In preparation for Timecrest 3, Sneaky Crabs has released a new version of popular iOS game Timecrest.
Best iOS Game & Developer of the Year, AppleVis Golden Apples 2016
Apple Watch Best of 2015
“An interesting story... Simple fun.” - The New York Times
“Worth a look–even if you’re not a fan of interactive fiction–as this is the best one so far.” - RNIB Connect Radio
“The meteors will obliterate everything, and all I can do is watch.
You don't know how glad I am you can see my messages.
It means, in this moment, I don't have to die alone.”
In Timecrest, where epic fantasy meets interactive fiction, author Lisa J. Skye introduces you to Ash Elden, where together you both must scramble to solve the puzzle of who unfroze the meteors to destroy Ash’s world of Alyncia. You discover that you have access to a forbidden magic–the ability to turn back time.
Every choice you make matters, and will change the outcome of this massive 225,000-word interactive story, leading to one of multiple endings. Immersive yourself within the emotional soundtrack and explore the non-linear maps.
With your new incredible powers, who will you choose to live and let die?
- EXPERIENCE AN EPIC STORY with over 225,000 words and multiple endings.
- DECIDE who lives and who dies. Your decisions change the story, so choose wisely.
- EXPLORE ALYNCIA at your own pace with our new non-linear maps.
- IMMERSE YOURSELF in a world of fantasy and magic, with 24 musical tracks to set the scene.
- BUILD A TEAM and make friends. Unlock secret storylines by building your relationship with other characters.
Timecrest is a nonlinear story based game with multiple endings where every choice you make matters. The story progresses in realtime. Ash will be notifying you on what is happening in Alyncia and awaits your guidance throughout the day.
What would you do with the power to turn back time?
Praise for Timecrest:
“Timecrest stands out from many of the other interactive fiction games I've played.” - AFB, AccessWorld Magazine
“The characters really do draw you in.” - Jamie Pauls
“It's not just a survival, yes/no–binary choice thing. It's like you're watching actual characters, actual people, living actual lives.” - Alex Hall
“With its developer actively engaging with the AppleVis community to learn how to improve the accessibility of the app and then acting on this feedback, it is no surprise that Timecrest has become a firm favorite with many blind gamers.” - AppleVis
Timecrest took the visually impaired gaming community by storm in 2015. It introduced players to the fantasy world of Alyncia, and mage-in-training Ash, as well as a host of beloved companions Roger, A.C. Elise, and of course, Princess Riley as the player worked with Ash to uncover the secrets of Alyncia.
The game introduced a hybrid approach between a choose your own adventure story and a time-based game as players guided Ash through the story in real-time. Though it was more linear than other choose your own adventure games, the story and characters, inspired from both western and eastern rpg's, kept players engaged.
Now, a new version has been released. In addition to the usual bug, grammar, and spelling fixes, the new version introduces the following changes.
When Timecrest came out initially, it used music from a royalty-free library. Now, with the support of its players, Sneaky Crab has partnered with Dibur Music to create 24 brand new tracks to bring the world and characters of Alyncia to life.
A new notices section brings news and announcements relating to Timecrest to the forefront when opening the app.
A new International Phonetic Alphabet attribution should improve the pronunciation of game text for VoiceOver users.
A new gold exchanger makes it easier to convert between time crystals and gold, the two types of in-game currencies.
For visual users, a new UI makes the game easier to read. A dark mode can also be enabled under settings.Time Crest on the App Store
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Tangela Mahaffey is a barely reformed English Major currently residing in Colorado. She reads entirely too many fantasy books and takes almost nothing seriously, including herself. She loves technology, music, writing, puns, and cats. She can be reached on twitter @tmmahaff