Category Archives: Adventure

Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective [Free] has a particularly tragic past - and I’m not talking about the game’s incredible storyline. Released in the twilight years of the DS, Ghost Trick received unanimous critical acclaim across the board, winning a wide variety of awards in 2011. However, the timing of the launch meant that Ghost Trick was not as successful commercially as it was with the critics - and even then, the game tended to live in the shadow of Shu Takumi’s more popular Phoenix Wright series. I was a massive fan of the game on its original DS launch, so it was both incredibly surprising and infinitely awesome to see Capcom port it to iOS in 2012, and I can’t recommend it more for its engrossing narrative and truly unique gameplay mechanics. Today, Ghost Trick has finally been updated with iOS 10 support, which is a fantastic excuse to replay the game if you were a fan, or try it out (the first two chapters are free) if you missed it first time around...

Classic Reload - 'Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we complete our woeful errands with a smile. Each month, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their overall place in the App Store's library, or to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. If there's a game you'd like to see featured here, don't be shy! You can make suggestions in the comments below and I'll consider them for a future installment...




After releasing the first episodes weeks apart on PC and iOS, Telltale has finally managed to get the iOS Batman - The Telltale Series' [$4.99] episodes ready to come out at the same time. Episode 4, Guardian of Gotham, will be launching November 22nd on all platforms. Telltale notes that episode 4 will take players in very different places depending on their choices during the third episode, so this might be the most diverging story Telltale has done so far. In Episode 4 (spoilers), we have Penguin running Wayne Enterprises and Bruce, well, not where you thought he would be. I won't spoil that part because it's probably worth finding out yourselves what has happened to Bruce Wayne and Batman. The episode will give players some very crucial decisions to make that will heavily influence the way the last episode of the series will play...

While the move towards further realism and detail in graphical design has given us some truly stunning games on iOS such as Infinity Blade 3 [$6.99] and Eisenhorn: Xenos [$5.99], sometimes imagination, creativity and innovation can trump pure power. Little Briar Rose [$2.99] is one such game - developers Elf Games Work have taken the extremely interesting approach of coating every element of the title with a stained glass window aesthetic design. This unique and audacious art direction, coupled with an expansive and immersive fairy-tale world to explore, culminates in a truly jaw-droppingly beautiful adventure game that stands out from similar point and click titles on the iPhone, and is available now on the App Store for $2.99...

If you enjoy reading about game development, then you should read this article about the lovely Burly Men at Sea [$4.99]. The blog's written by Brooke Condolora, the artist, writer, and designer behind the game. She talks about the way they constructed this story-building game and how the branching scenes combine to form one overarching theme. They designed the game around the idea of folklore, which influenced the design in terms of length, tone, and moral. The way they went about designing for a cohesive moral was keeping the beginning and end consistent and letting players influence the events between those two narrative points. The game began as a more traditional branching narrative with dialogue choices, but they decided to abandon that for the discovery play style they finally went with...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] has been a phenomenal hit on the App Store, and definitely a deserved success - with so many updates for the game since its initial 2014 launch, Mojang have changed a bare-bones port into a fully fledged and content rich experience that can stand tall with its console counterparts. The trend of continued support from the developers shows no signs of stopping, and today they have announced the big 1.0 update for Minecraft, which has some seriously major additions that will likely delight fans of the game, such as The End, and its notorious inhabitant The Ender Dragon...

One of the finest crafting/survival/world-building games on the planet is Pixbits' fantastic Junk Jack X [$4.99]. The very first Junk Jack released around this time way back in 2011, but as iOS hardware and software improved and expanded, it led Pixbits to release a greatly enhanced version in August of 2013 which we know as Junk Jack X. As with the first game, the team kept updating and improving Junk Jack X at an almost absurd rate for years, and if you were looking for the most bang for your buck in terms of hours of play then it really fit the bill. Things slowed down a bit though as Pixbits worked on bringing the game to desktop, and the last significant update for the game was in December of last year. Well, Junk Jack X is back with a massive version 3.0 update that pretty much blows anything they've done in the past right out of the water...

The newest game from Peter Molyneux's studio 22cans, which soft-launched back in September and is published by Kongregate, is now available worldwide. The game is called The Trail - A Frontier Journey [Free] and it sees you creating a character and walking various paths in really gorgeous environments collecting resources and engaging in various activities before arriving at a settlement camp. There, you can trade or converse with the locals, craft items, or just rest up before heading back out onto the trail towards your next destination. If you find a town you like, you can settle down there and help to build the town up into prominence. Check out the trailer...

Genre mashups always toe a precarious line between providing players with established systems of play while simultaneously turning them upside down by placing them in new environments. If not done well enough, players are left with a completely foreign experience without any familiar gameplay elements to form a grounding experience. In other words, balance is key. The Lost Shield [$1.99], while a relatively basic example of a genre mashup, nevertheless does a decent job achieving that balance. In fact, if not for some more fundamental issues with the game, I’d have no problem heralding it as a rare unqualified success...

Quantum Sheep Has Delayed 'Gerty - Robots in Love' Until 2017, but Has Released a Free Online Text Adventure Instead

Whenever I see an iOS game being delayed, while part of me is obviously disappointed, I always think back to previous eras of gaming where games were delayed for months - or even years - at a time, and it was especially bad in the UK because of the huge gaps while titles were being localised. Even now, examples on mainstream consoles as The Last Guardian and what became The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have been perpetually held off release, so the occasional wait in such a fluid environment like the App Store isn't the end of the world, especially if the final product is better for it. So, in a way, the bad news that Quantum Sheep's upcoming narrative focused exploration game Gerty - Robots in Love has been delayed to 2017 will really be good news when it does eventually launch next year. To make up for this, the developer has spontaneously released a new text adventure called Main Course: Director's Cut that can be found online, which softens the blow for anyone who was anticipating more sheepy goodness in 2016...

Glitch Games have made a name for themselves for eerie point-and-click adventures on the App Store, with their Forever Lost trilogy which we loved back in 2013, and the peculiarly meta A Short Tale [] that was released earlier this year. Owing to their impressive track record, there has been a lot of excitement on our forums about The Forgotten Room [$1.99], which is the developer's next attempt at the paranormal adventure genre, and tells the story of investigator John Buster, who has to try and find a ten year old girl who went missing while playing hide and seek. With some really detailed and surreal graphics, coupled with perfect release timing on the eve of Halloween, The Forgotten Room looks incredibly captivating and blood-curdling at the same time, and is available right now on the App Store for only $1.99...

Batman - The Telltale Series [$4.99] has had a peculiar existence on iOS. The first episode came way after it hit PC and consoles, the second episode came briefly after the first one - but still well behind other platforms - and now episode 3 has hit iOS only a couple of days after PC and consoles. Maybe this means we'll get episode 4 pretty much at the same time as everyone else. You can now g and grab New World Order for $4.99 and continue playing as Batman and Bruce Wayne, if your device can actually play it since most iOS devices have been having quite a few technical issues with the series so far. Hopefully, Episode 3 will play better...

'Primordia' Review – B'sodding Brilliant

Of all the adventure games I’ve reviewed for this site, this is probably my favorite. The writing is stellar, the voice acting is ace, the style is top notch, and the soundtrack perfectly sets the tone. What is this game upon which I lavish such high praise? It’s an adventure game called Primordia [$4.99]. A very modern adventure game with a very old school feel, where the puzzles are challenging but not because they’re goofy and absurd. Puzzles and interactions serve the story and characters first, in a bleak post-apocalyptic world that is very well built. And the kicker? Nary a human being in site. This is a robot’s world now, though humans still play a pivotal role...

Every now and again I like to look through old weekly new game posts to find worthwhile games that may have been overlooked. Especially with the light speed pace of the mobile market. If you like RPG survival games that capture a real sense of struggle with an atmosphere of otherworldly dread, then you’ll probably adore Dead in Bermuda [$4.99] from CCCP and Plug in Digital. The stuff that it does right, it really does right. It’s hilariously (probably realistically) difficult, but it was definitely worth the price of admission, which is way cheaper than an airline ticket to Bermuda and the psychological cost of crashing and having to survive with your wits alone...

As we wrote about earlier today, Rusty Lake has released its second premium game, Rusty Lake: Roots, and so far players in our forums are really liking it. Before there was Roots, there was Rusty Lake Hotel [$1.99], an equally creepy adventure game that has also been met with acclaim. Now, you can get your hands on it (if you so dare) for 50% off its normal price for the first time ever. And if you like horror or just a sense of uneasiness, you should jump on this one. Rusty Lake Hotel comes with 6 creepy rooms filled with quite interesting brain teasers all wrapped up in a suspenseful story about 5 weird dinners and the hotel's intriguing guests and staff...

Don't Starve [$4.99] was one of the first truly massive premium indie titles from Steam that made the jump to mobile back in 2015, and while many had already played and loved it on PC, the survival elements of the game suited the smaller screen well, and it is as essential a purchase now as it was when it first released on the App Store. However, while iOS gamers have been lucky to enjoy a universal version of Don't Starve: Pocket Edition for over a year now, mobile gamers on Android have been denied their chance to try the game until a limited open beta release last month. Android enthusiasts will be pleased to know their fast is over, and Don't Starve has fully launched on the Google Play store, and should be every bit as good as the iPhone and Steam iterations, regardless of the (compatible) device you play it on...

The original Rusty Lake Hotel [$1.99] was a cult hit for its surreal sense of spookiness that was also a lot of fun to play. However, its relative brevity in only having six rooms to play through meant that many fans were asking for more, and another chance to play through the evocative universe that eponymous developers Rusty Lake managed to create back in 2015. Thankfully, today the wait is finally over - despite its name, Rusty Lake: Roots [$2.99] is not a throwback or a return to the series' roots, as it is only the second game with the Rusty Lake prefix. Instead, Roots is a brand new game, that takes the same eerie evocative charm of the original game, but adds almost six times as many levels and an entirely new narrative to make this the definitive Rusty Lake experience on the App Store...

Classic Reload - 'Papa Sangre'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we spend a lot of time running into walls. Each month, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it holds up today. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the leader of the underworld, I'll try to choose a nice variety of titles for this feature, but if there's something you really want to see, don't hesitate to make a suggestion in the comments below. You might not see your suggested game soon, since I plan my schedules fairly far in advance, but I will consider it for a future highlight...

Batman - The Telltale Series [$4.99] is unfortunately plagued by pretty serious technical issues that have drowned out the intriguing work Telltale is doing in reimagining the Batman mythos. As I wrote in my review of the first episode, Telltale included a big twist to Batman's story (which I won't repeat here for spoilers' sake) that has made the series much more intriguing than expected. This new behind-the-scenes video focuses on how Telltale created the Bruce Wayne character while allowing players to mold him to their taste through their choices. I like how the developers let you play Bruce as a variety of different people, from a suave, easy-going charmer to a brooding loner...

'Nightgate' Review - Enter The Matrix

Semidome made a splash with their artsy debut Last Voyage [$1.99]. It was an artsy yet eclectic experience, as its ten chapters ran the gamut of gameplay styles to convey its abstract story. Semidome isn't done conveying this abstract digital atmosphere in their second title Nightgate [$3.99]. It positions itself as a more singular experience, but one that succeeds in creating a fascinating landscape for players to experience for just a little while...

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