Find your missing father and uncover the dark conspiracy surrounding a sacred artifact and an enigmatic brotherhood in this haunting text adventure that combines the best elements of classic interactive fiction and gamebooks.
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Release Date: Apr 25, 2016

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July 12

Stonewall Penitentiary Demo Released!

Hey there adventure fans,

The next Storycentric Worlds game, Stonewall Penitentiary, is coming soon, and its demo is now available!

We listened to your feedback over the past year and completely recreated our Storycentric Worlds engine from the ground up. The result is a new form of narrative adventure game that combines elements of traditional adventures and visual novels. We're eager to hear your thoughts!

This is an early beta version of the demo that features the opening segment of gameplay. You can pick it up for free here. Once you complete the demo, a short online survey will open up asking you for feedback on its various features.

Stonewall Penitentiary officially launches at the end of the year.

But wait...

Now, I know there are those of you who prefer the text-based format of our previous three games to this new direction, and you may not be so thrilled by this drastic change in format.

But fear not! We haven't abandoned our text-based adventure games! In fact, we will be making games in both formats over the coming years. So if Stonewall Penitentiary isn't your cup of tea, stay tuned...because future games may suit you far better.

For the rest of you, what are you waiting for? Download the demo and let us know what you think.

Thanks, everyone, for your continued love for and support of our games!

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March 8

The Filmmaker Launches on Steam; Lifestream and Shady Brook 50% off!

Hey there everyone,

I'm excited to announce that the third game in our Storycentric Worlds series, The Filmmaker has just launched on Steam! You can check it out here!

To celebrate, The Filmmaker is 15% off. Furthermore, both Lifestream and Shady Brook are 50% off through March 13!

If you haven't yet, this is the perfect time to join our newsletter to keep up-to-date with the latest news on our games. You can do so here.

Enjoy!

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Reviews

“I would encourage fans of text adventures and story-driven games to give Lifestream a whirl.”
Just Adventure

“Lifestream, a text adventure by Unimatrix Productions, blends interaction and story seamlessly for a simple yet immersive gaming experience.”
GameSkinny

“The supernatural religious themes establish a mood not unlike the Gabriel Knight series, and may well appeal to fans of those games. The mystery of the lifestream, an ancient myth of eternal life originating in a fictional area of Jerusalem named Singhaa, fascinated me in the same way that Voodoo lore did in Sins of the Fathers.”
Adventure Gamers

About This Game

Lifestream is a haunting tribute to the classic text adventure that plunges players into the roles of Randolph and John Holton, a father and son desperate for answers to the mysteries surrounding a mysterious realm and an enigmatic brotherhood.

Gameplay

Lifestream is a modern "blast from the past" that combines the best elements of interactive fiction, visual novels, and gamebooks with a graphic user interface that emulates the look of early 1990s text adventures. It features beautiful artwork and cinematic music. In place of a text parser is a context-specific multiple choice menu. A compass allows you to travel from room to room, and separate inventory, map, journal, and character screens are available at the push of a button.

Lifestream plays like an interactive novel. You make a series of choices that determine what happens next in the story. But unlike traditional gamebooks and choose-your-own adventures, Lifestream also features more advanced adventure game mechanics, including locations to explore, items to collect and use, characters to meet and interact with, and puzzles to solve.

Story

"Father Randolph Holton was dead. Not literally, of course. But in his heart, he knew he could not live on...not after everything he had learned. Sitting at his dark oak desk in the corner of the dimly lit, cozy study, the white-haired, frail Catholic priest--even frailer of late--dipped an old quill into a container of jet-black ink and began to write..."

John Holton's father, a Catholic priest named Randolph, has been missing for two weeks. Unable to go to the police for help, since doing so would tarnish his father's reputation as a celibate priest, John takes it upon himself to search for his father.

Over the course of Lifestream, players take on the roles of both John in the present and his father, Randolph, in the past. While John searches for answers, players see the troubling events that led to Randolph's disappearance firsthand.

Features

  • EXPLORE multiple detailed locations, including a quaint Victorian home and small village church
  • ENJOY over 150 pieces of original artwork
  • SOLVE a multitude of challenging puzzles
  • INTERACT with a variety of interesting characters
  • EXPERIENCE an emotional, hour-long soundtrack
  • UNLOCK 30 achievements to view a special post-game bonus scene
  • PLAY 8+ hours of content with over 78,000 words--the text equivalent of a full-length novel!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: any
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 65 MB available space
    • Sound Card: optional but recommended
    • Additional Notes: Native resolution: 1366x768; rescales to fill screen

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