The iPad’s status as a viable gaming platform is a constant source of debate amongst overly passionate console devotees with empty lives. However as the number of game studios developing for the platform grows it’s harder to argue against the fact that people seem to enjoy playing games on their iPads (ten nerds have just spat out their coco-pops in fury). Whilst some are simply re-treads of existing titles, trading as heavily on nostalgia as they are on gameplay, attempts have been made to develop original content for the platform.
One such attempt is the new Hector franchise; a new-school point and click adventure that attempts to capture the irreverent spirit of classics such as The Secret of Monkey Island or Day of the Tentacle.
Hector is a tough-talking, soft-bellied British cop with an unhealthy taste for all things criminal or smothered in curry. When terrorists strike in the crime-ridden town of Clapper’s Wreake, this drunken lawman becomes the only hope for justice. Now, the flatulent detective has a choice to make: carry out the terrorist’s curiously altruistic demands, or watch as his fellow officers are picked off one by one. Hector is still on the fence.
If you smiled at all at that comic conceit then you will probably be ok dropping a few pounds and spending a few hours in the company of that mindset. Games like this live or die on how amusing you find the writer’s style however – if you find it funny enough you’ll forgive any slips in logic, gameplay or graphical style.
We Negotiate with Terrorists is the first of a three episode game series. Episode 2 – Senseless Acts of Justice and Episode 3 – Beyond Reasonable Doom will release on PC, Mac, iPad and iPhone in Autumn 2011.
Developed in partnership with Straandlooper, Telltale games’ Hector: Ep1 HD – We Negotiate with Terrorists on iPad can be purchased from the App Store for £3.99/€5.49 ($6.99). There is also a previously released PC and Mac version available to download for £8.75/ €9.99 ($9.99).