MEANWHILE: an interactive comic by Jason Shiga
On the way home from the ice cream store, little Jimmy discovers a mad scientist’s wonderland: an experimental mind-reading helmet, a time machine, and a doomsday device that can annihilate the human race. Which one would you like to test out first?
MEANWHILE is not an ordinary comic. YOU make the choices that determine how the story unfolds. MEANWHILE splits off into thousands of different adventures. Most will end in DOOM and DISASTER. Only one path will lead you to happiness and success.
- A thrilling adventure of quantum physics, self-discovery, and kids getting into trouble. (We mentioned the doomsday device, right?)
- Completely redesigned by the author for an infinite scrollable canvas.
- Full audio accessibility with VoiceOver; every panel and choice can be spoken.
Updated for newest devices and current iOS.
Ratings and Reviews
Thank you for the breakthrough approach to interactive comics!
Brilliant! Love it!
I own the hardcover book this app is derived from.
Awesomes: This is a fantastic implementation of the interactive comic. I dig that it's not just jammed into an app, but that the flow and structure have been re-thought so that it's a block instead of pages.
The controls are intuitive, worked right off the bat. It's also cool that you let players just browse the whole shebang; that was possible in book form (obviously) and could have easily been "restricted" in digital form in some misguided attempt to make it more game-like, or challenging. Kudos!
Complaints: on a retina device the images are a little aliased/blocky. I assume the whole thing is half resolution for memory reasons. Maybe an HD release in the future? I'm playing on a 4S.
My only other gripe is the icon. Edit the plist file and turn off the automatic shine! Also maybe a thin, dark border around it. I know, I'm picky. :)
PS - As a side note, I'm just a fan. It appears to me that I am the first reviewer. The game has been out for a few days at this point and I'm super impressed that there aren't 20 obvious shill reviews. I wish I could give a 6th star for that. It's a beautiful thing. :)
I jumped out of my chair when I saw this in the app store! Meanwhile is a favorite book of mine - one of those special creations of genius that only come along once every few years.
But to see it on the iPad is even more wonderful. And they did a great job! The UI is clean; it takes advantage of the iPad without detracting from the creation itself. Better yet: they did the extra work to make it all accessible to vision-impaired users.
This goes straght to the top of my recommended app list. Buy it immediately - and then buy the book too! Both are gems.
- Andrew Plotkin
- 57.6 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple TV.
- Age Rating
- Rated 9+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- © 2012-8 Zarfhome Software Consulting, LLC
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.