Upgrade Soul Review
The beginning of a new sci-fi series on iOS
Upgrade Soul is an interactive sci-ficomic about an elderly couple who invest in an experimental therapy to rejuvenate the human body, with one condition: that they be first in line to receive it. Unsurprisingly, there are serious complications and the characters find themselves changed forever. The story is by Ezra Claytan Daniels, an American writer and illustrator of some critical acclaim. Upgrade Soul has a lot in common with his printed graphic novel The Changers, which was about time-travellers meddling with human evolution.
As a story, Upgrade Soul is very good, managing to flesh out the main character of venerable science buff Molly Nonnar in the first chapter, and lay foundations for others, before ending on a dramatic twist. The illustrations are beautifully drawn, with a fine level of detail, and the story is also enhanced with a rich score by musician Alexis Gideon. The first chapter is £1.49/$1.99, with subsequent chapters available for the same price in-app. There will be 18 overall, with chapter two available now, but you can also pre-order chapters two to six at a special rate.
As an app, the user interface flows very easily, with panels of the comic appearing, disappearing and moving around the page with a simple tap. While subtle animated features, such as blinking eyes, work very well, the comic’s 3D effect is rather awkward.
As you tilt the screen left or right, the perspective of the comic shifts in the opposite direction, vaguely conveying a sense of three dimensions. This means when you shift your position while reading, the screen will oscillate wildly and interrupt the narrative. However, this is easily overcome as the 3D effect can be switched off. The first chapter also lacks any extras, but they are promised in future instalments.
An exciting story with great illustrations, this interactive book is worth the read.
// include('loop-app.php'); ?>
Win a PowerUp 3.0 smartphone-controlled paper airplane
Take to the skies with your own paper drone with PowerUp 3.0Read more...
Angry Birds Star Wars Review
Is the Force strong enough to survive a collaboration between Star Wars and Angry Birds on iOS and Android?Read more...
Lochfoot is an interactive bedtime story for iPad about a monster that is part Bigfoot, part Nessie and lots of funRead more...
FIFA 14 Review
FIFA 14’s new controls for iPhone, iPad and Android are far from pitch perfectRead more...
Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders Review
Take to the skies on your iPhone or iPad and fly the major air battles of World War II with Sky Gamblers: Storm RaidersRead more...
Beer Citizen Review
The beer connoisseur’s Android only pocket guideRead more...
NowThis News Review
News and videos on iOS, but not as we know itRead more...