A digital storytelling app pays tribute to the true art of storytelling.
This app was recommended to me by a colleague who is an ultimate Terry Pratchett fan. Her eyes lit up, and she couldn’t wait to give me ‘an inside tour’. I was persuaded by her enthusiasm and thus gave it a shot.
For those of you not yet familiar with Sir Terence David John “Terry” Pratchett’s work, he was a popular fantasy novel author who is best known for his Discworld series (over 40 novels) that have captivated millions around the world. The app was developed by Agant and publisher Transworld. Although it came out in 2013, it will most likely again be picked up by fans as the final (yes, the last) Discworld book just hit the bookstores.
Discworld: The Ankh-Morpork Map app is a recreation of Pratchett’s famous city, only in a digital form. What strikes me first are the ravishingly detailed interactive hand-drawn maps of Ankh-Morpork and the major characters, such as Fred Colon, as well as the little animated citizens that swarm through the city. Once you zoom in and tap on the colorful icons that appear on buildings, you are instantly submerged into the intricate world of Discworld. Paramount places are accompanied with book illustrations, audio, book excerpts and quotes, all with the pitch-perfect humor so well known to all the fans of the beloved books.
The app offers plenty of opportunities to explore the fantasy world and get acquainted with the storyline. The main menu offers a street index, where you can find any street mentioned in the books, as well as a city directory for locating specific businesses, services or landmarks, such as the Unseen University. You can also participate in three guided tours (voiced by actress Helen Atkinson Wood).
Apart from being a great extension to one’s imaginary Discworld, the app also offers a few gamification features: users can unlock achievements as they explore the map and deliver post for the Blind Letters Office by locating the recipients. The achievements are then directly linked with the Game Center. I admit, I can absolutely relate to my colleague’s excitement – the app is a true exploration of a fantasy world and a storytelling gem that leaves you mesmerised for hours.