Nihal Tharoor and co-founder Benedict Tatham launched the homicide thriller game ‘Dead Man’s Phone‘ worldwide, throughout iOS and Android platforms, this week after registering over 200,000 downloads even in a pre-launch beta model since final 12 months.
In the game, designed as an interactive crime drama, the participant turns into the lead character within the story and units about piecing collectively clues to unravel the fictional homicide of a London teenager Jerome Jacobs, pushed from a balcony and located lifeless holding his cellphone – the central characteristic within the crime-solving journey.
“The concept takes advantage of smartphones to engage the player in an exciting new form of storytelling. Our phones are a microcosm of our lives and we’re all intimately familiar with how to use them. They are the perfect location to tell deep interactive stories,” explains Tharoor.
On their cellphone, the participant can have a information app that experiences on who they arrest, a maps app the place they will observe the stay location of suspects, a social media app the place they will launch a viral marketing campaign and even a Zoom app to conduct distant police interviews.
And, if the drama feels sensible, it’s as a result of the creators turned to former Metropolitan Police detective sergeant and murder investigator Sim Cryer as guide and in addition one of many actors within the crime drama.
“So, we could bring in these genuine articles on the Met Police and how murder detective work is conducted in the UK,” says Tharoor, who hopes to set off an entire new development with this idea and entice non-gamers to the fold by tapping into the recognition of dramas more and more being accessed by way of on-line streaming platforms.
The thought of telling an interactive story fully by way of a personality’s smartphone was born in 2017, when each Tharoor and Tatham have been working at prime advertising and marketing companies.
They took the leap to experiment in an entire new area and based Electric Noir Studios in London.
“Ben and I had zero games industry experience when we founded our company,” remembers Tharoor.
Now over three years later, Season 1 with six episodes of ‘Dead Man’s Phone’ has bagged the BAFTA Mobile Game of the Year Nomination and an official choice on the London Games Festival 2021.
Reviewers have been impressed with the modern and immersive format and organisations have additionally been interested in the best way the game tackles delicate topics round gang violence, racism and racial profiling.
The duo behind the favored game is already engaged on Season 2 as a part of a wider plan to deliver the narrative high quality of a TV drama into particular person fingers.
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