Dusk World has been around since Amazon started offering games on the Kindle. So, it is interesting to compare it to some of the other interactive fiction games out there and see how the games have improved over time.
Dusk World is an interactive adventure book where you determine the outcome of the story. The main character is Agent Patriot. Agent Patriot was convicted of a crime he has no memory of committing. the goal of the game/story is to figure out who actually committed the crime and who framed the agent.
The story is mostly white on black, which is unusual, and fits the overall mood of the Dusk World. Navigation is pretty simple. You just have to follow the lead of the story as it asks you questions on what choices to make. There’s a few comic like pictures that are mixed in. Always good to have some pictures in there to give a better idea of what you’re working with. Some of them are quite scary!
If you really like interactive game books, you should also check out the Fighting Fantasy series. They have a number of good stories to choose from. Another set of game books to try is the Choice of Games selection.
The only major downside to these games are that they are all pretty short. The good news is that there is a growing collection of them. So, they may be short, but there is a good variety.
Interactive fiction is a great way to get kids to read who otherwise would not show any interest. It engages them in a way that most traditional books can’t do. They also have a video game like quality to them, that can really draw you in.
So, great game for a good price. Dusk World has started an interactive fiction revolution.
“Love this interactive graphic novel! I will agree with some of the other reviews…the story and interactive content is a bit thin, but I see great potential for future books. The novelty of it has won me over (it brings back my childhood love of comics) and I think the younger readers could be drawn to this type of Kindle book (with the right content, of course). Writers/artists…get cracking!! ”
“I expected this to be more of a straight up choose your own adventure type book, but it is more complex than that. It is like a mashup between a comic book, those old text interactive fiction games, and a choose your own adventure book. Not only can you choose what to do, you can make a lot of choices about who you talk to and what you say. There are even combat sequences (sort of)!”