The second episode of Camouflaj’s original iOS stealth-action affair République is now available to download—but only for season pass owners. Those who’d rather purchase the five-part experience in individual increments will have to wait until tomorrow to get the next entry. Metamorphosis, the latest episode, puts a significant focus on a new location—the maze-like library—and its keeper, librarian Señor Luis Octavo, who aims to help heroine Hope escape the facility and uncover the truth behind it.
Shaking up the classic hard-boiled detective story formula with a supernatural twist, Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller's gritty adventure game yarn about a psychic FBI agent makes a bold attempt to set itself apart from the status quo. Colorful language and violent encounters punctuate this tightly wound murder mystery geared towards more mature players, but while Episode 1: The Hangman has some pretty intense high points, it gets bogged down by dull stretches and technical issues.
Style and attitude are two ingredients found in abundance throughout the first chapter of The Journey Down, a fresh HD reboot of a quirky freeware PC adventure that makes a comfortable transition to the touch screen. A heavy Caribbean influence shows up through the catchy reggae soundtrack to the main character's thick accents and beyond, giving this point-and-poke trek some fresh flavor. It's a nice change of pace from average genre fare.