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Creator of Find x cartoon Kickstarts sci-fi text adventure

Author promises that Andromeda Acolytes will not subject players to poorly-phrased maths questions.
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]


Sydney, Australia -- August 3, 2022 -- Wade Clarke of Heiress Software today announced the launch of his Kickstarter campaign for Andromeda Acolytes (PC, Mac & Linux), a big, multi-chapter, multi-PC sci-fi text adventure. Clarke is known outside interactive fiction circles for creating the cartoon Find x in 2005, and for his electronic music as Aeriae.


“Andromeda Acolytes will show my version of what the four-decade evolution of the text adventure can look like today,” said Wade, “a pretty basic part of which is that you don't get killed every five seconds like in an old Zork. Andromeda Acolytes has four female PCs who are all really different to each other, and you play all four on this planet Monarch that's got a weird relationship to Earth. The game starts with an underwater mech mission and the finding of something strange in the harbour. I pitch the whole thing as a prose gaming experience offering all the inner-world power of a novel plus the fine-grained puzzle and world engagement of gaming.”


Wade continued with his reasons for going to Kickstarter. “Most of us interactive fiction authors make shorter works and release them for free. The broad commercial market for interactive fiction hasn’t returned since the 1990s, and that's mostly stopped the creation of bigger games like you used to get. And I'm making one of those bigger games now.”


On the topic of Find x: “I can say I'm a co-couturier to Spider-Man, but Find X has not made me rich. Au contraire, I've got just several hundred dollars out of it in seventeen years. If Find x has ever made you laugh, it'd be fantastic if you could put a buck into my Andromeda Acolytes Kickstarter. Frankly, I'd prefer you put in numerous bucks, but one to get going would be super.”


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About Andromeda Acolytes


In the Andromeda galaxy, humanity doesn't know why it is on the planet Monarch or how it got there. When an underwater accident in Monarch Harbour awakens a strange power, four very different women are drawn into each other's orbit, and into a race towards the mysteries of Monarch's origins. Players take the role of all four heroines as they negotiate underwater mechs, AIs, abandoned cities, crime, friendship, suspense, horror, humour, an art exhibition, virtual realities and a tank. This is a prose gaming experience offering all the inner-world power of a novel plus the fine-grained world and puzzle engagement of gaming. The only graphics are in the automap.


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Contact Wade at [email protected]


About Heiress Software


Heiress Software is Wade Clarke's interactive fiction label. Its first release was the 2015 horror title Leadlight Gamma.

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