“Gripping science fiction... an enchanting read.” —MacLife / "...glorious to read through and interact with." —148 Apps / A 2013 IndieCade finalist, Upgrade Soul simply feels, looks and sounds like no other story on the iPad or iPhone. Written and illustrated by Ezra Claytan Daniels. Read Chapter One for free!
With fluid navigation, interactive 3D and dynamic music, Upgrade Soul tells the story of Hank and Molly Nonnar, wealthy science buffs who decide to fund a risky, experimental therapy to rejuvenate the human body, with only one condition: that they be first in line to receive it. When dangerous complications develop... the battle for psychological dominance begins.
• Uniquely immersive
• Smooth, seamless navigation
• Native multi-panel experience without awkward panning and zooming
• Glasses-free interactive 3D on select panels
• Rich, dynamic score that you perform as you read
• Great experience when mirrored to Apple TV
• Behind the scenes extras and unlockable content
--> Requires at least an iPad 2, iPad mini, iPhone 4, or iPod touch (5th gen). <--
Upgrade Soul was built using our new Opertoonity™ engine for digital comics that complements the reading experience with fluid navigation, interactive 3D, and dynamic music. Panels slide and reshape effortlessly as you swipe your way through the story—while the quirky, rich, and interactive musical score follows every gesture you make. Learn more at http://opertoon.com/opertoonity.
Each chapter is about 1/2 the length of a typical comic book. Chapters 1 and 7 are included for free; all other chapters (up to Chapter 9) are available individually via in-app purchase. Chapters 2-6 can also be purchased as a bundle, at a 20% discount. There will be 18 chapters in all.
►► WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ◀◀
"Stunning in form and clever in execution..."
"This is the first story I've seen that truly inhabits the iPad."
"Graphic art is beautifully rendered and the subtle 3D effects add to the experience."
"This is a revolutionary new graphic novel, the graphic[s] are amazing and I have been completely taken over by the story..."
"Very innovative and about time digital comics were actually designed for digital media and not just transposed from print!"
►► WANT TO KNOW MORE? ◀◀
Visit the website: http://upgradesoul.com
See the app in action: http://youtu.be/14CPAXh3NYA
Watch the story trailer: http://youtu.be/J53nAAy7ggU
Questions? Comments? Get in touch!
Chapter 9 is here! Tensions escalate as new dynamics are established, and new truths revealed. Featuring inks by Tyrell Cannon.
NOTE: Once you install this version, any chapters you currently have on your device will need to be re-downloaded before you can read them.
Ratings and Reviews
If we didn't have established juggernauts...
...then this company might be able to better expand what is undoubtedly an excellent and modern platform for presenting digital graphic novels. I have not seen any other engines quite as novel as this one.
I wrote the creator to commend him about his extraordinary story and platform, and also to find out if there was any way it could be used by non-programmers; alas, he told me that some knowledge in Infinity was necessary, and to have a programmer create something similar was going to be quite costly. This is a bummer because if this engine were more user friendly, I think he would have a gold mine as an alternative company to types like Comixology and their ilk, who just churn out material similar to what you find in a comic book store, rather than material designed for a 21st century tablet. Sigh.
Upgrade Soul is what a 21st century comic book should look and feel-like. Excellent work.
The best app-comic I've read
Many apps attempt to bring comics up to date for the smartphone/tablet generation, and few succeed. Usually they add flashy animation where the story doesn't need it. Upgrade Soul is a very good comic at its core, and the interactive parts of it work quite well at enriching the story: the panel move cinematically, the music follows your pace, the 3D effects make the world a bit more real. Excited to keep reading the story as it develops!
Immersive and original
I have never experienced a more unique media experience. This is the perfect blend between music, comics, movies, and animation. Such a cool story and amazing design. This is a gem and needs shared.
- Erik Loyer
- 261.3 MB
Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- Story & Artwork © 2012-2013 Ezra Claytan Daniels, Code © 2012-2013 Erik Loyer
- In-App Purchases
- Chapters 2-6 $3.99
- Chapter 2 $0.99
- Chapter 8 $0.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.