‘Lifestream’ Coming To PC & Mobile In April, Offers Chilling Adventure Game Poised To Revolutionize Interactive Fiction (Video)
Lifestream, the first in a new series of titles by indie game developer Unimatrix Productions aims to revolutionize the genre of game interactive fiction by combining rich story-centric content with classic multiple-choice adventure exploration. Offering a rich original plot with complex twists and surprises, Lifestream is a single-player game in which players take on the roles of Catholic priest Randolph and his illegitimate son, John, in their search for an enigmatic realm known as the “Lifestream”. Scheduled for April release on PC, iOS® and Android™, the launch is a complete remake of the original, critically acclaimed classic from 2004, which AdventureGamers.com praised as “a surprisingly moody piece about esoteric organizations and human nature.” It represents the pinnacle of interactive fiction, combining classic room-based explorative game mechanics with stylish graphics and exciting content.
Lifestream plays like an interactive novel. You make a series of choices that determine what happens next in the story. However, unlike traditional gamebooks and visual novels, the game includes advanced adventure-based mechanics, such as a compass for navigation, a full-fledged inventory system, character interaction with branching dialog, and a variety of complex puzzles to solve. Spanning an impressive 8+ hours of gameplay and over 65,000 words (the length of an entire novel), you will play as two separate protagonists across two time periods. An astonishing 150 original pieces of artwork is included, in addition to 30 unlockable achievements, offering access to a special post-game bonus scene. An hour-long original soundtrack accompanies the atmospheric experience.
Lifestream is a haunting and innovative text adventure that plunges players into the roles of Randolph and John Holton, a father and son desperate for answers to the mysteries surrounding a mysterious realm and an enigmatic brotherhood.
“Father Randolph Holton was dead. Not literally, of course. But in his heart, he knew he could not live on…not after everything he had learned. Sitting at his dark oak desk in the corner of the dimly lit, cozy study, the white-haired, frail Catholic priest–even frailer of late–dipped an old quill into a container of jet-black ink and began to write…”
Coming in April 2016, Lifestream is the first in a series of text adventures that will revolutionize the genre of interactive fiction, combining classic room-based explorative text game mechanics with a stylish graphical interface and plenty of modern bells and whistles like pictures and sound. The result is a game that looks and feels contemporary while remaining true to the essence of interactive fiction.
Lifestream plays like an interactive novel. You make a series of choices that determine what happens next in the story. But unlike in traditional gamebooks and visual novels, Lifestream also features more advanced adventure-based game mechanics, including locations to explore, items to interact with, characters to meet, and puzzles to solve.
John Holton’s father, a Catholic priest named Randolph, has been missing for two weeks. Unable to go to the police for help, since doing so would tarnish his father’s reputation as a celibate priest, John takes it upon himself to search for his father.
Over the course of Lifestream, players take on the roles of both John in the present and his father, Randolph, in the past. While John searches for answers, players see the troubling events that led to Randolph’s disappearance firsthand.
•Explore multiple detailed locations, including a quaint Victorian home and small village church
•Enjoy over 150 pieces of original artwork
•Solve a multitude of challenging puzzles
•Interact with a variety of interesting characters
•Play as two separate protagonists across two time periods
•Unlock 30 achievements to view a special post-game bonus scene
•Experience an emotional, hour-long soundtrack
•Play 8+ hours of content with over 65,000 words–the text equivalent of a full-length novel!
•Cross-platform engine supports PC, iOS, Android, and HTML5–no matter what you use, you can play!