Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Mobile Interactive Stories

Textfyre is a truly unique company and the sole developer and publisher of quality interactive fiction (a.k.a. text-adventures) for Windows and Mac computers. Happily, they seem to have decided to go mobile and getting their games to run on iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 7, Kindle, Blackberry, and Palm. To help them make the rather indie delights of intellectual gaming on the go a reality, you should visit their Kickstarter page. Here's what you will be supporting:
Textfyre will be publishing interactive stories to all mobile devices. Stories will be developed internally at Textfyre, but also licensed from any author or company that wishies to publish their content on our platform.

The platform will allow free and paid content while offering a central repository. The reader can interact on a Kindle, then open up the same story on their iPhone and start where they left off. They can move to their Mac or PC and do the same. Stories will come in all genre's and lengths, leaving those details to the story designers. Textfyre's stories generally offer 10 to 20 hours of interactive time and include hints and introductory assistance.

We plan to have our engine and user interfaces implemented by the end of 2010 with your help. This will include native Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 7, Kindle, Blackberry, and Palm Pre devices (barring unforseen technical or other factors)

And here's an online demo of The Shadown in the Cathedral to help you understand what kind of games we're talking about.

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