*** #2nd Best Indie Game of 2014 on AppApes ***
*** Pocket Gamer BRONZE AWARD ***
Embark on a dangerous and exhilarating quest into the far reaches of the ancient Mayan civilization.
Create your own myth!
"Necklace of Skulls offers everything one could ask for in a gamebook." - App Apes (9.5/10)
“An enjoyable adventure with an interesting theme and sharp writing.”
- Touch Arcade (4/5 star)
"It's definitely an enjoyable and intriguing read." - Pocket Gamer (Bronze Award)
"It offers up choices at a steady pace so you always feel like a part of the branching storyline." - 148Apps (4/5 star)
"The game is interesting and a delightful combination of action game with book reading." - Mac Sources
"The primary strength of this game is the rich fantasy world it creates." - Storycade
"A fine entry that’s sure to grip fans of the genre." - 148Apps (4/5 star)
"Gorgeous animated illustrations." - Hardcore Gamer
"This is much more than just a gamebook ported over to mobile devices." - Fabled Lands
"The beautiful art work looks like a mix of Barcelona’s Gaudi style in architecture and Gaugain’s portraits of indigenous people." - PocketMeta
In this interactive novel known as a "gamebook", you will plunge into the strange, dreamlike wonders of Mayan myth. You will confront ghosts and gods, bargain for your life against wily demons and find allies and enemies among both the living and the dead. Even if you're brave enough to survive the dangers of the spirit-haunted western desert, you must still confront the wizard, "Necklace of Skulls", in a fight to the death for your very own soul.
This epic digital recreation of Dave Morris’s seminal adventure gamebook contains exciting new features, gameplay, artwork and music.
* Play as a warrior, huntress, wayfarer or sorceress.
* Multiple save slots: Play with different characters in up to three stories at once.
* Innovative combat system never before seen in a digital gamebook.
* Animated illustrations depicting scenes from the story.
* Rich, branching narrative that offers huge replay value.
* No dice: All the action is based on your skills and decisions.
* Full soundtrack and sound effects deliver a vibrant atmosphere.
A NEW FORM OF INTERACTIVE FICTION
A perilous expedition meets with disaster. The sole survivor returns with dreadful news: your twin brother is dead. You swear vengeance upon his killer, the terrifying demon-wizard known only as Necklace of Skulls - a quest that will take you to the edge of the known world and beyond.
Drawing heavily upon authentic Mayan history coupled with an engaging fantasy adventure narrative, this gamebook changes the definition of interactive fiction forever.
Originally part of renowned author and game designer Dave Morris’s celebrated Virtual Reality series of adventure gamebooks, Necklace of Skulls dispenses with dice rolling and luck, and instead puts your survival skills to the test in a lush and vibrant life-changing experience.
Necklace of Skulls has been recreated for touchscreen devices with all-new features including beautiful animated artwork from international award-winning graphic designer and illustrator Xavier Mula, save game options, an exclusive soundtrack and multiple characters to choose from.
Take a journey that you’ll never forget in Necklace of Skulls.
** WARNING **
Undesired performance may occur on iPad1 (or early iPhone/iPod generations) due to memory issues.
iPhone 4 may have minor resolution issues.
Having any problems? Any suggestions? We would love to hear from you! You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Some design improvements (Underworld map and menus scroll)
- Minor bug fixes (items and text)
Ratings and Reviews
As a child I loved 'choose your own adventure' books. As an adult, I like the same, though with a distinctly more adult lean. Necklace of Skulls is, so far, a game with a huge amount of replay value. The art is lovely, the immersion and the idea of an Aztec focus really make this title stand out from the crowd. This is definitely a game that should be in your library and enjoyed over and over again. A must play for fans of this genre!
Controls need work
This seems like it would be a fun game, but the controls need a bit of work. As you scroll down through the story the choices for action are embedded within the text, and if you click anywhere within that field it will record a choice. So everytime you out your finger on the screen to slide the text up to keep reading you have to stop reading and search the bottom of the page to make sure that it doesn't look like there's the edge of the choice section coming up. It makes for a choppy experience. A button to click with the choices as a popup (that can be closed without making a choice) would be better. I've had to restart several times because I've accidentally selected something. Otherwise it's an interesting format and has beautiful art. But the integration of the controls makes it hard to play.
Talked to cubist games every once in a while about the game, excited. The wait was worth it, though! I got this on Thursday when it came out, so I'm a little late in doing a review. Great depth, character classes, but what can you expect from the makers of The Sinister Fairground and Heavy Metal Thunder :) keep up the good work, guys!
- Cubus Games S.L.
- 97.6 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Arabic, Catalan, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
- Age Rating
- Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
- © 2014 Cubus Games S.L.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.