A classic adventure game is back from the dead, mildly remastered
£7.99 Developer Double Fine Productions, doublefine.com
Works with iPhone, iPad Version 1.01 This adventure game from 1998 was one of the last of its kind from George Lucas’s games studio – but don’t take that as a reflection of its quality.
You play Manny Calavera, who is serving time for his sins as a travel agent in the Land of the Dead. He must help the deceased pass on to the next life before he’s allowed to move on as well. The macabre premise is backed up with a strong skeletal Day of the Dead aesthetic and characters that are as appealing as those found in better-known adventures, such as LucasArts’ own Monkey Island series.
Small graphical embellishments, such as the shadow cast by Manny’s office blind, are nice (if expected) modernising touches that manage to preserve the original’s visual style.
Manny’s feet follow your taps in this version – if only the original had used such appropriate controls – but some things are unchanged for the worse: browsing your inventory one item at a time is unnecessarily slow.
It’s worth persevering, and easy to do so thanks to humorous dialogue, which had us chuckling out loud. Exploring every dialogue option is a pleasure, and it’s best to play with sound on to enjoy the voice acting.
If you have a choice of playing on iPhone or iPad, make it the latter to enjoy fine detail in the environments. Also, the game uses Apple’s Metal tech; see its App Store page for suitable devices. Alan Stonebridge
Interesting characters and locations make Manny’s world a joy to explore.