Shadow in the Cathedral and Yet More King

06 Jul

This week saw the release of the Textfyre game The Shadow in the Cathedral for Kindle Keyboard and Touch. It uses the engine that I originally developed for the Kindle version of my own The King of Shreds and Patches, so if you liked that interface you should feel right at home here. The game itself was authored by two of the leading lights in contemporary interactive fiction; it’s a good one, well worth your time. Textfyre commissioned some special art for the Kindle version, and it really enhances the experience. Check it out if you’re up for a fast-moving steampunk adventure set in a very memorable world.

In other app news, versions of The King of Shreds and Patches for Android tablets (including the Kindle Fire) are now available from both Amazon’s App Store and Google Play. A version for the Nook is also available from the Barnes and Noble store.

I have to confess that I kind of made a mess of the Android release. I was completely unprepared for the variety of Android hardware out there (what the kids today call “fragmentation”), and my testing was sadly inadequate. I paid the price with some buggy releases and some (deservedly) nasty reviews. The latest release in all stores, however, is solid. Count it as a lesson learned. I’ll do better next time. If you do play one of these versions and would like to contribute a review to the site you bought it from, it would be hugely appreciated.

As for the immediate future: I’m kind of torn between publishing more works by others to these platforms and working on a new title of my own. More news as it develops.


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5 Responses to Shadow in the Cathedral and Yet More King

  1. Mark

    July 7, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    This is a off topic question but are you still accepting reviews for SPAG? I have a review of Make It Good I think you might be interested in. Should I email it to you?

    • Jimmy Maher

      July 8, 2012 at 10:00 am

      I stepped down from editing SPAG a couple of years ago and turned it over to another gentleman. He made one excellent issue, but seems to have disappeared since. If someone should come forward who is serious about reviving the magazine, I’d give my blessing and do the needed to make it happen. In the absence of that, however, it looks like SPAG is likely to pass into history. While I recognize the tradition it represents, I do think that, what with IFDB and the proliferation of blogs like this one, there’s a real question of where it still fits. I know I constantly had huge struggles to find content, to the extent that in the latter issues I just wrote much of it myself.

      As for your review: IFDB ( is probably the most obvious place for it, although you might also consider contacting a more mainstream site like Jay Is Games. Sorry!

      • Mark

        July 9, 2012 at 1:32 am

        I would be interested in helping you revive it if you have the time to help me. I have plenty of ideas of from text adventures to write reviews. Would you be willing to look at my review I mentioned before. Spag’s reviews were often not long. If you are willing I could write a couple for a single issue. There are some things that Spag missed like Tellierium’s games and the Star Trek text adventures,Scott Adams game series are a few.

        What do you think?

        • Jimmy Maher

          July 9, 2012 at 8:12 am

          To be brutally frank, I’m afraid I just don’t have the time or interest at this point to be doing any “reviving” myself. I’m rather willing to pass along notes on how I did things, give access to the SPAG server (which I think I should still have), and give the project my public blessing. If this is really something you want to take up on those terms, feel free to send me an email and we can talk about it.

  2. ZUrlocker

    July 9, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Nice to see both these games on the Kindle, along with Jon Ingold’s Insight. But at $9.99 I think this makes “Shadow in the Cathedral” the most expensive game for Kindle by far.


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