Video game makers Inkle have released an Android version of 80 Days. They say it’s a steampunk game based on Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days. You get to travel your way around the globe as fast as you can in order to complete the challenge.
In the press release (below) the makers have specified that the graphics are Art Deco which – while being very nice – are around 40 years after steampunk generally has a setting. However, you get to interact with hundreds of people across 7 continents and 150 cities.
It’s devised as a choose your own adventure style game with over 10,000 choices that you can make and nearly an entire world to travel around. It certainly sounds like an interesting concept. It’s available from the Google Play store or Amazon for around £3.
CAMBRIDGE, U.K. – December, 2014 – 80 Days, the narrative mobile game TIME recently named Game of the Year, debuts for Android today on Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.inkle.eightydays) and the Amazon Appstore ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/mas/dl/android/com.inkle.eightydays). Like its iOS counterpart, the new Android version sells for $5 / £3, or equivalent in local currency.
A massive steampunk reimagining of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, this acclaimed adventure from inkle puts each player at the helm of an individualized global journey. Playing as Phileas Fogg‘s French valet Passepartout, plot your strategy and choose your course to race around the world in 80 days — or faster! Stylishly illustrated with art deco-inspired graphics and situated on a lush 3D globe, the game plays out beneath a non-stop clock as you explore 150+ cities on all seven continents and interact with hundreds of diverse characters who aid and influence your momentous quest. A networked live feed tracks each player’s progress in real time so you can see how others have fared, share your own adventures, and compete for the quickest time.
inkle is known for games with incredibly “branchy” storylines that write themselves, on the fly, around frequent decisions players make throughout the narrative. With a script of around 500,000 words (more than the entire Lord of the Rings trilogy), over 10,000 potential choices, and the globe literally at your fingertips, each 80 Days player embarks on a unique journey with numerous replay opportunities — including, as of today, an uncharted course through the North Pole. Though this arctic route may shave precious days off the trip, its landscape is treacherous and conditions harsh, with potentially tragic consequences… The new polar expedition, which adds approximately 30,000 words to 80 Days‘ branching narrative, has also been added to the iPhone/iPad version as a free update: https://itunes.apple.com/app/80-days/id892812659
Since its summer release on the App Store, 80 Days has sold 100,000 copies and has been universally praised for its masterful storytelling, creative steampunk setting, and immersive interactivity. Besides landing the #1 slot in TIME‘s Top 10 Video Games 2014 list, 80 Days has been honored as one of Apple’s Best Games of 2014, is ranked among IGN‘s top 25 iPhone and iPad games, and maintains an 89% review average on Metacritic. Learn more at http://www.inklestudios.com/80days.