- Erik Loyer (États-Unis)
Strange Rain turns the user’s device into a photorealistic portable skylight on a rainy day. Raindrops fall and splatter on the screen, shifting as the device is tilted like a handheld camera. As the user touches the screen, she can guide the path of the raindrops, stepping through the notes of an mysterious melody as she goes. The more the user touches, the more strange the rain becomes : layered skies, changes in speed and color, story fragments, and other surprises overtake the screen. The experience is like holding a living window in your hands. Strange Rain has multiple play modes. In « wordless » mode, the user can simply enjoy the sights and lien appstore : sounds of the falling rain on their own terms. In « whispers » mode, touching the screen causes some raindrops to turn into words as they fall—words inspired by the qualities of rain. In « story » mode, every touch triggers a thought as text on the screen. These thoughts tell the story of a man in the midst of a family crisis who has wandered into the rain to collect his thoughts. His world, too, has gone from familiar to strange, and the user’s interaction helps determine when and how he decides to come in from the rain.