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Zloty Kornblatt — clown, instigator, revolutionary — has been arrested, imprisoned, and sentenced to death. Ten days from now he will be executed in some gruesome fashion — unless his dysfunctional gang of circus performers can break him free. You can help!

An innovative new novel from the creators of The Silent History, one of Apple’s Best Apps of the Year. The Pickle Index is the story of an incompetent circus troupe attempting an unlikely prison break. Thrills, chills, spills, & dills!

"The Pickle Index is full of life and everything else--it's rowdy and sweaty and heartbreaking, and by heartbreaking I mean funny, and by funny I mean laugh-until-you're-exhausted-and-leaking-and-hungry."
--Miranda July

A hapless circus troupe tours the countryside of a downtrodden nation, trying to earn a living the best way they know — even though their best isn't very good at all: a morose contortionist, a strongman who'd rather be miming, a lion tamer paired with an elderly dog, etc. Toward the end of a typically glum performance, Zloty Kornblatt, the troupe's ringmaster, accidentally blunders into a mockery of the nation's glorious leader. He doesn't even know why the sparse crowd is laughing, but they are — and so he continues with the inadvertent satire, ending the show on a rare triumphant note.

The confused ringmaster is quickly captured, thrown into prison, and sentenced to death. The troupe must design an intricate prison-break built around their unique (and possibly useless) skills. Hijinks ensue, recounted with deadpan humor and flickering hope by Flora Bialy, Zloty’s understudy and our shy narrator.

Along the way, the app plays with serialization, mini-games, reader participation, upvoting, and even network overloads — all in service of the storytelling, a caper through ominous fortresses, angry mimes, and festivals of snacking. The result is an immersive, exploratory ten-day experience, a groundbreaking interplay of form and content.

iOS Store Category:

Primary: Entertainment

Secondary: Books

App Store

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Version History

Launched Oct 22, 2015 (over 4 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 3 months, on average.

Sep 13
2017
(Current)
Version 1.8

New scroller version with latest compatibility network-node infrastructure modifications.

Sep 08
2017
Version 1.7

Fixes for iOS 11.

May 11
2016
Version 1.6

Fix for Push Notifications. Please leave us a review in the App Store! —Russell & Eli / AKA Sudden Oak

May 04
2016
Version 1.5

Please leave us a review in the App Store! —Russell & Eli / AKA Sudden Oak

May 02
2016
Version 1.4

Added the ability to give new users a free preview. Please leave us a review in the App Store! —Russell & Eli / AKA Sudden Oak

Apr 30
2016
Version 1.3

Added the ability to give new users a free preview. Please leave us a review in the App Store! —Russell & Eli / AKA Sudden Oak

Feb 22
2016
Version 1.2

Modulations, mutations, diversifications. PLUS refinements. Please leave us a review in the App Store! —Russell & Eli / AKA Sudden Oak

Nov 02
2015
Version 1.1

MORE snacks. MORE news. MORE loyal citizenship.

Oct 22
2015
Version 1.0

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