Our interactive fiction Frankenstein app returns to life. Profile and Inkle are relaunching it on 1 January to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein's publication.

The update includes a new section about Mary Shelley’s life and how Frankenstein came to be, written by Fiona Sampson whose biography In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein we're publishing 18 January 2018.

Designed specifically for iPad and iPhone, Frankenstein brings the classic novel vividly to life: this interactive fiction game galvanises Shelley’s classic with distinctive graphics and a revolutionary interface designed by narrative game studio inkle.

Jon Ingold, narrative director at inkle, said:

‘When we began work on Frankenstein, we didn't know what to expect: we'd designed a way to write and read interactive stories - but we'd never felt what it was like to read a whole novel that adapts to everything you do. As Dave Morris' scripts appeared we got ever more excited. It is still Frankenstein, but as you play your relationship with the good Doctor and his monster changes depending on how you react, as though a great storyteller was sitting in front of you, telling the story as you watch and gasp, laugh and shudder.’

Fiona Sampson said:

‘Frankenstein has had so many incarnations that it's easy to think the story must be all used up. But this gorgeous app makes it fresh again, full of discoveries and atmosphere, just the way the very best storytelling is.’

Grab it on the App Store from 1 January 2018: the perfect late Christmas present for the Gothic fiction lover. And you can pre-order Fiona Sampson's In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein here.