Friend Fiction: Write Hilarious Stories With Your Mates


Price: Free
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Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

If you couldn’t guess by the fact that we write an iPhone app review blog—we’re guessing you had by this point—we like to write. In fact, it’s what some of us have degrees in.

Either way, we enjoy using our word smacking skills where possible, and so farm, Friend Fiction, from Integrated Online Solutions Pty Ltd, is one of the most fun applications for hacking out prose we’ve seen on the iPhone. It’s a unique and engaging way to fabricate strange tales with your buddies, and all without spending a dime. Looking for more info? Head on down below the break to see our whole thought.

Concept and Functionality

The core idea behind Friend Fiction is—brace yourselves, we don’t get to say this often—totally unique on the iOS platform. At least as far as we know, anyway. That being said, it’s an ancient concept, made famous by the poets of Rimbaud’s age. Here’s the  gist:

One player starts a chain by selecting a topic, as well as word limits for both the post and individual turns. Then, players begin by adding portions of the story turn by turn—a poetry technique called the “Magnificent Corpse.”

The story unfolds slowly and has lots of twists and turns. Quite often, it can be incredibly hilarious. However, when a player is not pulling their weight, their responses can be downvoted: Likewise, they can be upvoted when particularly good. Votes are tallied on the global Leader Board and the Public Library is a place where completed stories can be uploaded for all users to view.

And at the end, when the word limit has been reached, each player submits a final conclusion, and the best is chosen as a finale. It’s a lot of fun, and if you’re a creative type, you’ll absolutely adore it.

Design and Interface

Friend Fiction for iPhone

Friend Fiction for iPhone

Overall, there’s not terribly much to complain about within the design space that Friend Fiction is sporting. In an age where iOS 7 is redefining simple for us, it’s a bit bulky and Words With Friends-esque.

Then again, the content is here, as are the handy icons and tools to make the gameplay easy. And with such a unique concept at the wheel, it’s hard to rag on the app too much. Still, we’d like a slicker, more minimal interface in the future.

Local Bluetooth play would be a great addition as well, or location based stories free to the public.

Overall Value

Though no matter how you slice it, the app is certainly a value! With no initial cost, and nothing save the need for another player stopping you, there’s a lot to like in what Friend Fiction has to offer.

If you’re interested, go ahead and pick it up! You’ll love adding your own stories to the mix. It’s not an idea that will appeal to everyone, but for those whose interests are piqued, you’ll enjoy it to the umpteenth.

Friend FictionFriend Fiction requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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One Response to “Friend Fiction: Write Hilarious Stories With Your Mates”

  1. Brian says:

    If you and your friends have a good sense of humor this app is great fun! Got me thinking on quite a few occasions. Definitely a unique concept!

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