5 adventure games for iOS

As much as I enjoy turning on my gaming system and cutting a swath of carnage across a digital landscape, I sometimes yearn for something more challenging and immersive. Rather than solve problems with a chainsaw gun, sometimes I just want to talk to people, make maps and gather items in order to uncover mysteries.

There was a genre, once upon a time time, that rewarded players for this, for using intellect to solve their digital problems. This genre was the adventure game. Popular in the late 80s early 90s, this genre placed strong emphasis on puzzle solving, attention to detail and character/environmental interaction. Unfortunately, people lost interest in the adventure game and until recently many people had given the adventure genre up for dead. However, with the success of games like L.A. Noire and The Walking Dead, as well as fully funded kickstarters for Double Fine Adventure (Broken Age) and Armikrog, it seems like the genre is back on the rise, which is great news for adventure gamers! With touch devices in everyone’s pocket, the adventure game is a natural fit.

If you’re a fan of old school adventure gaming below are a list of 5 adventure games that 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 absurdist humor, beautiful score and simple, cartoony design has made it a prime example of the heights adventure games can reach, and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. You play as Guybrush Threepwood, a young man whose life goal is to become a pirate. While puzzle solving his way toward piratehood, he falls in love with Governor Elaine Marley and consequently runs afoul of the ghost pirate LeChuck. Pirates, ghosts, insult sword fighting, what more could you ask for! ($2.99 on iTunes)


2) Myst: Grab your notebooks adventure fans, Myst is back! This was the game that launched a thousand pretenders in the early 90s, with its (for the time) stunning 3D graphics this was the title that made adventure games a hot property. You play as a blank individual referred to as 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 a story of a family torn apart. ($4.99 on iTunes)

Sword and Sworcery

3) Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP: This game is beautiful. Simply beautiful. With its modern retro graphics, and brilliant score, Sword & Sworcery weaves a classic tale of fantasy with puzzle solving in such a way as to raise gaming to that of immersive art form. You play as The Scythian, a female warrior who finds herself on a quest that includes seeking 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 espionage historical drama, The Last Express. You play the part of Robert Cath, who in the year of 1914, boards the Orient Express in the final days before World War I finding himself in a web of political intrigue and historical drama. This game is perhaps best noted for utilizing a version of real time, making  characters continue with their routines whether you are their to witness them or not. The visual style of the game is also notable for rotoscoped art-nouveau inspired character designs that add to the time period of the game. ($4.99 on iTunes)


5) Nelson Tethers-Puzzle Agent: This game is cute, fun and refreshing. A short puzzler that plays like Fargo and Twin Peaks by way of Cartoon Network. You play the role of Nelson Tethers, an agent in the FBI’s Puzzle Research Division. Nelson is sent to Scoggins, Minnesota to figure out why the Scoggins eraser factory has ceased production. While the puzzles are standard, the reason to play this game is for the weird characters that populate the world and for 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?

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