Zarfhome Software
Based in Boston, Massachusetts

Release date:
November 8, 2011

iOS (Apple App Store)


Regular Price:



On the way home from the ice cream store, little Jimmy discovers a mad scientist’s wonderland: an experimental mind-reading helmet, a time machine, and a doomsday device that can annihilate the human race. Which one would you like to test out first?


Meanwhile began as a series of seven increasingly complex flowcharts. Once the outline of the story was structured, a computer algorithm determined the most efficient way to transfer it to book form, using a system of tabs to interlink the panels and pages. The first page-and-tab edition of Meanwhile was (self-) published by Jason Shiga in 2001, as a hand-cut black-and-white booklet. In 2010, it was re-released by Amulet Books in a handsome full-color hardback edition. Andrew Plotkin encountered Meanwhile in 2010, and was immediately entranced by the idea of creating a fully interactive game version.


  • Meanwhile is not an ordinary comic. You make the choices that determine how the story unfolds.
  • A thrilling adventure of quantum physics, self-discovery, and kids getting into trouble. (We mentioned the doomsday device, right?)
  • Completely redesigned by the author for an infinite scrollable canvas.
  • Full audio accessibility with VoiceOver; every panel and choice can be spoken.


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Jason Shiga
The cartoonist's web site shigabooks.com.

Meanwhile the book
Buy the hardback edition from Amulet Books abramsbooks.com.

About Zarfhome Software

Interactive fiction and other narrative experiments.

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Meanwhile Credits

Jason Shiga
Writer, artist, designer

Andrew Plotkin
iOS implementation

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