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By Tale of Tales

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Vanitas. A memento mori for your digital hands.
To lift you up when you're feeling down. And drag you down when you're up too high.

Everything flows, nothing remains.
Vanity of vanities, all is vanity!
Life is the farce we are all forced to endure.

Sometimes, when you're depressed, it's good to see something depressing.
A contemplation of the fleetingness of life. To help appreciate what you have.
A meditative experience. A spiritual toy. A reminder of the preciousness of existing.

Designed by Auriea Harvey & Michaël Samyn.
With Zoë Keating on cello.

Referring to still life paintings from the 16th and 17th century, Vanitas presents you with a gorgeously rendered 3D box filled with intriguing objects. Close the box and open it again to see new objects. You can move the objects by tilting your iPhone or pushing and dragging the objects with your fingers. To create pleasant arrangements that inspire and enchant. Some objects decay. A flower blooms. A bubble pops. Life like an empty dream flits by.

- Beautiful, tactile realtime 3D graphics.
- Subtle sound effects.
- Surprising musical punctuation by renowned avant cellist Zoë Keating.
- Realistic physics.
- 35 Different 3D objects with multiple states arranged over 12 stages.
- Simple, intuitive and direct interaction through multi-touch and tilt.
- Random combinations can generate over 40,000 different dynamic interactive pictures, each capable of inspiring contemplation.
- 24 Quotes on the topics of life and vanity from The Bible and from famous authors such as Rimbaud, Nietzsche, Sappho and Kundera.
- Win a gold star each time you get three identical objects.

From the makers of independent games milestones The Path, Fatale, The Endless Forest and The Graveyard.
Created at the occasion of The Art History of Games symposium in February 2010 in Atlanta.

What's New in Version 1.3.2

Runs in native resolution on 3rd generation iPad now.


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Customer Reviews

A piece of digital art

Your support for iPhone 5 is lame. You just did it bigger in all directions to match the screen.

Please do it right. This app deserve it
Original review: A gorgeous app. Worth it. A state-of-the-art memento mori. It would be cool if you update it with more items and stuff.

Not yet iPhone5s

Graphics are pixelated on iPhone 5s and doesn't look real at all. 3 stars for the concept.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $1.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.3.2
  • Size: 28.1 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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