makes mistakes even giants like Microsoft, as you say yourself

      • http://dotemu.com DotEmu

        A Major Fix Update has just been submitted (3G but also several issues reported). This is now on Apple hands for validation. Stay tuned.

  • Mindbender

    I absolutely loved the Gobliins Series back in the days..
    this would be an instabuy for me.. the only thing holding me back is the question if there will be an iPad Version of the game.

    Please TA, could you be so kind to try to put this information in your reviews?
    As iDevice owner this is a very important question to me.. I like playing games on my iPhone but i love playing them on my iPad... and I don't want to end up buying everything twice. ;-)

  • Archagon

    I adore the Gobliiins series, but I fear the iPhone resolution will ruin the amazing pixel art. You can get the PC versions of all three games from Good Old Games, also published by DotEmu. (On sale for $4.19!)

  • shinobi

    Someone PLEASE port "Rise of the Dragon" & "Heart of China" for the iphone too!!

  • Anonymous

    Oh man I loved this game when I was younger. I'll be downloading this :)

  • Dumpling321

    man i hope this means they'll be porting the three sequils... i'd LOVE to have all four games on my itouch ^_^

  • ActionJackson

    I bought it yesterday, but can't play it yet as I've a touch 3G - Reported the bug but did hold off rating the game until I heard about a fix for it - I do think Damien has a fair point though regardless of how much you pay for a game its reasonable to expect it to work - The odd crash is fair enough for a vanilla release but to not work at all - You've got to wonder how something as major as that was missed during testing

  • Joe

    Developed by dotemu? It's based on ScummVM, so most of it is ScummVM. I hate it when someone takes credit for something he didn't do