If you want to play classic ports or new PC games on your phone or tablet, then April was definitely your month. Between the blockbuster adventure game Broken Age and classics like Ys, there's a lot of non-mobile goodness to go around. But don't worry: there are a few original games to investigate as well, notably Implosion and the third entry in the Sorcery series. Here in no particular order are our top picks, along with some honorable mentions.
Point-and-click adventure games are experiencing a renaissance at the moment, spurred on in no small part by the ride of touch-based mobile platforms that make a natural fit with the games' simple interfaces. Surely no single adventure game has created more buzz in the last few years than Broken Age, the crowdfunded return to form for Tim Schafer and his team at Double Fine Productions. Today Act 1 of Broken Age is available on the Play Store for ten bucks.
The Cave was released way back in January as a downloadable title for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Steam, and probably everything else that can slap together an Internet connection and a few polygons. Adventure game aficionados were thrilled, because it's got quite a pedigree, coming from the designer of classics The Secret of Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion, along with being developed by the much-loved Double Fine. Now it's out for Android, and you can pick it up on the Play Store for five bucks.
The Cave follows a handful of protagonists who are lured to... well, a cave, so I suppose you can't fault the game for untruthful advertising.
Superheroes are good at fighting evil directly and getting the girl, but have you ever thought about the valuable and experienced support staff behind the hero? Of course you haven't, because a good middle manager is invisible – like a ghost loaded down with busy work. In Double Fine's Middle Manager of Justice, you can build and manage a team of superheroes to save the world in a roundabout way.
The game invites you to hire heroes and keep them busy around the office to increase their skills. When the time comes to do battle with the forces of evil, you direct the action.
Double Fine is a maker of quality games like Psychonauts, Brutal Legend, and now Dropchord. The latter title has just been released, and it's going to get your head bobbin' and your fingers dancin'. Really, the finger dancin' is mandatory. You have to keep up with the music as you guide a beam of light through a technicolor gauntlet.
Dropchord comes with ten full-length electronic music tracks that dictate the pace of the music and the kind of obstacles you'll encounter. The beam of light is guided around the circular interface based on the position of your fingers.
You may remember that a few days ago, Double Fine Adventure (the studio behind Psychonauts and Day of the Tentacle) did the impossible, far exceeding their project's $400,000 goal on Kickstarter in just over eight hours (the project has raised over $1 Million with 26 days to go). Initially, Double Fine planned to invest extra proceeds in developing the studio's latest game for other platforms, with iOS and Mac being priorities.
Tim Schafer, Double Fine's founder and an industry veteran, posted an update to the Kickstarter page today, announcing that the game will have support not only for Android, but for Windows, Mac, Linux, and iOS.