Phone app takes you ‘Around the World in 80 Days’

Phone app

British aristocat Phileas Fogg and his valet Jean Passepartout went “Around the World in 80 Days” in Jules Verne’s 1873 novel.

Slowpokes.

Real-life American journalist Nellie Bly went around the world in 72 days just 15 years later — and she didn’t have a valet helping her. All she had was a monkey.

However, you might not want to try to keep up with Nellie Bly.

If you are going around the world for the first time, at least on your iPad or iPhone, you might want to move at Phileas Fogg’s more leisurely pace.

In the new game just released by inlke, the player assumes the role of Passepartout — making all the travel decisions, including routes, what to buy and sell, and what to say to the locals.

The game, available at the App Store for around $5, follow the novel fairly closely. It starts off in London with you (Passepartout) and Fogg in a steam carriage. It’s rather like a “Choose Your Own Adventure” story where you select what happens next in the story.

You go from city to city, having all sorts of adventures en route.

While traveling, you can talks with fellow passengers or the crew, tend to Fogg’s needs or you just read the paper. You travel by train, ferry, airship, car, submarine and carriage.

No word on when the faster-paced Nellie Bly version might come out. But maybe you’ll get to be McGinty. (That’s her monkey.)