Seize the throne in the age of King Arthur! Lead an army of Britons against the darkest of enemies in this epic interactive medieval fantasy novel.

"Pendragon Rising" is a thrilling 112,000-word interactive novel by Ian Thomas, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based--without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

As the bastard offspring of the aging ruler Pendragon, you’ll fight to save Britain from a demon-tainted enemy and claim the crown you deserve. Command an army as Arthur, brave son of Uther, or Arta, fearless daughter of Utta.

Charge heroically to the front of battle, or use tricks to defeat your foes. Dally with your childhood companion, or seek romance elsewhere. Hold the line with your closest friends against foreign invaders and their sinister magics. Find friendship, forge alliances, uncover plots, and triumph over creatures of nightmare to win a future for your people and your kingdom.

Will you be mercenary or merciful? Seductive or solitary? Most importantly, can you lead your allies to drive back the darkness, and seize your place as Pendragon of Britain?

• A 112,000-word fantasy set in medieval Britain.
• A Celtic take on the story of King Arthur against a dark background of war and strange magics.
• Play as male or female, gay or straight.
• Win over allies to swell the ranks of your army as you fight for the future of the kingdom.
• Earn the acclaim of your people by performing heroic deeds that will turn your name into legend.
• Claim your place as an unmatched warrior, a silver-tongued diplomat, or an inspirational leader.

What’s New

Version 1.0.3

Added support for iPhone X. If you enjoy playing "Pendragon Rising," please leave us a written review. It really helps!

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
67 Ratings
67 Ratings
Dude,the45678 ,

Great fun!

This was one of my favorite interactive fiction games. I really enjoyed the world building with the fantasy Britain and the characters were interesting, written with consistency, and relatable

My one complaint is that some of the game elements didn't hold up to the narrative very well. Examples like where my character was a very low warrior skill but was still able to fight in lots of battles and defeat legendary enemies, and before a major battle I made a speech proclaiming for the old gods and my Christian allies were displeased, but apparently not that much. It just felt like certain things needed to happen regardless of my input.

Still though, highly enjoyable story and writing, well worth a play through.

faelynne ,

Totally Immersed!

This was the first time I played one of these games. I was totally immersed in it and was unable to stop playing from start to finish. I really enjoyed myself, and I can’t wait to play again to see what happens making different choices. I loved the feeling of being in the time of King Arthur’s Britain after the Romans left. I loved being able to play as a woman warrior in a strong women warrior culture. I felt strongly pulled by the various choices presented to me, more and more as the story progressed.

I would highly recommend this game!

KanaTheOne ,

Gritty, muddy and lacking a sense of fantasy or fun

When you play something called pendragon you usually want to play something with knights in gleaming armor and high castles.

This game will give you the dawn of Britain with barbarian clans fighting over piles of sticks and mud. And had awful to try and remember names.

They try to make it somewhat period accurate, so everyone you meet is steeped in backwards tradition (like thinking winning a tournament makes you fit to lead an army and that your priests actually have magic powers ((they don’t)) ) which is incredibly frustrating to navigate around, basically being forced to constantly make choices that would appease a bunch of unwashed idiots or loose your head.

I also don’t like the gendered system where either women or warriors or men are warriors. Why? If your trying to make it time period accurate and enforce gender roles, just make it men because at that point offering the choice is undermining your goal anyway. If your going to undermine your goal anyway, toss the sexism out the window and get rid of the gender roles.


Choice of Games LLC
45.7 MB

Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
© 2015 Ian Thomas


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