The digital video comic “The Cryptics” has leaped the divide between comics and videogames, as D2Comics today made The Cryptics available for PlayStation Portable (PSP). It’s not exactly what you might think of in terms of PSP content, though.
The Cryptics for PSP isn’t a game so much as it is an interactive comic. It has a story directed by the comics’ creators, it has special effects, it has original musical scores, it’s got behind-the-scenes video and interactive commentary, but nowhere is there really a gameplay element. A multimedia comic or comic DVD, sure, but definitely not a game.
“The Cryptics, the first in a series of digital video comics for the PSP system, … deliver(s) a unique interactive multimedia experience for the digital generation,” said Christopher Sturr, Senior Director of Sales & Marketing for D2C Games. “Guys like Steve Niles know what comic book fans want, and we’re delivering that experience to comic fans in ways that they never thought possible.”
Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and Ben Roman (I luv Halloween) have teamed up with The Cryptics to give an interactive look into the young lives and escapades of Jackie Jekyll Jr., Drac, Wolfy and Sea-Boy in this digital video comic. Each story episode can be viewed at your leisure with DVD-style play, and there’s also interactive video featuring director’s cut commentary.
The Cryptics, priced at $2.99, is available for digital download to your PSP through the PlayStation Store for the PC and via the PS3’s PlayStation Store.