Grayout is the new story-based puzzle game from writer and developer Neven Mrgan. Like his previous app Blackbar, the new app for iPhone is a story built around word puzzles, this time featuring, Alaine, a central character with the language processing disorder aphasia. Set within a disturbing totalitarian environment, the story is told through dialogue between Alaine and the various people she encounters. The challenge is to find the right responses for Alaine from a soup text provided.
Attack of the Clockwork Army is an interactive fiction work by Felicity Banks, based on her steampunk novel Heart of Brass. Set in Australia, it’s a work that uses a standard branching narrative that leads to multiple endings. It is also available across a wide range of platforms from phones, readers, and game consoles, but is also free to read on the web.
Over the years, the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine has been an invaluable resource, regularly capturing sites on the web and allowing researchers to ‘go back in time’ to see web content and design back to its very beginnings. The site oldweb.today adds another historical layer, emulating not just the content, but the browsers of yesteryear as well: choose a site, a date, and a browser. While the nostalgic factor of seeing the Alta Vista homepage in Netscape is fun, the site is essential for preserving readability of old web.
Since 2011, if:book manager Simon Groth has been written a weekly column for the Courier-Mail that covers in brief digital literature projects from around the world. This column initially appeared in the Canvas section of last Saturday's print edition.