Ghent-based indie game development studio Tale of Tales have ported the mobile version of The Graveyard to the Android platform. Both a free trial version and a $1.99 full version, in which the protagonist can die, are now available from the Android Market. In The Graveyard you play an old woman who visits a cemetery, walks around, sits on a bench to listen to a song and eventually again leaves.

"The Graveyard"The original PC and Mac version of The Graveyard was created during the production of Tale of Tales' most well known title The Path, in part to test how the audience would respond to the radical design choices the team were making. "The Graveyard is probably the purest expression of our design philosophy to date," directors Michael Samyn and Auriea Harvey explain. "As artists, we choose to use video games as an expressive medium. To achieve subtlety and variety in this expression, we feel it is necessary to abandon conventions of traditional game design. The Graveyard was designed to be an interactive expression of a certain mood, allowing the player to contemplate certain themes. It does not contain any puzzles or rewards because we feel that would have diminished its emotional impact."

In his keynote presentation at last month's IndieCade, Naughty Dog lead designer Richard Lemarchand conveyed how influential The Graveyard had been in the design of a certain chapter of their AAA blockbuster Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. A sentiment that was elaborated on during the public conversation he had with Tale of Tales at GameCity 6 in Nottingham later that month.

Released for PC and Mac on 21 March 2008, The Graveyard was the first commercial title by Tale of Tales. It was also the first Tale of Tales title on Steam (launched on 9 March 2009). And now The Graveyard is the first Tale of Tales on Android. In 2008 the game was selected for IndieCade and nominated for the European Innovative Games Award. In 2009 it was nominated for the Nuovo Award in the Independent Games Festival.

The mobile version of The Graveyard was originally released for iPhone on 8 March 2010. Although optimized for the small screens of smartphones, the app will run on Android tablets as well as phones.

Tale of Tales is a small independent game development studio run by media artists Auriea Harvey and Michael Samyn, and based in Ghent, Belgium. Previously, Tale of Tales have released The Endless Forest, The Path, Fatale and Vanitas. The pair are currently working on several new projects, including a new interpretation of their first unpublished design codenamed "8", a spiritual prequel to The Path, their most successful title to date. The music in The Graveyard was created by former journalist Gerry De Mol (Content Republic), the sound effects by Kris Force and the character animations by Laura Raines Smith.

Trial version
Full $1.99 version

Published on Monday 14 November 2011