As the touch screen in multiple ways can be the perfect console for the genre, iOS has become quite a famous platform for playing adventure games. Multiple classic PC adventure games have been transferred to iPhone and iPad, and some of the new releases have been developed especially for Apple devices. If you aren’t aware of where to start, below is a list of the best iPad adventure games:
Best iPad adventure games to play for fun
1. Five Dates
(Free + $4.99/£4.99/AU$7.99)
This game is a virtual dating game that has been set in lockdown in London. You are simulating the role of Vinny who is a millennial that has signed up for a dating app. Your purpose is to find him a soulmate or avoid making an embarrassment out of himself.
Heading into the FMV territory majority of the game is just lengthy video clips. Now and then you need to decide on Vinny’s behalf that can affect the ongoing conversation. The ‘game’ element is introduced from here on out. Morally and personally, the decisions you make can be yours or even react to situations based on the best outcome to continue the conversation.
Five Dates is quite amazing even though it can be a bit clunky at times and repeat play is restricted, however, there is personality and humanity in these dates and also the chance to discover something unique about yourself. However you choose to play, Five Dates is interesting. The thrill that this game brings is the reason why it is on this list of the best iPad adventure games.
Unmemory generally portrays a conveniently illustrated mystery novel. You wake up with blood on your hands and have no clue where you are. Even though you can ring a telephone but the button doesn’t do anything. More and more story is revealed as you scroll down, however, interaction beyond reading is limited.
Everything changes in a few minutes. The phone rings and you have to scroll up to read a message. Sooner or later you realize that the scrolling page of the storyline is now a complex network of interlaced puzzles. Once you’ve completed solving them, there are many more take on.
Once in a blue moon you would see genuinely fresh games on the iPad, however, unmemory somehow thrills and interests in equal measure, doing smart things with many narratives, adventures as well as puzzling.
3. The Unfinished Swan
This is a classic tale of a boy who loves his mother and then loses her. The boy bestows upon the painting of a swan and the painting comes to life and disappears one night via a mysterious doorway.
The start might be quite riveting but changes when you realize that the space through the doorway is blank due to a restrictive king who painted everything white. Coincidentally, you are blessed with limitless balls of paint and you can bring your surroundings to life by just drawing them with paint.
Even though the premise of the game might look like it isn’t going anywhere, the Unfinished Swan keeps on surprising players as they progress through levels. It is quite a redeeming and sweet game that is rewarded with great payoff when played by a physical games controller.
4. Figment: Journey Into the Mind
(free + $4.99/£4.99/AU$7.99)
Figment: Journey Into the Mind is quite an inquisitive beast. Its goofy whimsy at first presents you in a mind of a children’s adventure, however, the unpredictable protagonist’s world, spiced up with puzzles and battles, can be quite dark and gritty.
The story’s plot is that the mind was once at peace but isn’t anymore and a former voice of courage- Dusty has set out to make things right. This means walking around an alluring dreamworld and solving elementary puzzles and hacking into the different ominous critters.
There’s not much to this iPad game in gameplay terms as it is part old school adventure combined with action-RPG battles. However, the soundtrack and animation make the world brimming with life, making it an experience of a lifetime. You can try the first two chapters for free if you aren’t sure and unlock the rest via a one-off IAP.
Journey is quite an invitation to poke around as in an iPad game. It leaves you stranded in a desert and leaves you there. After that, it is up to you to discover the secrets of the world and proceed. In the beginning, it is quite a ride to explore with your traveler walking the dunes and discovering unique things occasionally. However, Journey is much more than a gaming sandbox as it is a progression path in this adventure.
It is quite obvious to head to a mountain, however, getting over there demands recognizing the world around you, humming to cloth creatures, conversing with ancient guardians, and discovering glyphs. There are many moments of tension, however, majorly this is quite an out-of-the-world experience about the wonders of freedom as well as discovery, working at your own pace, and gazing at the picturesque visuals.
6. Telling Lies
‘Telling Lies’ is considered to be an expansive, comparatively big-budget sequel to surprise scrappy hit ‘Her Story’. The basics are very much alike: you are staring at an oddball database of multiple video recordings, into which you can easily type to search for terms. The lists of results are limited – the comparison is that it is due to privacy concerns, however, it is just to make your search harder.
However, what do you think are you supposed to search for? Well, that’s quite the point of Telling Lies – unraveling the many layers of the story, looking at video footages of multiple conversations, trying to understand the links as well as the central mystery.
As you can only hear half of the interactions, you will eventually piece things together because it feels perfectly investigative. Even though there’s a digital notepad available, you’ll likely want a real one; and you’ll also wonder how creator Sam Barlow has once again conjured life into the once ridiculed genre of FMV.
7. Sky: Children of the Light
(free + IAP)
Sky: Children of the Light is a vast open multiplayer adventure that is set in a world of magic and fun. It comprises the titular children of the light who are burdened with freeing fallen stars and guiding them to their particular constellations.
The gameplay contains much more poking around lush landscapes as well as looking for hidden secrets. It also contains lighting candles that charge up your ‘winged light’. This allows you to leap from clifftops as well as tentatively fly in the sky.
The feeling of flying in the sky first entices you in a combination of alluring visuals and freedom which is the best experience you can get on an iPad. The game’s smart multiplayer is what keeps you hooked where you should talk to others wordlessly solving the puzzles and having your hand joined with someone else’s occasionally before the two of you take a flight to the heavens.
Minit is quite a quirky adventurous title with roots tightly planted into the retro RPGs. The visuals seem like they were mixed up on a 1980s console, and the gameplay will keep you looking for a tile-based map to search for objects, finish basic tasks and secure quests.
However, instead of allowing you to gallivant, Minit sets you against the clock. Each session is just 60 seconds. You’ll let out a howl reaching a single target, however, after that running out of time before you pick an object or flip a switch – and then reiterate to save precious seconds off your task next time.
Minit is quite short; provided how it’s developed, which is quite inevitable. However, its sense of focus forces the player to be championed, not ridiculed.
9. Thimbleweed Park
Thimbleweed Park is like a love letter to the classic point-and-click adventures. Developed by two of the industry’s most imaginative minds. Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick are the brains behind classics such as the Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island. Thimbleweed Park is no lesser challenge than any of them and is as tricksy as it is stated attempt to resolve a murder mystery.
You will play many different characters that include feds, an aspiring game developer, and a vulgar who is a down-on-hi-luck clown.
The interface provides a bit of a 1980s throwback, which is just like the difficulty level. Thimbleweed Park can be quite obtuse, and much awkward. However, there aren’t many iPad adventures that connect to this one’s humor, heart, and cunning premise – and neither any others that showcase plumbers who are supposed to be paranormal investigators dressed as pigeons.
10. Subsurface Circular
Subsurface Circular is in a gray area between novella, short film, and video games. Ride in a carriage situated inside an automated transit system, which features a crew of Teks – androids that have replaced humans permanently in many of society’s roles.
You are playing a detective Tek, who has spent his life interrogating other robots at the Subsurface Circular and is involved in a mystery. It would be a barrage of spoilers from here on out so believe us when we say that the story has multiple entrances, twists, and turns in its few hours.
We pried a lot as to what all adventure games there need to be on this list and there were quite a lot but these are 10 of the best that we came up with for you to enjoy. Many of them are paid and some of them are free but the price is not a problem as long as you have fun.