Infocom released Lane Mastodon, the world's first "interactive comic book" in 1988 to little fanfare and to an even lesser reaction from the gaming public. Apart from being the first electronic comic book, Lane Mastodon and all subsequent "Infocomics" allows the viewer to change perspective between characters, thus providing excellent replay value. |
Three more stories followed before Infocom decided to halt the unsuccessful venture. The lackluster response was perhaps due to the fact that the comics -- with the exception of ZorkQuest, are based on original premises created by Infocom designers. Furthermore, the then-primitive graphics technology was not conducive to engaging animations. But then again, the dismal sales of Marvel Comics' CD-ROM comics today may be suggesting that comics are best suited to a printed medium after all.
Third in the series, Gamma Force is IMHO the best Infocomics in the series featuring a cast of cool superheroes, equally interesting sub-plots for each character, and a lot of action. The story's beginning is a little disorienting as perspectives change rapidly. More emphasis on backstory would have been better, but this is still a lot of fun to watch and the animations are cool.
Reviewed by: Underdogs