In the "why the hell didn't I think of this first category?" comes a recent string of interactive online adventure games created in the image of the old Choose Your Adventure-style (CYOA) franchise that dominated bookstore sales in the 80's and 90's. Now the trend has received a reboot, so to speak, in the video medium using the uber-popular Youtube as the tool to bring this idea to life. Instead of reading paper pages and flipping to even more paper pages after reaching a decision point which will either continue or end the story, you use the same principles except you watch videos instead.
Loosely titled Choose Your Path, here are the simple rules to playing these games:
- you watch the first video in a story
- when the video ends, you reach a decision point for your character that you must click on
- one leads to continuing the story and the other usually ends it quite badly
- the goal is to make the right choices and guide you (and your character) to a happy ending
For those of you who are already familiar with CYOA, it's the same game. For those of you who are not, it's that simple...and can really addictive.
Personally, I only found out this craze from an article I recently read on Yahoo but have already checked out three of them. I give these people A LOT of credit, because there seems to be a great deal of work involved to produce these vids. While they are done on a humble budgets, the passion for the interactive/CYOA subgenre and creativity really shine through.
My favorites so far include The Murder and The Time Machine by creators Chad, Matt and Rob, which are examples of why these guys are the top dogs in this new arena. There is another "free running" game I really enjoyed, but didn't think I would at first, called Livewire and Damien. Basically, if you like playing free roaming console games like Tony Hawk's skateboarding games, for example, where you just roam around through rendered environments and perform cool tricks for fun, then you'll totally dig this one as much as I did.
There are a ton of these games that I want to check out, so I'm going to stop typing and get to playing. I recommend you check some out as well, whether or not you are well initiated with CYOA. Here are some links below to get you started.
The masters of the craft, Chad, Matt and Rob's The Time Machine and The Murder...
The free roaming game Livewire and Damien that I got hooked to...
If you don't like these examples, just head to Youtube and type in Choose Your Path. Looks like these are taking off!