Frankenstein, for iPad and iPhone
By Profile Books
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★ 'a brilliantly designed app; the current benchmark for high-quality storytelling via tablet.' Kirkus starred review
★ ‘This masterful new adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic novel may be the best interactive fiction yet’ — Laura Miller, Salon.com
★ “Superb” — Tim Harford, senior columnist for the FT
★ ‘the most eye-catching development in April's digital publishing’ — The Guardian
★ “Enormous sensitivity to Shelley's narrative... There's enormous intelligence behind the reworking” — Dr. Dale Townshend, lecturer in Gothic and Romantic Literature at Stirling University
★ ‘a visual and textual masterpiece that you will be thrilled to experience’ — John Bardinelli, Jayisgames.com
★ ‘a significant achievement’ — Emily Short
The year is 1792 and in his Paris laboratory, Victor Frankenstein is building a man... Guide his tale with your choices in this unique literary app.
Written by best-selling author Dave Morris, designed and developed by creative studio inkle and published by award-winning independent publisher, Profile Books, Frankenstein is a new way of experiencing Mary Shelley's classic tale of terror and revenge.
The original text has been fully adapted into interactive form, allowing you the reader to visit Frankenstein's workshop, help him make his monster, and guide him through the disastrous events that follow. This is a reading experience like no other, that will put you into the heart of the story.
With breath-taking visuals and sleek design, Frankenstein is an unputdownable reading experience, and a whole new kind of ebook.
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- New novel-length interactive re-telling of the classic story
- Weave your own narrative as you guide Victor Frankenstein's choices
- Innovative and beautiful easy-to-use interface provides a seamless reading experience
- 65 illustrations including detailed 16th century anatomical engravings
- The full text of the original Frankenstein, as published in 1818
- The Art of Frankenstein, an annotated gallery of the illustrations used
What's New in Version 1.0.6
Full retina upgrade for the new iPad. It's stunning!
I was slightly hesitant initially, having tried to read Frankenstein before. And would the interactive emphasis spoil the atmosphere of the story?
I needn't have feared because this has been lovingly produced - with illustrations and presentation that evoke the period and story so well. The choices that are presented are beautifully integrated into the story and don't allow it to stray too far from the main theme. Instead they add to the involvement you feel as you seem to influence the monster's path, or assist Frankenstein in his experiments.
I can't recommend this highly enough and hope that the creators, inkle, are sufficiently successful to do something similar with some of the other classics. One of the best apps I've found for the iPad.
After receiving support from both the developers and Apple I can happily say that having restoring my iPad completely this app finally installed successfully (and it was nothing to do with a synch problem with iTunes it was a problem with my iPad).
I'll now agree with all the positive reviews of this title that with effort to make a change to what reading a book can be like on a tablet this fully deserves to be a huge success and will hopefully mean more great literary works being turned into an interactive reading experience. I read the first chapter last night and am really looking forward to continuing.
Frankenstein has a user interface calm enough to allow the story to populate your imagination. The author's attempt at late eighteenth-century diction is a great success (e.g. 'See there! The hand is flexing. The chest rises and falls. Hark! Hear it? The creature's first breath!') The design – with its contemporary copper-plate anatomical illustrations and worn-paper effect – transports you into the workshop of Victor Frankenstein. An ambiguous spatter stain lurks behind the page as you read, suggesting a bodily and a penly origin.
I could say more but the monster has just taken his second breath and I have asked Victor to speak to him...