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The Best Innovative Adventure Games

Adventure games come in multiple shapes and sizes. There is a distinct group on the App Store that refuses to fit in a pre-established mold. The result are these innovative games that deliver all new adventure styles. You may control the wind, grow and shrink past obstacles, use sound to find barriers, crawl as a spider, turn your fingers into pincers, guide a flock of birds, and more.

Silly Walks
BotHeads
A Blind Legend
Lead Them

Best Apps

Highest scored apps in the category

Danger Filled Worlds
BADLAND

BADLAND

Frogmind

Guide a creature to each goal

Badland is a side-scrolling, action adventure game set in a forest-like environment. With over 100 levels, you must guide your strange creature to each goal while watching out for dangerous traps and avoiding obstacles. The game has won several awards for its creative design and physic-based gameplay. There's also local co-op multiplayer.

Amplify The Action
BADLAND 2

BADLAND 2

Frogmind

A stunningly beautiful and challenging game

Witness the award-winning world of Badland in even more stunning beauty with levels that extend and scroll to all directions. Survive through new elements such as liquids, flamethrowers, frost, magma, water and volumetric burning light. Fall down deadly rifts, fly to any direction and race and jump along the surfaces as a rolling character on your way to safety.

Mushroom 11
Mushroom 11

Mushroom 11

Untame

As life struggles to gain a foothold in a devastated world, a new lifeform emerges from the rubble

As life struggles to gain a foothold in a devastated world, a new lifeform emerges from the rubble. Mold yourself into any shape as you explore this strange, challenging landscape. The eerily beautiful visuals are complemented by the ethereal music of electronica legend The Future Sound of London.

** iOS Exclusive: Force Touch enabled for a fully immersive experience! **

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Also Good

Apps with average score

Swipe to stretch
Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert

Join an elongating dachshund on a looong adventure

Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert

Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert

Nitrome

The stretchy mutt in Nitrome’s Silly Sausage in Meat Land is back for an all-new adventure. But this time, the elongating dachshund is going on a journey across a dessert dreamland in Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert.

Silly Sausage in Meat Land
Silly Sausage in Meat Land
Silly Sausage in Meat Land

Silly Sausage in Meat Land

Nitrome

Meet our stretchy pooch : Silly Sausage in his adventure through Meat Land.

Swipe based controls will allow you to stretch through the air changing direction as you go. Latch onto a surface and your dachshund will retract to that spot.

Having an infinitely stretchy body is pretty handy, but it's not...

Flower
Flower

The critically acclaimed zen like exploration game is now on the App Store.

Flower

Flower

Annapurna Interactive

Play as flower petals, and catch the breeze to explore lush 3D environments. The game is absolutely gorgeous, and that's just the back drop to a relatively unique experience that emphasizes a zen like exploration. Simply tilt your device to control the flowers.

Waking Mars
Waking Mars
Waking Mars

Waking Mars

Tiger Style

Apple's 2012 iPad Game of the Year Runner-Up!

Bring A Sleeping Planet Back To Life
Epic adventure, action gameplay, and unlimited discovery
www.WakingMars.com
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"One of the most satisfying gaming experiences I've had on this platform." "Outstanding and revolutionary."
- TouchArcade, 5/5

25 Best iPad games - Time.com

“The most interesting story I've...

Spider:  The Secret of Bryce Manor HD
Spider:  The Secret of Bryce Manor HD
Spider:  The Secret of Bryce Manor HD

Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor HD

Tiger Style

The iPad enhanced version of 2009's Best iPhone Game,
Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor
Spin Webs, Trap Bugs, Unlock the Secrets of Bryce Manor

"Outstanding and revolutionary" - TouchArcade

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Praise for SPIDER: THE SECRET OF BRYCE MANOR:

Apple Rewind 2009 Best Rated App
Best Mobile Game 2009 - Indie Game Festival
Best iPhone Game...

Silly Walks
Silly Walks

Play as a pineapple, cupcake, hot dog, noodles, and more with crazy controls for walking.

Silly Walks

Silly Walks

Part Time Monkey Oy

A game like QWOP, I Am Bread, Octodad, Steppy Pants, and similar with crazy controls to move the main character. There's no precision, and instead you're just try to move forward in any form you can. Silly Walks introduces household items as the main characters.

Trap and feed
Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon
Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon

Tiger Style

"Outstanding and revolutionary" - TouchArcade
From the creators of the iPhone GAME OF THE YEAR award-winners, Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor & Waking Mars.
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5/5 "MUST BUY... builds an almost impossibly intricate web." -TouchArcade
9/10 "Elegant, clever, subtle, mechanically unusual." -PocketGamer
4.5/5 "One of our favorite games...

BotHeads
BotHeads
BotHeads

BotHeads

A Small Game AB

Guide your little flying robots through a beautiful handcrafted world filled with things to fly past, bounce off or dash through!

BotHeads is an atmospheric arcade adventure game by the creators of Hanger & Hanger World. "It's like an amazing dream where Sonic The Hedgehog, transformed into a flying robot, is...

Build Your Own Webs
Spider:  The Secret of Bryce Manor
Spider:  The Secret of Bryce Manor

Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor

Tiger Style

2009 iPhone Game of the Year
"Outstanding and revolutionary" -TouchArcade

Spin Webs, Trap Bugs, Unlock the Secrets of Bryce Manor

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Praise for SPIDER: THE SECRET OF BRYCE MANOR:

Apple Rewind 2009 Best Rated App
Best Mobile Game 2009 - Indie Game Festival
Best iPhone Game 2009 - Indie Game Festival
Game of the Year- TouchArcade
Game of...

Gathering Sky
Gathering Sky
Gathering Sky

Gathering Sky

A Stranger Gravity, LLC

Guide a flock of birds on a playful journey across the sky. Dance in the winds of a far-away world and create an emotional story without words.

The world is brought to life by an original score performed by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

The experience is enjoyable with any skill...

Folded Flyer - Paper Plane Flying Game
Folded Flyer - Paper Plane Flying Game
Folded Flyer - Paper Plane Flying Game

Folded Flyer - Paper Plane Flying Game

Tim Vogel

Paper planes have never soared like this before! Guide your glider through a colorful world full of danger and hidden collectibles to discover.

Race to the finish line for the fastest times or search every nook and cranny for hidden rewards. Get to craft and fully personalise your own paper...

Perfect Cell
Perfect Cell
Perfect Cell

Perfect Cell

Mobigame

Play as the most advanced creature ever discovered on Earth. You are trapped in a high security submarine base and you must use your superpowers to escape from this hostile environment; dodge lasers and AK-47 bullets, solve puzzles to progress and try to survive the many other dangerous and deadly...

Other Apps

Could be good for special cases

Hero of Many

Hero of Many

Trickster Arts s.r.o.

!Requires at least iPhone 4S, iPod Touch 5th gen, iPad 2 or higher!

Lead a swarm through battles for freedom in an atmospheric action adventure!


4.5/5 - Touch Arcade: "meditative and unique. An enthralling experience"

5/5  -  GameWoof: "excellent game... ...a future classic."

9.5/10 - Arcadelife: "a personal journey, an emotional story without words"

8/10 - Pocket Gamer: "a beautiful and innovative story-driven puzzle adventure"

4/5 - 148Apps: "absolutely gorgeous and somewhat surreal experience"

4/4 - Slide To Play: "A beautifully-made and strangely relaxing game of exploration"

5/5 - Know your Apps: "proof that games can be art"

Hero Of Many takes you on an epic journey as a tiny hero in a dangerous world. But you’re not alone; you lead a swarm of water-beings through fierce battles for freedom across four different worlds and twenty-six choreographed levels.

It’s an atmospheric action adventure that takes you deep into underwater caverns. Where you:

• Explore mysterious places
• Save your friends
• Learn how to survive
• Face array of challenges
• Discover new powers
• Defeat monsters

Hero Of Many is a story told with no words that explores what it means to be a hero.

• 4 different worlds
• 26 story levels
• Aesthetic art design
• Original soundtrack
• Immersive audio
• Physical puzzles

In Hero Of Many you will not survive alone. You need your friends and they need you.
Can you rise to the challenge?

CRABITRON: Giant Space Crab Simulation

CRABITRON: Giant Space Crab Simulation

Two Lives Left

AWARD WINNING GIANT SPACE CRAB SIMULATION

WINNER of Australian Game Developer Awards 2013

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“I’ve always wanted to be a giant space crab.” - Gabe Newell


“The controls are perfect.” - Touch Arcade


"It’s immediately obvious, and incredibly hilarious." — WIRED


"The crab smiled, the music and action picked right back up again, and I was hooked." — Pocket Gamer, 9/10


"Man, this game is good." — Touch Arcade, 4.5 STARS


"It’s a wonderful dose of originality." — 148Apps, 4.5 STARS


"It may be the most innovative game in the App Store." — Apple'N'Apps, 4/5

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Australian Game Developer Awards 2013 - Innovation Award
Australian Game Developer Awards 2013 - Excellence in Design Award

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Once, every hundred years, Crabitron descends upon the civilized galaxy to teach humanity a brutal lesson — to stop eating his delicious crustacean brothers.

Humanity never learns. It's time for their lesson.

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A lovingly crafted game about destroying the universe as a Giant Space Crab.

• Touch, pinch, and fling your claws to cause destruction
• Battle against waves of enemies, including sharks with frickin’ lasers
• Gobble Burgers of Power, burp fireballs and suck in everything
• Snap, crush and ruin everyone’s day... or life
• The world's most realistic Giant Space Crab simulation

Frisbee® Forever 2

Frisbee® Forever 2

Kiloo

Welcome back to Frisbee® Forever!

Experience the rollercoaster ride of your lifetime with one of the world's most beloved toys!

Dive and glide along the edge of erupting volcanoes, fly majestically above snow covered China or admire your reflection in the river glance at full pace through the European countryside.

Play more than 75 creative and individually designed tracks throughout three brand new worlds booming with life.
Steer your favorite Frisbee® disc skillfully with unmatched tilt or touch controls.

Complete daring missions, level up, unlock every Wham-O® Frisbee® and expand your collection of unique discs.

Discover a game filled with mysterious, challenging bonus levels and hidden secrets waiting to be uncovered. Complete your collections and earn Game Center achievements.

Are you still a Frisbee® Master?

Get the official sequel to the award winning iOS blockbuster hit Frisbee® Forever.

A Universal App for iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad with state of the art retina HD graphics.

On The Wind

On The Wind

Don't Step On The Cracks

Take control of the wind and guide the leaves through a beautiful and stylish world. Try to survive through the year as the seasons change and the leaves fall.

You are the wind, guide the leaves, flourish in the summer, survive the winter.


Game Of The Week! "Its gorgeous aesthetic and unique gameplay make it well worth the [US]$1.99 purchase price." - Appadvice.com

"Combine the fun you’ll have with the great art style and mood presented, and On the Wind is a game that’s easily worth checking out" - Gamezebo.com

"On The Wind is a relaxing journey that’s a breeze to play." - AppSmile.com

"Beautiful animations, soothing gameplay, and a title you'll be playing for a long time to come." - Modojo.com


* Full retina graphics for the new iPad
* Simple and intuitive 'one touch' controls
* Relaxing play with the soothing sound of the wind, or challenge yourself to beat your friends
* Beautiful world that's generated as you play so it's different every time
* Game Center enabled with lots of tricky achievements, and leader boards to challenge your friends
* Universal app, buy once and play on your iPhone, iPod and iPad.

A Blind Legend

A Blind Legend

DOWINO

It’s the first-ever mobile action-adventure game without video – where ears replace eyes!
Discover the original, innovative sensory experience of binaural 3D sound.

HEADPHONES ARE COMPULSORY!
AUDIO GAME FULLY ACCESSIBLE TO BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PEOPLE

Your eyes will be of no help.
So close them, sharpen your hearing and your blade…
And embark on an epic, perilous rite of passage.

How do you play? 

Put on your headphones and use your smartphone’s touchscreen like a joystick:

- to move around freely;
- to fight using your sword;
- to defend yourself and protect yourself with your shield during epic fights;
- to repel your enemies and perform combos!

Live the adventures of Edward Blake, the famous blind knight! Guided by your daughter Louise, you must find your way and avoid the many traps that lie in store in the High Castle Kingdom, while confronting dangerous enemies!

This serious game is fully accessible to visually impaired people, and is aimed at anyone who’s eager for an original, immersive sensory experience through a ground-breaking video game. And because the player is the character, it will help raise public awareness of this kind of disability.

It is free to download and was co-created thanks to support from a community of fans who helped with the crowdfunding campaign (www.ulule.com/a-blind-legend) and in a co-production with France Culture, a Radio France station.

This hack-and-slash game, with a heroic-fantasy flavour, harnesses the innovative technology of binaural sound, which delivers a gripping 3D soundscape and brings characters and actions vividly to life around the player – as if they were actually in the game!

SOME REVIEWS:

PC Gamer:
“An interesting and enjoyable experience, something worth trying even if you're not visually impaired.”

Next Power Up:
“It's probably one of the most cleverly designed titles I've experienced in quite some time.”

Gameskinny:
“A Blind Legend is going to be one heck of an experience.”

AFB:
“I would recommend that anyone who is interested should download the game and give it a try.”

Voxludicus:
“The game is worth your attention if you want to try something different for a change.”

Tapxrapidly:
“The unique take of this game is that you do not need a screen to play, just headphones.”

Deepdishent:
“Take a shot in the dark and give A Blind Legend a chance. You may be surprised at what you find when you are not looking.”

Lead Them

Lead Them

Oliver Papp

Lead Them is a dark atmospheric vertical-scrolling action adventure platformer, set in a wonderful microscopic world full of various inhabitants, organisms and little creatures. The player controls a group of the local dwellers to save and feed them, and discovers a particularly dangerous world on the way.

Lead Them takes vertical-scrollers to the next level with its innovative color and skill-based gameplay combined with stunning, atmospheric graphics and audio. This game is easy to learn and hard to master. Remember: Save Them! Feed Them! Lead Them!

Features:
• 85 truly unique levels
• Intuitive one-touch controls combined with innovative dynamic level design
• Highly immersive audiovisual gaming experience
• Seamless sync across multiple devices
• Various selectable skins with you can choose
• More levels and content in future updates

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