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Any Adventure Games for the DS, Anybody?

posted by Marduk on - last edited - Viewed by 681 users

It's as if the console was MADE for this type of game. (I fervently hope TTG will eventually make a couple of games for it. Particularly Sam & Max).

I've noticed a surprisingly large number of games which I have suspected to be Adventure games (far more than I would have expected for a console so new in such a short time and in this day and age) come out for it. (Also, have you ever noticed that no adventures have a message on the back of the box saying "This is an Adventure Game"?

Far more than I can actually afford to buy, since the recession. I've been making a list, mentally, of the games to look out for and buy when I have some cash together, but its hard. (For one thing the games on the shelves are never in the same place twice, especially if some have been purchased).

So I thought I'd look up a list of DS adventure titles online and go through it for the ones I'm most interested in. Sadly most of the lists aren't just for adventure games, but various different types of action games. Soon it becomes hard to tell which is which.

If anybody knows of an adventure game fan site that has a DS section or even a DS fansite that has a [proper] adventure game section then PLEASElet me know. Until then, here's a list of games collated from this thread :)

Original DS Titles;
Hotel Dusk: Room 215
Touch Detective 1 & 2 (For some reason called 'Mystery Detective', here in the UK. The bundled games are referred to as 'Touch Detective' but I've only seen these available online).
The 'Ace Attorney' series (Not entirely certain this is an adventure game but most adventure players recommend it).
Secret Files: Tunguska (At first I thought the dialogue in this game was terrible. Then, when I accounted for the language barrier (I discovered that the game was made in germany), I realised that some of the weird lines were actually jokes).
Another Code (I'm told that the Wii and DS versions were originally intended for release on both systems so I'm not going to regard this as a ported title).
CSI: Dark Motives
Miami Law (Haven't seen this anywhere online or in shops. I assume it's real as it was mentioned by TTG's own Emily and that it's probably just not yet available in the UK).
Flower, Sun, and Rain (Something of an 'interactive novel', from what I gather).
Sherlock Holmes: The Mystery Of The Mummy

Probably Adventure Games (if there's anybody who can verify any of these that would be great :D);
Mystery Mansion
Cate West: The Vanishing Files (Not yet released)
Mystery Stories
Mystery Case Files: Millionheir
Unsolved Crimes
Nancy Drew
Nancy Drew: The Deadly Secret of Olde World Park
Nancy Drew: The Hidden Staircase (All 3 of these Nancy Drew titles appear to be from differant publishers).

Ported Titles
Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars Director's Cut (also on Wii)
Syberia (just the first one),
Myst
Ankh
Jake Hunter
Undercover : Dual Motives

Thanks in advance :D

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  • All I'm aware of are the rereleases of certain PC titles: Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars Director's Cut (also on Wii), Syberia (just the first one), and Myst. There were talks of interest in porting Riven as well but I doubt that'll ever happen considering the harsh criticism the Myst port got. I still plan to buy all of these, though. I know of no other original adventures on the DS.

  • I think you listed most of the ones I know of. The Ace Attorney series is the best there is on DS.

    If you like Hotel Dusk you might also like Trace Memories/Another Code, which was made by the same people.

    Myst on DS was a huge insult to everyone.

    I played a game called "Time Hollow" which was kind of like an adventure game with almost no puzzles at all. It had very little gameplay of any kind, it was a Japanese-style visual novel. It had a good story, and mostly plays similar to the "investigation" parts of Phoenix Wright.

    The DS port of Runaway 2 was handled notably well. You hold down the stylus and the whole screen zooms in for double resolution. It makes it a lot more playable than most PC-to-DS adventure game ports.

  • You know what I would like to see on the DS are those old Dynamix comic book-style adventures: Rise of the Dragon, Heart of China, The Adventures of Willy Beamish. That'd work very well. No moving around, all first person, mostly dialogue tree puzzles. I should actually play those sometime...never attempted to beat them yet.

  • @LuigiHann said: The DS port of Runaway 2 was handled notably well. You hold down the stylus and the whole screen zooms in for double resolution. It makes it a lot more playable than most PC-to-DS adventure game ports.


    I played the first half of the runaway 1 before uninstalling it and writing an angry review.

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    There's the Broken Sword Director's Cut, it's unfulfilling though.

    And of course if you have one of "dem cards" you can run classics like Monkey Island through ScummVM DS.

  • does the director's cut still have voices or is it subs only?

  • I suppose Professor Layton doesn't count enough for a mention?

  • @Marduk said: I played the first half of the runaway 1 before uninstalling it and writing an angry review.



    Funny, I sat through the intro of Runaway 1, then completely lost any interest in playing it at all. Seriously, the game starts with the main character chilling in the chair and telling us the back story as a bland monologue? Kudos to you for forging onward, that's some serious will power.

    @Marduk said: does the director's cut still have voices or is it subs only?

    Subs only in the DS version.

  • @Rather Dashing said: I suppose Professor Layton doesn't count enough for a mention?



    You know, it's not much of an adventure game, but it is worth discussion. It has a ton of adventure game-style character and environment charm, and the puzzles are fun enough, it's just the complete and utter segregation of story and puzzles that make it feel like not-an-adventure-game-at-all.

    It is the sort of game that many adventure game fans would enjoy, though, so I would encourage people to play it. Just don't expect any story-puzzle integration, because there is virtually none.

  • Myst on DS completely destroyed any hope I had in Adventure gaming on that system.

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