Category Archives: Adventure

Last week we detailed a massive new update that's heading to Rocketcat and Madgarden's sublime Death Road to Canada [$10.99], an update they've dubbed the COCCYX update. It's set to add a fancy new currency called Zombo Points which you'll need to earn through actually playing the game (no IAP!) and can spend on buying new perks and abilities. It pretty much replaces the current perk progression system with something that's a bit more clear and similar to progression systems in other games. There are also lots of new characters being added in this update, and that's the focus of today's news piece as the developers have just released a new video showing some of those new characters in action...

Classic Reload - 'Lost Treasures of Infocom'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the regular feature where our minds are forever voyaging. In each installment, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the one most likely to be eaten by a grue, I try to choose a balanced selection of games to feature. If you feel like something cool is missing, please let me know. You can leave suggestions in the comments below. I can't promise we'll get to any suggested games soon, but they will be added to the master list for future consideration...




Point and click games hold a peculiar retro charm to many younger gamers, myself included. Growing up at a time where the emphasis within the industry was immersive environments, unbridled action and complete control amidst the ascent of the analog stick, point and click titles felt somewhat anachronistic in the twenty-first century. However, the App Store and the fantastic touch screen capabilities of the iPhone have emphasised the qualities of the genre to this newer generation, and such technology has been able to bring cult classics such as Beneath a Steel Sky [$2.99] and the Broken Sword [$4.99] series to a brand new audience. The Little Acre [$2.99] follows in the footsteps of these two point and click gems (especially as the executive producer Charles Cecil was responsible for both titles), and brings a beautifully hand-drawn world with an adorable story to the App Store. After an initial PC launch last December, The Little Acre has today finally launched on iOS, and for the bargain price of $2.99...

Using the iPhone to transform typical text adventures into something so much more immersive has been done to great effect on the App Store as of late, with the Lifeline [$1.99] series providing some of the more memorable narrative experiences on the platform. However, A Normal Lost Phone [$2.99] took this concept and dialled (pun not intended) it up to 11. As opposed to its relatively innocuous title, Accidental Queens' debut iOS release takes the player into unknown territory, having to uncomfortably dive into the private matters of a stranger to discover what happened to the previous owner who mysteriously disappeared at the age of 18. Without wanting to spoil any of the incredibly powerful storytelling within the game, A Normal Lost Phone touches on some pertinent issues involving intimacy, adolescence and sexuality, and has today gone on sale for the first time for $1.99...

As we wrote about a few days ago, Night School Studio, of Oxenfree and Mr. Robot fame, were working on a The Mummy tie-in game, and now that game is out worldwide. If you haven't been reading about The Mummy, you might not know that it's supposed to launch the Dark Universe, Universal Pictures' attempt at creating a series of films that will revive the studio's classic monster characters for a new generation. The Mummy Dark Universe Stories [Free] is a free episodic series where you take the role of The Mummy protagonist, Nick Morton (played by Tom Cruise), and embark on a narrative game with multiple choices and dynamic comic-book style illustrations...

Over the past few years, an interesting dichotomy has emerged on the ever-changing landscape that is the App Store. Most releases can be divided into either smaller, innovative titles from independent developers, or big-budget graphical powerhouses that push the platform to its limit, even if they are ports of PC or console games. While the two coexist and provide their own respective experiences, I'm all for it, and 2016's Submerged: Miku and the Sunken City [$4.99] fits firmly within the latter category. With a heavy emphasis on atmosphere and puzzle-solving within a decrepit Uncharted-esque ancient environment, Uppercut Games' latest release demonstrated the potential of Unreal Engine 4 and iOS's Metal feature when it released in September last year, and today has gone on sale for the very first time to the bargain price of $1.99...

'Monument Valley 2' Review - Mother and Child Reunited

The first Monument Valley [$3.99] was a landmark game on the App Store, a title that brought a fascinatingly gorgeous experience to mobile gaming. Yet, I thought there was something lacking from it: it wasn't a particularly difficult game as far as challenge goes, and while the story had some poignant moments, its abstraction perhaps was too disaffecting from the story the game wanted to tell. But certainly, critics of the game are in a notable minority, as the game has become one of the top-selling mobile games of all-time, spawned many imitators, appeared on House of Cards, and caused many people to fall in love with the characters from the game. So the sequel Monument Valley 2 [$4.99] is in an unenviable position where it has to try and recapture that magic of the original. And to a certain extent, it does: it's still a gorgeous game, and Ustwo are the masters of their craft at putting Escherian impossible geometry into a game experience. As a delivery vehicle for some gorgeous colors and landscapes, Monument Valley 2 is once again a success. As a game, and even at times as a story, Monument Valley 2 falls a bit short...

If funny adventure games are your thing, then you should definitely pick up Her Majesty's SPIFFING [$3.99] by BillyGoat Entertainment, on sale for the first time ever. The game has you searching the universe for planets to "gently" claim for the Galactic British Empire. You assume command of a near futuristic ship called HMSS Imperialize (subtle) and set to venture into the cosmos with one goal, to serve Queen and country. And SPIFFING is an acronym for "Special Planetary Force for Inhabiting New Galaxies" and nothing else. The game, which has great reviews on Steam, is chock full of British humor and entertaining characters, although some players do note that it's a little on the short side...

Retro Puzzle Platformer 'Pocket Kingdom' Launching June 15th on the App Store

When we first heard about the tragic demise of Bulkypix last year, it led to much uncertainty surrounding the futures of many upcoming titles that were set to be released under the publisher's moniker. Thankfully, the extremely promising Pocket Kingdom from developers 08 Games is one such game that has safely navigated the trials and tribulations of the past twelve months, and greatly impressed us when we first caught a glimpse of it at GDC in March of 2016. With a distinct pixel art style that is reminiscent of old Amiga games with a new modern flair, and some inventive puzzle platforming mechanics that make the most of a variety of items and obstacles that can be encountered, Pocket Kingdom looks like essential love letter to gaming's past, and is releasing on June 15th for $2.99 on the App Store...

Lo and behold; we got the second episode of Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$4.99] on the same day as the rest of the platforms. Who knew? As you probably know by now, Telltale's iOS releases haven't been the most predictable lately, but I'm glad to see the Episode 2, Under Pressure, release today. Under Pressure (spoilers) follows the Guardians' adventures as they try to evade a (probably misunderstood) genocidal maniac who wants to steal the powerful relic that can bring back people from the dead. Desperate for some help, Star-Lord and the rest will have to seek old friends and call in favors if they are to survive...

Telltale's Guardian of the Galaxy [$4.99] series is about to get its second episode, and today we got to see the trailer for Under Pressure. Spoilers from here on. The Guardians have in their possession an extremely powerful relic that can bring people back from the dead (and do even more), and they are being hunted by people who are more than willing to do bodily harm. So, Star-Lord and the rest have to go find old friends and call in some favors if they are to make it through alive. At the same time, the team isn't at its best, so it's quite possible the Guardians will start losing members in Under Pressure...

The Quest HD [$3.99], which actually isn't even called The Quest HD anymore because developer Redshift renamed it simply The Quest and then renamed the original The Quest and its many expansions to The Quest Classic but I didn't want to be any more confusing than I need to be and since this is the HD remake of The Quest I'm just going to go ahead and call it The Quest HD anyway… ahem, where was I? Oh yeah, The Quest HD has already received a lengthy expansion with Islands of Ice and Fire [$1.99], which was an HD remake of an existing expansion, but as was hinted at last month long-time The Quest expansion creator Zarista Games has been hard at work on a brand new expansion specifically for The Quest HD called The Quest - Thor's Hammer [$2.99], which just arrived in the App Store today...

RPG Reload File 103 - 'Fairune'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we know the trees are a lie. In each installment, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it stands the test of time. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. Being the disembodied voice that tells you where to go, I try to choose a balanced plate of games to feature. If there's a game you really want to see, though, don't be shy! You can let me know in the comments below, by posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. You might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list for future consideration...

It's almost time for The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [$4.99] to come to an end, so Telltale released the final trailer for the From the Gallows episode. And, as you can already guess, it doesn't paint a lovely, peaceful picture of what is to come as the third season of the famous series comes to an end. Clementine and Javier are still trying to survive, and you can see plenty of clashes in the trailer, reminiscent of the later seasons of The Walking Dead TV show. Spoilers from here onward. As we've talked about before, the last episode finds Richmond on the brink of total collapse and the lives of everyone in danger...

A New Gameplay Trailer for 'Cat Quest' Reveals Rampaging Dragons and Awesome Open-World Exploration

It's been incredibly interesting watching Cat Quest evolve on our forums ever since it was first announced back in June of last year. Over the past eleven months, ex-Koei Tecmo developers The Gentlebros have repeatedly impressed with their interaction with members of the iOS gaming community, as well as the level of ambition and polish that has turned Cat Quest from a mobile and PC exclusive to a multiplatform release that will launch on both the PS4 and the Nintendo Switch. In anticipation of its Summer 2017 release date, the developers have released a new gameplay walkthrough trailer which gives a glimpse of the combat, customisation and world exploring action that you and your kitty can embark on when the title eventually launches on the App Store...

Hey there, friends! I have a question for you all. Do you like shooting lasers at things in space? I'm going to assume you do because if you don't, you are dead to me. At least, the me that is writing this article, hoping this is very salient to your interests. Phew, I'm rambling here. It's just that Subdivision Infinity [$4.99] from Crescent Moon Games has hit the App Store a touch early and I'm very excited about that. It's even having one of those launch sale things, so you can get it for 40% off what will be its eventual regular price...

Minecraft mash-up packs have been some of the neatest new additions to the game on all platforms, and seeing some big franchises collaborate with the iconic crafting title has gone some way to keeping the gameplay fresh amidst numerous other activities competing for your time. The Super Mario series came out in force in the recently released Nintendo Switch edition of Minecraft, and on Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] we've had Magic: The Gathering and even the Fallout series make their respective debuts in Mojang's blocky world builder. Today, the developers have announced that the cult classic cartoon Adventure Time will soon receive a mash-up pack in the console and mobile versions of the game, as you explore the Land of Ooo with the colorful and quirky characters from the series...

'Old Man's Journey' Review - Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

It's been on our radars for about a year, and Old Man's Journey [$4.99] is out now and well worth checking out. This adventure game is the tale of an old man who goes on a journey that touches on his past and is at times a harrowing tale of survival in a world where there just isn't that much transportation infrastructure. I'm joking around, but that is solely to cover up that Old Man's Journey is an emotionally effecting experience that is brief but well worth experiencing...

'To The Moon' Review - When the Moon Hits Your Eye

To The Moon [$4.99] is an experience that depends almost entirely on the way its story unravels, and the exceptional music backing it. Spoiling the story, any bit of it, beyond the premise would be doing any potential player a tremendous disservice. And while I can offer up all kinds of praise for the audio, it's not as though that's easy to convey through text. So what should I write here? Let's start with this: To The Moon is an amazing journey through the memories of a man who has reached the end of his life, and as long as you don't mind the fact that the gameplay doesn't involve much more than walking around and clicking on things, you really ought to play this...

It's hard to hear the word Faraway and not think of Eliss [$2.99] developer Steph Thirion's forever-in-development constellation creating game, but while I'm not sure if that one will ever actually see the light of day in the meantime there's a new Faraway in town that's stolen my heart. Officially titled Faraway: Puzzle Escape [Free], the game makes no bones about being a "modern tribute" to the all-time classic Myst. You'll explore 18 different temple ruins solving various types of puzzles in order to open the path ahead and continue marching onward. There's also quite a bit to discover, too, including hidden pages from your father's diary which will help flesh out the story and explain why you're doing what you're doing. Or you can just solve puzzles, it's up to you!..

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