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.

What's New

Version 1.7

Updated for all devices including iPhone X.
Updated for iOS 11.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
5 Ratings
5 Ratings

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. :)

Awesome job!


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. :)

John Cartan

Major Find!

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.


Awesome hypercomic

Definitely an expansion into new territory for the iOS, this "hypercomic" is simple yet engrossing. The art is really awesome and not pixelated at all since the last update, the story is silly and well-told, and the implications are pretty crazy. Best of all, it flows so naturally, and going back only takes a quick touch.

I never read the book, but I might pick it up after this, even if it's not quite as convenient.


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
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