Developer: Phoenix Online Studios
Price model: Episodic ($2.99-$3.99 per chapter)
Fans of adventure games are some of the luckiest people when it comes to mobile gaming. The genre has found a new home in mobile devices due to the ease of controls and focus on story and puzzles instead of fast-paced action. And if you call yourself a fan of adventure gaming then you probably know about Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers, an incredible title that was originally released in 1993 and featured voice acting from Tim Curry, Leah Remini and Mark Hamill. If you have not heard of it, you might want to take a look at the remade version which has just launched on Android and iOS devices.
The first thing I should probably mention is that the remake does not include the original voice actors I mentioned before. I know many people who would only play the remake to hear Hamill again so that has to disappoint some of the users. Voice acting aside, everything in the game has been updated and the changes are all truly for the best. The new version features high-res 3D graphics, new pre-rendered backgrounds and a new presentation of the story with better animations. The soundtrack has also been updated and there is a lot of previously unseen behind-the-scenes content for eager fans to watch.
Even if you have played the original title, the remake may well be worth the trouble, not only for the updated assets but also because you will encounter more puzzles, new additions to the story, an entirely revamped hint system and more. Objectively, the gameplay experience is far better than the original as the tech we have now has allowed the developers to create a much more polished experience than they could provide in 1993. And the bookstore owner’s investigation of the savage ritual killings in New Orleans is as creepy as ever.
For once, the mobile version of the title is actually the definitive one, at least as far as the pricing goes. The PC version of the remake costs $20 outright but the mobile title employs a much better model. The first chapter is available for free so that you can see if you actually like the game or not and subsequent chapters are available separately as in-app purchases. The second chapter costs $2.99 while the third and fourth chapters cost $3.99 each.