By Jared Newman | Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 1:30 pm
Classic point-and-click adventure games seem like a natural fit for tablets, and especially the iPad, but right now there aren’t many of them, besides The Secret of Monkey Island, Beneath a Steel Sky and Myst.
Martin Kool, who runs the adventure gaming site Sarien.net, plans to change that, without Apple’s approval. TouchArcade’s Eli Hodapp reports that Kool will bring classic Sierra point-and-clicks like Space Quest to the iPad, using HTML and CSS. You’ll be able to add the games as icons on the home screen, no hacking or jailbreaking required. Kool is putting the final touches on a bunch of games, and plans to have them ready within a month.
Here’s a video of Kool playing Space Quest on the iPad:
I’m impressed with how smoothly the game runs in this video. Unfortunately, as is the case with many smartphone Web apps, there’s no sound, but Kool’s efforts are still a huge advancement for HTML gaming. Most of the games that are already available as Web apps for iPhone and iPad are simple, two-minute time wasters.
Of course, the fate of these adaptations depends entirely on Activision, which owns the rights to the games. Kool told Touch Arcade that he’d immediately take down the games if Activision asked, but he’d really like a non-commercial license or involvement in official ports, as he’s not making any money from the project. On YouTube, Kool describes the project as “my one-man campaign in order to get Activision pushing their excellent Sierra adventure games to new gaming platforms in HD. Think iPad and Xbox Live.”
Once the games go live, I’ll post a link. For now, Sarien.net has nine games to play on your PC’s Web browser.