15 Adventure Games for iPad

If you loved adventure games back in the 90s. You'll love these games. Do you have a suggestion? Let me know. But don't mention Monkey Island 1, Monkey Island 2, Tiny Thief and The Longest Journey. They are no longer in the App Store. What a shame!

 
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Thimbleweed Park

As if adventure games never went out of fashion and as if we were still in the 90s! The new game by Ron Gilbert of Monkey Island fame and his team is highly recommended for everyone who loves beautiful pixel graphics, well-written characters, a joke or two, and of course the adventure games of old.

 

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Grim Fandango

Re-editions aren't as good as a new game but they are still awesome for everyone who missed them back in the 90s. Grim Fandango is one of the best adventure games of all times. Story and characters are amazingly well written. Can't believe it's nearly 20 years old.

 

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Swords & Sworcery

Not a point and click adventure but one of the best adventures you can have on an iPad or any device. Swords & Sworcery is a classic and one of the best looking and most poetic iPad games. Plus the soundtrack is so good, I still listen to it on Spotify from time to time.

 

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Beneath A Steel Sky

Apart from Monkey Island, this was probably my favorite adventure game back in the 90s. The sci-fi-story is rather dark but still full of jokes and interesting characters. The iPad version isn't optimized for the new platform and controls are terrible. But hey, it's Beneath A Steel Sky!!

 

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Samorost 3

In the early days of the internet, everyone loved Flash. Crazy, right? One of the best examples were Samorost 1 and Samorost 2. After more than 10 years the game series is back on the iPad and more beautiful and more poetic than ever. It's part adventure game, part picture book. 

 
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Day Of The Tentacle

I'm not the biggest fan of its crazy comic style. But I love the story of three scientists traveling through time and solving puzzles. Another classic from Lucasarts.

 

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Shadow Of The Templar

I really wanted that game back in the 90s. Too bad my PC couldn't run it. You can't believe how happy I was when it got released on the iPad. If I remember correctly it was one of the first re-edition-apps. Did I mention it's from the same team as Beneath A Steel Sky?

 
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The Smoking Mirror

Sequels are difficult. Not for the team of Revolution software. If you liked the first part you'll like this one as well. And you'll be happy to know they are still releasing new parts to the ever-expanding Broken Sword series. 

 

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Broken Age

If sequels are difficult, comebacks are even more difficult. With Broken Age Tim Schafer, one of the LucasArts legends returned to the adventure genre. The graphics are cute and the characters memorable. 

 

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Love You To Bits

Tiny Thief is one of my all-time favorite games on the iPad. To bad Rovio bought it and soon after retired it from the App Store. Fortunately, the developers behind it are back with a game that's nearly as cute and full of smart puzzles. Highly recommended!

 

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Full Throttle

Another classic out of the LucasArts catalog. I still wish they would bring Monkey Island back to the App Store but Full Throttle isn't bad either.

 

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80 Days

A text adventure sounds boring? Maybe. But this one got even me hooked. But it's not easy. I'm still trying to make it around the world in 80 days. The story is very well written and the interface looks nice too. 

 

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Shardlight

No, this isn't a re-edition. Shardlight looks older than it is. And that's a compliment. If you have played all the old adventure games look no further  and visit this post-apocalyptic city.

 

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The Silent Age

Released in 2013 Silent Age is already a classic among the adventure game apps. Like Day Of the Tentacle, it deals with time travel. What it lacks in quirky humor it more than makes up with its sleek graphics and intuitive controls. 

 

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Technobabylon

Like Shardlight this game has been published by Wadjet Eye Games. And just like Shardlight it comes with pixel-graphics and plays in a post-apocalyptic Matrix-like future. 

 

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