Today we are reviewing an iPad app from the Entertainment category on the iTunes app store. This new iPad app was just released about 1 month ago by Jeff Gomez. This app is called Beside Myself and is actually an interactive novel that delves into some interesting and deep philosophical waters. This unique interactive novel explores decisions that we didn’t make and the paths that you didn’t go down.
This is a clever app concept and one that more authors should pursue. Jeff has designed the interactivity smartly so it compliments the written word of his novel. (video and screenshots below the break)
The contents of this novel can be shuffled and the chapters can be programmed like a playlist, or the reader can follow one Jeff at a time throughout the story. My favorite part of this app is that it allows you to start over and read the story again from the point of view of a one of the other Jeffs and with a different ending. We also like that as the novel unfolds there are emails from the characters to each other and the app allows you the ability to send an email to the characters in the story. There also photos, interactive menus, original music, and integration with social media within the novel itself.
Jeff Gomez is the author and he presents an interesting worldview where there are three different versions of himself but each one is different due to choices made at a critical juncture. One of the characters is married, one is single, and one has a family. As they each gradually discover the other, their various lives begin to overlap and, ultimately, become intertwined in ways they never thought possible. The three Jeffs also discover a shadowy underground society of people trapped in similar circumstances, along with a mysterious ringleader named Luther Blissett who seems to know all the answers.