Posts Tagged Interactive Fiction

Yeti’s Parole Officer Review

Yeti’s Parole Officer Review

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Yeti's Parole Officer proves that looks aren't everything in this entertaining, if plain, piece of interactive fiction.

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Down Among the Dead Men Review

Down Among the Dead Men Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Down Among the Dead is a pirate themed gamebook that's quite delightful, if short lived.

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Heavy Metal Thunder Review

Heavy Metal Thunder Review

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It'll tax you given its difficulty level, but Heavy Metal Thunder is an intriguing adventure gamebook.

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Appointment With F.E.A.R Review

Appointment With F.E.A.R Review

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Ever wanted to be a superhero? Appointment With F.E.A.R is a fine way to live that dream.

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80 Days Review

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A fantastic and fascinating re-envisioning of the classic novel by Jules Verne, 80 Days is a delightful piece of interactive fiction.

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The wildly popular The Walking Dead: Season Two‘s new chapter, Amid the Ruins, sees a return to Clementine’s story about a young girl orphaned in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Who will she save? How will she evolve as a character? It is all up to you as every choice you make changes Clementine’s fate.

This is the fourth chapter that Telltale Games has released for Season 2. Users will be able to buy the chapter alone as an in-app purchase, or Save 25% by purchasing the Multi-Pack [Episodes 2-5 bundle] via in-app in the ‘Episodes’ menu.

Blood & Laurels Review

Blood & Laurels Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Corruption, sex, and scandal, all in Ancient Rome, through the medium of this interesting piece of interactive fiction.

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We’re big fans of inkle’s work here at 148apps, even if the lower case “i” does make my Grammar Hat twitch uncomfortably. So, the news of a new project coming from the studio was bound to get us excited. That project is 80 Days, an ambitious narrative-focused game inspired by the work of Jules Verne that utilizes a fairly cool steampunk theme.

09_ship-from-athensPlayers take the role of Passepartout as he helps (and suffers) Phileas Fogg on their epic journey around the world in 80 days. Set for release this Summer, 80 Days promises plenty of different paths to success with many decisions to take, much like in the Sorcery! series of games. Perhaps most interesting of all, there’ll be a networked live feed ensuring that players can keep track of what’s going on with other players, all in real time.

Fascinated by the general premise, I was able to discuss the game with inkle’s Jon Ingold and Joe Humfrey, as well as the game’s writer, Meg Jayanth, to learn more.


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Zombocalypse Now Review

Zombocalypse Now Review

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A humorous take on a zombie invasion from the perspective of a stuffed bunny. Quirky but it works.

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Gamebook Adventures 9: Sultans of Rema Review

Gamebook Adventures 9: Sultans of Rema Review

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With less of a focus on fighting than before, Sultans of Rema tells a gripping story of political intrigue.

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Gary Chalk’s Gun Dogs Review

Gary Chalk’s Gun Dogs Review

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With an original story to tell, Gun Dogs will enthrall adventure gamebook fans.

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Device 6 Review

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Device 6 is Simogo's latest masterpiece, a mystifying interactive fiction experience.

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Everyone loves interactive fiction, right? Ok, I might be a little biased due to my huge love of the genre, but I’m certainly not alone there. Plenty of people love the dark world created by H.P. Lovecraft, too, and his work has proved a fantastic inspiration for many great games and other forms of media. One such title that’s set to capture this spirit is The Moaning Words: a game currently in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign and looking rather promising.

The game is written by Science Fiction author, Alan Dean Foster, and follows a dark investigation across 18 episodes set to be released daily. Players will be able to shape their own adventure through the choices they make. Uniquely, the app will also offer a form of social adventuring with the ability to share one’s story with others as well as invite friends to unlock new content.

moaningwords2Continuing with an original twist on the interactive fiction idea, a card game of sorts will also feature alongside numerous riddles and conundrums. Plus, there’s set to be even more options thanks to the free writing tool that will allow users to create their own story! Not bad, eh?

We talked to co-founder and designer, Manea Castet, to learn more about this ambitious project.

148apps: Did any other books, games, or films influence The Moaning Words, besides H.P Lovecraft?
Manea Castet (MC): The design of The Moaning Words was influenced by the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books and popular video games Heavy Rain, Baldur’s Gate, and the Dragon Age series. In fact, our interactive fiction is built around different video games mechanisms. These mechanisms were specifically taken into consideration when writing the alternative [choices] and when designing how players interact with the story.

The first influence of our story is H.P Lovecraft’s body of work. Our app is designed to be a tribute to this well-known author. We believe it will please veteran readers of the “Lovecraftian” stories. It will also be a very good start for people who discover the Cthulhu Mythos for the first time. The story, written by Alan Dean Foster, is contemporary and its events will take place in many countries around the globe.

mythoscards1148apps: Some of the Kickstarter pledge rewards involve gaining a pack of gold to use in game, how will these help in game? Are they crucial to progression?
MC: In The Moaning Words, gold is the virtual currency. It can be obtained for free through card games for example. Users will not necessarily have to purchase gold to progress. Every time a user wins a card game, he or she will gain gold.

When people purchase our “Curious” Pack on Kickstarter, we will provide a ‘huge pack of gold’ to start with. Players will then experience the game with more freedom at the beginning. However, anyone can experience the whole story and progress through the 18 episodes without having to purchase anything with actual money. As in many free to play games, the players will have access to premium optional content if [they] decide to purchase it.

mythoscards2148apps: Will it be vital to recruit friends in order to progress, or will it be possible to see everything the game has to offer without?
MC: Although recruiting friends will never be vital in order to progress in the game, we think this feature is a lot of fun. Friends will help you shape the story in a different and meaningful way. They have the ability to transform your own adventure. They can also give you information about what happened in their story. You can experience the whole story without inviting any friends.

148apps: How open-ended is the story? How many different endings will it offer?
MC: The story has 6 different main endings arcs. However, each arc can and will be modified by the player’s decisions. Each one will be drastically modified by previous choices and by the final decisions. Different characters in the story can disappear or become insane for example. The changes can affect the environment on different scale, grand or small.

148apps: How simple will it be to create your own story?
MC: At any time in the app, players can access our writing tool for free. They can either use it directly in the mobile app or on their computer. It is a simpler version of the tool we use. We want it to be as complete as possible. Users will be able to write their fiction, add choices, grant mental sanity points and implement card games in just a few clicks.

No development skills are required to create an interactive fiction; the writer will only need to have a clear idea of the kind of interactive fiction he or she wants to write. Writers can publish their stories directly through the app and will be rewarded if the story is well reviewed by other users.

moaningwords1The Moaning Words sounds like it’s shaping up to be quite an interesting twist on an increasingly popular genre. Keen to be a part of it? Take a look at their Kickstarter campaign for the pledge rewards available.

We’ll be sure to keep an eye on its development. It’s currently set for release later this year.

This Is Not A Test Review

This Is Not A Test Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
An entertaining if bleak interactive comic book, This Is Not A Test might not be perfect but it is quite satisfying.

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Sherlock Holmes 2 Review

Sherlock Holmes 2 Review

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Lacking great looks and style, Sherlock Holmes 2 is still quite fun for the adventure game book fan.

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With the recent release of Fighting Fantasy: The Forest of Doom, it seemed like the perfect time to take a look at our favourite four Adventure Game Book Apps. The Forest of Doom isn’t included here, but consider it a bonus 5th, representing just how great all the Fighting Fantasy conversions are. The Adventure Game Book genre is a strong one on the App Store, so it’s been a tough battle narrowing things down!

Sorcery!
Only part one of four has been released so far, but Sorcery! is a great conversion of the much loved series by Steve Jackson. There are nearly 50 spells to learn, plenty of decisions to make and a gripping story throughout. The combat might take a moment or two to click, deviating from typical dice throwing methods, but it all adds to the already beautiful visuals. It’s a quite captivating tale.

$4.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2013-05-02 :: Category: Games

Trial of the Clone
One of two titles featuring here from, unofficial App Store Kings of the genre, Tin Man Games: Trial of the Clone is a rare thing in the gaming world: a genuinely funny title. Written by Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal creator, Zach Weinersmith, and including the voice of Wil Wheaton, the artistic pedigree is as strong as the content. Telling the story of a clone making its way in a futuristic world, it’s an unique tale that is ideal to play again and again, seeking out new endings.

$5.99
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Released: 2013-04-16 :: Category: Books

Underground Kingdom
Less focused on combat than the others, Underground Kingdom is the re-imagining of the first Choose Your Own Adventure book, a series popular in the 1970s and 1980s. 23 different endings are available to find, as players explore an alien world in this attractive storybook style app. The artwork is particularly appealing and while it’s a shorter read than some of the others here, it’s an ideal way to remember a classic series.

$2.99
iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Released: 2013-01-15 :: Category: Books

Judge Dredd: Countdown Sector 106
It was a close run thing between this and one of the Fighting Fantasy titles, but the Judge has just about inched ahead. Understandably for such a violent theme, there’s plenty of dice rolling based combat here, alongside appropriate visuals capturing the spirit of Judge Dredd well. What makes it stand out all the more, however, is the record sheets that come with each perp either killed or arrested. There’s always that urge to play another game, just to try to fill the database. Adventure fans, as well as comic book fans, will love this.

$5.99
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Released: 2012-08-01 :: Category: Games

The Thirty-Nine Steps Review

The Thirty-Nine Steps Review

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Capturing the intrigue and mystery of the original book, The Thirty-Nine Steps is a visual and aural feast for interactive novel fans.

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Underground Kingdom Review

Underground Kingdom Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Interactive fiction from the 1970s that is just as strong as it was before.

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Lost Treasures of Infocom Review

Lost Treasures of Infocom Review

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Gamers from the 1980s will love this collection of some of the best text adventures of the decade.

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The Walking Dead: The Game – Episode 2 Review

The Walking Dead: The Game – Episode 2 Review

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A gripping continuation of the fantastic story of survival set in The Walking Dead universe.

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Strange Loves 1: Vampire Boyfriends Review

Strange Loves 1: Vampire Boyfriends Review

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A bright idea for an interactive story but one that doesn't quite hit the spot, unless you're a teenager.

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The Walking Dead: The Game – Episode One Review

The Walking Dead: The Game – Episode One Review

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A fantastic slice of interactive fiction based in The Walking Dead universe.

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