In October of last year we first caught wind of Martin Kool's loving homage to retro adventure games, Sarien.net. Nearly a month later, we got a hands on preview of Space Quest, the first game Martin ported from its previous web-based browser state to an iPad-specific version that was custom tailored for both the screen and input of the device. Not long after that, Space Quest went live. While I'm not entirely sure how many people played the web-based version of the game to completion, it sure was awesome to have, and was a great tech demo for just what was possible via a web app on the iPad.

Today we got word that the rest of the Sarien.net catalog has been ported over, and in addition to iPhone support, the whole site is now hosted via Amazon's content distribution network to make loading even faster. Most of the games have even been extensively tweaked to be easy to play on the touch interface.

I'm not sure how much more detailed I need to get on this because, well, all the games are completely free to play and don't require any kind of installation beyond navigating your iOS device to sarien.net, tapping the game you want to play, adding a bookmark icon for it, then launching it. The single down side (if you'd even call it that) to all this is that since the games are played online via a web browser, you need an internet connection, but that seems to be a decent tradeoff to being able to instantly play such fantastic vintage adventure games for free on your iPhone or iPad.

  • Jim

    There needs to be a Tandy option for me to really remember the earlier games correctly.

  • John B

    Is there a boss button on Leisure Suit Larry?

  • Robots vs. Wizards

    Wow!! Just awesome.

    I felt like a legend when i beat King's Quest 5 back in the day!
    (in one weekend and of course in the days of no internet..... beat that!)

  • Ender

    How do you save your game? Is that even possible?

    • TheTheory

      Click on the ? button and it'll give a quick run-down on how to do things like saves. Basically you have to rotate your device into a vertical position, though my mileage has seemed iffy.

      • Zing

        I am having trouble doing this on my desktop PC.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the news!

  • Tom

    How can I play this on my ipod? It just opens like it would on a pc

  • http://www.facebook.com/ldkaplan Loren Kaplan

    So I won't have to change disks everytime I walk past the log? Awesome!

  • Cr.

    The iOS link is http://ipad.sarien.net

  • pepsy

    enjoying police quest, great game, clever and thoightfull.

  • Jmelnyk

    No sound?

  • Fv

    to save rotate device.

  • Hello

    Doesn't work very well on the iPhone.

  • Hello

    Doesn't work very well on the iPhone.