Published on November 6th, 2017 | by Kirk Hiner1
Bring It! iPoe for Apple TV
Bring It! is our ongoing look at Mac OS & iOS games—popular or forgotten—that are perfectly suited for Apple TV, but haven’t yet made the leap.
Back when I was in third grade I had this wonderful teacher who did three completely awesome things for us. First, she let us bring in records to play on Friday afternoon, and her favorite song was, coincidentally, Shout it Out Loud. Second, as we passed all of our times-tables tests she would load a totally unsafe number of us into her tiny MG convertible and drive to the A&W for a special lunch (because you could do things like that in the ’70s).
Third, and most relevant here, she would read us ghost stories. There was one I loved about a woman with a yellow ribbon around her neck, there was one about the ghost with a bloody finger, and there was the one she would never read because it was “too scary.” We never found out why.
That teacher didn’t inspire me to one day share her profession or own an MG, but she did inspire a love for macabre stories, which of course includes Edgar Allan Poe. That’s why iClassic’s iPoe is a favorite app series on iOS, and why I desperately want to see it on Apple TV. Reading Poe is already chilling enough, and iPoe enhances the mood with chilling sound effects and music, creepy illustrations, and even a few jump scares.
As is described in the App Store:
By casting a modern glare on a fine selection of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, the result is a spectacular and wholly original experience that utilizes every feature of modern mobile devices (gyro-perspective, flash, vibration).
TILT to reveal what’s in the shadows
TOUCH to uncover obscured details
TURN to discover what lurks off the screen
This all worked wonderfully well on the iPad, which I used to introduce my kids to this volume’s collection of The Oval Portrait, The Tell-Tale Heart, Annabel Lee and The Masque of the Red Death (with some selective editing, mind you). The problem, however, is we had to huddle around the iPad screen to get the experience. That was fine with one or two kids, but throw those gorgeous visuals and effects onto your television via the Apple TV, and now you’re presenting Poe to an entire classroom (or perhaps just an intimate reading with family on a haunting autumn evening).
And it doesn’t have to end there. Along with three volumes of Poe’s works, iClassics has apps for Washington Irving, H.P. Lovecraft, Oscar Wilde and more. Any of these would be great for reading aloud with others while one person controls the page flips and effects access with Siri Remote. To really make it work on the Apple TV, however, iClassics would have to format the tvOS release for horizontal presentation as the iOS versions are built for portrait mode only.
Hopefully, iClassics is considering this possibility. If you’d like to urge them in the right direction, head on over to iclassicscollection.com and let them know. While you’re there, pick up a volume or two for iOS. I’m about to do the same for The Canterville Ghost, which I somehow missed. I doubt it’s the one Mrs. Wolleson always skipped so many years ago, but I’m sure she’d approve of my purchase nonetheless.