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text 2017-09-16 23:42
Interactive story game: To Be or Not To Be

 

I've had this for a while but only just started playing it. And yes, you can find some of Kate Beaton's artwork  in it, but also artwork by a bunch of other people. It's a "choose your own adventure" version of Shakespeare's Hamlet, in which you can either play as Hamlet, Hamlet's father, or Ophelia. Nearly every ending presents you with a unique piece of artwork, and there are lots of endings.

 

At the moment, I've mostly just played as Ophelia, who is utterly awesome. She can solve Hamlet's problems logically and boringly, or she can go full-on murder queen. It took me three tries to manage it, but it's quite possible for her to go on a killing spree that results in the death of literally every character in Hamlet. Sometimes things get a little surreal too. In my longest playthrough, Ophelia and Hamlet teamed up to kill Claudius. After they gifted Claudius with a "choose your own adventure" book with a plot eerily similar to Claudius's own life, Ophelia briefly became Claudius, who became Ophelia just at things were starting to look bad for him, who decided to skip out on this whole "Hamlet's acting weird" thing and take a vacation. The game briefly (very briefly) became a dating sim, but then Ophelia sprang into action again to take on some terrorists and live happily ever after all on her own.

 

My main complaint at the moment is that although the game has "checkpoints" (decision points you can go back to and replay, so you can try other options), you can't create your own, so you end up having to replay certain chunks of the game a lot. The "skip" button helps, but it's still annoying.

 

This also available in actual book form (I'm not sure which came first), for those who'd prefer that.

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text 2017-04-11 22:27
Attack on Titan choose-your-own-adventure
Attack on Titan Choose Your Path Adventure: Year 850: Last Stand at Wall Rose - Hajime Isayama

If my bookshelves weren't already overflowing with impulse buys, this would probably be in my shopping cart, if only to see how many of the endings involve your own death or the deaths of all or most of your friends and comrades. Even a "good" ending in the Attack on Titan world would still suck to some degree.

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url 2016-03-27 00:16
"Teabot Saves the Day" by @fadeaccompli

*turns on Grimlock signal*

 

Read this. The format is a little annoying - lots of clickable links and a "choose your own adventure" format (I've encountered two endings, one good and one "meh"). Still, it's so cute. Teabot is adorably tea-obsessed and cares very much about its tea-loving humans.

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url 2016-03-20 19:49
Free - "Make Your Own Mistakes: You're a Scientist!"

It's a "choose your own adventure" book in which you're given the chance to either clean beakers with Beatram, your beloved beaker sponge, or do science. I've been through it once, opted to become a biologist, and helped a super-intelligent mouse begin his revolution.

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review 2016-03-13 12:41
The Cave of Time - Edward Packard

Just finished reading this book and all the endings and I love love love this book. Wish we still had more gamebooks like this in print. The level of detail and description, and the sense of adventure is really great. Even though I never read it as a kid (I had other CYOA books that I borrowed from the library though) it still feels pretty nostalgic.

 

I also love that there isn't just one "good" ending (good implying that you get back to your own time). There's quite a few where you make it back to your own time, some with a dinosaur egg, some with an open-ended kind of ending.

 

Also, there are some where you don't get back to your own time but you nevertheless become successful in a different time. It still counts as a win in my book. I'm giving this 5/5.

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