France's Little Worlds Studio Launches Interactive Slasher Series for the iPhone/iPod touch

--Barking Angel, Worth to Launch "Po5t," an Interactive Thriller for Teens, Next Month

French game developer, Little Worlds Studio, has developed "Scream in the Dark," an interactive slasher show for the iPhone/iPod touch. The show, which is slated for availability in the App Store in French, English, German, Spanish and Italian versions on August 21st, requires viewers to "escape the clutches of a mysterious serial killer by making the right choices at the right time," Little Worlds Studio says, and is billed by the company as "the first episode of an interactive series in which you are the hero" and as giving viewers the chance to "play a bimbo in a Z movie and perhaps survive longer than 5 minutes."

The show allows viewers to create their own narrative from a series of options, which it says together total over 20 minutes of video. Viewers can also test their survival skills against their friends, the company says, via a scoring system that additionally lets them save their high scores. In addition, the company is inviting viewers to go to a Facebook page to vote for the villain of the show's next episode (their choices, as described by the company, are "Igor: See his hammer? Your nuts are gone! Helmut: Schwarzwald Chainsaw Massacre? No more bush! Logan: Rock, axe and fun!").

In related news: UK independent production house, Barking Angel (two of whose principals, Mia Jupp and Joss Agnew, previously produced "Young Dracula" and "Tracy Beaker" for the BBC), and digital agency, Worth, are set to launch an interactive thriller--entitled "Po5t" and targeted at teenagers--on the Web, according to a report Monday in The Guardian. The show's producers told the newspaper that, after the first of its planned six eight-minute episodes debuts online next month (at po5t.co.uk), they plan to work with its viewers to "tweak" future episodes in order to reflect their suggestions for how its plot should unfold. The feedback will be garnered via the show's social networking presence (as [itvt] went to press, the show had close to 700 friends on its Facebook page). A second series, the newspaper said, is expected to feature even more audience involvement.

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