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Dare to play with Other? National Theatre of Scotland launches first iPhone game

31 May 2013

Download the iPhone game free from the Apple App Store

Other, the first ever game from the National Theatre of Scotland, launches today (Friday 31st May) to support the UK premiere stage production of Let the Right One In, the cult vampire book and screenplay.

Award-winning game development studio Quartic Llama has worked in partnership with the National Theatre of Scotland to develop Other, a free alternate reality sound game for iPhone. Other takes players on a horror journey around the streets of Dundee featuring puzzles, stories, surprises and spine-tingling, sinister audio.

Starting at Dundee Rep Theatre and using the iPhone’s satellite tracking, the game guides players around the city – and unlocks shocks and surprises when you reach key locations…

The project is also in association with Dundee Rep Theatre, where Let the Right One In runs 5th-29th June, and internationally renowned computer games educator the University of Abertay Dundee.

Other is free to download for iPhone and available now on the Apple App Store.

Other creative director Philippa Tomlin said:  "The National Theatre of Scotland is really excited to be working with such a brilliant and talented games company to make our first ever game.

Other has brought together a wide range of people from the communities of Dundee who have told us their stories, given us their time and wanted to be a part of the project. Dundee is rich in stories and these have inspired and influenced this wonderfully dark and eerie game."

Mal Abbas from Quartic Llama said: “Quartic Llama is keen to push the boundaries of what a game experience is, and creating an alternate reality take on theatre with the National Theatre of Scotland has been a perfect project.

“It’s been great to work with a partner organisation that is so open minded to creating new experiences, and working closely with community groups has given us an extra dimension to Other and our game design process.

“With its rich history and architecture, Dundee is the perfect location for a horror-themed alternate reality game. We can’t wait to hear what people think of playing Other.”

The Other game has been created through a community-based project involving writing groups and noise workshops across Dundee.  

The workshops have been taking place since April and have included the Eh! Write – Community Writing Group and St John’s Roman Catholic High School. Many of the sounds and stories generated in these workshops have shaped and been used as integral parts of the game.

Other is inspired by, and created to support, Let the Right One In, a stage adaptation by Jack Thorne based on the Swedish novel and film by John Ajvide Lindqvist. Directed by John Tiffany. Dundee Rep 5-29 June 2013. Tickets on sale at

Let the Right One In is presented by National Theatre of Scotland by arrangement with Marla Rubin Productions Ltd and Bill Kenwright in association with Dundee Rep Theatre.

Quartic Llama’s support of National Theatre of Scotland’s Other project has received a New Arts Sponsorship Grant of £5,000 from Arts & Business Scotland.

Other is free to download for iPhone and available now on the Apple App Store.

For further information visit:
To connect with the project follow:
@NTS_other   #NTSother


For further information contact:

Quartic Llama
Mal Abbas
Tel: 07739 008 408 E:

National Theatre of Scotland
Jane Hamilton
Tel: +44 (0)141 227 9231/ +44 (0)7967 742491

Emma Schad, Press Manager
Tel: +44 (0)141 227 9016 / +44 (0)7930 308018   

You can follow the National Theatre of Scotland’s press office on Twitter @NTS_press

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As well as the game and the writing workshops, Other has been a wider transmedia project which has included a 48 hour short film challenge entitled ‘Two Days of Darkness’, a games jam which invited Abertay University students and St John’s High School pupils to design a new horror game, and an online scrapbook. The films and games were all made to an incredibly high standard due to Dundee’s unbeatable reputation for digital technology, and will be featured on the Other online scrapbook
The launch of the Other game will take place Friday 31 May-Sunday 2 June when live theatre will combine with promenade site-specific tours of the route bringing an even darker side of Dundee to life. At the end of the tours there will be a celebration in Duke’s Corner where the ‘Two Days of Darkness’ short films and games, made as part of the Other project, will be showcased along with live music. These tours will also be fully accessible to deaf audiences.

The live performances have been produced in collaboration with community groups including loadsaweeminsingin, Dundee Rep Youth Theatre, Dundee Rep Community Company, students from Dundee College, Whitfield group and local musicians.


1.  Since its launch in February 2006, the National Theatre of Scotland has been involved in creating 189 productions in 162 different locations. With no building of its own, the Company takes theatre all over Scotland and beyond, working with existing and new venues and companies to create and tour theatre of the highest quality. It takes place in the great buildings of Scotland, but also in site-specific locations, airports and tower blocks, community halls and drill halls, ferries and forests.  The Company has performed to over 830,000 people across four continents.  The Company is funded by the Scottish Government.

2.  Quartic Llama is an award-winning independent game development studio based in Dundee. We are a highly creative team working on original intellectual property across multiple platforms and in collaboration with exciting partners.

3.  Dundee Rep Theatre is a multi award-winning world-class performing arts organisation made up of Dundee Rep Ensemble (the only full time company of actors in the country), Scottish Dance Theatre (Scotland’s national contemporary dance company) and Rep Creative Learning (the largest arts community and learning facility of its kind in the UK). With a year round programme of the best drama, dance, comedy and music Dundee Rep Theatre is at the centre of Dundee’s cultural community.

4.  University of Abertay Dundee is a world leader in computer games education and launching the next generation of interactive digital media companies. Abertay University launched the world’s first computer games technology degree in 1997, and runs both the UK Centre of Excellence for Computer Games Education and the international game design contest Dare to be Digital. Our unique partnership with BAFTA makes Dare the exclusive pathway to the BAFTA Ones to Watch Award, a major recognition of up-and-coming games talent.

5.  Arts & Business Scotland (A&BS) is the national charity dedicated to encouraging new and sustainable arts and business relationships. A&BS helps strengthen communities by developing creative and effective partnerships between business and the arts. The New Arts Sponsorship grants – funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by Arts & Business Scotland – aim to build private sector sponsorship of the arts.  The grants provide match funding for new arts sponsors, doubling their sponsorship benefits.

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