Set for release later this summer is Melissa K and the Heart of Gold, a casual adventure game that’s hoping to be a cut above the rest. I was lucky enough to check out a preview build of it to see just what we should expect.
The team behind Melissa K and the Heart of Gold initially worked on mystery game, LA Noire, being responsible for the real-time animation system within it – and it shows. Melissa K and the Heart of Gold is immediately more attractive than many other adventure games of this type. It’s the little things that shine through, such as how a small twitch of the iPad in any direction causes the game’s screen to move a little, adding a nice sense of fluidity to things.
Such pleasantries continue, ensuring that Melissa K and the Heart of Gold feels a more interactive experience than the usual titles in the genre. Objects can be manipulated by twisting them around, treating them like real 3D objects, and it works well.
Of course, the real meat for such games comes from its puzzles. Melissa K and the Heart of Gold offers plenty of hidden object scenes, but also a number of puzzles. In my short time with it I wasn’t overly challenged, but I was interested. The puzzles are clearly laid out and interesting enough. They’re reasonably different too, such as one requiring you to move a flower from one side of the screen to the other, without knocking the other items down. Figuring out how to unclasp a gem from a dragon statue was also a highlight, requiring more tactile controls than most.
Melissa K and the Heart of Gold should be out later this summer. It’s shaping up to be something that casual adventure gaming fans like myself should be anticipating. We’ll have more on it when it’s released.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 17th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Revolution’s Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse: Episode Two has been released today. The chapter is the conclusion of the point and click adventure story. Broken Sword 5: the Serpent´s Curse is a puzzle game involving a stolen painting and a murderous conspiracy.
Besides Chapter 2, the new update also includes German, Spanish and Italian translation improvements, Shredder Letter bug fix, and other general bug fixes.
Broken Sword 5 – The Serpent’s Curse: Episode Two is an in-app purchase for the price of $5.99
Last week, Lucid Games announced that episode 2 of charming puzzle adventure game, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery, is set for release this July. While scant details have yet to be revealed about the latest installment, a teaser trailer has been released.
For those who have yet to try out the delightful adventure game, Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Prologue is now available for free, allowing players the opportunity to experience the complete first day of Jacob Jones’s stay at Camp Eagle Feather.
Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery: Prologue is available now on the App Store for free. We’ll let you know when Episode 2 is released.
Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 17th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
There’s a bumper new update for sandbox adventure, The Sandbox, with the new Farmer’s Campaign offering 15 additional levels.
The update includes six new elements such as the Tractor to help farmers harvest quicker and the Chicken that can be raised and converted to food, or hunted by the new Fox element. New blueprints are also available, including the Bullseye for aspiring archers and the Chicken Pen, because all chickens need somewhere to live!
The Sandbox is free and available now on the App Store.
+ New campaign (15 levels): the Country Life Campaign
+ Improvements on the Humans:
- The Hunter will be able to shoot animals and place Traps!
- The Farmer will raise chickens and convert them to food
- After collecting a certain amount of specific resources (food, aluminite, etc), you can create special buildings with which your humans will interact with emoticons (with a brand new UI)
+ 6 New elements:
- The Tractor to help the farmer to harvest quicker
- The Chicken, the Chicks and the Egg will be raised and converted to food or hunted by the fox
- The Fox the worst enemy of the chickens!
- The Crow will fly around and eat the crops
- The Scarecrow will drive away the crows
- The E-drain to build advanced irrigation system drove by electricity
+ 2 New blueprints
- Bullseye for all the wannabe archer
- The Chicken Pen to raise your future meat
The classic Survival Horror game that predates the term “Survival Horror” (seriously, it’s over 20 years old) is now available on the App Store, for real this time. No, really, it’s totally up there. This isn’t some bizarre demonic trick or anything, honest.
You can download this little piece of gaming history right now for $0.99.
Posted by Ellis Spice on May 9th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
NOLA Is Burning, the latest in a series of interactive-fiction games from Choice of Games, is now available on the App Store. In this blood-soaked text-based noir thriller set in New Orleans, your choices control the story.
Your boss, named The Bull, has given you the task of rescuing his girlfriend (who also happens to unofficially be your girlfriend) before dawn. You’ll need to slaughter anyone who stands in your way, including gangsters and cops, as your go deep into the underbelly of the city. Death is probable along the way, but in New Orleans, death is only the beginning.
NOLA Is Burning is available now and is free to download , which will allow you to play the first three chapters. An in-app purchase of $1.99 is necessary in order to play chapter four and beyond.
The classic (and brutal) first-person adventure series that is Shadowgate has amassed a pretty decent following over the years. More than decent, really, which is why zojoi has been in the process of rebooting it by way of an all-new re-imagined Shadowgate for Windows, Mac, Android, and of course iOS. And goodness gracious does it look pretty.
The new Shadowgate isn’t so much a port with improved visuals as a relaunch (hence all the “re-imagining” business). It will certainly include several nods to the originals such as familiar rooms and such, but it’s intended to be a whole new thing. A whole new thing with plenty of classically brutal puzzles and gameplay, an all-new orchestral soundtrack, a retro soundtrack for the nostalgia fiends, some very nice visuals, animations, and a whole lot more.
Keep an eye out for Shadowgate on the App Store later this summer.
- First Person Adventuring: Utilize your inventory, spell book, mapping system and on-screen commands to complete your quest
- Rooms: Tons of Beautifully illustrated rooms featuring both new and familiar locations, offering a new play experience
- Puzzles: Lots of new and updated puzzles that seamlessly expand on the original game
- Difficulty Levels: Three different difficulty levels that actually change the game play experience and puzzle structure
- Commands: Intuitive command-based UI allows you to interact extensively with the environments (includes features like key binds, command locking/unlocking, retractable/maximizable HUD, etc.)
- Storytelling: Features dramatic cut-scenes and all the same great storytelling you expect from a Shadowgate adventure
- Cinematic Score: A full, digitally-orchestrated, dynamic soundtrack by composer Rich Douglas
- 8-bit Score: A second retro soundtrack featuring Hiroyuki Masuno’s original NES composition
- Soundscapes: A complete atmospheric and puzzle-based sound design
- Achievements: Dozens of in-game and Steam-based achievements to find and unlock
- Animations: Environmental and object-specific animations and particles bring each location to life
With just over a month to go until the NFL season begins again, it’s time for fantasy football players to start setting up their leagues and prepare for a draft or two. Ahead of the season starting, the NFL Fantasy Football app has been rebuilt, bringing new features into the fray. Alongside live scoring, player news, […]