5 adventure games for iOS
As much as I love turning on my gaming system and cutting a swath of carnage out of a digital landscape, I sometimes long for something more challenging and immersive. Rather than solving problems with a chainsaw gun, sometimes I just want to talk to people, make maps, and collect objects in order to uncover mysteries.
Once upon a time there was a genre that rewarded players for this, for using intellect to solve their numerical problems. This genre was the adventure game. Popular in the late 80s and early 90s, this genre placed a heavy emphasis on puzzle solving, attention to detail, and character/environment interaction. Unfortunately, people have lost interest in adventure gaming and until recently many people had given the adventure genre for dead. However, with the success of games like The black and The Walking Deadas well as fully funded kickstarters for Double Beautiful Adventure (broken age) and Armikrog, it looks like the genre is back, which is great news for adventure gamers! With touch devices in everyone’s pocket, adventure gaming is a natural choice.
If you are a fan of old-school adventure games, below is a list of 5 adventure games you can play right now on an iOS device.
1) The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition: For many, monkey island is considered the best graphic adventure game ever made. The absurd humor, beautiful score, and simple, cartoonish design made it a great example of the heights adventure games can reach, and it’s a lot of fun. You play as Guybrush Threepwood, a young man whose goal in life is to become a pirate. While solving puzzles on his way to piracy, he falls in love with Governor Elaine Marley and consequently clashes with the ghost pirate LeChuck. Pirates, ghosts, insulting sword fights, what more could you ask for! ($2.99 on iTunes)
2) Myst: To your notebooks fans of adventures, Myst is back! It was the game that launched a thousand suitors in the early 90s, with its stunning (for its time) 3D graphics, it was the title that made adventure games such a hot property. You play as a virgin individual called the Stranger, who is transported to the strange and mysterious island of Myst using a book. Throughout the game, you must solve mechanical puzzles and collect companion books to reveal the story of a torn family. ($4.99 on iTunes)
3) Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP: This game is wonderful. All simply magnificent. With its modern retro graphics and brilliant score, sword and sorcery weaves a classic fantasy tale with puzzle solving in a way that elevates the game to that of an immersive art form. You play as The Scythian, a female warrior who finds herself on a quest that includes finding a mystical book called The Megatome and in the process unwittingly unleashing a malevolent spirit across the land. ($4.99 on iTunes)
4) The last express: Another old-school adventure game with a port to iOS devices is the classy spy historical drama, The Last Express. You play as Robert Cath, who in 1914 boards the Orient Express in the final days before World War I, finding himself caught in a web of political intrigue and historical drama. This game is perhaps best known for using a real-time version, allowing characters to continue their routines whether or not you witness them. The game’s visual style is also notable for the art nouveau inspired rotoscoped character designs that add to the game’s period. ($4.99 on iTunes)
5) Nelson Tethers – Puzzle Agent: This game is cute, fun and refreshing. A little puzzler that plays like Fargo and Twin Peaks via Cartoon Network. You play as Nelson Tethers, an agent in the FBI’s Puzzle Research Division. Nelson is sent to Scoggins, Minnesota to find out why the Scoggins gum factory has ceased production. Although the puzzles are standard, the reason to play this game is for the weird characters that populate the world and the desire to constantly see what happens next. ($2.99 on iTunes)
These are just a few of the great adventure games available, but what are some of your favorites on iOS or any other platform?