Adventure games are mystifyingly under-represented on mobile devices. The outstanding iPhone port of adventure classic Beneath a Steel Sky proved that the genre works perfectly on touchscreens – better than it does with mouse and keyboard, I’d say. The measured pace and cerebral demands of a good adventure game are a lot better suited to sitting on the couch with your iPad and glass of wine than they are to hunching over your computer. So why aren’t there more?
I sent a missive to Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye games after I discovered the moody sci-fi adventure Primordia on the longlist for the Independent Games Festival. I wanted to know if Gilbert had any plans to bring Primordia to iOS, and his answer was tantalizing: “Yep we do! It might be awhile yet, because we’re porting over one game at a time, but it will come eventually.”
If Wadjet Eye is porting games to mobile “one at a time”, that means we’ll be seeing one of the New York-based studio’s other highly regarded adventures, like sci-fi noir detective story Gemini Rue or supernatural mystery The Blackwell Deception on iOS before long.