This week Appleâ€™s flagship Regent Street retail store in London hosted an evening in celebration of the Broken Sword adventure gaming series, and in particular the launch of the second and final part of Broken Sword 5: The Serpentâ€™s Curse, which will be released to the App Store any day now.
The store was packed with fans, some of who had also backed the game on Kickstarter, as well as some of the gameâ€™s voice actors, including Emma Tate, who plays Nico, and Toby Longworth, who plays Hobbs and the moody Parisian waiter. Composer Barrington Pheloung also talked about his involvement in the series, which began with the first game.
Revolution Software founder and CEO Charles Cecil was the master of ceremonies for the evening, starting with a brief potted history of Revolution , which was formed back in 1990 and achieved immediate success with PC and Amiga games such as Lure of the Temptress and Beneath a Steel Sky (also resurrected on iOS), before launching the Broken Sword series in 1996, which went on to be played by over 10 million players and make more than $100 million at retail.
After taking us through Revolution's early days, and the near-death of the point-and-click adventure gaming market when the big beast consoles appeared, Cecil talked about how Apple, and the advent of the iPhone in particular, was single-handedly responsible for resurrecting adventure gaming for a whole new audience.
Cecil went on to say that releasing games in this way also brings the developer much closer to a game's fanbase.
Another benefit of releasing iOS games, according to Cecil, is the way in which Apple affords a smaller company such as Revolution the same sort of consideration as it does the larger publishers.
Click here to download Broken Sword 5 - Episode 1 for Â£4.99: iTunes