Dark Unknown Planet-new interactive fiction game for Android

Hi everyone

Just released this today for Android and can be found here listed with my other games: play.google.com/store/search?q= … pps&c=apps

This was originally written by Barrie Eaton on the Amstrad back in 1987. Back then we only had 38Kb to play with so it was all text. But graphics have been added to this version.

YOUR OBJECTIVE: You have crashed on a dark, unknown planet. Your fuel tank is ruptured and empty. Repair it, find rocket fuel and fresh water to escape it.

This Android edition tries hard to keep the original quality of that game, but at the same time provide features available from Android.

Hyperlink assist provides smart context menus as an alternative to using the keyboard.

A graphical inventory system so that you can see and tap what you are carrying.

As such there are 2 styles of play:

  1. Play the game just by tapping
  2. Play with the more retro style of using the keyboard

An automap will track your location progress. Can easily view by tapping the map icon. Landscape mode will show a minature version of the automap.

Can use gestures. Use arrowheads to move north or south, and use a swipe to move east or west.

Tap on an image to ‘look’ at your current location.
Tap on the descriptive text to close the keyboard if open.

Speech input is available to issue commands.

Can also have the text read aloud.

Font size can also be adjusted based on small, medium or large.

Also extensively designed for the visually impaired. Have fully tested with Talkback using Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) from start to end with my eyes shut! Type “blind” in game to learn more.

I enjoyed typing this up so I hope people have fun playing it.

Mark Eaton