Kelley Armstrong's Cainsville Files
By Penguin Group USA
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In this original interactive story by #1 bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, it’s up to you to solve a murder case in the secretive town of Cainsville. Your choices will either help struggling private investigator Jenn McCoy find justice – or doom her to a number of gruesome fates.
In Cainsville Files, you have the power to learn the secrets of the town’s mysterious residents, dodge dangers both real and otherworldly, embark on a romance, and solve the case of Jenn’s missing ex-boyfriend – possibly a victim of the notorious Valentine Killer.
This fully illustrated interactive story features:
- Hundreds of choices and numerous, memorable endings – both good and bad
- The first interactive story from a top bestselling author – Kelley Armstrong
- A complete audio experience of music and sound effects
- Secrets and reveals from Armstrong’s new Cainsville series
Penguin partnered with the developer inkle, creators of the acclaimed app Sorcery! Cainsville Files is written by Kelley Armstrong and fully illustrated by Julie Dillon, World Fantasy and Hugo Award nominee for Best Professional Artist.
Apple has featured Cainsville Files in New & Noteworthy.
Good Story and Supporting UI
This is a fun story with a solid noir start - a private investigator who just left the police force. The character's background, provided for in recollections the reader can choose, wrap up nicely in the end. The story is engaging and fun but with a frightening subtext that is a little more shocking because of the art. The art is wonderfully drawn - it lends itself nicely to the narrative and fleshes out scenes well.
The UI has a "Contents" drawer that allows the reader to 'rewind' to a previous chapter. After finishing the story you can rewind to a previous chapter and re-read it, selecting different options. The UI also supports scrolling backwards, with a small gauge in the upper right corner, so you can rewind within a chapter to make a different choice. (Helpful around tree houses!)
I would not call this 'pathetically short' as another reviewer did, but I would call it short. However, the UI's content tab means the story can be explored again - which makes it longer and more enjoyable. Because of this I will buy Kelley Armstrong's forthcoming Omens novel. I hope there are more Cainsville Files stories for iOS and I hope more authors opt to promote and explorer their novels with this format.
Worth the money
This is well written and fun. Graphics are nicely painted. You get to choose the course of the game and I had to play through a couple times to see all that happens. I know many complain that $3.99 is too much because you can finish in an hour. But a comic book costs about the same and can be finished in like 15 minutes. Or you can get a burger at McDonalds and eat it in five minutes. Or an iced mocha for more and drink it in a couple minutes. A graphic novel is around $20 and can be read in an hour and a manga about $10 or so and read in an hour. So I have no problem paying a mere $3.99 for a visual novel that probably cost thousands to make considering how much artists and writers charge. So its a great deal. I think people on the App Store need some perspective. Sheesh
Spin on a classic idea.
This is a nice spin on a series of books that were available decades ago. They were adventure based and you used dice to battle monsters to keep progressing. No dice needed here just make the right choices to get the full story. Multiple choices means multiple endings and even though I've read one ending I'm not sure if its the only ending.
Our heroine is a former Chicago cop who leaves the force and is trying to make a living as a P.I. A case falls her way to find a former boyfriend which leads to a parallel police case to find a serial killer. Add large black hounds with red eyes and Raven guides and this is starting to sound complicated.
If you're into games this may not be for you but if you're a reader too you might get a kick out of it. As an avid reader of Kelley's books since her first, 'Broken' this was a must buy. Plus it's a nice peek into the world of Cainsville where her new series of stories are to be set.
I gave this four stars due to it being nothing more than an interactive book as opposed to a game, at least not by today's standards. A rethinking of the blurb might be called for. Mind you, if you want a chance to take a stroll through the mind of a NY Times best selling author this is as good a way as any.
- Category: Games
- Released: Jul 25, 2013
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 52.6 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Pearson PLC
- Text copyright © K.L.A. Fricke Inc, 2013. Inklewriter technology copyright © inkle Ltd, 2013. Artwork and all other visual elements copyright © Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2013.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.