Award-winning Echo Bazaar blurs line between IF and social gaming

·  A gaming experience unlike any other

·  Massive amounts of new content released in time for Xmas, including work by legendary IF author Emily Short

·  Recent praise from the Guardian and the New Yorker

·  The Escapist’s Best Browser Game 2009

A game of darkness, danger and depravity, Echo Bazaar has been described as“gloriously atmospheric’ by the Guardian and“rich with clever machinations” by the New Yorker. Awarded Best Browser Game 2009 by The Escapist magazine, it has since become immensely popular with critics and players alike, for its ability to blend gripping plots and literary prose with satisfying player action. With narrative-driven gameplay, meta-character interaction with players outside the game world and addictively twisty plots, it’s a gaming experience unlike any other.

Since it emerged blinking into the light of the internet a year ago, Echo Bazaar has added a vast amount of new content. Over the last month or so, hundreds of storylets have been released into the wild, bringing the world of Echo Bazaar up to almost half a million words of playable content to enjoy. Now, players can create their own scandalous works of art for the Empress’s Court, hunt down strange and terrible beasts in the Labyrinth of Tigers, become dangerously intimate with Devils, and much more besides.

For further information, screenshots and interview requests, please drop a line to me at Alice French, alice@failbettergames.com

Notes for editors

A little more about Failbetter Games:

A dangerous cadre of wild-eyed narrative engineers, Failbetter Games was founded a little over a year ago by Alexis Kennedy and Paul Arendt, to develop narrative driven social games and interactive digital storytelling. Their first game, Echo Bazaar is an awarding-winning handful of Lovecraftian Victoriana set in Fallen London, once the capital of the British Empire and now home to the Bazaar.

A sample of further reading:

“Best Browser Game of 2009”– the Escapist Awards

The Escapist interviews Alexis Kennedy and Paul Arendt

JayisGames review

Respected interactive fiction commentator Emily Short on Echo Bazaar

Radio 5 Live interview

The Guardian on Echo Bazaar 


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