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Frankenstein, for iPad and iPhone

By inkle

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.



★ '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,

★ “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,

★ ‘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!


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Customer Reviews


Really like the app but would like it better if you could sync between iPad and iPhone. Read a few chapters on iPad last night and tried to continue on iPhone going to work this morning but book back at beginning. Couldn't even select chapter to jump too so had to go through all story again to catch up. Am I missing something out in settings that would let me do this. Would give 5 stars if this possible.

Stunning achievement

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, for iPad and iPhone
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • £3.99
  • Category: Books
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.0.6
  • Size: 188 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer:
Rated 12+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References

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

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