In the fictional world of Seven Poets and the Assassin’s Secret, the UK’s worst fears come true as a terrorist attack devastates London during the Olympics. As the story unfolds readers will follow seven surviving children as they make their way through a world that has changed forever. The app’s concept is as intriguing as it is unusual, comprising three areas: the chapters, the broadside, and the challenges. American developer Edmund Pevensey partnered with the Brits at Inkle who brought us the amazing Frankenstein app earlier in the year (PadGadget= 4.5 stars) to create this serial novel for the iPad.
Like a modern day cross between Dickens and 24, the chapters will be released in real time starting August 12, 2012. Though similar to a typical book, the developers hope to build anticipation amongst readers as we wait for the story to unfold.
The Broadside, a fictional newspaper that covers what happens in the chapters, will flesh out the Seven Poets universe. After the newspaper staff fell victim to the terrorist attack, it’s up to a plucky intern to piece together the real story.
The challenges add a casual gaming element to the reader’s experience. At the end of each chapter readers will be able to unlock additional content, such as a journal entry or a video, that enhance the story. A reader’s responses to the challenges are saved within the app in a section called Your Story.
Seven Poets is already generating wide ranging interest among readers, having just wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Though my tendency to scan the app store for unusual offerings borders on obsessive, I can honestly that I’ve never seen an app like Seven Poets and the Assassin’s Secret before. This cross-the-pond partnership should be a match made in heaven blending Edmund Pevensey’s obvious Anglophilia with Inkle’s sharp design aesthetic. I am hopeful that the app will live up to its promise as “a new form of storytelling.”
8/12/12 can’t come soon enough.