Remember DestinyQuest Infinite? Well this gamebook is nearing the end of its production, and seeking beta testers to help squash whatever bugs might remain. The perks include a free copy of Act I of DestinyQuest, your name on DQI’s site, and of course a chance to play this great gamebook before anyone else (and that means bragging rights.)

From the creators:

 

Development for our digital gamebook DestinyQuest Infinite is nearing an end, and we’re ready to squash some pesky last bugs and put a polish on the user experience. Whether you’ve been a gamebook fan since you were a kid or you’ve never even heard of the genre before, we want to make sure DQI is fun to play and easy to understand.

Now we need some help: we’re looking for testers for our game-meets-book.  We’re interested in people from different walks of life and different levels of experience with gamebooks.

To apply, anyone interested just needs to fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EbojbIRTpgItDHpX70v-Tj65FHOuiXZbMCVZjAsiv5c/viewform We’ll then select a handful of people to test with.

You can find more information about DestinyQuest Infinite on our website www.destinyquestinfinite.com or by following us on Twitter @QuestForge.

Below is some additional information:

 

Testers will:

Play through the Prologue and one quest of DestinyQuest Infinite in a Skype session. (This should only take about 30 minutes).

Share your thoughts as they play: what’s good, what’t bad, what’s confusing.

We’ll do the rest! There is no technical knowhow or previous experience required.

 

As a way of saying thanks, testers will receive:

A free copy of Act 1 of DestinyQuest Infinite when it becomes available.

A listing of their  name (or nickname) on our website.

A chance to play DestinyQuest Infinite before anyone else!

 

Again, the form is located at this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EbojbIRTpgItDHpX70v-Tj65FHOuiXZbMCVZjAsiv5c/viewform . We’d appreciate if you spread the news.

 

Thanks!

 

New Release: Heavy Metal Thunder

Cubus Games (creator of The Sinister Fairground) has just released their new interactive fiction piece, Heavy Metal Thunder. As described by the creators, “Heavy Metal Thunder places its readers at the core of an interstellar struggle against alien invaders, requiring immensely difficult and exciting choices to be made as the narrative grows, expands and twists.” 

If you’re looking for an awesome new gamebook for iOS, Heavy Metal Thunder might be just what you’re looking for.

Website: http://www.cubusgames.com/heavy-metal-thunder

Gameplay Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMbobtp4OjU

Other Interactives Pt. 1 — Blindscape

blindWe all know and love interactive fiction, but there are other ways to create a compelling, interactive, narrative-driven story without hyperlinks or a parser.

Blindscape is an experimental narrative featuring a blind narrator in a dystopic world.

Interact with the environment through sound and touch, and escape from the life you lead. Although the game is relatively short it is an impactful tale with some great audio (and apparently stunning 3D graphics as well) that is well worth a look and a listen.

Available on Google Play or the App Store

New Release: Blood & Laurels

 

In case you missed it, Emily Short‘s Blood & Laurels, has recently been released for iPad. Here’s a description from the news release:

“Blood & Laurels is a political thriller set in ancient Rome. Built on the Versu engine, it combines work in advanced character AI by Richard Evans (Sims 3, Black and White) and dialogue modeling by Emily Short (Galatea, Alabaster). Characters respond to the player, remember what he has done, and form relationships with him, allowing the player to deceive, cheat, seduce, plot, or play it straight as he tries to survive the volatile landscape of imperial politics.

With a richly branching storyline and over 240,000 words of interactive content — of which a player is likely to see only about 7% in a given play through — Blood & Laurels has plenty of room to shape its story around the player’s unique choices.”

The platform that built it, Versu, states on its site that it works to bring AI interactions to a higher level in interactive fiction: “Just about everything you can do affects your character’s opinion of the other characters, and theirs of you, altering the playing field for what’s to come.”

Blood & Laurels looks like an exciting new release, and is definitely worth checking out!