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That Dragon, Cancer is out now on mobile

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Stunning narrative game is a tour de force in interactive storytelling

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That Dragon, Cancer — launched on Windows PC earlier this year to widespread critical acclaim — was released today for iPhone and iPad.

Its fall mobile launch is in line with a new PBS documentary about the game, due to be screened on Oct. 24. Thank You for Playing is the story of how Amy Green and Ryan Green created a game about their experiences as parents of a small child suffering from terminal cancer. Joel Green was diagnosed with cancer as a baby. He died in 2014, aged five.

"People ask me, 'isn't it strange showing a game about terminal cancer?'" said Ryan Green in the show's trailer. "Why is that so strange? Why are we all walking around anonymous, not talking about the things that shape the way we are?"

In my impressions piece of That Dragon, Cancer back in January, I said that the game is "emotionally challenging, enriching and devastating". It is "upsetting, from the beginning to the end."

The game is made up of a series of short vignettes in which the player explores multiple elements of life within the Green family. Each story is told as a journey through a physical or emotional location.

You can find out more about the making of That Dragon, Cancer here. The game costs $4.99 on iOS and is currently available on Windows PC on Steam for $7.49.