By Fabulae Obscurae, Inc.
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
Scary stories are best told in the dark!
So shut your eyes, draw up the covers, and join intrepid reporters David and Martin on this audio-only adventure.
Featuring a story by Hellraiser comic writers Ben Meares and Christian Francis, and voice acting by Internet sensation Hunter Davis and Robert Dunne (young Rossi in Criminal Minds).
Sixty years ago, a mysterious fire raged through Heathcote asylum, killing all 89 residents and staff.
Now, jaded investigators David and Martin return to the site and discover to their horror that the terror might not be over.
Playing time: 30-60 minutes.
What's New in Version 1.01
Same great story, now with a few tune-ups under the hood:
- To avoid excessive light while playing in the dark, the system’s status bar is no longer displayed during the story. To check the time and battery charge while listening, use the pause feature to reveal the status bar.
- Added a story ‘restart’ option to the main menu.
- Fixed a bug causing fast-forward playback to be high-pitched or in mono.
- Fixed a bug causing the ‘where are you?’ action to still describe the records room, long after leaving the records room.
- Fixed some rare crash bugs.
I like the thrill of movies, books, and games that try to get into your head. I like entertainment and stories that really draw you in. Everything about this medium and the way it was presented really works to pull the 'participant into the experience. The clue as to when the scenelets are finished (the subtle drumbeat) is unobtrusive yet effective. The way that the writer and reader of notes, books, journals etc. were overlayed and faded together added to that illusory but compelling feeling of connection to the story. I felt much more connected to these two characters, half-comic at times though they were (and must be).
I can only hope that more games will be out in future, and I look forward to great things from this team.
As a final note: as much as this may seem cheap, immitation is the highest form of flattery. If other developers out there are thinking of making use of this medium as a storytelling platform in this sense, copy shamelessly. And please, to this team: be kind to those who would follow the path you have so kindly blazed. This is very, very well-done, and I hope that it inspires more and more, from many sources.
I enjoyed myself quite a bit while playing this. I like the new trend of audio books and this certainly shows how great it can be. I have to say though, the horror story for this could've been better. It has the makings of a classic horror plot but it never came full circle with it. It's still good to listen to, if you're looking for a C grade horror story. The sound design was in peak condition. The actors did a tremendous job. This was just a good experience. I also think you guys could do more than just horror stories. I could imagine some kind of intergalactic space adventure being done with this. Also, let's try going for much longer than an hour with the next story. That would be great. Thanks for the story and that's all I have to say.
Immersive Audio Horror
While this app is definitely a top of the line audio adventure, it is not without flaws. There appears to be freedom of choice, and there are at least 3 endings, but only one choice is actually important. Thankfully, this happened at the beginning, letting you get about 3 hours of gameplay out of it, which is great for a totally free app. My only major complaint is that the controls should be explained in audio form, because they are shown onscreen after you are told to close your eyes. This also means that it would take assistance for a blind person to play, but only for that part.