Avast! Take to the high seas in a fully interactive piratical story of broadsides and buccaneers. From author Dave Morris and the studio behind Steve Jackson's Sorcery! and 80 Days.
"Down Among the Dead Men" is a pirate adventure in which you are the hero. Play as a male or disguised female - as a magician, a thief, a pirate, a governor's daughter - and explore the high seas as you try to build up a crew and a ship hardy enough to take down to black-hearted pirate Skarvench and his ghoulish crew.
* "Inkle's gamebook engine is fantastic and they're finding some really high-quality writers to publish" - iMore.com
* "An enjoyable little thing to curl up with" - Touch Arcade (4/5)
* "Wonderfully well written... a rollicking good story of swashbuckling pirates, cannibalistic natives, and rum-drenched souses" - Pocket Gamer (Bronze award)
* "Down Among the Dead is a pirate themed gamebook that's quite delightful" - 148 Apps
Adapted from the original gamebook using the same inklewriter technology as Steve Jackson's Sorcery! and 80 Days, "Down Among the Dead Men" provides a fully adaptive text, that rewrites itself on the fly based on your decisions. Survive or fail, be bold or cowardly, lead or connive - the choices are up to you and every one is remembered.
Ratings and Reviews
Great story but could use more...
It is hard not to compare this to other efforts by Inkle, but it is very different than Sorcery! or 80 Days. This is much more of a traditional choose-your-own-adventure; it is very light on graphics and is entirely limited to story choices.
On it's own it is a well written story and a fun read. For $.99 it is worth the purchase and time to go through. My criticism is mainly that there are too few choices to make. What I've enjoyed about the Inkle games is that you are given a lot of prompts to make decisions, making their interactive fiction much more interactive. It helps you feel more in control of the story. That is missing to a degree with this. I give it a four for the bargain price and good writhing.
Not a Game
My only real complaint is that this has been completely miscategorized: it is *not* a game. This is a choose your own adventure book and should be listed in the books category. There is no discernible game element at work here. Unlike other Inkle creations your choices are also very limited, the vast majority of choices are between A or B. It lacks the fun, creativity, and depth of other Inkle titles, but that's also setting the bar very, very high. The graphics (few though there are) are gorgeous but for being an entirely text based offering the story/writing just isn't very engaging. It's not bad, but I'm very disappointed with it largely because it was so misrepresented. If I had known in advance that it would lack the elements that made other games so successful and fun and was solely a book I think I would be more receptive to it and might even enjoy it more.
If this was supposed to be on par with sorcery I would give it 3 stars, but it's not. The game has decent story that hints at a wider world with magic existing but neglects to explore it. The story was un dynamic depending on your gender choice except for a cheesy ending if you're female. It was fun though choosing the paths and making decisions like any game book and I couldn't put it down for a while. I'm giving it 4 stars because it's worth 99 cents and it's good to keep us a little entertained to not deter sorcery too much(They didn't pull another 80 days.)
- inkle Ltd
- 66.9 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Simulated Gambling
- Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- © 2014 Dave Morris and inkle Ltd
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