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These are traits that have, until now, seemed out of reach for many iPhone adventures. Beneath a Steel Sky somehow feels bigger and bolder than its rivals, raising the bar and highlighting what others have so far failed to achieve. Perfectly suited to its new home, Revolution's remastering of an already established gem serves up point-and-click play nearly unmatched on the App Store. This is a story rich and layered throughout, gifting iPhone gamers with a trip back in time that feels like a grand step forward.
Since the iPhone itself would have been a ridiculously futuristic device 16-years ago, some of the future looks a little, er, dated, but the general themes of urban corruption and totalitarian governance still feel all too relevant. Despite its age, this is a really solid and classic piece of adventure gaming, and if you enjoy well-written, deeply immersive games like Monkey Island or Broken Sword, you will almost certainly enjoy Beneath A Steel Sky.
These are traits that have, until now, seemed out of reach for many iPhone adventure games. Beneath a Steel Sky somehow feels bigger and bolder than its rivals, raising the bar and highlighting what others have so far failed to achieve. Perfectly suited to its new home, this remastering of a classic game serves up point-and-click play nearly unmatched on the App Store.
Fortunately, there are enough laughs to cut through these complaints. Beneath a Steel Sky remains as entertaining as it was 15 years ago, even if these laughs could have been showcased in a better overall package.
While it’s one of the more expensive apps on the market at $4.99, Beneath a Steel Sky – Remastered makes a solid showing on its new platform and justifies its price admirably. Adventure enthusiasts who have never played the game have no excuse not to download this classic, and existing fans of the game will likely enjoy the new format. However, since the game is legally free to download for PC, it all depends on how important the mobile aspect is to you. One thing is for sure, at least. This enhanced port shows that the iPhone and iPod Touch can easily handle adventure games along with the more casual games they’re currently known for. Technology may have been the bane of the city denizens in this game, but it has sure made my subway rides more entertaining for the last few days.
Tyvärr andas spelet inte speciellt mycket nyversion. Det känns mer som en rak portning. Förutom de animerade filmsekvenserna, hjälpfunktionen och en spelkontroll anpassad till Iphone och Ipod Touch, så är det inte mycket som gör att spelet förtjänar "Remastered" i sin titel. Grafiken har sin tydliga charm, men har inte förändrats ett dugg. Ibland ser den mer än lovligt grötig och lågupplöst ut. Jag saknar en funktion där jag kan växla mellan gammal och nygjord grafik. Men Beneath a Steel Sky: Remastered är trots allt ett klassiskt sci-fi-epos ingen bör se förbi. Ett stycke tokrolig äventyrshistoria för både färskingar och nostalgiker.
I have a hard time pushing people to purchase a copy of a game when the version I enjoy more is free, but the game still has merit and even more so for those who don’t have access or time for the PC version. For those at all curious, you can find the full original version for free online at sites such as Good old Games. If you find that you really enjoy the PC version it likely will be worth your while to buy the iPhone version at $2.99, just note that it cannot quite replace the experience of playing it on a PC.
In conclusion, BS Remastered is a bad game. I feel kind of bad for it, because I can see the good adventure game inside it, just waiting to get out. For example, the graphics are really good, and the animation quality looks perfect! But all the goodness of the game is trapped by a plethora of humorless jokes which make the gameplay unenjoyable.