I love point and click adventure with a mad passion. I'll play anything that falls under the description, in fact. It's been great to see so many iOS developers taking a stab at the genre lately, and since Yesterday [$6.99] certainly looked like a solid entry, my clicky index finger was all over it the moment I got a gander at the pretty graphics.

Sometimes, all a game is is pretty (and what a disappointment that is). Yesterday is not one of those. This graphic novel-esque noir story places you in the shoes of Henry White, a man who must unravel the mystery of a series of killings in New York and seemingly related people who find Y-shaped scars appearing in the palms of their hands. Right off the bat, it's got a very unique feel to it -- and one I would dare to say we don't see often enough in games. In other words, A for Atmosphere.

As far as interaction goes, Yesterday keeps it pretty simple. Instead of using a mouse to point and click, your finger does the work. The scenes are so nicely detailed that I found myself squinting at my phone and wishing I could play it on a larger screen. Luckily, it has Universal iPad support, and if you have the option I'd encourage you to go with that device. Managing items you find is as basic and dragging and dropping, and you have a neat little row at the bottom of the screen where your inventory is stored.

Like any good adventure game, Yesterday can be hard. You'll find yourself with that familiar feeling of staring at your inventory trying to imagine what items could be combined with what. Luckily, the game offers a cool little feature when you can tap a tiny target at the bottom of the screen and it will show you every clickable point on the screen. It erases some of the frustration, but you'll definitely have to put your skills of deduction to the test to muddle through some of the puzzles.

Story is clearly something that developer Bulkypix wanted to devote time to here, and it really shows. Characters are well-developed, and it's fun to get to know them. You'll eventually be able to play as three different characters, and you'll learn enough about all of them (as well as other characters you meet) to wonder who you can and cannot trust as you progress. One thing to note is that Yesterday does deal with murder, violence, and even sexual themes, so it's definitely not for younger players. Adults looking for something in this style will be thrilled to stumble across it, however.

Yesterday could easily be a mainstream release - it's presented that well. The App Store tends to go up and down in quality from time to time, and a lot of what I download there I consider disposable fun. This game is the kind that I want to leave on my device permanently, and that's saying a lot for a gal who constantly downloads new games. A compelling score and lovely graphics put this one in the top tier of the games I've played in 2012 so far. My only regret was that it didn't go on longer (but sequel maybe, please?)

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  • Sebastian Gomez

    I loved this game... I only wish it had been a little longer x)

  • http://twitter.com/warm_concrete Octopus Erectus

    This game does not deserve even 3 stars. I’ve completed the first Runaway and I was expecting from Pendulo something more and more polished, interesting and complex than this.

  • http://twitter.com/KM_Alexander K. Michael Alexander

    Yesterday is/was a mainstream release. First made for the PC if I recall.

  • iamaghost

    Good game, good review, but inconsistent in one point : Developer is Pendulo, not Bulkypix.

  • NPeart

    iOS is a fantastic place for mediocre adventure games. Here they can get another life as best there is.

  • bigrand1

    Good, compelling review Colette! These point and click puzzle games usually aren't for me, but the idea of adult themes intrigues me. Still sitting on the fence with this one....

  • Raider_z

    Love the game

  • Joltrabbit

    Puzzles are just hard enough where I'm torn on using the hint or waiting another minute to think things through.

    The game has a nice, adult sense of humor as well. The katana trainer is a riot.

    Main issue: touch detection my 4s. (especially if there are more than 5 hot spots on the screen).

    I'm actually at the spot in that photo (no spoilers!).

  • DecafTable

    I'd love to try it but the price seems too high for a game like this. Last one I bought fir this much was Infinity Blade II which was a worthy investment. hmmm decisions

  • jan piggot

    colette has an amazing ass, seriously google it and her white dog lol but her body rocks...good witer too 😉

  • http://twitter.com/Rage_boi Vince

    /face palm. Another review where the reviewer fails to acknowledge that this game is a port of a PC game and that the developers are Pendulo Studios not Bulkypix. Rather important points to bring up if you are going to compare it to other appstore offerings. 

  • rsob2005

    What's up with the crash after the samurai sword clip...... Can't get past this as the game resets to just before initiating that action. Very disappointed..

    Game puzzles are well balanced but now I can't play the game!

    Anyone experience similar on iPad 2?

    Is there a way around this???

    Need a patch PDQ otherwise!

  • reflipp

    Lags on the short vids. "Ipad4" on Samsung galant tab farget this!!! Pluss more negative.. Positive its fun,goodwill humor..but wait for pricedrop

Yesterday Reviewed by Colette Bennett on . Rating: 4.5