Category Archives: Adventure

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...

'Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas' Review - Zelda Is Better Without the Princess

To say that Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas [$8.99] is like The Legend of Zelda, particularly the seafaring The Wind Waker game, is an understatement. Developer Cornfox & Bros. is unapologetic in its attempt to emulate the successful Nintendo action-adventure series. This is Zelda through and through, but it’s not as good. Pretty damn close, though...

Let's start this review by going over exactly what the iOS version of LEGO The Lord of the Rings [$4.99] is. This is not a port of the console version, though its levels are drawn almost entirely from it. Instead, it's based on the handheld version, which is unfortunately largely built around the limitations of the Nintendo DS. Yes, the DS, not the 3DS. Of course, this is the norm for LEGO iOS games going all the way back to LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 [$4.99], but what makes it significant this time is that the console version had a lot of new elements that are nowhere to be found here. If you've only been following along with the iOS versions, then you know more or less what to expect from this one, and I think you'll be more than happy with this abridged retelling of the films based on Tolkien's novels. If you're here looking for the console game on the go, though, that's not what you'll get here...

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 [$0.99 / $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...

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