I was disappointed that the era of adventure games more-or-less died out at the end of the nineties. There have been a few since then, but they are quite rare.
Dreamfall: The Longest Journey from 2006 was a great adventure game in 3D, so was Fahrenheit from 2005 which featured a very experimental style for an adventure game. It was flawed in many ways, but still very enjoyable. Shenmue 1 and 2 for Dreamcast, which had a very original style with its real time engine is still one of my favorite games of all time.
I was very pleased to hear about 1112 Episode 01 being released for the iPhone. I instantly fell in love with it, because of it’s gorgeously hand drawn environments, a great soundtrack that fits the story and the game perfectly, and a very mysterious and intriguing story.
The graphics are, in my opinion some of the best out there on the App Store. They’re not technically advanced like some of the 3D games, but in terms of art and beauty it’s pure eye candy.
The controls are flawless. It’s point-and-click and you can scan through all of the possible interactive objects on the screen by holding down your finger and sweep over them to see what it is.
I would say that this game is mostly about the characters and not so much about the story, at least not in this episode. The game has a very down-to-earth feeling to it, similar to the beginning of The Longest Journey. The character development is very thorough and quite quickly the characters starts to feel very realistic. The puzzles are mostly about everyday tasks, but they are made with good style and it doesn’t feels boring or tedious.
This title is, in my opinion, still one of the very best titles on the App Store, and for anyone who likes adventure games this one is a must-have for your collection. The only complaint that I have about it is that it’s quite short (about 3-4 hours for me), and it ends with you craving for the next episode.
1112 Episode 01 requires the 2.1 Software Update and is Compatible with iPhone & iPod touch.