Zloty Kornblatt — clown, instigator, revolutionary — has been arrested, imprisoned, and sentenced to death. Ten days from now he will be executed in some gruesome fashion — unless his dysfunctional gang of circus performers can break him free. You can help!
An innovative new novel from the creators of The Silent History, one of Apple’s Best Apps of the Year. The Pickle Index is the story of an incompetent circus troupe attempting an unlikely prison break. Thrills, chills, spills, & dills!
"The Pickle Index is full of life and everything else--it's rowdy and sweaty and heartbreaking, and by heartbreaking I mean funny, and by funny I mean laugh-until-you're-exhausted-and-leaking-and-hungry."
A hapless circus troupe tours the countryside of a downtrodden nation, trying to earn a living the best way they know — even though their best isn't very good at all: a morose contortionist, a strongman who'd rather be miming, a lion tamer paired with an elderly dog, etc. Toward the end of a typically glum performance, Zloty Kornblatt, the troupe's ringmaster, accidentally blunders into a mockery of the nation's glorious leader. He doesn't even know why the sparse crowd is laughing, but they are — and so he continues with the inadvertent satire, ending the show on a rare triumphant note.
The confused ringmaster is quickly captured, thrown into prison, and sentenced to death. The troupe must design an intricate prison-break built around their unique (and possibly useless) skills. Hijinks ensue, recounted with deadpan humor and flickering hope by Flora Bialy, Zloty’s understudy and our shy narrator.
Along the way, the app plays with serialization, mini-games, reader participation, upvoting, and even network overloads — all in service of the storytelling, a caper through ominous fortresses, angry mimes, and festivals of snacking. The result is an immersive, exploratory ten-day experience, a groundbreaking interplay of form and content.
New scroller version with latest compatibility network-node infrastructure modifications.
Ratings and Reviews
I could never get the story to advance beyond the first page. Tried emailing the designers but no response
Experimental, engaging, insanely funny
Only a significant Pinkwater name drop could overcome my boredom with digital fiction experiments, so I'm glad indeed that I noticed the name "Yevgeny Pinkwater" in one of the screen shots and bought the app. Though only a few "pages" in, I feel myself falling under the strange spell of The Pickle Index; even as I write this review, I yearn for the embrace of its briny, garlicky undertow.
It's like a Fermented Willy Wonka
So much love and attention has gone into producing a ridiculous story app! You just get swept up by it all and leave wondering when the movie version will appear.
- Sudden Oak
- 93.2 MB
- Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 9+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- © Sudden Oak
- In-App Purchases
- The Pickle Index FULL ACCESS $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.