The Andromeda Mysteries, a new game for iPhone that uses AI in a variety of different ways, has just entered the TestFlight phase (opens in new tab) of its release. A murder mystery with a sci-fi setting, the Andromeda Mysteries uses a generative AI like ChatGPT to make for what creatorCephalopod Studios calls ‘endless play’.
Characters are created on the fly by the game, allowing for a much smoother creation process and making sure that each playthrough is completely different. The idea is to make a game with infinite replayability.
You can give it a try
The Andromeda Mysteries is coming out for the best iPhones, and at the moment the only way to play the game is through Apple’s TestFlight program. While the game is nearly finished, this is a phase that allows the developers to test the game with a variety of users and get it ready for full release. You need to sign up for the program, but then you can download the Andromeda Mysteries and give it a try.
The game itself sounds super interesting, using AI to generate the art and scenarios. The character’s sprites are all AI generated with different prompts, making sure that you’ll never meet the same character more than once. The story and the mysteries are all AI generated as well, again meaning that each playthrough will be different. It’s a text base whodunit with those AI-generated sprites.
It’s an interesting development and one that might not be all that welcome in game development and art as a whole. If none of the stories are written by a human being, then they might seem slim, and anemic. Similarly, AI art has a history of lacking a degree of humanity often coming across as cold and unfeeling. It’s an interesting idea that allows for a much smaller team to create a game, but it also bodes for an interesting, if slightly concerning future for the production of mobile games.