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App description: SHERLOCK HOLMES 2: THE BLACK RIVER EMERALD

A GAMEBOOK by renowned author Peter Ryan where YOU play the detective!

The once-exclusive Belton School for boys in Shropshire has seen better days, but theft, blackmail and attempted murder are not yet part of the curriculum! Prowl the shadows of the Belton School grounds and shadow suspects throug the crowds of London in this thrilling adventure. Prove yourself innocent of the theft of the valuable and cursed Black River Emerald as you seek the guilty party. If mystery and danger abound, can Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson be far behind?

You are the detective in this action-packed second interactive gamebook of the SHERLOCK HOLMES SOLO MYSTERIES series!

What is a gamebook, you ask? A gamebook is unlike a regular book. In a regular book, you read one chapter after another, from 1 to 2 to 3. In a gamebook, at the end of chapter 1, you have to make a decision (or roll the dice, or both); and your decision and the results of your actions determine what chapter you read on from there. In this way, a gamebook does not present you with just one fixed storyline, but splits into dozens and sometimes hundreds of different outcomes. YOU determine how the story goes on. And no two plays are the same.

GAME FEATURES:
- new dynamically adapting music
- new atmospheric sound effects
- portrait or landscape mode (iPad)
- create your own detective or play the default character
- fully automated character/clues sheet and your own digital notebook
- automatically saves and resumes the story where you left off
- all gamebook rules: virtual animated dice, page flip and random number table
- all the original artwork from the printed book in HD
- Game Center Achievements
- VoiceOver compatible (listen to the text!) - new and improved

Note: This gamebook is an original work. It is NOT the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
06-12-2013, 12:02 PM
#2
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Over The Rainbow
Posts: 3,341
Gamebooks, wooo! The more, the merrier.

Thank you AppEndix, for all of your hard work and passion for this series.

Or should that be Appletini?

06-12-2013, 12:04 PM
#3
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Ankh-Morpork
Posts: 2,564
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy C83 View Post
Gamebooks, wooo! The more, the merrier.

Thank you AppEndix, for all of your hard work and passion for this series.

Or should that be Appletini?
Don't make me come down there. ^_^
06-12-2013, 12:16 PM
#4
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy C83 View Post
Gamebooks, wooo! The more, the merrier.

Thank you AppEndix, for all of your hard work and passion for this series.

Or should that be Appletini?
Huh? Me no gets. Are you implying that this is Appletini's product?


"@ColeDaddy - My wallet hates you. That is all."
Drummerboycroy
06-12-2013, 12:21 PM
#5
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: Ankh-Morpork
Posts: 2,564
Quote:
Originally Posted by ColeDaddy View Post
Huh? Me no gets. Are you implying that this is Appletini's product?
No, he's not.
06-12-2013, 12:37 PM
#6
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Over The Rainbow
Posts: 3,341
Quote:
Originally Posted by ColeDaddy View Post
Huh? Me no gets. Are you implying that this is Appletini's product?
No no, just a little joke.

What I will say though is that Apples' extensive feedback on the first game was very helpful in improving the app, and I'm very grateful for the members of TA that take the time to do things like that.
06-12-2013, 12:37 PM
#7
Quote:
Originally Posted by Appletini View Post
No, he's not.
In that case, this is over my head


"@ColeDaddy - My wallet hates you. That is all."
Drummerboycroy
06-12-2013, 06:25 PM
#8
Joined: Dec 2012
Posts: 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy C83 View Post
No no, just a little joke.

What I will say though is that Apples' extensive feedback on the first game was very helpful in improving the app, and I'm very grateful for the members of TA that take the time to do things like that.
Feedback is very important for developers. Too many people simply (ab)use the AppStore review function with complaints rather than contacting the devs and providing feedback. So even though I still don't agree with all of Appletini's points, and I am still using primarily portrait mode (both in the app and in iBooks ), the app is definitely better for the additional option, and the TA forums and active members are definitely to thank for it.

We are improving the engine further as development of the first fantasy/sci-if series is underway (AppEndix LLC licensed a series which should be well known to gamebook fans of the 80's generation, I can't tell more right now), and we switch from iOS 5.1 to 6.x as the min. requirement. But, that's for another time.
06-12-2013, 10:31 PM
#9
Joined: Dec 2010
Posts: 1,922
I may have to grab this just because of that nugget! Looks like I am grabbing a couple of gamebooks tonight, this and Forest of Doom since it is a light night with just Agricola being the only other release grabbing my interest!
06-13-2013, 03:02 AM
#10
Joined: Sep 2012
Posts: 2,673
How is the writing quality and sense of exploration?