• Where can I get the app?
    • The app is available in the Google Play store if you follow this link or search for “Dial Boat for Murder”. The app is only available for android phones at this time (although, remember, only one person in your group needs the app).
  • What does it mean that the app is in beta?
    • We’ve tested the app across a range of devices, but we’re not quite ready to call it a finished product yet. It’s possible (though unlikely) that if you play the app now it could restart without saving your progress, or that certain features (like the camera flash simulating lightning) may be unavailable. Some minor aspects of the gameplay and story may still change before the final release – if you do play the game, your feedback would be immensely valuable! Please email comments to karlsparks@pocketradiotheater.org
  • How many text messages are sent?
    • The game sends about 1000 text messages from the number of the phone with the app. Each player (including the one who has downloaded the app) can expect to receive about 200 messages. They will be exclusively SMS (no MMS). Please keep in mind that normal texting and messaging rates will apply, so if you do not have an unlimited texting plan you may prefer to be a spectator.
  • Why does this app need so many permissions?
    • Dial “BOAT” For Murder uses a lot of the capabilities of your phone.
      • CONTACTS and PHONE STATE are needed to get your phone number and access your phone’s contacts so you can assign them to the characters.
      • READ SMS and WRITE SMS are needed to send text messages to the other players.
      • CAMERA is needed because on some older phones the flash can’t be used without this permission, and lightning is simulated using the flash during the game. No photos or videos are ever taken by the app.
      • MICROPHONE is needed for the Musical Lock portion of the game. The microphone is only used to identify notes during the mini-game, and no recording is ever stored for more than the few seconds needed to process the sound data.
      • EXTERNAL STORAGE/PHOTOS & MEDIA is needed because the game stores two very small data files (< 2kb) to the phone’s memory.
  • Why does the app send out only one text per second?
    • The SMS (Short Message Service) that phone texting is based on is not an elegant tool. One of its limitations is that while every message is stamped with a “send time” that is used to make sure that the texts are displayed in order by the recipient’s phone, this send time only notes the second at which the text was sent. If multiple text messages are sent in the same second, they can be displayed out of order. There are some workarounds to this problem (notably Concatenated SMS messages, where the texts are stamped with “Message 1/5”) but they sometimes fail when sending from one carrier to another.
  • I’m the person who downloaded the app. I’m getting text messages from myself! Is this normal?
    • Yes, that is how the game works. Read either the sent or received texts.
  • Can I use Whatsapp/Whispersystems/Facebook Messenger instead of texting?
    • Not at this time.