Category Archives: Adventure

What originally started as a meme on the Something Awful forums, the character of Slender Man has grown far beyond what the original creator probably ever intended. An unnaturally skinny and tall man, with no features, always dressed in black, appears randomly before you, and if you see him, you have precious little time to avoid his grasp and an untimely end...

The first episode of Telltale's latest adventure game The Wolf Among Us [$4.99] hit the App Store in early December, and this week the developer has posted a note in their forums that the second episode is scheduled to hit the first week of February...

In my recent review of Hoplite [$1.99], I mentioned how the game benefited from a focused design. It's vitally important when the team is small to avoid biting off more than you can chew, because you might end up with a game full of content of wildly varying quality that doesn't measure up as an overall experience. This is unfortunately the case with the Trese Brothers' latest, the fantasy strategy RPG Heroes of Steel [Free]. The aspects of the game that are the most fun would have benefited from the extra resources that were spent on things that don't work well at all. Specifically, the turn-based battles are very solid, but almost everything between them is a slog. If you have the patience to deal with or embrace the slower bits, the game is without a doubt a good value for its content, with the free prologue spanning about five hours alone and the promise of more to come via IAP chapters, the first of which is available for just a dollar. With a lot of competition in the turn-based strategy genre on iOS, though, it's hard to recommend spending your time on this one...

In the past week, I played two zombie survival adventure games, which is two more than I played in the last full year. It's not that there aren't tons of great zombie games out there, it's just that as a concept I feel like the game industry has done a pretty good job of exhausting it, so it takes a lot to get me invested in the theme these days. One of the two titles I played was The Walking Dead [Free], a game I'd heard nothing but gushing praise about and felt I needed to check out. Well, I've now seen it all the way through, and yes, that was really something. At the same time I was making my way through that, I was also playing Overlive: Zombie Survival RPG [$2.99], and you would think that with a similar genre and theme, there would be a long shadow there that the game might not be able to shamble out of. Well, Overlive isn't as good as The Walking Dead in a general sense, but it does do a lot of interesting things that make it worth checking out for adventure fans...

Dubbed by its developers as a mix of Diablo and The Binding of Isaac, Hero Siege [$2.99] is a dual-stick shooter that immediately has big shoes to fill. With a simplified combat system combined with a load of randomization systems, Hero Siege may pick up some aspects from those titles in terms of theory, but not so much in terms of implementation. Still, while the action-RPG hybrid may not live up to the games that it’s inspired by, Hero Siege is still an enjoyable romp through a 16-bit styled randomized world with plenty of enemies to dispatch...

'Tomb Raider I' Review - Disastrous Controls Destroy An Otherwise Good Port

Well, the review title pretty much says it all, doesn't it? I guess I can sneak off for an early lunch now. Actually, I suppose since the original game this is ported from is 17 (!) years old now, I should probably elaborate a little bit. Tomb Raider I [$2.99], as it's apparently called now, is a game I'm sure many readers know like the back of their hand, and maybe the front, too. If you are very familiar with the game and just want the brief, this is a port of Tomb Raider Gold, the PC re-release that included the Unfinished Business expansion. If you have a controller, you'll be partying like it's 1996 all over again, but if you don't, you'll be subject to virtual controls that mess up a movement system that hasn't aged all that well in the first place...

One of the problems with adaptations of existing works is that no matter how perfectly the conversion is pulled off, the end result still depends heavily on the quality of the source. If you're familiar with developer Tin Man Games, I probably don't even need to tell you that Fighting Fantasy: Island of the Lizard King [$5.99] is a perfect iOS version of the classic gamebook. The thing is, there are a lot of Fighting Fantasy books, and they're not all winners. Island of the Lizard King isn't a bad one, and oh my, are there some bad ones, but I've never been a big fan of it. The unfortunate result is that while I will once again applaud Tin Man Games's fine work in the gamebook genre, I don't think this one is all that great, through no fault of their own...

If you’ve been following iOS games for a while, then you’ve probably heard of The Shadow Sun at some point or another. Originally announced way back in August 2010, RPG fans were instantly intrigued at the idea of an original, 3D, Western-style RPG. This was especially the case considering developer Ossian Studio’s pedigree of having individuals that worked on games such as Baldur’s Gate II. However, after that announcement the hype machine went silent until this year. Now, over three years later The Shadow Sun [$7.99] finally makes its debut. While it may not necessarily match the hype of a game three years in the making it’s still a worthy addition to a growing library of impressive Western-style RPGs...

'LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga' Review - Every Saga Has A Beginning

There are so many licensed LEGO games across so many different characters at this point, it's sometimes hard to remember there was a time when LEGO games were borderline-edutainment titles found on PC bargain spinner racks, Traveller's Tales/TT Games were creating games whose only redeeming elements were nice production values, and the closest thing to a wacky Star Wars crossover game was Star Wars Monopoly. Heck, that time wasn't even ten years ago. In 2005, Eidos and LucasArts released the first Traveller's Tales LEGO game, LEGO Star Wars, across a variety of platforms. Given the dubious reputation of all involved and the marketing that strongly suggested it was for kids, it managed to catch a lot of people off-guard by being a pretty fun game packed full of fanservice and self-aware comedy. The game was a huge hit, made all the more impressive by the fact that it was based on the generally-disliked Prequel Trilogy...

It seems like only yesterday that Pixbits updated their crafting adventure game Junk Jack X [$4.99] with a Thanksgiving theme and tons of other new content, but it was actually just under a month ago. Still, that's an incredibly short amount of time to already be releasing another update, but that's exactly what Pixbits has done as a new Christmas themed update has gone live for the game...

'Sorcery! 2' Review - Continue The Adventure In This Bigger And Better Chapter

If nothing else, the year 2013 has been a great one for gamebooks. With Tin Man Games continuing their excellent work with original and licensed works that faithfully recreate the feeling of a real book, Forge Reply and Bulkypix bringing back an old favorite character with stunning new presentation in Lone Wolf [Free], and inkle's great interpretation of the epic Sorcery! [$4.99] saga, I dare say fans of the genre have never had such a wealth of interesting, quality choices as they do today on mobile platforms. We reviewed the first part of Sorcery! earlier this year and came away quite impressed with inkle's spin on the concept, and I'm happy to tell you that it only gets better in Sorcery! 2 [$4.99]...

For most console and portable gamers, the Assassin’s Creed series is (or should be) a household name as far as open-world objective-based action is concerned. However, it hasn’t really made much of a splash on the mobile scene (the exception being the now ancient Altair’s Chronicles [$4.99 / $6.99 (HD)]). With the recent launch of Assassin’s Creed Pirates [$4.99], iOS users now have an opportunity to experience some of what the most recent console offerings have featured. Unfortunately, several aspects of Pirates bring it down, leading to a gameplay experience that could have been better...

The huge Minecraft - Pocket Edition [$6.99] update which developer Mojang detailed back in October is now available in the App Store. The biggest addition is the ability to craft minecarts and rails to run them on. While Redstone is in the mobile version now in a limited capacity, you can't yet make circuits out of the Redstone dust, though it does seem you can power your minecart rails with it...

Gary Chalk is one of those guys whose name you might not know or remember, but whose work will strike a familiar chord with many. His striking and unique artwork can be found in many fantasy favorites, including the classic Redwall series of books, the Lone Wolf series of gamebooks, and the cult favorite board games Talisman and HeroQuest. His style is recognizable almost immediately, with gaunt-faced humans in highly detailed clothing and heavily-stylized monster designs, to say nothing of his penchant for bizarre architecture. It's his contributions to Lone Wolf that make him well-known among gamebook fans, though, and that fame makes him a solid choice to build a new series around...

Just over a couple of months ago in late August, Pixbits released Junk Jack X [$4.99], their ambitious follow-up title to their 2011 hit 2D crafting adventure Junk Jack. Junk Jack X followed the formula of its predecessor very closely, but expanded on it in many different ways. New worlds to explore, new items to craft, a streamlined interface and a very enjoyable online multiplayer component. Junk Jack X was about as good as they come, and as fans of the first game are all too aware, Pixbits are no slouches when it comes to updating their games with new features. The first Junk Jack X update landed in mid-September and addressed issues of online griefing among numerous other fixes. The next update is already submitted to Apple for approval, and as you can see from the screen below, is a holiday-themed update featuring a bunch of stuff for Thanksgiving...

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