For gamers who grew up on point-and-click adventures, the return of this sophisticated genre to the App Store has been extremely satisfying. Deep, story-driven adventures are perfect for long plane or train rides, and the touchscreen allows you to tap your way through detailed scenes. We’ve already covered Myst and Monkey Island in our 50 Best Game Series, but there’s another great adventure series that you should know about on iOS: Broken Sword.
Broken Sword: Director’s Cut
Broken Sword was originally released in 1996, but it was re-released on the App Store in 2010. The Director’s Cut, as the iOS version is called, added new artwork and also slightly tweaked the games’ narrative. The storyline is extremely memorable, no matter which version you first play. You control a French journalist named Nico, who witnesses the murder of a politician by a clown. As you begin to track down the killer, you’ll uncover a secret society that is protecting an ancient secret. The storyline is somewhat similar to The Da Vinci Code, even though Broken Sword came out years before Dan Brown’s novel. With its incredible animation, voice-acting, and puzzles, Broken Sword is a Must Have adventure game for anyone who enjoys a great story.
Key Quote: “Between the high-end production values and the fascinating story (which quickly spins off into a ‘Da Vinci Code’-like historical conspiracy), Broken Sword: Director’s Cut is a real winner, even among other classic adventure titles.”
Broken Sword – The Smoking Mirror: Remastered
Revolution Software followed up Broken Sword on iOS with a re-release of the 1997 sequel, The Smoking Mirror. Nico from the first game has been kidnapped, so you play as her companion George. With a story that takes you from Paris to South America, covering artifact smuggling and shamanic rituals, there’s a lot of variety and action in this cinematic plotline. Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror also has an elegant touch-based interface, which lets you search for clues and explore the rich scenery. There’s even a helpful hint system, in case you can’t figure out all the puzzles yourself.
Key Quote: “Taking a cue from its predecessor, this iteration feels less like a game and more like an interactive movie. The narrative swept us along breathlessly, and we tapped along eagerly, curious about what twists the story would take next.”
Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered
Although it’s not a part of the Broken Sword series, if you love those two games, you should definitely play Beneath a Steel Sky as well. This sci-fi adventure game takes place in a twisted future, where both technology and government have grown incredibly powerful. This deluxe version even includes a new animated introduction by Dave Gibbons, one of the creators of Watchmen. While the Broken Sword games center around historical conspiracies, Beneath a Steel Sky is pure futurism. It’s a stunning story with clever puzzles that’s not to be missed.
Key Quote: “Beneath a Steel Sky somehow feels bigger and bolder than its rivals, raising the bar and highlighting what others have so far failed to achieve. Perfectly suited to its new home, Revolution’s remastering of an already established gem serves up point-and-click play nearly unmatched on the App Store.”
Tomorrow, we’ll slice and dice our way through Halfbrick’s tasty Fruit Ninja series.
This article is part of a series about the best games on iOS, 2008-2013. You can read the rest here.