When you ask people what they would do if they had a million dollars, a lot would answer that they would travel around the world. Well, if you don't have a million dollars but would still like to do it, albeit digitally and virtually, maybe you'd like to try 80 Days on your Android devices.
Judged by TIME Magazine as their Top Video Game for 2014, 80 Days is more than just any simple adventure type of game. The magazine called it a " stylish, thoughtful immersion, employing a beloved genre", referring to interactive fiction. The game is based on Jules Verne's 80 Days Around the World and gives you the chance to go around a 3D world on any vehicle you choose to travel on, whether it's by airship, submarine, a robotic camel or a stream train.
The year is 1872 and you get to play Passepartout, the valet to Phineas Fogg, the main character from the book, and race against other players who are also exploring the 150 cities available in the game. The visuals are stunning and the story engrossing, with artwork by Jaume Illustration, script by Meg Jayanth and original music by Laurence Chapman. The in-game clock continually runs as you yourself never seem to stop running through mountains, rivers, jungles, etc. Your role is to accompany your master, balance his finances, watch out on his health, trade items you would need, carry your luggage, and all sorts of things you usually do when traveling, but heightened by the time limit and the extraordinary adventures waiting for you.
With a critically acclaimed game like 80 Days, you would expect it won't be free and may cost you a bit more than the other "more ordinary" games around. You can buy the game from the Google Play Store for $5. But based on the reviews and comments, it is something that is definitely worth it.