A unique app that tells a haunting story

Strange Rain is pretty hard to describe without actually playing with it, but we'll give it a shot.

Strange Rain is pretty hard to describe without actually playing with it, but we'll give it a shot. The primary function of the app is to give you a break from your hectic life by displaying a mesmerizing scene of rain falling from the sky. The iPhone screen acts as a skylight, so you're looking straight up as rain drops fall and hit the screen. You can slightly affect the raindrops as they fall by touching the screen and moving your iPhone, and tinkly music from a haunting melody plays amid soothing storm sounds, every time you touch it. As you can probably tell, there's a good reason why "Strange" is in the name of this app.

Strange Rain is not just a rain simulator, though. It has three different modes to play with, including the Wordless mode that simply displays the drops falling from the sky and lets you touch the screen and move your iPhone to affect their trajectory. Whisper Mode is mostly the same, but sometimes when you touch the screen you'll see rain-related words spelled out. The third and most interesting mode is Story Mode, in which a story plays out through the thoughts of a protagonist, which are printed onscreen in bits and pieces. The more you touch the screen, the more of the story you'll learn as the rain continues to fall from the sky.

The other interesting thing about Strange Rain is that it gets incrementally weirder after each play-through of the haunting melody--airplanes will fly overhead, clouds will change formations, and more. If ever you want to reset to the beginning, you can touch the screen repeatedly with all your fingers causing a falling-through-the-sky effect. Needless to say, this app is truly unique.

Overall, Strange Rain is a relaxing diversion even if it is a bit odd. We were quickly mesmerized by the Story Mode, and we have to admit the rain sounds and droplets did have a relaxing effect. If you have any interest in a new way to tell an interest in a new way to tell an interactive story, this unique app might be right up your alley.

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