Space Quest Now on iPad
iPad games allow for great control methods thanks to the device’s multitouch capability. The latest game to arrive on the iPad is the classic point-and-click adventure, Space Quest. That’s right, you don’t have to download Space Quest, you simply add it to your iPad’s homescreen, and your ready to play. It’s created by Martin Kool in HTML and Java Script, so it works on an iOS browser, no App Store needed. It’s designed like the original with the pixelated graphics of the era.
The point-and-click style of the game lends itself well to the the iPad’s touch-based input method. Even than, it’s a very difficult game.
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Still, the difficulty shouldn’t stop you; the game is very well-made, and is only a glimpse into what the future can hold for iPad games that incorporate HTML5. It runs very well on the iPad’s browser, and we think that iPad users and fans of the classic Sierra title will be impressed with the work. While this may not yet be one of our best iPad games of 2010, we realize the importance of this title and the technical skill involved.
That’s not to say it’s without its hitches. Currently, Space Quest does not have sound, which is a bit of a bummer. We hope the developer is able to fix that in the future. We also noticed what seems to be a minor bug, but we can’t say for sure whether it was a design choice: the player can double-tap on any location to be instantly teleported there. This means you don’t have to use elevators to move up and down between floors in your ship. However, it’s very handy for quickly traveling across the room, rather than waiting for the character to walk the whole distance.
What’s more, he recreated the iBooks bookshelf interface, and it looks as if he is planning to feature more games and episodes over time. Simply go over to: Http://ipad.sarien.net and use the add button to add the game to your Homescreen.
Perhaps games like Space Quest will show others that you can make a great game in HTML5 and find a way around Apple’s restrictions. The only issue after that may be figuring out a payment plan. Perhaps web applications like OpenAppMkt can help change that.
By the way, you will need an iPad. We tried it on our desktop computer just for fun, and were greeted with the following message:
We tried clicking on the image of the iPad, and were taken to a screen that looks like the image on the iPad, but the setting was the dessert landscape with what seemed like several other players online at the same time. We still prefer playing it on the iPad.
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