Inkle Studios’ hit mobile indie game “80 Days” was an interactive visual novel that adapted Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days” into a choose your own stempunk adventure. The numerous paths and directions that the game could go combined with unique visuals provided a fun and immersive way to pass time on your mobile device whether for a few minutes while waiting for the latest notification from your preferred social media or during a late night phone binge when you promise yourself “five more minutes” before going to sleep.
Now Inkle Studios plans to allow PC and Mac users to experience their steampunk mobile adventure on their desktop computers when “80 Days” is available on Steam and GoG September 29 for $9.99.
Inkle Studios’ same steampunk branching narrative with immersive graphics and music is present in this computer version of “80 Days” albeit on a bigger screen. But Inkle Studios has added even more locations, scenarios, and potential adventures to embark on that includes a trip to the moon. Fret not, players of the original mobile version of “80 Days,” those new adventures are slated for an October 1 update. So whether you choose to play on computer or on mobile, you can soon share your newest bizarre adventure around the world in (ideally) 80 days online.
While the heart of “80 Days’” branching steampunk adventure is present and the new content is appreciated, the main critique of Inkle Studios’ computer adaptation is how it pretty much feels like an e-book like the mobile version was. The e-book layout worked for the mobile version since it made the game portable and easy to pick up and play as time permitted. The simple steampunk illustrations added charm while reading the exploits of Phileas Fogg and Passepartout. Powering up an entire desktop to read a long series of text with occasional graphics feels like doing spreadsheet work.
In the end, Inkle Studios’ “80 Days” is still an impressive interactive adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic novel that may be worth getting some eyestrain over whether you choose the classic mobile or computer version.