Dethany in VirtuNoir
By Bill Holbrook
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
Dethany the Corporate Goth takes on the seedy underside of the online environment VirtuNoir in this fun tribute to the world of Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade. This interactive novella features the breakout character from Bill Holbrook's comic strip "On The Fastrack".
What's New in Version 1.3.0
Updated web links on credit page.
Bug fixes and tweaks.
A new universe from Bill Holbrook
(First of all, some technical points. As of This writing, the current release is 1.3.0. The earliest releases were free, but with most of the story behind an in-app purchase. This is no longer the case. The app is no longer free, but once you purchase the app, it’s all there.)
Fans of Bill Holbrook are familiar with his three comic strips, “On the Fastrack”, “Safe Havens”, and “Kevin & Kell”. He also maintains blogs, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds for several of the characters, and has even issued some characters’s hit records.
Now he has something new, an interactive comic not unlike the “Infocomics” released in the late 80s by Infocom. In this, Dethany Dendrobia, leading character of “On the Fastrack” and occasionally of “Safe Havens”, is playing a private investigator in a virtual-reality game, “VirtuNoir”, a 40s-like city where it has always just stopped raining. But there are things happening in VirtuNoir that never happened in Philip Marlowe’s worst nightmares, and only Dethany, everybody’s favorite corporate goth girl, can save the city with her trusty laptop and fedora.
Don’t come to this expecting “Zork”, or even “Tiny Thief”. There are only two significant paths through the story, and both are “wins”, though both are worth playing through, for the story (which reminded me once or twice of “Inception”), and for Holbrook’s breezy and witty art.
You’ll get through this in only a couple of hours, and you may feel that the game is too expensive for that. But allow me to observe that that you are paying, not for time, but for fun, and I had fun.