Wanderlust Travel Stories - Interview with the developer of a fantastic app

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

This is our first game, but people from our team worked on big titles before (The Witcher, Dead Island, Hitman)

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

The game needed to be really well written, to satisfy our standards of storytelling.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

There are many that we use in our daily lives.

How long have you been working on this app?

1 year.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

We've envisioned Wanderlust Travel Stories as an interactive travelogue. It's a text-based, life-inspired, educational experience that not only introduces the player to many diverse and rich cultures of our planet but also emphasizes real problems our society needs to face. The interactive medium lets us frame this within a personalized experience, allowing players to connect with the narrative on a deeper level. From dealing with one's own emotions, such as ambition, hope, grief or curiosity, to global problems, such as the destructive effect of tourism, climate change, colonialism, or the distorting lens of white privilege, we confront the player with the reality they might not be aware of. We've purposefully set our stories in places like the Antarctic, Rwanda or Thailand. In Wanderlust Travel Stories, we show the environmental, cultural and economic impact of our own European culture – which we're all too eager to disregard and consider harmless. It's important that our game has no fail states. The player can't win or lose, they can only change. They make choices dictated by their personal views or experiences, and see how these affect both the game's protagonists and the places they visit. The change comes in many forms. First, the choices influence the characters' mood. This, in turn, affects the way certain situations and surroundings are presented. The protagonists can see places in a different light when tired or anxious. This leads to the player being faced with different situations – and solutions. It's a subtle and seamless way of incorporating personal preferences into gameplay choices, which helped the game avoid being preachy while still touching on important subjects.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

There isn't any other game about modern travel on the market.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

We will soon add some free DLC.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Please let us know, what other stories you would like to play in Wanderlust Travel Stories.

Wanderlust Travel Stories

About App: Wanderlust is a real-life inspired adventure game about modern travelers. Step into their shoes, and decide how the story will unfold. Wanderlust Travel Stories is a game and a book. Travel the world in four novels and five short stories spanning a total of over 300,000 words and 12 hours worth of reading. EMOTIONAL STORIES They are driven by hope and curiosity, the search for love, and the need to deal with grief—an idealistic student, a jaded reporter, a man who has never traveled before. Walk with them, shape their paths, and see the world through their eyes. IMMERSIVE TRAVELS From the mysterious statues of Rapa Nui, through the bustling streets of Bangkok and the vast, pristine expanses of the Antarctic, to the grasslands of the Serengeti, explore places you might never see and examine your feelings toward the places you know. PERSONALIZED EXPERIENCE There are many things to consider: what to pack, when to leave, where to stay. Be careful to manage your stress and fatigue, because they change the way you see the world. Create a journey of your own with every choice you make. REAL STORIES, REAL WORLD Wanderlust was created by a team of travelers, journalists, artists, and game makers. Inspired by real-life adventures, these stories have been illustrated with bespoke photographs taken especially for the project or selected from private archives. PLAYABLE DOCUMENTARY With its unique mix of slice-of-life and journalism, Wanderlust touches subjects from the melting glaciers in Antarctica, to the impact of the tourism industry, to the universal search for the meaning of life. Take a fresh look at your notions about the world. SLOW GAMING You don’t have to rush. You don’t have to fight. This is your journey and you decide the pace of your adventure. Relax to the calming original soundtrack. Give yourself space to think and feel. Observe how the journey changes you.

Categories: Adventure

Date: October 4, 2019

Developer: Piotr Gnyp

Website: http://walkabout.games


App URL in Google Play


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