Arcadia

Mac Format - - FROM THE STORE - £2.99 Devel­oper Touch­press, touch­press.com Works with iPhone, iPod touch, iPad

This isn’t the first time that the ex­cel­lent Touch­press has de­parted from science, history and mu­sic to look at literature. Arcadia by Iain Pears is a far cry from The Waste Land, which was a his­tor­i­cal anal­y­sis of T.S. Eliot’s mas­ter­piece. Arcadia is an orig­i­nal novel writ­ten just for iOS de­vices. It charts ten char­ac­ters across three sto­ry­lines and is sim­i­lar to cre­ate-your-own-ad­ven­ture apps such as Scorcery! and 80 Days. How­ever, those are firmly on the gam­ing side of things, whereas Arcadia is most def­i­nitely a novel, weav­ing its tale of in­trigue and ad­ven­ture through in­ter­sect­ing and di­verg­ing sto­ries, and plac­ing all in the hands of the reader.

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