Category Archives: Adventure

The long-awaited and literally years in the making Episode 3 of The Journey Down [$6.99] is finally available, so you can now finish the story that started many years ago. Episode 3 completes the African art-inspired adventure game that players have been enjoying. It's not often you get to play an adventure game that's clearly influenced by non-Western traditions and lore. In the last episode of the series, you get to explore the jungles and ruins of the Underland and (spoilers) discover the fate of Bwana's lost father, Captain Kaonandodo and, of course, uncover the huge conspiracy surrounding the Armando Power Company...

I've been dying to get my hands on Morphite [$7.99], the new action adventure title from developers Crescent Moon Games, Blowfish Studios, and We're Five Games, ever since I gazed upon its luscious low-poly environments when it was originally announced back in May of last year. It's been a long year and a half wait, but finally Morphite has landed its dropship directly onto the surface of planet App Store. Ok that was a super cheesy line but I don't care, Morphite is here! To coincide with the launch of Morphite on the App Store the developers have put together a brand new launch trailer showing the game in action, check it out!..




It's a good time for those who like adventure games. In addition to the release of the fantastic Thimbleweed Park (which we really liked in our review), we also got the first price drop for Full Throttle Remastered [$4.99], the classic 1995 LucasArts game that puts you in the middle of a tale of "Motorcycles, Mayhem, and Murder." The game originally released for $4.99, but now you can grab it for $2.99, which is such a bargain for this game. To be honest, the price would be a bargain even if the game wasn't a remastered version of the original. But when you add new hand-drawn and 3D high-resolution artwork and remastered audio and music, well, definitely a bargain that you shouldn't miss out on if you enjoy the adventure games of old...

'Thimbleweed Park' Review - It's Not Over Til The Weird Uncle Sings

With around a half century behind the video game medium at this point, it's clear that it is taking after other forms of entertainment media in at least one point: no idea that was ever bankable will stay dead forever. Genres wax and wane, creators leave their beloved IPs and return, companies collapse and get bought up by the next ambitious up-and-comer, and franchises thought to be rendered toxic by a low quality installment or five can spring back to life with incredible force. You can't stop this train we're on, even if you wanted to. Like many other genres, point-and-click adventures were declared dead a long while back, a condition which never really stopped them from going about their (substantially reduced) business anyway. It's not that they ceased to be released altogether, but it's certainly arguable that changes had to be made to accommodate survival. If you liked them just fine the way they were? Well, you were out of luck...

'Disjoint' Is a Clever Puzzle Adventure With a Cute Story, and Is Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

It goes without saying that anyone writing about mobile games will see an obscene number of puzzle titles every day. While I'm generally a sucker for anything that looks like it can kill a few minutes on the daily commute, the majority of such titles differentiate themselves with subtle spins on a core mechanic, or some flashy or understated graphical design. I wouldn't exactly call this 'stagnation', it's evident that a formula for puzzle games exists on the App Store, and as the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. This is why the upcoming Disjoint surprised me greatly from the very first sentence of its forum thread - being touted as a story-rich puzzle game is one hell of a claim, and the adorable tale of a man and his pig adventuring around a Super Mario World-esque overworld map is an extremely appealing concept. For an early glimpse of this intriguing puzzle romp, sign up for the Disjoint beta test on our forum thread...

The lovely adventure game Journey Down [$4.99] has had a very long journey, but we are almost at the end. The first chapter came out around 2012 and the second one in 2014, so quite the gap between the two. Three years after the second chapter, the third and final chapter of the game is only a week away, and I'm glad to finally be able to see the conclusion of the lovely story. We've already talked about the game releasing on September 21st, but I wanted to make sure those who've been anxiously waiting for all these years got ready to finally finish the story. The Journey Down is a classic point-and-tap adventure game that has an excellent atmosphere and an Afro-Caribbean vibe you don't often see in other adventure games. The game is worth playing just for the lore that it explores. But it has more than just an interesting tradition to stand on; it's also gorgeous, with many hand-painted environments that really stand out, especially on an iPad screen. Add to that a fun jazzy-reggae soundtrack and fully voiced cast, and it's easy to see why people really enjoy The Journey Down...

With games such as forma.8 GO [$5.99], Hollow Knight and the upcoming Metroid: Samus Returns on 3DS dominating headlines, 2017 really is the Year of the Metroidvania. Personally, I can't get enough of the wondrous exploring and clever progression of titles in the genre, and even though I end up holding any game that takes the Metroidvania label to the extremely high standards of classics like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, such releases always scratch a particular gaming itch for me. It was therefore a particularly nice surprise to see Hero and Castle [$0.99] appear out of nowhere on the TouchArcade forums this morning, despite having released earlier in August - with over 80 rooms to explore of a beautiful fortress full of stained glass murals, IndieSky Technology's latest iOS release looks to be yet another strong exploration title for mobile, and for only $0.99 with no in-app purchases is certainly worth a look...

Sunless Sea [$9.99 (HD)], Failbetter Games' story-driven (or, perhaps, nightmare-driven) game, has dropped to $6.99, its lowest price ever, and it's definitely worth picking up if you like strong writing and a weird (in a good way) universe. As I talked about in my review of the game, Sunless Sea is a literary RPG that that you exploring a gloomy, uncharted sea called the Unterzee, and while the basic gameplay loop is stocking up your ship and sailing across the darkness, the game's brilliance comes from the wonderful writing and the great characters you'll encounter. Sunless Sea is all about your sanity (or lack thereof), so the further out you venture, the greater the rewards but also the greater the risk of your crew going insane and eating each other (yes, that can happen). I had a lot of fun going from port to port, discovering some really outlandish characters, having to trade and negotiate, all the while trying to ensure I could make it back safe and sane...

As we learned back in May, AuraLab and Other Kind Games' surreal adventure game Karma. Incarnation 1. would be heading to mobile following its release on Steam in October of last year. Just a few days later the game arrived on Android via Google Play, with the iOS release set for some nebulous time in the future. Well, earlier this month it was announced that the iOS version was set to release on August 24th, and although it didn't quite make it in time for our weekly Out Now post, Karma. Incarnation 1. [$1.99] has finally arrived as of this morning. If you're familiar with the 2014 Don Hertzfeldt intro to The Simpsons, Karma. Incarnation 1. gives me that same sort of super weird, "I am on hallucinogenics right now" kind of feeling. Check out the trailer...

If you are one of those playing Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy [$4.99] series, you'll be glad to know that episode 3 is now ready for you to enjoy, and I'm actually looking forward to playing it. More Than a Feeling (the series does love its songs, doesn't it) is now available for $4.99, and it's going to give us the the answer to that pretty cool cliffhanger the last episode ended with. Now, if you've watched the trailer for the new episode, then you probably know what comes after the blinding light at the end of episode 2, so if you don't like spoilers, do not watch the trailer below. I will say this, though; it does look like some pretty momentous decisions are coming our way in episode 3, and that's quite an interesting move narratively because we still have 2 episodes to go after this one...

To the Moon [$4.99] is a lovely experience with great music and story, and you'll be glad to know that there's an update coming out next week that's going to add some fun features. And the update will be accompanied by a 40% price drop, so what's not to like? The update will add the Music Box feature, which will allow you to play the music from the game's soundtrack even when you close the game, which is a fun idea given how lovely that music is. And if you really like those music pieces, you'll be able to go and grab them directly from iTunes. In addition to the Music Box, the update will add a QR code sharing that allows players to get to a saving point simply by scanning the QR code on the art work...

Last month developer Will O'Neill, most widely known for his 2014 narrative adventure Actual Sunlight which dealt with depression and suicide, released his newest game on Steam, another narrative adventure that deals with heavy topics called Little Red Lie. The story revolves around two very different characters and, as the name implies, the game replaces all the traditional forms of interaction in an adventure game and instead asks you to do one very simple thing: Lie your ass off. Following its well-received launch on desktop, today Little Red Lie [$4.99] has also launched in the App Store...

'Fighting Fantasy Legends' Review - Nomad Successfully Passes their Skill Test

Given their importance both in RPG history and in the memories of many players, it's not surprising that Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson's Fighting Fantasy gamebooks have been adapted into many different kinds of video games over the years. Some of them simply did the obvious, turning the books into text adventures. More often than not, however, the developers would get creative, turning out everything from first-person action/adventure games to Tomb Raider knock-offs. As a fan of the books, I ended up trying out most of these games as they released, and I can say that the main thing they had in common was that they weren't very good at all. Then smartphones and tablets came along, and all of a sudden, Fighting Fantasy games found their feet. Fighting Fantasy Legends [$4.99] continues that bout of good fortune, offering an awesome new take on the classic gamebooks...

The Corpse Party [$17.99] franchise made its debut on iOS back in 2012 in Japan. The original hit the App Store and had no support for English at the time, but thankfully we now have two of the three Corpse Party games localized. If you’re ready for some absolutely creepy horror and genuinely scary moments, you might want to check out the two localized releases here, as 5pb. is having a sale on the App Store for the full franchise. This sale is on until August 20th, with some great discounts on the included titles. While the games are available on multiple platforms, there are some cases where the iOS version is the definitive version, such as with Blood Drive. I’m a big fan of playing adventure games and visual novels on portable devices, so having these on iOS is fantastic...

As a premise for a ChoiceScript game, the one Demon Mark [$5.99] uses is a promising one. Set in a world of Slavic mythology, the story sees your young sibling kidnapped by a dangerous demon. Named the Uhin, she brands your characters with a curse called the Demon Mark and challenges you to come and rescue your family member. With a sword at your side and provisions in your bag, you set out on a road trip-style adventure through a veritable who's who of Slavic folk tales. Although we've started to see more games taking advantage of this rich source of lore, it remains a relatively untapped setting that offers high potential. Demon Mark is at its best when it drops you in the thick of these fables, and the author's passion and knowledge certainly shines through. Unfortunately, it ends up dropping the ball on some of the more fundamental elements of a choice-based game...

Something about the writing style in Avatar of the Wolf [$3.99] almost immediately put me off. Most of the well-written gamebooks from Choice of Games have an almost velvety tone to their prose, gently massaging your brain and doing their best to make it comfortable. Avatar of the Wolf, by comparison, is thorny. The words feel shorter, less comfortable to read, and above all, aggressive. It's even disorienting at times. The way this story is written does as much to set the tone as the meaning of the words the writer chooses. It was jarring to try to slide into the main character. Yet it turns out to be precisely the atmosphere this story needs. Avatar of the Wolf isn't a fluffy tale of adventure that will appeal broadly, but give it time to spin its yarn and you might find yourself unable to put it down...

Any TouchArcade readers who have been following the website since 2013 will not only be awesome people, but will also likely remember an incredibly, err, eccentric game by the name of Alpaca Evolution [Free] from Japanese developer COCOSOLA. Even with some of the bizarre experiments released on a weekly basis on the App Store, the cannibalism/mutation simulator of Alpaca Evolution really stood out at the time for its inexplicable premise, and was well received in our TA Plays feature around its launch. While we have heard little from the developer since its breakout release, their latest title dropped onto the App Store out of nowhere this weekend, and it's certainly a major shift in direction from COCOSOLA's previous releases. The Witch's Isle [Free] is an incredibly intriguing point-and-click adventure game with some beautiful pixel art, and the Sword and Sworcery [$3.99] vibes I get from the screenshots can only be a good thing...

'Layton's Mystery Journey' Review - Better Layton Than Never

Of all the possible games, series, and franchises that could have been ported to mobile over the years, one of the ones that made the most sense has been a no-show until now. Level 5's Professor Layton series of puzzle adventures, which debuted on the Nintendo DS in 2007, seemed like a great match for mobile both in terms of its game design and demographic appeal. For whatever reason, however, the platform seemed to get passed over for a mainline Layton game even as the occasional spin-off popped up. Well, no matter what the reason was, Level 5 seems to be ready to take a chance with the latest game in the series, Layton's Mystery Journey [$15.99]. This is a full Layton game in the traditional style, packed full of puzzles, a wild and woolly story, and plenty of tapping on everything for hint coins you'll never use...

Back in early May developer TheLastKind announced a beautiful new turn-based puzzle adventure called Eden: Renaissance and put out a call for beta testers. The game had a very similar vibe to Square Enix Montreal's award-winning Lara Croft GO [$4.99], but had a larger emphasis on story that included more than 30 minutes of cutscenes. The story follows a young archeologist named Ran who teams up with an otherworldly being named Eden who has a number of special abilities which will allow you to solve each of the game's 100+ levels. After announcing early last week that the game would be coming out at some point this month, last night Eden: Renaissance [$3.99] indeed popped up in the App Store...

To The Moon [$4.99] may feel like a relatively recent release in iOS terms, as Freebird Games' beloved adventure title only made the transition to mobile in May of this year. However, To The Moon dates back to 2011, and has since become one of the reference points for the emotive power of certain indie games. The title was met with universal critical acclaim upon its original launch, and was showered by accolades, even against groundbreaking releases like Ghost Trick and Portal 2. The mobile version was similarly met extremely positively, and received a glowing four-and-a-half star recommendation in our review shortly after launch. It may be a relatively fleeting experience, but it is certainly an essential one, and today To The Moon has gone on sale for $2.99 for the first time...

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