- Posted by Johanna on February 4, 2009 at 9:59 am
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
Ezra Claytan Daniels, whose self-published graphic novel The Changers I recommended years ago, made me aware of a new iPhone app he illustrated.
Ruben and Lullaby are lovers having their first fight, and whether they break up or make up depends on you!
You can shake your iPhone or iPod touch to make Ruben angry, stroke the screen to make Lullaby sad, and more. The characters respond to your actions–and to each other–according to how they’re feeling in the moment.
Like a game of solitaire for the emotions–casual, engaging, relaxing, and replayable–Ruben & Lullaby has no dialogue, just the expressive faces of the lovers and a moody jazz soundtrack that responds to your actions. Try to keep them together, try to break them up, or just enjoy the music you can make out of their circumstances.
That’s a creative use of both graphics and the motion abilities of the iPhone. Here’s a demo video to show what they mean:
The game is $2.99 from the app store. They plan for additional stories that incorporate movement, art, and music, aiming to turn graphic novels into games. (Although a graphic novel, in my mind, would have to have more than one scene, but it’s early days yet.)