You're a fresh British infantryman at the Battle of the Somme, one of the longest, bloodiest battles of World War One. Can you survive a clash that kills almost twenty thousand of your countrymen on the first morning alone?

"Somme Trench" is an interactive historical novel by Andrew J. Schaefer, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based—without graphics or sound effects—and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Your best bet might be as an airplane gunner, or a trench fighter, or even as a stretcher bearer. Firing squads, brothels and homeward-bound steamships are all in your possible future. Or you might give in to your inner demons and wind up chatting with ghosts and skeletons as though they're your friends. Whatever path you choose, you'll be immersed in a richly detailed, interactive historical novel that has almost as many twists and turns as there were soldiers at the Somme.

• Immerse yourself in the world of the Western Front
• Choose paths as diverse as infantryman, stretcher bearer or aircraft machine gunner
• Learn about some of the most important events of world history
• Challenge your mind
• Enjoy a richly-detailed interactive novel with countless storylines
• Solve mysteries embedded within the game

What’s New

Version 1.1.1

This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.

Added support for iPhone X. If you enjoy playing "Somme Trench," please leave a written review. It really helps!

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

For stuff ,

Over a year now

I downloaded this game for the first time over a year ago. I've played through dozens of ways and still find different paths. This is a great game I've never experienced anything like this. You can laugh and smile at somethings and at others be heartbroken. I still remember my first play through. I love this game and no matter what I've always comeback to it at some point. It was very well made. Just to point out how much I like it this is the only game I'll ever write a review on. I can't stress how amazing it is without spoiling it. Anyways. Just. Get it it's. Amazing to say the least. No just the fighting and all that just. Get it. You won't be disappointed in the least.

Saint5383828 ,

A masterpiece & labor of love

I have played dozens of war oriented games, read dozens of military history books, and biographies. This game is the best iOS game I have ever played (I have played 100s). So simple yet so immersive and gut wrenching. You feel as if you are on the battlefield. You also realize how much war is luck and chance rather than Hollywood heroics. Extremely memorable! The writing is amazing. I will buy any game this author ever writes. How I wish they had a few more like this. Could be other eras too. Hope to see more like this.

Dudeman375 ,


The one problem I have with this game is that I've been playing it for the past 7 hours straight. I've played through many times. I've died probably 10 times (mostly within the first 10 mins of fighting). It's a great game which actually has a lot of replay value. It's really interesting to see how each job you can have ties together and how a couple different choices can so greatly affect who lives and dies. Must have game right here!

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