Stand by You Is a Deep and Dark Interactive Graphic Novel for iOS

Stand by you
Price: $4.99
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Reviewed by Sarah Hanlon

No matter where you look, it always seems like the concept of the apocalypse is ever present. From televisions shows to books and other media, the idea of the end of the world is everywhere.

Stand by You is an imaginative interactive graphic novel  that is sure to entertain and engross you in its post-apocalyptic world where two characters rely on each other to survive the end of days.

If you enjoy gorgeous visuals and a truly interesting story, this is definitely a game for you.

Concept and Functionality:

In Stand by You, by Water Phoenix, you take on the role of Kyo-Ya, a boy who awakens to a destroyed world where (almost) everyone and everything has perished. He meets Asagiri, a girl who explains that she’s the only other living creature.

Asagiri is on a mission to atone for humankind’s sin of destroying the world by experiencing death for every creature and plant that has died. Kyo-Ya travels with her on her journey, and the interactive aspects of Stand by You bring you, the reader/player, right into the story.

Personally I’m a huge fan of interactive novels just like Stand by You. The visuals are incredibly detailed and truly beautiful to experience – it’s clear that quite a bit of work has gone into the artistic aspect of the app.

One thing I do want to mention about Stand by You is that it has graphic elements to it and might not be suitable for all audiences. There’s a bit of violence and the story itself is pretty depressing.


Stand by you iPhone App

Stand by You is an interactive graphic novel at heart, and unfortunately this means there aren’t very many additional features to speak of.

One thing I do want to mention is the developer states that the average player should be able to finish the story in under five hours, which is a bit of a drawback if you really get into the story. On the other hand it’s the perfect companion on that long plane flight or train ride.

Stand by You also features a great transition system that helps the story flow. Scenes transition flawlessly, making the reading experience very clean and enjoyable.


Stand by You is available to download from the app store for $4.99 and is universally compatible with iPhone and iPad. There are no additional in-app purchases that I could find.

Overall, Stand by You is ideal for anyone who enjoys post-apocalyptic stories and digital novels. The steep price tag is a bit of a drawback especially if you finish the story quickly, but it’s definitely an interesting game that will hold your attention.

Stand by You requires iOS 6 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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