How about that “Game of Thrones” season finale, huh? If you can’t get enough of the kind of thrill and intrigue that the wildly watched TV series affords, then you might want to take a stab at a recently released app that is the subject of this week’s Shelf Control: the iPad interactive fiction app Blood & Laurels.
“Cults. Conspiracies. Poison. Stabbing. Blackmail. Seduction. Prophecies and rumors. Divine wrath or possibly just bad weather.” That may sound like a checklist of the key elements of “Game of Thrones.” But that’s actually the tagline of sorts for Blood & Laurels, which promises all of those and then some.
Take a look at the app’s “Game of Thrones”-esque teaser trailer:
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Set in Ancient Rome, Blood & Laurels lets you take on the role of Marcus, a poet under the mercy of his patron, an old general named Artus. When Artus commands Marcus to retrieve a prophecy, the poet is all of a sudden engaged in a labyrinth of murder and madness.
It’s your job, then, to guide Marcus through the maze he’s caught up in. By selecting how the unwitting protagonist acts in certain circumstances, you determine whether he lives or dies, what his motives actually are, and even whom he ends up choosing as his beloved.
With more than 10 times as much authored text as you are likely to see in a single playthrough, Blood & Laurels adapts strongly to what you choose to do, and what you choose to explore. Scheme, romance, murder, or choose your own ideals and stick to them. Its up to you.