Literary classics aren’t often tapped to create riveting modern video games, but 80 Days is a welcome exception. It draws upon Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, of course, delivering a work of interactive fiction that finds you plotting routes, managing resources, and interacting with locals—which can help, hinder, or simply expand the seeming scale of the world.
It’s all very streamlined, letting you play for a few minutes at a time and make solid progress while soaking in the story. And for a game loaded with text, it’s impeccably designed, with a great minimal aesthetic and a smart interface. The steampunk bent shakes up the old story a bit, but the text and dialogue remain rich and compelling, and there are so many branching paths that it demands multiple playthroughs.
80 Days ($5)