You probably haven’t heard about a new idea in gaming. Narrataviusis interactive fiction or text adventure games for your Apple (iOS) device. And before you start to say “But I don’t have an Apple device” – we’ve got plans for getting it worked over to Android and PC platforms. So keep reading and learn. The project is currently in the stages of writing and development, and a couple of beta testers have been given access to start checking the app for any errors.
Mike has recently commissioned some amazing artworkthat makes the app look very nice, so check that out, too, for a sneak peek at what the game will look like.
The idea was started by Michael Ham of Baked Ham Games, and the idea is to create an app that allows for interactive storytelling. Ever read those Choose Your Own Adventure books when you were younger? That’s what this is. Narratavius is an app that will let you purchase interactive narratives that you can play just like a Choose Your Own Adventure or a text-based interactive game.
The neat thing about Narratavius is that it’s written by freelancers, most of whom are members of the Fear the Bootforum community. Those who support small businesses or independent game companies are in for a treat here – you’ll be doing both by playing through some of Narratavius’ stories.
What kinds of stories can you expect to play? There are currently several stories in progress across a multitude of genres, so you’re sure to find something to pique your interest.
Castle Wynd is the story of a young swordsman who sets out from his home one night heeding the call of his king. He quickly discovers that the crown is in great peril, and he is the only one who has the mind to take down the evil that destroys the land from within. Monsters and mayhem await the one who takes up the blade to save Castle Wynd.
The prologue to this sweeping fantasy epic will be free-to-play from day one!
Skies of Glass
It’s been over 50 years since nuclear fire wiped clean the great and powerful society that had ruled earth for generations. While some areas remain unscathed by the carnage, most of the planet must now make the long climb out of the darkness. You serve as an agent in the government of the city of Waterloo. The mayor has been leading the people well but trouble looms. Other groups are vying for power, and the rumors of a bad harvest and a coming war place you in a dangerous spot. Can you find out who is behind the plot to unseat the mayor and stop it before it turns violent?
The zombie apocalypse has come, but you’re still stuck working in customer service. Can you help people escape from a zombie horde a thousand miles away before the telecommunications infrastructure collapses, without getting your own brain eaten?
This story is Lovecraftian in thought. It takes place in the Louisiana bayou. You play a detective who is attempting to solve a missing person’s case. New evidence has cropped up and you think it might be of value to you. So you head out into the bayou…but in true homage to Lovecraft, things become a bit strange out there. You’ll be meeting will-o-the-wisps, opossums, and a mysterious creature that you can only call “She.”
Epoch of Rysos
It was supposed to be a holiday from the survey post, spent at home with your family in the outer colonies, but a catastrophic failure on the passenger liner has left you marooned on Pythias IV. The planet was once home to the most advanced artificial intelligence mankind has ever created, destroyed nearly a century ago by an alien race. Rumors still tell of unsettled machines that walk its surface, fitful wakings of the AI, lost history, and troves of technology buried in the rubble. However, none of that means a thing if you can’t find a way off before something worse finds you.
You accepted a job mining deep beneath the surface of Mars, but when you get there after months of space travel, you discover that they’re running the ultimate Company Store. The company owns everything on the planet, and they charge you for the air you breathe. Your pay looked good on paper, but you realize now you’ll be lucky if you make it back to Earth not owing them money.
The workers aren’t standing idly by, however… and you have a difficult choice to make. Do you peacefully protest against the uncaring corporate beast, do you take up arms against them, or do you just serve your time and try to make it home with all your limbs still attached?
The Mystery of the Silver Key
Your favorite great aunt, the eccentric one, has died and left you a letter containing some vague language about a ‘fantastic treasure’ and also a little silver key. No one knows what the treasure is, but if it’s anywhere it’s somewhere in her old house. Unfortunately the house is scheduled for demolition in three days to make room for a shopping center.
So, that’s your challenge! Explore the house, solve the mystery, get your treasure, and all in three days. But you may not be the only one looking for it, so watch your step!