Adventure iPhone Review

Nintendo often receives a lot of well-deserved credit for inspiring future developers with its Super Mario Bros., Metroid and Zelda video games, but props should also go to Warren Robinett for his Atari 2600 game, Adventure. Regarded by many to be the first adventure game (as well as the first one to feature an Easter Egg and the ability for a character to carry objects), Adventure stood out as a unique and at the time thoroughly enjoyable game with swords and dragons. Unlike some other classics, however, time has not been kind to Robinett's masterpiece, and that makes it one of the iPhone's least impressive apps.

Adventure is a port of the Atari 2600 game with tilt controls. Much like the original, you guide a square (the hero) through a series of bland environments and a maze to retrieve an enchanted chalice and bring it to a gold castle. Along the way, you'll run into three dragons (Grundle, Yorgle and Rhindle) and slay them with a sword or wind up in the beasts' bellies. You can beat it within several minutes.

To the developer's credit, the game plays even better than the 2600 version. To move the hero up, for example, you tilt forward, backwards to move downward and left and right to move in those directions. This makes Adventure more enjoyable than its predecessor, and there are some options to tinker with, such as making the dragons run from the sword or instructing them to attack slower.

Unfortunately, none of that makes the game worth more than 30 minutes of your time. Its dated graphics and lack of extras (no online leaderboard to post your best times) make it more of a curiosity, the type of game that you'll play for a few minutes and never touch again. Sure, it's free, but Adventure cannot compete with the rest of the iPhone's library. That said, you should respect your elders and download it onto your phone. Just don't expect to play it for more than ten minutes.

What's Hot: A perfect port of the Atari 2600 video game with tilt controls, free.

What's Not: Surprisingly boring, can be beaten in less than 20 minutes, no extras.

2/5