Thanks to the App Store I have been able to experience games I had missed the first time on other platforms. Dare I say it; I missed Monkey Island the first time around. Tale of Tale’s, The Graveyard [$1.99 / Free] recently hit the App Store, it's over two years old and has even won awards but I never played or heard of it.

The Graveyard is not really game, I feel more comfortable describing it as interactive art or poetry. You can argue that’s what games are but after playing this I feel that the word game doesn’t do it justice. But to make writing this a little easier I will pretend I can call this a game.

You play the game as an old lady visiting a graveyard. Your only clear objective is a park bench at the end of the path. I could tell you more but I would spoil it for you. I know that sounds amazingly too simple, but when you play the game you will see there is so much more. I don’t understand it myself, but the game really makes you think about life.

I would suggest downloading the lite version and giving it a try. I would also wait to play the game when you’re alone in a quiet place to get the full effect.

The developer says that there are only a few differences between the computer and iPhone versions. If you do end up trying the lite and enjoying it, download the full version and it will introduce death into the game. I know that doesn’t sound like much but it adds the sense of urgency.

App Store Link: The Graveyard, $1.99, The Graveyard Lite, Free

[via CreativeApplications.net]

  • Acadiaa

    No video? Or pictures?

  • Acadiaa

    No video? Or pictures?

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    Love the impact of the original one.
    But this is a bad port!
    Horrible controls, no landscape mode and at the end (song), they are just using stills of the old lady. (I think, she was moving in the original version.)

    Much less effect.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    Love the impact of the original one.
    But this is a bad port!
    Horrible controls, no landscape mode and at the end (song), they are just using stills of the old lady. (I think, she was moving in the original version.)

    Much less effect.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    But it's great to see you connecting to creativeapplications.net ...this is really a fantastic site for the more artistic side of iPhone apps. I check them daily.

  • http://www.silentrocco.com SIlent Rocco

    But it's great to see you connecting to creativeapplications.net ...this is really a fantastic site for the more artistic side of iPhone apps. I check them daily.

  • http://Www.demasseur.me Remon

    Wow... It really moved me. The song at the end was unexpected and in dutch. Never heard it before, it sounds old. ...And sitting there on the bench waiting for death... I can see myself already sitting there, watching. My wife would be dead and everybody I knew would also be gone. What a interesting experience that would be... No life without death...

  • http://Www.demasseur.me Remon

    Wow... It really moved me. The song at the end was unexpected and in dutch. Never heard it before, it sounds old. ...And sitting there on the bench waiting for death... I can see myself already sitting there, watching. My wife would be dead and everybody I knew would also be gone. What a interesting experience that would be... No life without death...

  • bing

    Is this in the forums anywhere ?

    I couldn't find it and would be interested in more info

  • bing

    Is this in the forums anywhere ?

    I couldn't find it and would be interested in more info

  • Jelena

    I hate when developer making artsy fartsy game and trying to call it ART.
    "..the game really makes you think about life." really ? seriously ?
    wow... good for you then.

    • http://Www.demasseur.me Remon

      Do you want to lie down and talk about it? 

    • Me

      I completely agree with Jelena's comment. This "game" was stupid before and it's still stupid. Remon, I hope you're being sarcastic. Just look at the lyrics to the song. It's stupid.

  • Jelena

    I hate when developer making artsy fartsy game and trying to call it ART.
    "..the game really makes you think about life." really ? seriously ?
    wow... good for you then.

    • http://Www.demasseur.me Remon

      Do you want to lie down and talk about it? 

    • Me

      I completely agree with Jelena's comment. This "game" was stupid before and it's still stupid. Remon, I hope you're being sarcastic. Just look at the lyrics to the song. It's stupid.

  • Zungz

    Tale of Tales comes to win. And I find most of their games very unsettling. Playing The Path? forget it.

    Jelena, games are art, even the ones you play.

  • Zungz

    Tale of Tales comes to win. And I find most of their games very unsettling. Playing The Path? forget it.

    Jelena, games are art, even the ones you play.

  • Adams Immersive

    There’s not much to it—it’s a very short visual/musical experience with very little interactivity. Art yes, game no. But it IS art, and I’d like to see more of that! Pure art and interactivity—it’s a potent combination.

    They have a free art/toy app that I like better than this one: Vanitas.

  • Adams Immersive

    There’s not much to it—it’s a very short visual/musical experience with very little interactivity. Art yes, game no. But it IS art, and I’d like to see more of that! Pure art and interactivity—it’s a potent combination.

    They have a free art/toy app that I like better than this one: Vanitas.