September 24, 2010

Vic Mahfood

iAdventure-The Original [iPad]

Developer Snapshot: "You can't say you've played computer games if you haven't played the original Adventure game".

- COST: 99 cents     - RATING: 5 Stars
- Categories: Adventure, Entertainment, Games, iPad, Native, Puzzle

As you can imagine, I've played hundreds of games on iPhone and iPad by now, in all sorts of genres such as word, board, puzzle, action etc. However, iAdventure-The Original is in a class all of its own. This game is an iPad recreation of the original Adventure game created by Internet pioneers in the late 1970's. It is presented in a "glass-teletype" format to capture some of the original feel of this period. How did this game come about, you may wonder, as you entrench yourself in its unique gameplay. Well, in the 1970's, an internet programmer created the first computer adventure game in his spare time. The unusual fact here though, is that it was based on his own experiences as a caver in Kentucky! And so, the mysteries of this game are such that, "Somewhere nearby is Colossal cave, where others have found fortunes in treasure and gold, though it is rumored that some who enter are never seen again! Still, magic is said to work in the cave..." That being said, iAdventure-The Original is now the iPad recreation of this awesome game. Some of the dynamic features of iAdventure are as follows:

- Original feel captured in the "glass teletype" style

- Sound effects and images enhance your adventure

- Includes the original source code in a syntax-highlighted browsable viewer

- Adventure history and lore with links provided to additional Adventure sites

- Internal browser for visiting Adventure hints and tips sites

- In-game notepad for taking notes while playing and browsing the hints and tips sites

First of all, you must follow the typed instructions to find your way to the cave. What will capture your attention immediately about this game are the changing background images and, particularly, the eerie sound effects (somewhere between spooky and futuristic!) I guess you could say this is an interactive story whose major elements are exploration and puzzle-solving where you as the protagonist use logic to unlock the pieces one at a time. Realistic cave descriptions and other-worldly elements all play a part in your journey through the cave. Lots of obstacles and mysterious happenings will come your way - just stay cool and work your way through the maze of trickeries.

Another cool fact is that in iAdventure, extras include the complete game source code in a syntax-color-coded viewer. You will also enjoy an in-game browser that provides links to Adventure tips and even a map for the game! Particularly helpful is the notebook where you can jot your puzzle-solving notes to avoid scraps of scribble throughout your home! Take advantage of using this notebook both in the game as well as in the browser. How cool are you under pressure? Do you think you can put your deductive skills to work at unlocking more and more of the game's story? Put every bit of knowledge and experience you possess to work for you in iAdventure, the compelling, adventurous iPad game.

--Date/Version: Updated 9/16/10 - Version 1.1
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 3.2 or later. Rated 4+.
--Tip/Tutorials: No network connection is required to play. Be sure to visit the links provided to get tips on how to progress in the game if you get stuck.
--Device: iPad
--Languages: English
--Developer Link: Anton Fleig
--Twitter Link: @AntonFleig
--Facebook Link: Tony Fleig

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