Jul 21, 2011
Look, there, up in the sky. Is it a comic? Is it a game? No, it’s… Well, it’s sort of both of them and neither of them at the same time. It’s more like an interactive hide and seek story with some missiles thrown in for good measure.
The â€œitâ€ in question is Imaginary Range, a new concept in digital entertainment brought to your Android powered device by the good people at Square-Enix. In the simplest of terms, it’s a hybrid of comic and game. You read through a digital comic, tapping the occasional object in the scenery. Then, at specific points, you take control of the action, either missiles towards enemies or trying to find the hidden objects in a picture.
The story, such as it is, is ever so slightly nonsensical. Something about rips in the universe and a magic tablet that makes things comes to life. There’s also a scantily clad police officer, some tanks and a giant insectoid walker to keep you entertained.
The game portions of the package are exciting in their own way, and they keep the action moving along. You have to have a keen eye whilst you read, otherwise you might miss some of the clues and power ups you need to succeed when you’re in control.
Imaginary Range is an interesting new take on mobile entertainment, and it’s obvious that there’s a lot of scope for different stories and games to be intertwined in the same way. The problem here is that the story just isn’t interesting enough to keep you playing. You’ll find yourself skipping the story in order to get to the bits where you can actually do something.
With a few tweaks and a better narrative, Imaginary Range really would be a revolution, and it’ll be exciting to see what the team behind it come up with next. Even now, it’s worth a look, just don’t expect everything to be in the right place from the get go.