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Dark Hearts, The Sequel to Haunting Melissa, is Available Now

Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 21st, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

As if Haunting Melissa wasn't creepy enough, her story continues in Hooked Digital Media's Dark Hearts. The horror of Melissa's disappearance comes as a chaptered story that you unlock piece by piece. The Haunting Melissa series was conceived, directed, and produced by Neal Edelstein, who produced movies such as The Ring 2 and Mulholland Drive, and the story was written by Andrew Klavan of True Crime and Don’t Say A Word, so you know you're getting some pretty quality horror here.

If you haven't played Haunting Melissa yet, check it out so you can get the full story of where the series started. Then creep yourself out all over again with Dark Hearts.

You can download both Dark Hearts and Haunting Melissa for free on the App Store.

Haunting Melissa's Sequel, Dark Hearts, Gets New Trailer.

Posted by Jessica Fisher on November 3rd, 2014

The modern day ghost story of Haunting Melissa was a dark and spooky ride. Now Neal Edelstein, producer of The Ring, The Ring Two and Mulholland Drive, is making a sequel to this popular app, Dark Hearts.

Dark Hearts is a tale about the disappearance of a teenage girl and the horror that comes along with trying to find out what happened to her. As with Haunting Melissa the game will come in chapters delivered at random intervals to keep you on your toes. The game will be released in late November, but to get you ready we have the new trailer for Dark Hearts.

148Apps' Top Picks for the Scariest, Spookiest, Creepyiest, and Halloweeniest iOS Games

Posted by Rob Rich on October 30th, 2014

It's All Hallows' Eve once again. And what better way to enjoy the holiday spirit(s) than to have a good scare - or ten?

Since nobody at 148Apps could come up with an answer to that question we've created a list of our top picks for spooky, creepy, scary, and unsettling iOS titles in honor of the ghoulish festival. Hopefully these games won't be too much for you to handle...

The Walking Dead - Season 1

The Walking Dead isn't conventionally scary in the "Aargh! What the heck just jumped out at me??" kind of way, but it's distinctly unnerving. It taps into that instinct to protect those we care about then shows us just how easily the life we once knew can be taken away forever. Forcing you to make tough decisions that are a matter of life and death mean you never get a chance to calm down or relax. Instead, you're constantly on edge in a world that makes no sense any more. If that's not deeply scary, I don't know what is. - Jennifer Allen

Ellie - Help me out... please

Ellie - Help me out... please is a short, but creepy puzzle game that revolves around the player's interactions with a kidnapped girl through a security camera feed. It definitely has some Saw vibes thanks to its puzzle room nature and voyeuristic perspective.

Although the puzzles are a little opaque, immersion in the very tiny game world is precisely what makes it kind of creepy. Not necessarily creepy in the "spooky" sense, but in the sense that players start questioning the game's bizarre setup. Who is the player character? Why is this girl in this room? What does it all mean? - Campbell Bird

Haunting Melissa Sequel Will Be Creeping Us Out Later This Year

Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Hooked Digital Media, the production company that brought us Haunting Melissa, has announced that principal photography for Haunting Melissa 2 has begun. The story picks right back up one month after Melissa’s disappearance. Like the original, Haunting Melissa 2 will use Dynamic Story Elements (DSE) that can change the story upon repeat viewing, making each time you play all the more horrifying. The game will be released exclusively on Apple’s new iOS8 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

The original Haunting Melissa was the brain child of director Neal Edelstein, who produced  “The Ring,” “The Ring 2,” and “Mulholland Drive,” and was written by Andrew Klavan who penned “True Crime” and “Don’t Say A Word”. They have returned with a a cast of talented actors to make Haunting Melissa 2 disturb the pants off us all over again.

If you haven't checked out the original game you can pick it up in the App Store for free.

Did You Know About Haunting Melissa’s Dynamic Storytelling Tech, and That There's Probably Going to be a Sequel?

Posted by Rob Rich on January 9th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Haunting Melissa is one of the App Store’s spookiest offerings, and yet there’s also a surprising amount of interesting technology behind it. For the unfamiliar it’s essentially an episodic ghost story about a young girl who has disappeared shortly after claiming some sort of apparition had appeared in her home. But it’s also more than that: updates don’t appear on a regular schedule, episode length can vary greatly, and many episodes will actually change slightly (different camera angles, new background details, etc) when viewed multiple times.

Neal Edelstein on the set of Haunting Melissa - Image Credit: Shaun Robinson via IMDb
Neal Edelstein (Haunting Melissa's director) and the rest of the team wanted to create a new way to tell stories right from the beginning. While it’s a passive and linear experience overall, those dynamic story elements I’ve mentioned - along with the “mystery schedule” and a clever use of push notifications - really set it apart from other traditional stories. And it’s not finished evolving, either. Edelstein has been keeping an eye on the ever-changing state of iOS and adjusting the app accordingly by jumping on iOS 7 features such as automatic background downloads. He’s been considering other ways to help spread the story around as well; Facebook and other forms of social media are currently being considered.

User feedback has also been instrumental in helping him decide what to do with a sequel. Yes, that’s right, there’s going to be a sequel that should be coming out sometime this fall. We don't have any more details than that at the moment, unfortunately, but it's definitely something to keep an eye out for. What’s more, the technology behind Haunting Melissa has attracted the attention of other filmmakers and talent (including some big names in the industry that aren’t being divulged just yet). Edelstein and co. are already working on other stories that are separate from Haunting Melissa but use the same software and structure, and there’s little doubt that even more projects will be popping up in the future. Not just horror-themed work, either. Comedies, thrillers, sports - pretty much anything is fair game.

These are exciting prospects, and it’s easy to see why other filmmakers would want to jump on board. I mean this is essentially a system that would let them have complete and total control over their work. No studio involvement whatsoever. Of course only time will tell how this all pans out, but the possibilities and the technology behind it are incredibly exciting! In the mean time you can check out Haunting Melissa now and see it all for yourself.

Halloween - Haunting Melissa Creeps Users Out This Halloween, Receives Scary Enhancements in Latest Update

Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 28th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Haunting Melissa comes from the producer of "The Ring" and "Mulholland Drive," bringing viewers a mysterious and haunting ghost story that is sure to give them a good scare just in time for Halloween. The best part yet is that it's been updated, giving it a fresh and re-designed experience that will surely haunt its viewers. It adds new sound designs, enhanced picture quality, interactive motion effects, and much more!

Put on some headphones and begin to get creeped the frak out as the story is told in chapters. Chapter 1 is available for free, while the rest cost $0.99 each. However, you also now have the ability to enlist friends to unlock chapters for free.

Haunting Melissa Brings Episodic Content To The App Store

Posted by Andrew Stevens on May 16th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Haunting Melissa, from the producer of The Ring and Mulholland Drive, is a mysterious ghost story that changes the way stories are told. Neal Edelstein, who is a vetern storyteller, has reinvented film making by bringing episodic content to the App Store, through this app. Haunting Melissa offers mystery and intrigue as the story is told in unpredictable ways that will maximize your anticipation, never knowing when the next piece of the story will come or how long it will be.

In a press release, Neal Edelstein said, “The amazing technology contained in the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has allowed us to present stories in a dramatically different way. The technology supports story first and foremost. As viewers move further into Melissa’s world, they will understand why this new app technology will change distribution forever,”