Zombie Survival You Decide – Update Coming Soon

Chapter 3 of Zombie Survival is currently being written. 

You are leading a group of survivors in a theme park. Naturally there are problems and zombies a plenty and you have to pick your way through it all. It will be in the same style as the two earlier chapters and will be roughly the same length as them too.

The third chapter will be included in the current app as an update. It will be completely free. 

Follow me on twitter or subscribe to this blog if you want to know when the new chapter comes out. It should be in the next week on Google Play and probably two weeks on Amazon.com (because they have to check apps before they publish them). 

N3rdabl3 Review of Gangland – You Decide

N3rdabl3.co.uk is one of the top places for android app reviews on the internet. I am very pleased to say that my app, Gangland You Decide, has recently been reviewed by them. To check out the review please click: http://www.n3rdabl3.co.uk/2012/06/review-gang-land-choose-your-own.html

Updates for You Decide Games


I have been a bit busy lately, so have not had chance to blog for a while. The first thing to mention is that a couple of weeks ago I released updates for two of my games. Here are the details:

Zombie Survival: Second chapter added, which doubles the length of the story. This chapter sees your rescue helicopter crash land, leaving you in the middle of nowhere with a group of other survivors, trying to fend of the zombie masses. There are tough choices to make and grisly ends if you don’t make the right calls.

First Date:  This update adds the option to play from the perspective of a girl. It is a completely new story line, which again is about the same length as the original game. You have to decide what you are going to where, how to behave with your date and try to get through the whole thing without it all going horribly wrong.

These updates are available to download now from the android appstore. 

I will be adding extra chapters onto my apps in the future, keep an eye out on this blog for more details nearer the time. Please post a comment below if there are any things you are particularly dying to see in the next updates.


Religion For Atheists by Alain DeBotton – Book Review

I have tried to read Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens books about atheism in the past and struggled to finish them because they were so angry with religion. It’s true that religion has done a lot of harm over the years, but Alain De Botton’s approach in this book is much more palatable.

Rather than attack the faithful with frothy mouthed invective, DeBotton looks at what religion has to offer when you strip away the magical fantasy elements and look at the tangible things religion has provided over the years. This includes a form of community, consolation when things go wrong and a set of rules to live our life by.

An argument is made for an atheistic religion which puts aside the implausible bits about a religious faith but extract the socially useful things. I expect that this could be insulting to the devout but probably only those that actively seek out things to offend their delicate sensibilities.

As an aside, the kindle version of the book is left aligned all the way through, rather than justified, which makes it look a strange. Given that the cost is similar to the print version it seems a little sloppy of the publisher but its not a massive problem.

This is a relatively short book, but there are plenty of ideas crammed into the pages and I found it an excellent read.

Buy a kindle verision from amazon.co.uk here
Or the paper copy from amazon.co.uk here
Or the paper copy from amazon.com here
For some reason there isn’t a kindle copy available on amazon.com which seems a bit weird.

Skagboys by Irvine Welsh – Book Review

Kurt Vonnegut said that you should always start a story as late as possible, something which Irvine Welsh did with his first book Trainspotting, which has meant that he could revisit the story 20 later years for this prequel. 

Skagboys follows the main characters from Trainspotting in the years building up to the original novel. It covers their descent into heroin and covers the hectic world of Edinburgh schemes in the 80s. I have read most of Irvine Welsh’s books and think this is right up there with the best of them. It encapsulates the hopelessness of addiction but does not moralise or try to offer up any lessons. 

The characters drawn from the poor areas of Leith all jump of the page and come across as fully rounded individuals, partly due to the phonetic spelling Welsh uses for their speech, which takes a bit of picking up but gives the characters a strong voice. The middle class characters tend not to be as well rounded and they feel a little bit two dimensional compared to the vividness of the “schemies”. 

I found that the book really sprang to life whenever Begby was involved. He is a violent psychopath but at the same time has a kind of insane logic to his behaviour that makes him almost likeable. I found that the scenes he was involved in really light up the book and would personally love to see a novel dedicated just to him. 

The book was reviewed on Newsnight Review just before its release and I remember one of the people on there saying that this book was not as relevant as Trainspotting because society has moved on since the time this book is set in. The story covers disaffected youths, thrown on the scrap heap by the Tory government, a familiar story to anyone who has seen a news report about youth unemployment. 

If you wanted to get an understanding of the mentality of the kids rioting in London last summer, this book would give you a fair insight. I am giving this book a five star rating, it might not quite reach the heights of Trainspotting but over the 500+ pages it consistently entertains and provides a great background to the characters depicted in Trainspotting. The morality of the people in the book is abhorrent at times but I think that is part of the joy of Irvine Welsh’s writing, he can find the humanity in the most horrible human beings. A great read.

5 out of 5

Here are some links to the paperback and the kindle versions:

Gang Land – You Decide Updated Today!

I have just released an update for my Gang Land app, which effectively doubles the length of the story. It is available to download from the Google Play website right now. Click here to get it.

This adds an additional chapter to the story, taking you deeper into the criminal underworld and dealing with the pressures that come with being at the top of a crime family. If enough people give good reviews I will look to add additional chapters.

Some of the feedback from the reviews has pointed out that the game is too short, so this will address that issue and also sets the story up for further updates in the future. If anyone has any suggestions about what they would like to see happen in chapter 3 please leave a comment below or tweet me @the_wint and I will see what I can do.

Expect to see more updates on my other apps in the coming weeks. My plan is to write new chapters for each app and then maybe start working on something new. I also plan to write the second draft of my novel at the same time, so its going to be pretty busy in the next month.

Apps now on Amazon App Store


A couple of my apps are now on the Amazon.com android app store – here are the links:

Zombie Survival – You Decide

Wild West – You Decide

Unfortunately you can only get these games through amazon if you are based in USA but you can still download all my games for free through Google Play which you can find by clicking here.

I must admit that the amazon app store seems a little pointless when Google’s app store already has every app listed there but it seems that there are quite a few people who like to use amazon instead.