Classic Adventure Game Returns from the Undead

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New versions of Transylvania Adventure, a classic graphics adventure game from the 1980s, return to the iPhone and iPad, with retro graphics, sound, and a tutorial for new players.

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... adventure games were thinking games, not shoot-'em-ups, so the pace is different. It’s a bit like unraveling a mystery, by solving puzzles...

RetroVenture LLC is pleased to announce new releases of Transylvania Adventure, a remake of the classic adventure game Transylvania™, for the iPhone and iPad.

The original Transylvania™ was one of the best-selling adventure games of the 1980s, spawning two sequels and a Japanese version.

Players wander a haunted landscape and face a howling werewolf, a sinister vampire, and other supernatural foes on their quest to find and rescue Princess Sabrina.

Transylvania Adventure is an old-school, retro-graphics adventure game, with a new twist -- a friendly iPhone/iPad interface:

  • A spin control (or a standard command line) for entering commands
  • Tap to move around or take/look at objects
  • Tap and hold on objects to get a menu of commands
  • Handy buttons for common commands, and for running away from monsters!

Releases include an iPad version, an updated version of Transylvania Adventure for the iPhone/Touch, and free, limited lite versions for both platforms.

All the releases are collaborations between Kenneth Roe (creator of Smart Recorder) and Antonio Antiochia, the original author of Transylvania™.

"Ken and I worked hard on designing an interface, which would make the game friendly and easy to play for mobile users," says Antonio Antiochia. "We also wanted to preserve the sense of mystery and the spooky atmosphere of the original game, filling the game with eerie sound effects."

"Old-school adventure players really like the game, but some new players were having trouble understanding how to play or were disappointed that it does not have Hollywood production values, like modern games ... but adventure games were thinking games, not shoot-'em-ups, so the pace is different. It’s a bit like unraveling a mystery, by solving puzzles. The retro graphics are for nostalgia. I had wanted to modernize the graphics, but friends urged us to keep the original graphics, so it is like playing history."

"The original game was especially popular with kids. I once received a package of letters from a sixth grade classroom in Australia asking for hints. A friend's daughter played the new Touch version of Transylvania Adventure and really liked the game, so I think the magic is still there."

Transylvania Adventure Lite is available for free from the App Store.

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