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Category Archives: Adventure

Sunless Sea [$6.99 (HD)], Failbetter Games' story-driven (or, perhaps, nightmare-driven) game, has dropped to $6.99, its lowest price ever, and it's definitely worth picking up if you like strong writing and a weird (in a good way) universe. As I talked about in my review of the game, Sunless Sea is a literary RPG that that you exploring a gloomy, uncharted sea called the Unterzee, and while the basic gameplay loop is stocking up your ship and sailing across the darkness, the game's brilliance comes from the wonderful writing and the great characters you'll encounter. Sunless Sea is all about your sanity (or lack thereof), so the further out you venture, the greater the rewards but also the greater the risk of your crew going insane and eating each other (yes, that can happen). I had a lot of fun going from port to port, discovering some really outlandish characters, having to trade and negotiate, all the while trying to ensure I could make it back safe and sane...

As we learned back in May, AuraLab and Other Kind Games' surreal adventure game Karma. Incarnation 1. would be heading to mobile following its release on Steam in October of last year. Just a few days later the game arrived on Android via Google Play, with the iOS release set for some nebulous time in the future. Well, earlier this month it was announced that the iOS version was set to release on August 24th, and although it didn't quite make it in time for our weekly Out Now post, Karma. Incarnation 1. [$1.99] has finally arrived as of this morning. If you're familiar with the 2014 Don Hertzfeldt intro to The Simpsons, Karma. Incarnation 1. gives me that same sort of super weird, "I am on hallucinogenics right now" kind of feeling. Check out the trailer...




If you are one of those playing Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy [$4.99] series, you'll be glad to know that episode 3 is now ready for you to enjoy, and I'm actually looking forward to playing it. More Than a Feeling (the series does love its songs, doesn't it) is now available for $4.99, and it's going to give us the the answer to that pretty cool cliffhanger the last episode ended with. Now, if you've watched the trailer for the new episode, then you probably know what comes after the blinding light at the end of episode 2, so if you don't like spoilers, do not watch the trailer below. I will say this, though; it does look like some pretty momentous decisions are coming our way in episode 3, and that's quite an interesting move narratively because we still have 2 episodes to go after this one...

To the Moon [$2.99] is a lovely experience with great music and story, and you'll be glad to know that there's an update coming out next week that's going to add some fun features. And the update will be accompanied by a 40% price drop, so what's not to like? The update will add the Music Box feature, which will allow you to play the music from the game's soundtrack even when you close the game, which is a fun idea given how lovely that music is. And if you really like those music pieces, you'll be able to go and grab them directly from iTunes. In addition to the Music Box, the update will add a QR code sharing that allows players to get to a saving point simply by scanning the QR code on the art work...

Last month developer Will O'Neill, most widely known for his 2014 narrative adventure Actual Sunlight which dealt with depression and suicide, released his newest game on Steam, another narrative adventure that deals with heavy topics called Little Red Lie. The story revolves around two very different characters and, as the name implies, the game replaces all the traditional forms of interaction in an adventure game and instead asks you to do one very simple thing: Lie your ass off. Following its well-received launch on desktop, today Little Red Lie [$4.99] has also launched in the App Store...

'Fighting Fantasy Legends' Review - Nomad Successfully Passes their Skill Test

Given their importance both in RPG history and in the memories of many players, it's not surprising that Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson's Fighting Fantasy gamebooks have been adapted into many different kinds of video games over the years. Some of them simply did the obvious, turning the books into text adventures. More often than not, however, the developers would get creative, turning out everything from first-person action/adventure games to Tomb Raider knock-offs. As a fan of the books, I ended up trying out most of these games as they released, and I can say that the main thing they had in common was that they weren't very good at all. Then smartphones and tablets came along, and all of a sudden, Fighting Fantasy games found their feet. Fighting Fantasy Legends [$4.99] continues that bout of good fortune, offering an awesome new take on the classic gamebooks...

The Corpse Party [$17.99] franchise made its debut on iOS back in 2012 in Japan. The original hit the App Store and had no support for English at the time, but thankfully we now have two of the three Corpse Party games localized. If you’re ready for some absolutely creepy horror and genuinely scary moments, you might want to check out the two localized releases here, as 5pb. is having a sale on the App Store for the full franchise. This sale is on until August 20th, with some great discounts on the included titles. While the games are available on multiple platforms, there are some cases where the iOS version is the definitive version, such as with Blood Drive. I’m a big fan of playing adventure games and visual novels on portable devices, so having these on iOS is fantastic...

As a premise for a ChoiceScript game, the one Demon Mark [$5.99] uses is a promising one. Set in a world of Slavic mythology, the story sees your young sibling kidnapped by a dangerous demon. Named the Uhin, she brands your characters with a curse called the Demon Mark and challenges you to come and rescue your family member. With a sword at your side and provisions in your bag, you set out on a road trip-style adventure through a veritable who's who of Slavic folk tales. Although we've started to see more games taking advantage of this rich source of lore, it remains a relatively untapped setting that offers high potential. Demon Mark is at its best when it drops you in the thick of these fables, and the author's passion and knowledge certainly shines through. Unfortunately, it ends up dropping the ball on some of the more fundamental elements of a choice-based game...

Something about the writing style in Avatar of the Wolf [$3.99] almost immediately put me off. Most of the well-written gamebooks from Choice of Games have an almost velvety tone to their prose, gently massaging your brain and doing their best to make it comfortable. Avatar of the Wolf, by comparison, is thorny. The words feel shorter, less comfortable to read, and above all, aggressive. It's even disorienting at times. The way this story is written does as much to set the tone as the meaning of the words the writer chooses. It was jarring to try to slide into the main character. Yet it turns out to be precisely the atmosphere this story needs. Avatar of the Wolf isn't a fluffy tale of adventure that will appeal broadly, but give it time to spin its yarn and you might find yourself unable to put it down...

Any TouchArcade readers who have been following the website since 2013 will not only be awesome people, but will also likely remember an incredibly, err, eccentric game by the name of Alpaca Evolution [Free] from Japanese developer COCOSOLA. Even with some of the bizarre experiments released on a weekly basis on the App Store, the cannibalism/mutation simulator of Alpaca Evolution really stood out at the time for its inexplicable premise, and was well received in our TA Plays feature around its launch. While we have heard little from the developer since its breakout release, their latest title dropped onto the App Store out of nowhere this weekend, and it's certainly a major shift in direction from COCOSOLA's previous releases. The Witch's Isle [Free] is an incredibly intriguing point-and-click adventure game with some beautiful pixel art, and the Sword and Sworcery [$3.99] vibes I get from the screenshots can only be a good thing...

After a pretty fun and quite long Minecraft: Story Mode Season 1, Telltale returns to the world of Minecraft with Episode 1 of Season 2 [$4.99], and although it has some fun new ideas, I wasn't too crazy with the direction of the narrative and, especially, with the decision to add complex fighting sequences in a game that can barely handle simple swipes. I have to admit that I died more times in Hero in Residence than in pretty much any other Telltale game ever, and that wasn't because I'm not good at swiping at the right time. I had fun getting reunited with some of the characters from Season 1 and seeing how things have turned out after those events, but Hero in Residence didn't really impress me, and I'm hoping the rest of the episodes deliver a more coherent narrative and fewer action sequences...

'Layton's Mystery Journey' Review - Better Layton Than Never

Of all the possible games, series, and franchises that could have been ported to mobile over the years, one of the ones that made the most sense has been a no-show until now. Level 5's Professor Layton series of puzzle adventures, which debuted on the Nintendo DS in 2007, seemed like a great match for mobile both in terms of its game design and demographic appeal. For whatever reason, however, the platform seemed to get passed over for a mainline Layton game even as the occasional spin-off popped up. Well, no matter what the reason was, Level 5 seems to be ready to take a chance with the latest game in the series, Layton's Mystery Journey [$15.99]. This is a full Layton game in the traditional style, packed full of puzzles, a wild and woolly story, and plenty of tapping on everything for hint coins you'll never use...

Back in early May developer TheLastKind announced a beautiful new turn-based puzzle adventure called Eden: Renaissance and put out a call for beta testers. The game had a very similar vibe to Square Enix Montreal's award-winning Lara Croft GO [$4.99], but had a larger emphasis on story that included more than 30 minutes of cutscenes. The story follows a young archeologist named Ran who teams up with an otherworldly being named Eden who has a number of special abilities which will allow you to solve each of the game's 100+ levels. After announcing early last week that the game would be coming out at some point this month, last night Eden: Renaissance [$2.99] indeed popped up in the App Store...

To The Moon [$2.99] may feel like a relatively recent release in iOS terms, as Freebird Games' beloved adventure title only made the transition to mobile in May of this year. However, To The Moon dates back to 2011, and has since become one of the reference points for the emotive power of certain indie games. The title was met with universal critical acclaim upon its original launch, and was showered by accolades, even against groundbreaking releases like Ghost Trick and Portal 2. The mobile version was similarly met extremely positively, and received a glowing four-and-a-half star recommendation in our review shortly after launch. It may be a relatively fleeting experience, but it is certainly an essential one, and today To The Moon has gone on sale for $2.99 for the first time...

Latest Game in the 'Professor Layton' Series 'Layton's Mystery Journey' Hits the App Store

As promised, Level-5 have delivered a brand new entry in the popular Professor Layton puzzler series called Layton's Mystery Journey [$15.99] to the App Store. This adventure is the seventh game in the main Professor Layton series and it follows Katrielle Layton, the daughter of the titular Professor Layton. He has suddenly gone missing and it's up to Katrielle to figure out the mystery of what happened to him by way of traveling around famous London landmarks, interacting with colorful characters, solving puzzles, and generally doing Layton-y type things. ..

The word 'classic' gets bandied around a lot when talking about games, and as a result has somewhat diluted its meaning. However, if one game on the App Store was worthy of such an adjective, it would definitely be Day of the Tentacle [$4.99]. Widely regarded as one of the greatest point-and-click games of all time, LucasArts' opus captured the hearts of a generation when it launched on the PC in 1993, and its remastered mobile release last year was a glorious representation that was a fitting tribute to its stunning source material. However, its release on the cusp of Pokemon GO [Free] hysteria meant that many may have missed out on Day of the Tentacle Remastered, and if you haven't experienced the eccentric time-travelling world of Bernard Bernoulli and friends, the game has today gone on sale for its lowest price ever, along side a handful of other Double Fine releases...

'RuneScape Mobile' and 'Old School RuneScape' Announced for iOS and Android With PC Cross-Platform Play

RuneScape is a game that needs no introduction - ever since it redefined the Massively Multiplayer Online RPG genre upon its release in 2001, Jagex's fantasy opus has captivated an entire generation with its immersive yet accessible adventure action. Over the past few days, the developers have been teasing a major announcement for the now sixteen year old title, and today it has finally been revealed that an optimised mobile client for the current RuneScape, as well as the Old School retro alternative, will both be available for iOS and Android devices in 2018 and Winter 2017 respectively. Best of all, the mobile iterations of RuneScape will support cross-platform play, so you'll be able to take your battle-worn protagonist from the PC games with you seamlessly on the go...

Despite their intriguing stories and clever use of IPs, Telltale's games have been a mixed bag on iOS primarily because of technical issues. While most of the series were either fine or at least playable, Batman: The Telltale Series left a pretty bad taste on players' mouths because it was pretty close to unplayable on more than one instance. Well, I'm glad to say that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$4.99] (from now on Guardians of the Galaxy) plays just fine on my iPad Air 2, despite a couple of very brief—but unobtrusive—stutters. I don't know if this means Telltale has tinkered with the engine enough to make it work well or Guardians of the Galaxy was just less demanding than Batman; what matters is that Episode 1 of Guardians of the Galaxy should play fine on most of your devices. I will be reviewing the whole series, so expect the review score to change as more episodes release...

We learned back in May that Austrian developer Mipumi Games was bringing their hit narrative adventure The Lion's Song to mobile sometime in July, and then about two weeks ago we learned that the specific release date would be July 13th. And then I woke up today and looked at the calendar and it said July 13th, and sure enough those rascals at Mipumi weren't lying, as The Lion's Song [$4.99] is now available in the App Store. This four episode adventure takes place in early 20th century Austria and follows the story of four characters who work in the arts and science fields and the struggles that go along with it. Each episode focuses on one of the characters, with this newly-released fourth episode tying them altogether and wrapping up the whole story. Here's a brand new The Lion's Song launch trailer...

'Cat Quest' Release Date Announced, Pouncing Onto the App Store on August 10th

If you've been following TouchArcade as of late, you'll have likely seen me wax lyrical over Cat Quest consistently for the past few months, and for good reason. While it's true that any game merely featuring God's feline gift to earth is enough to pique my interest, Cat Quest goes above and beyond its beautifully cute exterior with some incredibly enticing adventure gameplay that draws hyperbolic comparisons to gaming classics such as Zelda II and Crashlands [$4.99]. While we've known that Cat Quest was to launch in the vague ballpark of 'August' for some time, the developers have finally announced a solid release date for the title, as it is set to enrich the App Store on August 10th...

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