Hysteria Project is a “choose your own adventure” game which uses video clips to tell the story. The game is a pilot episode in a series which Bulkypix intends to release over time. As the series progresses, new features will be introduced. The game revolves around choices which are followed by observing the outcome of each choice. If you make the correct choice, you progress. If you make the wrong one, you either fail to escape, or continue guessing. Gameplay isn’t limited to just making choices. You’re also required to tap on specific targets in order to do certain things such as moving branches or opening doors. The story begins with the main character waking up in a darkened shed. Bound with tape, you’re initially asked what you’d like to do. You quickly realize that the killer who tied you up is coming for you and you must escape. The video used in the game is incredibly realistic, and was actually filmed by the Bulkypix crew for the game. Audio is also a big deal in this game. Put on a pair of headphones, dim the lights, and prepare to be frightened. The big complaint with Hysteria is that, although it’s ostensibly a story created by your choices, there’s only one route to the end. This is true, but I found that most of the game’s appeal is in the story. It’s also quite short, about 30 minutes, but it’s well worth the $2. The good: Great footage, audio, and story. Quite scary at times. Very suspenseful, able to interact with elements in the video. More episodes to come. The bad: Only offers 30 minutes of gameplay. One path to the end. The Bottom line: Hysteria Project is a fascinating concept for an iPhone game. It combines live-motion video with a “choose your own adventure” element of gameplay. We enjoyed the games semi-interactive video, eerie story line, and overall experience. For $2, Hysteria Project is definitely worth it, especially with more episodes coming soon.
Everyone knows that iPhone’s keyboard comes with a full set of QWERTY keys, numbers, and punctuation, but you may not have realized that there’s even more. Hidden underneath many of the keys are special character variations. To bring up a special character, simply tap and hold for a moment and select from the pop-up menu. For example, if you’d like to type café, simply type caf, hold E, and choose É from the menu.