Riven, Monkey Island, 7th Guest arrive at the App Store

Classic series ported to iOS platforms today; Broken Sword later joins the party

There's plenty of diverse adventure today for iDevice gamers, as Cyan World's Riven has launched for iPhone and iPod Touch, while Telltale's first episode of Tales of Monkey Island is now available for iPad.

Riven, the acclaimed sequel to Myst, sends players back to the world of magical linking books, this time to help rescue Atrus' wife Catherine from the clutches of his maniacal father Gehn. With a host of challenging puzzles organically integrated into its stunning environments, Riven is still widely considered to be a masterpiece of game design more than a decade after its launch. Originally released on five CDs, the iOS port has been condensed considerably, but the iPhone/iPod Touch version still weighs in at a staggering 1 GB. You can find Riven at the App Store for $5.99.

If you prefer your adventures with a little more comedy and lot less puzzling, you may be more interested in today's release of Launch of the Screaming Narwhal for the iPad. In the first episode of Tales of Monkey Island, hapless hero Guybrush Threepwood unwittingly (is there any other way?) releases the pox of LeChuck on the pirate population, and must now seek out a mystical sponge to undo the curse. First he'll need to get off Flotsam Island, where the wind mysteriously always blows inward, preventing any ship from escaping. This episode retails for $6.99, and is available now from iTunes.

Update:

It's triple the iOS pleasure today, as it turns out, as The 7th Guest has also been released today. Trilobyte's classic puzzler, originally released in 1993, sends players into the mansion of Henry Stauf, a master toymaker and designer of ingenious puzzles. The house has long stood abandoned, ever since six guests disappeared in a night of horror. Now it's your turn to try to survive Stauf's madhouse of horror, solving brainteasers and watching FMV flashbacks of that fateful night along the way. The 7th Guest is selling for $2.99 for both iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad.

Update #2:

It's feast or famine! Joining the parade of classic adventure ports is Broken Sword: The Smoking Mirror - Remastered. As reported last week, this updated version of Revolution's 1997 original includes enhancements such as fully animated facial expressions, improved graphics and music, a context-sensitive hint system, and a diary, along with a digital comic from cartoonist Dave Gibbons and "Dropbox integration" that allows for cross-platform saved games. Available for both iPhone/iPod Touch and iPad, the game is retailing now at the App Store for $6.99.

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