1112 Is Awesome

3 Dec

After I got the red ring of death, I figured I’d spend the next few weeks electronic entertainment-free; turns out I thought wrong.  Last night, it occurred to me that I hadn’t checked the iTunes app store for new iPhone games in a while. Ever since a couple of Christmases ago, when I played my cousin’s copy of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney on the DS, I’ve had this dream that those games, complete with their cheesy dialogue, old-school adventure game-style item collecting and puzzle solving, and episodic releases, would make their way to the iPhone, giving me one more thing to do while hanging out with my main squeeze, The 6 Parnassus.

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So Gabriel Knight-Esque. I can't even believe it.

Well, when I got on the app store, I found the next best thing.  Or, maybe, the actual best thing – a new episodic adventure game called 1112.  I played it a little bit on the bus today, and from the very start, it is clear that I am, like, the exact target audience for this game. It appears very influenced by Roberta Williams’s amazing Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, and has a touch of Rise of the Dragon, too.  Check it out: right at the beginning, my character woke up, examined his bedroom, talked a bit with his wife, and then decided he had to turn off the alarm clock.  I click on the alarm clock, and get a close up – it’s broken, and he says he’ll need to shake it to get it to stop beeping.  After a second of scratching my head, I realize what I have to do, and shake my effing iPhone. The alarm shuts off, and some groovy J-electronica chick-singer music fades in.  The beat drops, and I’m hooked.

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Whaddup, detective notebook and dialogue trees. You have been missed.

If you have an iPhone or an iPod touch and enjoy Phoenix Wright (or old-school adventure games), you will most likely enjoy 1112.  It’s even got a “just-released game” discount on iTunes (it’s currently $7.99, though it’ll be $9.99 soon). Who knows – perhaps by the end of the first chapter (it’s being released episodically), I’ll feel differently, but at the moment, I’m pretty sure this is gonna be a helluva of a good way to pass the time on MUNI.

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