‘Robopocalypse’ writer Daniel Wilson created a new app that combines a gripping sci-fi story with a videogame giving users the opportunity to rescue a spaceship in distress. Titled ‘Mayday! Deep Space’, the app utilizes voice recognition letting users respond to S.O.S. calls from the USS Appaloosa while learning the harrowing story of what happened to the crew.
Wilson worked with Mountain Machine Studios to develop the app, which is available on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch for $2.99. ‘Mayday! Deep Space’ includes the voices of Osric Chau (‘Supernatural’) and ‘Grimm’’s Bitsie Tulloch and Claire Coffee.
When players first use the app, they receive a signal from the USS Appaloosa. As they progress through the levels, answers are revealed about a virus that infected all but one of the crew members. The app includes a plot twist as the story comes to a close, providing users with what seems like a spine-tingling adventure.
Wilson, a noted robotics engineer, was interested in making speech recognition an integral part of the app. He states:
“I’ve been worked on this for a year and a half in my free time and I’m really excited for its release. Using speech recognition pushes the player into a really unique experience. I intentionally built this around speech recognition because I hoped it would create an intimate emotional reality. My goal for ‘Mayday!’ was to create a story you can play, and when you get to the twist at the end, you get goosebumps. Writing it was a lot like writing a comic book script. I was inspired from watching the movie ‘Aliens’, when Gorman is in the APC observing his colonial marines getting slaughtered by the xenomorphs on a bank of monitors. So in the game you’ll be looking at the ship diagnostics and blueprints and give commands to a person on the ground and he’s totally depending on your voice to survive. Mountain Machine did an amazing job with all the art, music and a great speech recognition interface that’s utterly unique. In this game, the story is the reward.”
We certainly can’t help but ask, will you be answering the call?