Category Archives: Adventure

There are some franchises in gaming that are so well-known and revered that almost every gamer has played at least one: Super Mario, Sonic the Hedgehog, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear, The Legend of Zelda, and so on. While iOS gamers have seen some of these series come to the mobile platform over the years, the franchises that belong to first parties, and Nintendo in particular are locked down pretty tightly on their home platforms. It's understandable, but iOS gamers still want these types of experiences, and various developers have tried to fill the holes as best as they could. There are lots of attempts to fill the demand for Mario, but just like on consoles, relatively few make a serious attempt at imitating The Legend of Zelda...

Crescent Moon's epic open world RPG Ravensword: Shadowlands [$6.99] has just received its biggest update ever, and to celebrate it's also on sale for its lowest price ever at just 99¢. Shadowlands originally launched back in December of last year, and is the sequel to the original Ravensword [$2.99] which ushered in a new era of mobile open world games when it was released way back in 2009. Ravensword: Shadowlands expanded upon just about everything over the original, from better visuals to an even larger open world to explore and much more. We were quite impressed with it in our review...

'Device 6' Review - An Interactive Story Unlike Any You've Ever Experienced

Device 6 [$3.99] is the newest project from developer Simogo — an independent team that has quickly risen to the cream of the crop among iOS developers. But you won't find endless runners or dual-stick shooters in their repertoire — with games like 2012’s Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99] and this year’s Year Walk [$3.99], Simogo has shown that they know how to utilize the platform’s strengths like few others are doing. In Device 6, Simogo brings that same relentless ambition to the genre of interactive fiction and crafts an experience unlike any other I’ve encountered on iOS...

It's been a slow process, but Mojang is still plugging away at Minecraft - Pocket Edition [$6.99] in order to make it a more feature-complete version of the popular crafting adventure game. The folks at Droid Gamers offer up some new details on what we can expect from the forthcoming 0.8.0 and 0.9.0 version updates to the game...

'Indigo Lake' Review - Not Your Average Idyllic Town

One day, when you’re older, you might think it’d be nice to retire to a small, sleepy town, and live out the remainder of your life happy, surrounded by the rustling of trees and the rushing of water...

I was totally amped to check out The Magic Castle [Free / $0.99 (HD)]. I'd recently played zombie point 'n' click Escape from the Dead [$0.99], also by Digi-chain Games and knew this would be something a little bit special. Digi-chain are no stranger to point 'n' click adventures and with each new release the titles grow stronger, deeper and more pleasing to the ocular nerves...

'Monster Adventures' Review - Excellent Elementary Monster Hunting

With the likes of Block Fortress [Free / $1.99] and Heroes & Castles [Free / $2.99], the bros at Foursaken Media really have a penchant for creating great games across substantially different premises. This trend continues with Monster Adventures [$0.99], a dungeon crawler with loads of character customization and a touch of rogue-like randomization. It succeeds wonderfully too, making it yet another title from Foursaken worth playing...

A few weeks back we detailed an upcoming update for Majic Jungles 2D crafting game The Blockheads [Free], and as of today that update has gone live in the App Store. To briefly summarize, this update is called the "Trains and Technology" update and it adds–you guessed it–trains and technology to the game. More specifically, you can now build steam engine trains to transport your Blockheads and supplies great distances, or you can build a manually-driven hand cart and build ramps out of track if you just feel like tricking out. In addition, the ability to harvest and store electricity has been added to the game, which adds all sorts of possibilities...

I intentionally kept away from The Cave [$4.99], when it released earlier this year on everything else, because I wanted to play it on my iPad – I prefer the platform for adventure games. Sacrificing visual fidelity for comfort, I lay my feet out as I enjoyed the witty writing of Ron Gilbert & Chris Remo, laughing and scratching my head as I solved my way through The Cave’s nooks and crannies...

Hands-On with 'Mimpi' - Gorgeous Puzzle Platforming

The folks over at Crescent Moon Games have been busy lately publishing a variety of different games. One of the titles I've been most impressed with is Mimpi, a puzzle/platforming game from developer Silicon Jelly with an adorable canine for a hero. Recently we had an opportunity to check out a final pre-release build and, based on what we've seen, it should be on everyone's radar...

Well, hey, nothing quite grabs attention like putting pants in the title, right? The latest from 10tons, the publisher behind recent romps Sparkle 2 [$4.99] and Joining Hands 2 [$2.99], Trouserheart [$2.99] has the cute premise of a king searching for his stolen slacks. The game itself is an overhead hack 'n' slash with most of the trimmings you'd expect from that genre. It's a well-worn genre on the App Store, so it takes a bit more than a humorous title to make a splash with iOS gamers...

'Shadowrun Returns' Review - A Kickstarter-Fueled Cyberpunk Classic

Shadowrun Returns [$9.99 (HD)] isn't a simple rehash of the 16-Bit console games that founded the universe it lives in. It's the same brand new adventure that was scripted and coded from the ground up for PC and Mac and it is, quite simply, a masterpiece...

We have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to 2D crafting games on the App Store, especially with the recent releases of Junk Jack X and Terraria. But there's one 2D crafter that captured my heart (and ate away more hours than I'm comfortable sharing) before any of the others, and that game was Majic Jungle's The Blockheads [Free]. Its mechanics and controls were built beautifully from the ground up with touchscreen in mind, and its large, randomly-generated worlds created tons of opportunities to get lost in exploration and discovery. We loved the game in our review, and it's only gotten better since with numerous updates, including a massive update which added support for online multiplayer for up to 32 players...

Late last year, a quirky little game called Sage Fusion [$2.99] was released on the App Store. It carried its fair share of problems thanks to its attempt to merge no less than three genres: point and click adventure, visual novel, and RPG. With aspirations to do three genres justice, it ended up not really doing terribly well at any of them. Furthermore, the game was a very short affair, being a simple first chapter of what was to be an epic story, an all too common occurrence on the App Store. Unlike many other first chapters on iOS, however, we've actually received a second (and concluding) chapter to this story, Sage Fusion 2 [$2.99]...

'Heroes of Loot' Review - Prepare to Grind Your Thumbs to Dust

Heroes of Loot [$1.99] by Pascal Bestebroer is not just another fantasy RPG. I hadn’t played an old-school crawler like this in some time so the dread of disconnect and an extremely high level of entry were present before I even booted the app. Moments after clearing my first dungeon, I was given the treat of old-fashioned grinding in its purest form. While running and gunning my way through the ghoulish hordes with metal and magic, I was surprised by the smooth gameplay and understated strategy that makes the app illuminate a corridor in the genre all its own. Heroes of Loot provides a speed and intensity that keeps me on edge, sprinkled with a sensible amount of wit and satirical nodding, keeping the experience inviting and ever-playable...

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