By Matthew LoPresti
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"I never knew what my father experienced. My only hope is that it was empty of any real hardship. From time to time I daydream about the sequence of events, but they're just selfish throw-aways. They're of little value when a new one is so easily created."
Soundstory: 10:00pm, the prequel to Soundstory: Warm Wisps, is an interactive musical vignette told through the emails, notes, and news articles found on George Wells's work terminal. Experience a complex story that is revealed through both the written word and the musical note.
The story was gripping and the presentation was enjoyable, moody, and unique. I actually enjoyed the dependency on real time to access further content, however, I had to set my phone down a couple times during the game and found that the game suddenly ended before I could finish reading everything. The ending was certainly touching in this way, but I was frustrated that I wasn't able to go back to finish reading. I went through the app again to finish the reading, but this break in time sort of broke the immersion too. Then the app crashed just as it caught up to where I had left off. With no way to skip forward in time and the app doesn't save progress midway... well, let's say the writing had me sufficiently hooked to launch the app a third time but I had to wait twenty minutes before I could read content I hadn't before.
A lot to like, but...
There's a lot to like about this app. It's not quite book and not quite game, and it certainly pushes the envelope as far as crossover entertainment. The music and graphic styles are basic, but very appealing in a retro kind of way... and the writing is absolutely top-notch. However, it's also very vague and seems underdeveloped. Is this a stand-alone title or part of a larger series? How do you control how to progress through the emails/messages/articles? How do I know when the chapter has ended? I'd like to see more Soundstory in the future, but I'd also like to see these issues addressed... there is a ton of potential here.
A tense, enigmatic experience. The writing, visuals, and especially the music give you a sense of a world not unlike our own on the verge of tragedy. The use of real time and familiar media is an inspired choice to draw readers into the narrative. I look forward to the next Soundstory.
- Category: Books
- Released: Jun 19, 2012
- Version: 1.0
- Size: 27.9 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Matthew LoPresti
- © 2012 Matthew LoPresti
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.