Would you read a soap-opera on Facebook? Ndreams – digital games producers are betting that people will. They have created an interactive multimedia story and made it into a Facebook app, called the Spirit of Adventure.
Part game, part story book, part forum it’s one of those things that ticks all the multimedia boxes. I have a lingering doubts about whether these crazy mutliplatform things actually deliver on their promises or just come across as novels with lots of gimmicks getting in the way of the story.
Anyway. The story is about a lady called Helen Hobbes, a housewife who lives a happy life until she makes a discovery that leads her to abandon everything; her family, her home and her loving husband to go on a quest for a mysterious man who she doesn’t even know yet. New episodes will be released every Thursday.
“One of the things I love about Spirit of Adventure is that we’ve taken the traditional concept of story-telling and said, ‘Let’s see what we can do if…’ So it’s not just text – there are drawings, photos, letters that you can open and read; you can follow and help Helen via Twitter…” said Christian Wheeler, writer.
“What we are talking about is interactive and participatory storytelling, even the puzzles are a part of the story, Helen might meet a waitress in a café and we’ll suddenly have a puzzle based on the waitress’s life, a tiny vignette into somebody else’s life. This is storytelling for the Facebook generation.”
Hmm, let us know what you think of it in the comments.