iPhone and iPad
Best Adventure Games
Recommendations from the Adventure Gamers staff
iOS has become a prime popular platform for playing adventure games, thanks to multi-touch being in many ways a perfect interface for the genre. Many classic PC adventure games have already been ported to iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, and a few adventure games are even built exclusively for Apple devices. Not sure where to start? Below is Adventure Gamers' full list of best iPhone and iPad adventure games:
Although it wastes most of its narrative potential, for anyone who just wants to play a game chock-full of fun and unusual puzzles while exploring a charming and nostalgia-inducing environment, A Short Tale provides plenty of entertainment for a few hours.
Even with a few rough edges, Dead Synchronicity stands as a modern adventure classic, telling a dark, sad and brutal tale that will leave you wanting more, but equally satisfied.
The Trace is a brief and easy but fun exploration-filled murder mystery that will have you engaged from beginning to end.
Whilst a lack of gameplay variety and a slightly lacklustre ending limit its appeal, Contradiction manages to provide solid FMV production values and an interesting mystery to solve.
The Silent Age is a quietly enthralling, time-twisting tale that leaves you wanting more.
A pleasant surprise that is both chilling and moving, Dream Revenant is an immersive, surreal narrative experience, although it’s currently marred by its many technical issues.
This pop-up book isn’t just for children; if you’re looking for a peaceful interlude to while an afternoon away, check Tengami out.
Detective Grimoire breathes some new life into the investigation/visual novel sub-genre with its compelling setting, characters and humour, undermined only by puzzles that are nowhere as enjoyable as the rest of the game.
If you’re looking for some absurdly fun puzzles and a truly unique storytelling experience, you’ll want to check out DEVICE 6 on iOS, but you’ll wish for a gameplay integration upgrade.
The unique Mad Libs-style text presentation of Blackbar’s sci-fi social commentary is certainly engaging, but it works better as an innovative reading experience rather than a fully-realized adventure game.
A richly defined, innovative experience, Lost Echo is exactly what an iOS adventure should be, capturing the spirit of traditional adventure gaming with all the potential the platform has to offer.
While the first episode is a little uneven in its story and puzzle pacing at times, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery is a delightfully stylish debut that makes me want to come back for more.
Taking the term "mobile gaming" to a whole new level, this haunting vision quest introduces the ancient Swedish ritual of year walking through eerie, surreal landscapes in search of a glimpse into the future. It raises more questions than it answers, but one thing's for sure: the future of iOS gaming looks secure in the hands of promising developers like Simogo.
The past meets the future in this impressive retro-styled sci-fi thriller that should conjure up fond memories of Beneath a Steel Sky and Blade Runner (complete with occasional gunfights). This 2010 IGF Student Showcase winner by Joshua Nuernberger offers two very different looks into a bleak, dystopian future, as the seemingly unrelated stories of an ex-assassin and a mind-wiped rehab patient gradually converge towards a dark and compelling finale.
(Known as Hollywood Monsters on iOS.) Whatever its title, in the hands of Pendulo, the studio behind the popular Runaway series, you could almost call this game “the next sure bet”. As expected, the offbeat comic adventure set in a 1940s Tinseltown filled with real-monster movie stars is creative, bizarre, and superbly produced, though it does get a little hairy at times.
Yo, listen mon! Dis HD remake of a delightful point-and-click freeware adventcha is all kinds of island fun. With a reggae and jazz-infused soundtrack, Jamaican accents and character models based on African tribal masks, this first of four parts has a distinctive style all its own, and it's entertaining as well, patterned after the classic LucasArts titles of old. In other words, somewhere between Elaine Marley and Bob Marley!
Who says great adventures need good graphics? In fact, who says they need graphics at all? Certainly not indie developer epicycle, who have created a unique audio horror adventure that's not to be missed. Awakened in the middle of crisis with no eyesight at all, with monsters now lurking in the all-encompassing shadows, can you listen and feel your way to safety?
(iOS Exclusive) Who'd think to look for one of the deeper, most complex murder mysteries on the iOS? Well, you will, if we have anything to say about it. With a host of Professor Layton-style puzzles, a dash of Phoenix Wright-like evidence presentations, and enough quirky characters and bizarre plot twists to make Agatha Christie's head spin, you'll soon be deeply immersed in Antoine Moreau's attempt to find his father's murderer and clear his own good name.
Two words: crate puzzles. Still here? If that prospect doesn't scare you off, then you should enjoy this lighthearted comic puzzler, which blends an entertaining story about a man cursed to become a werewolf in moonlight with a series of progressively difficult obstacles to overcome, one locked room at a time. You'll activate switches, operate control panels, and shove lots and lots of crates to make a path in both human and lycanthrope form alike, chuckling all the way.
A distinctly retro fantasy adventure with very few puzzles, a little combat, and a life force that goes down instead of up may sound counter-intuitive, but that's exactly the point of this quirky art game. By emphasizing thoughtful, reflective discovery over traditional gameplay in this "woeful errand" to subdue a malevolent entity you unwittingly unleashed, Superbrothers is all about the journey, creating a unique atmospheric audio-visual experience you won't soon forget.
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