By Erik Loyer
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What makes rain strange? When it's falling on your screen—from the inside.
/ Reached #1 on the Entertainment charts in the U.S., Canada, Italy, Germany and more! /
/ IGN.com Editors Choice / Featured on CNN.com and USAToday.com /
/ "A glimpse at novels of the future" —Fast Company's Co.Design /
/ "Think of it as a first-person thinker." —Paste Magazine /
/ "This gentle, compelling and beautiful artwork invokes a dreamy, poetic state..." —KCET /
Strange Rain turns your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into a skylight on a rainy day. Raindrops fall and splatter on your screen, shifting perspective as you tilt your device. Touch the screen and guide the path of the raindrops, stepping through the notes of an eerie melody as you go. It’s a relaxing, intriguing experience that feels as if you’re holding a living window in your hands.
The more you touch, however, the more strange the rain becomes: layered skies, visual anomalies and shifts in speed and color, even the occasional cataclysm if you’re not careful. Before your eyes and beneath your fingers, the familiar becomes strange, and the strange, familiar.
Strange Rain has three play modes. In "wordless" mode, you can simply enjoy the sights and sounds of the falling rain. In "whispers" mode, touching the screen causes some raindrops to turn into words as they fall—words inspired by the qualities of rain.
In "story" mode, every touch triggers a thought as text on screen. These thoughts tell the story of a man in the midst of a family crisis who has wandered into the rain to collect his thoughts. His world, too, has gone from familiar to strange, even as his beliefs are following the opposite course. Your interaction helps determine when and how he decides to come in from the rain.
Strange Rain features interactive music that responds directly to your touch. In addition to the default music included with the original release, two additional scores by composers Chris Schlarb and Michael Gordon Shapiro can now be downloaded for free within the app.
A unique combination of touchscreen play and interactive storytelling, the living sky of Strange Rain awaits your touch.
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- Your very own portable rainy day
- Guide the rain with touch
- 3D perspective shifts as you tilt your device
- Music that responds to your touch
- Supports Game Center achievements
- Supports the Retina Display
- Three play modes: wordless, whispers, and story
- Story mode lets you trigger thoughts with every touch
- Three unique musical scores (one included, two free downloads)
- Two raindrop styles (clear and black)
- Includes a sleep/meditation timer
- Listen to music from your iPod as you play, or listen to the rain sounds while using other apps
- Real-time hints and tutorials available to help you get the most out of the experience
- Universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch
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What's New in Version 1.4
Note, iPhone/iPod touch users—you must have an iPhone 3GS / iPod touch (3rd gen) or better to run this update.
• Added support for the iPhone 5—the 4-inch display means more room for rain!
• Now supports the iPad retina display for the best looking Strange Rain yet!
Innovative and mesmerizing
This app is whatever you want it to be. You can just watch the rain. You can interact with the rain and experiment with the music-- or not. The graphics are beautiful and the rain sounds are better than those in most apps in the oversaturated "nature sounds" genre. But this app can be much more, if you're open to it...
The most special thing about this for me is the story-- "electronic literature" will be my next websearch rabbithole; I can tell that already. Just a really creative idea, in an interface that lures you into the storyteller's stream-of-consciousness. The possibilities for this app are endless and the developers seem to encourage that via occasional suggestions. Make this app what you will.
My only gripe is that it's connected to GameCenter, that pesky wart of a program that I stash in a folder called "crAPPs." The achievements (using that term verrrry loosely) in this app are optional and not really quantifiable. GameCenter, Don't Kill My Vibe. Please make that sign-in intro screen go away!
A year later, why isn't this updated
If my app was voted one of the most innovative I'd want to keep it up. I keep looking because the core of it, the rain, is wonderful. And rain is not depressing. It's elemental. It refreshes all. It's insulting to wait yet another whole year and get nothing. This had so much potential and now even the rain is not worth it. Same depressing story, I can only guess the guy who wrote this is the hit and run driver and is in prison. What happened to being able to put our own poetry in? So bye bye stupid rain.
Things To Come?
I came upon this creation by searching “peaceful” in the App Store. There must be something to put on my phone other than pedestrian utilities and frenetic games, I thought, something with more depth (pardon the pun) than Koi Pond.
Strange Rain is an interesting effort, an original sample of a new genre struggling to be born. Fish: A Tap Essay is another.
But to say that this is a raw and untried medium for the creative artist is to understate the limitations of this effort and others. New Age chimes, raindrops falling on my head, cloudy skies, twitter feeds, and a murky story line do not add up to anything resembling a good novel—or even a bad novel—in depth and value to the mind.
I applaud the effort, and look forward to refinements and breakthroughs, but this medium has yet to find its Homer.
- Category: Entertainment
- Updated: Jan 07, 2013
- Version: 1.4
- Size: 19.8 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Erik Loyer
- © 2010 Erik Loyer
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.