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Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered Review

By , on December 14, 2009


Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered
Download on the AppStore
5 out of 5

PROS

  • The remastered presentation and sound design looks and sounds fantastic.
  • The game is very easy to control and play on the iPhone, no new platform transfer issues.
  • The game’s storyline is still one of the best to date.

CONS

  • Because of the touch controls and the screen size, using items can be hard at times as you can’t drag items to the very edge of the screen.
  • The hint system can be used at any time and might be too tempting for players to resist.
  • The game is quite long and isn’t the best if you’re looking for a quick 2 minute game.

VERDICT

If you’re an old school adventure gamer then Beneath a Steel Sky will reignite your love for the genre and leave you with a thoroughly enjoyable experience.


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If you were one of those gamers who were patient enough to play ‘point and click’ adventure games over 10 or more floppy discs, then today is your lucky day. The widely acclaimed 1994 DOS release Beneath a Steel Sky has made its way onto the iPhone. This new port has been vastly improved from the original but maintains the key elements that made it a cult classic.

The new control scheme uses the iPhones touch screen interface to interact with objects as you would a mouse. Players tap on an object for the ‘inspect’ and ‘interact’ commands to pop up - or the ‘talk’ command if it’s a character. Players will also collect and use various items to solve puzzles by dragging them from the inventory onto the environment.

The visuals look fantastic and the comic cut-scenes have been redone by original artist Dave Gibbons – The Co-creator of Watchmen. The sound is also updated but still sounds a little old school in quality, which fans of the original will enjoy. Like the original, the game features one main story mode but players can keep multiple game saves or profiles.

Beneath a Steel Sky is one of those gems that will draw in ‘point and click’ adventure fans and leave them with a satisfying experience. The transfer to the iPhone platform has been very smooth and makes the game a lot of fun to play. This isn’t a game you can jump into for a quick one minute play but if you love games with a strong story, some great visuals and enjoyable puzzle gameplay, then look no further.

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