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Voyeur

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 21st, 2015

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Towards the end of last year, I was given the opportunity to try a new Android app called CineApp, which is an interesting concept in entertainment. CineApp is a mobile TV platform that can be personalized with interesting content. This allows an audience to do more than simply watch a story – they can be a part of it, since all of the information on your phone can become part of the narrative. It sounds spooky – and it is! Especially when the first demo of the technology features something from the Horror genre. Are you ready to play Voyeur?

‎You play the part of, well, yourself as you are placed in the position of taking a call from a stranger name‎d Ash who is trapped in an abandoned orphanage. Ash doesn’t know what to do, and needs your help to find her way out of there – an issue that is made all the more difficult by a madman who is on the loose in the building. Of course, you could also inadvertently help the madman out by making it easy for him to find Ash. The choice is yours.

Similar to a choose-your-own-adventure type of game, the player will occasionally receive prompts on the screen that directs the interactions with Ash (and her friends). Depending on the choices you make, the story will take different paths to completion. Thanks to a number of possible endings for each episode, there is some re-play value here – if you can convince yourself to push past the freaky feeling you get when you play.

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Want to help? Want to be a jerk? The choice is yours!

Voyeur is a great demonstration of how only seeing a small part of the picture can be much scarier than seeing the whole thing. Having the limited viewpoint of another phone’s camera increases tension, especially when you glimpse something sinister in the background, or briefly see a clue that could help the situation – if you only could look at it for just a little bit longer. However, since you are not necessarily in control of the “remote” phone, you have to make do with what you have, which increases the thrills.

The episode of Voyeur that I played was well-written and very well acted. I found that the production value was very good, and really helped to increase the level of immersion with the game. If you’re looking for something new to try that’s different than your usual mobile game, give Voyeur on CineApp a try. Given how cool Voyeur is, I’m looking forward to more productions using the CineApp platform.

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