- Posted by Johanna on December 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm
- Category: Digital and Webcomics
Created by Andrew Plotkin, a major force in interactive fiction, two of the things that set the app apart from the book are described as follows:
The story is laid out in a single giant page, which would be five feet square if printed. And the iPhone’s assistive features make the app completely accessible for blind users — which is not something most graphic novels can boast.
Here’s a teaser video (with draft navigation icons) showing how it works:
Thanks to the developer, I got the chance to check it out for myself, and it was great. Instead of having to be careful to visually follow the right path, the app handles all the mechanics for you, allowing you to focus on the art, story, and choices. Even when you’re reading in a sequence, you move from panel to panel via a yellow highlight, tapping whenever you’re ready to move on.
Even more fun are the extra buttons, showing you the entire story as a map or the story so far, or my favorite, Back to Last Choice. (As a kid, reading Choose Your Own Adventure books, I always kept my finger in the last choice so I could eventually read everything.) You can also start over once everything’s gone pear-shaped (since this is a Jason Shiga story underneath, after all). It’s a beautiful combination of comic story and game.
Find out more at this blog post by Plotkin in which he talks about developing it from the book.