Thinking back to the games that made a big impact in the very early years of the App Store and puzzle platformer Archibald’s Adventures ($1.99) is right up near the top of the list. Developer Rake in Grass released the game way back in January of 2009, and updated it several times since then with new content and features. Its last update was in November of 2010, coming up on 7 years ago. With the 32-bit Appocalypse coming up, we’ve seen plenty of older games get brought back to life in an effort to bring them up to modern standards and keep them alive in the App Store. Given the lack of activity by Rake in Grass for the past several years, I was taken completely by surprise to see that Archibald’s Adventures has received a new update today bringing with it all the modern conveniences like widescreen support, high resolution graphics, support for all the different screen sizes, and 60fps support.
If you want to learn a bit more about Archibald’s Adventures, you can read our original review from way back in 2009 (and if you’re feeling especially brave you can read the comments complaining about the price, which is yet another example of the more things change in the App Store world the more they stay the same). There’s also a lengthy forum thread filled with impressions of the game over the past 8 years, and there’s even a free Archibald’s Adventures Lite (Free) version to try, though that has not as of this writing received the new update, but it should still give you an idea of the game.
It’s not clear if any other Rake in Grass games or that lite version will also be receiving maintenance updates, but with how well-regarded Archibald’s Adventures is I’m very happy to see it be the one that’s ready to continue on living a healthy life. Not only is it a great way to expose the game to a whole new audience that might have missed it back in the day, but as someone who played it all those years ago it’s been a blast picking it up again and experiencing it all over again.