Adventures in Interactive Storytelling

Adventures in Interactive Storytelling

The Project

We worked with 63 young people aged 11 – 19 from 3 schools to support them to create an interactive, illustrated gamebook for tablet and smartphone. Young people took part in plotting, writing, illustrating, app design and coding workshops. We had a diverse group of participants, so the workshops were targeted to their individual interests, aptitudes, abilities and educational needs. Young people worked with professional writers, illustrators, musicians and developers. The final game book is available on the iOS App Store and Google Play.


The App


In a world where robots rule the land and humans are discarded, Binary Decoded follows the story of Pye, a fourteen year old who will discover her true identity.

app-store-badgeShe thinks she’s a new experimental robot, but her world is about to be flipped upside down, and she will find out her whole life has been a lie.

Will the authorities discover her secret?

In this action packed interactive game, YOU WILL DECIDE!

Now more than 4000 downloads worldwide!

100% five-star reviews on Google Play!



Arts Council England are the major funder, having given us Grants For The Arts funding of just under £15,000


Swindon Does Arts awarded us £500


We raised just under £800 through our Crowdfunder campaign


Our partner schools and youth groups contributed £7000 of in-kind support in terms of their time and their venues.

Project Blog

What is a Gamebook

find out about gamebooks - try some out - decide what ours should be[...]

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Project Launch Event

what is a gamebook - choose a genre - what is that genre about - create a world for your story - create a main character for your adventure[...]

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Character and Story

design the city – develop the lead character – outline the story[...]

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Choosing a Voice

learn about using tenses and voices in creative writing - evaluate and discuss - choose a voice for our game[...]

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Pye’s Secret Workshop

mindmap ideas for pye's workshop - design and draw the background - design and draw items for hidden object game[...]

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Design The City

discuss commonweal's ideas for the city - research - print - cut and paste - mood board[...]

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Story and Game Development

brainstorm ideas - talk them through - shape ideas - share with other groups - review - structure and flowchart - script[...]

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The Junkyard

research imagery - manipulate imagery to produce design[...]

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Dialogue and Soundscape

record dialogue - add post-production effects - create soundscapes for scenes[...]

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testing Kwik - accessible coding - mentoring ability[...]

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App Launch Event

pye cutout - lighting - venue decoration - game themed cakes - excited young people - proud parents - delighted funders - press[...]

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articles on news websites - print articles - front page news[...]

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Binary: Decoded Privacy Policy

Digital Writes is a not-for-profit organisation. It has been incorporated as a Community Interest Company (C.I.C.) as a Company Limited by Guarantee. It has three independant unrelated directors. This ensures that all decisions are for the public good. Since the[...]

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