Jimmy Maher’s The King of Shreds and Patches is now available for Kindle. That makes it to the best of my knowledge the first piece of stand-alone parser IF to appear for sale on that platform. (There are choice-based stories by Choice Of Games, a piece or two by Jon Ingold, and Inheritance, which apparently offers a menu-driven approach to an IF-style world model, but I believe this is the first release that offers a standard command line.)
What’s more, Jimmy’s blog post on the topic seems to suggest that the underlying engine may be able to present other Glulx games on the Kindle in the future. This is a relief to me. I’m constantly being asked why there isn’t IF for sale on the Kindle. Now there is! Look! See!
I haven’t had a chance to play the Kindle version myself — I can read Kindle books on my iPad but not play the interactive Kindle games. But I have played the original, and can say that it’s a massive, meaty, plot-rich piece of work. (Review here.) Recommended.
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This is a great result; I’m deeply sorry that here in the UK we can’t get access to active content on the Kindle. (And Jimmy’s work on the Glulx engine for the platform was one of the things that got me started on porting Make It Good to the platform. Although I suspect the interactive parsing plug-in will *not* run too well.)
Thanks for helping to spread the word, Emily.
Jon: I’m really sorry that active content is not yet available for European Kindles, and even sorrier that Amazon can’t give me a timeline of when that is likely to change. I’m also embarrassed to say I didn’t even realize active content was limited to the U.S. until, oh, about 24 hours ago. Live and learn…
As soon as I know anything more about international distribution, I’ll put in on my blog.
Nor for Australian Kindles, alas.
I can report that the Kindle interface for this is nice. The Kindle really does seem like a natural platform for interactive fiction. I’ll maybe post some thoughts over at The Gameshelf once I’ve played it a bit more.
Well done, Jimmy!
Isn’t there also “Inheritance” — a text adventure for Kindle? It appears on Amazon.
I mention that in the article. It’s got a different interface style, though.
The kindle is really the ideal platform for IF, easy on the eyes unlike regular screens, the people who buy kindles love to read, and its the sole or at least the main reason they got it. I hope this is the start of a new era for IF on the kindle.