Game of the Month, October 2009: Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered

This month we’re honoring a game that some have played before on the PC, perhaps as long ago as 1994. But for all those newcomers who first played Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered last month on the iPhone, we’re proud to recognize it as one of the very best adventure games you can buy in the App Store and our October Game of the Month.

In October we played a handful of really great games, like twin soccer giants FIFA 10 and Real Soccer 2010, the masterful racing game 2XL ATV Offroad, and the beautiful high-res Earthworm Jim remake. Even Doom Classic snuck in there the day before Halloween, scaring us by how good it is.

But the top nod goes to Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered for a few key reasons. First of all, it’s the best-controlling adventure game on the system (sorry, Monkey Island). Interactive items in the environment are marked with a blue circle when you hold down your finger, making it remarkably easy to see what you can pick up and use. This makes navigating the world of Beneath a Steel Sky feel effortless– a must for any type of game.

Second, the iPhone version improves the experience with a generous help system, ensuring that nobody will get stuck and frustrated while playing, and gorgeous cinematic cutscenes by Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons. Check out this opening cutscene from the game, and tell us it doesn’t get you excited to start playing.

Finally, Beneath a Steel Sky has a storyline that must not be missed. The dystopian vision of a city-wide corporation that treats its citizens like cogs in a machine, and an outsider “saboteur” from the gaps in society, is simply riveting. We can see why this game has endured for so long in the minds of gamers, and this iPhone version brings it to a brand new audience.

Our runner-up for Game of the Month may not be quite as original. It borrows heavily from Super Mario Bros. and also resembles our August GOTM runner-up, Gomi. Still, Soosiz is a vibrant platformer that features spot-on controls and winding level designs that stretch on and on. If you’re looking for a lengthy, absorbing platformer, Soosiz is one of the best.

Congratulations to developers Revolution and Touch Foo for their incredible games.

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