KOMRAD

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Description of App: 

Ever wondered what it might be like to chat with a Soviet Artificial Intelligence from 1985 that’s been training in the dark for thirty years, doesn’t know the Cold War ended, and may be connected to the world’s second largest nuclear arsenal? Yes? Well, this is your lucky day! KOMRAD is a casual interactive story game for iOS 9 and 10 and watchOS 2 and 3 that plays out through conversations and choices.

When the Soviets shut down a secret project in 1985, they forgot one thing—to turn off the computer. Now you are the first person to connect to this advanced artificial intelligence that has been training in the dark for thirty years, unaware the Cold War has ended. Your conversational choices will determine your fate--and the fate of the world.

KOMRAD is a work of interactive fiction* created by the former Chief Design Officer of IBM Watson** based on fundamental principles of real AIs and chatbots. You may learn something. We promise it won't hurt.***

More importantly, here's what some of the first players**** said:

- "I felt like a kid again...I couldn't put it down!"
- "just wanted you to know this game is incredible"
- "really amazing script and story"
- "Komrad is a fantastic experience...It changed how I see Chat Bots and AI development."

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* not an actual AI
** batteries (and IBM Watson) not included
*** much
**** quotes from actual players--not our mothers

Apple Watch Support: 

Yes

Version: 

1.0.2

Free or Paid: 

Paid

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

10.0.1

Accessibility Comments: 

Although everything is labelled, the on/off status for settings in the settings menu are not announced.

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads most page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

There are some minor accessibility issues with this app, but they are easy to deal with.

Other Comments: 

This is another one of those messaging games played through real time.

Developer's Twitter Username: 

@SentientPlay