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July 20, 2015 / carlispina

Try Out An Interesting Example of Interactive Fiction With Lifeline

Lifeline LogoLifeline is a new example of interactive fiction for your mobile device. In this game you are the only person a stranded astronaut name Taylor can contact after his spacecraft crashes on a distant moon. After the trauma of the crash, he is understandably distraught to be left alone in space, particularly since he is a student who has only minimal training. As Taylor slowly tells you about his experiences, you are prompted to choose his next actions by selecting between two options at set points. Each time you make a selection, it will take you on a new branch of the story.

To take advantage of the interactivity that is possible with modern mobile devices, the story unfolds in real time with Taylor sometimes cutting communications to go off and complete a task and then returning after he has finished his task or when he needs some human interaction. The game will display his next communication on your device’s lock screen or it will pop up if you are using your device, but updates can also wait until you have time to resume playing. The app was made with the new Apple Watch in mind and, if you have one, you can set the app up to notify you on either or both device so that you can have a more immediate interaction with the story. Overall this is an interesting app. I would recommend it for fans of interactive storytelling and those who enjoyed The Martian by Andy Weir. Note: the app does include occasional use of mild adult language.

You can see the app in action in the video below:

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