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Interactive stories told through App Shortcuts and Notifications

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ShortStories provides a platform to play text-based games using the various elements of the Android System UI:

Notifications indicate scenarios in a story, posing a situation in which a choice is required

App Shortcuts provide a means of making a choice, and making a choice poses a new scenario

Dialogs provide a means of viewing a list of achievements, gained by exploring various paths in a story

Unique colors, icons, vibration patterns and sounds exist for different types of scenarios, and are used to theme the Notifications. Emoji provide a contextual icon for scenarios and choices.

Stories are defined in XML. A basic structure of Story, Choice, Scenario, Achievement and Finish tags allows ShortStories to parse and play almost any kind of text-based, multiple choice game.


Available on Android 7.1 (Nougat MR1) and above. Ensure that your launcher supports App Shortcuts (tested and works with Pixel Launcher, Google Now Launcher, Nova Launcher and Action Launcher).

Notification sound audio produced by Calvin Davey.