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Feb 21

2014

Announcing “Tin Star” — The Biggest Interactive Novel Ever Made

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Tin Star

We’re proud to announce that Tin Star, the latest in our Hosted Games label of multiple-choice interactive-fiction games, is now available for iOS, Android, and, via the Chrome Web Store, Windows, OS X, and Linux.

Tin Star is an interactive western mystery novel by Allen Gies (author of Marine Raider and Apex Patrol) where your choices control the story. The game is entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–and powered by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

It’s also the biggest interactive novel ever made, as far as we know. A single playthrough from beginning to epilogue can run over 80,000 words. The source code for the game is over 1.3 million words long. It’s on sale for $3.99 until March 10, when the price will increase to $4.99.

Ride out into the Old West as a U.S. marshal! Confront outlaws, find romance, challenge Indians, defy the elements and craft an enduring legend as you uncover a conspiracy whose deadly web stretches from San Francisco to New York City!

We hope you enjoy playing Tin Star. We encourage you to tell your friends about it, and recommend the game on StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites. Don’t forget: our initial download rate determines our ranking on the App Store. Basically, the more times you download in the first week, the better we’ll rank.

Jan 03

2014

Announcing Unnatural and Burn(t)

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Choice of Games is proud to announce two new games as part of our Hosted Games program!

Unnatural1) Unnatural, by Sam Kabel. Monsters are real. Join the Supernatural Response Team, an organization formed in direct response to the first documented case showing the existence of the darker side of humanity. Unnatural has earned excellent reviews, averaging 4.5+ out of 5 stars on all of the app stores in which it’s available.

Burn(t)2) Burn(t), by Vivi Tran. It’s a zombie apocalypse story with a twist. Will you work together with a group, or take what you can? Abandon the group or be abandoned? Without spoiling it, all I can say is that this game is about more than just zombie survival.

These authors have developed their games using ChoiceScript, a simple programming language for writing multiple-choice interactive novels like these. Writing games with ChoiceScript is easy and fun, even for authors with no programming experience. Write your own game and we’ll publish it for you, giving you a share of the revenue your game produces.

Dec 20

2013

Announcing “Choice of the Deathless” — You’re not the bad guy. You’re just his lawyer.

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Choice of the Deathless

We’re proud to announce that Choice of the Deathless, the latest in our popular “Choice of Games” line of multiple-choice interactive-fiction games, is now available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and, via the Chrome Web Store, Windows, OS X, and Linux.

Battle demons and undead attorneys, and win souls to pay back your student loans! At the elite demonic-law firm of Varkath Nebuchadnezzar Stone, you’ll depose a fallen god, find romance, and maybe even make partner, if you don’t lose your own soul first.

“Choice of the Deathless” is a necromantic legal thriller by Max Gladstone, Campbell Award-nominated author of Three Parts Dead and Two Serpents Rise. The game is entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–and powered by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

  • Explore a fantasy realm with a rich and evolving backstory, based on the novels published by Tor Books.
  • Play as male or female, gay or straight, dead or alive (or both).
  • Build your career on carefully reasoned contracts, or party all night with the skeletal partners at your firm.
  • Navigate intrigue and mystery in a world of scheming magicians and devious monsters.
  • Look for love in at least some of the right places.
  • Balance student loans, sleep, daily commute, rent payments, and demonic litigation—hey, nobody said being a wizard was always fun.

We hope you enjoy playing Choice of the Deathless. We encourage you to tell your friends about it, and recommend the game on StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites. Don’t forget: our initial download rate determines our ranking on the App Store. The more times you download in the first week, the better our games will rank.

Dec 16

2013

Coming December 20th: “Choice of the Deathless” by Max Gladstone

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Choice of the Deathless

On Friday, December 20th, we’ll release our last game of the year under the “Choice of Games” label: “Choice of the Deathless,” by Max Gladstone, Campbell Award-nominated author of “Three Parts Dead” and “Two Serpents Rise.”

Battle demons and undead attorneys, and win souls to pay back your student loans! At the elite demonic-law firm of Varkath Nebuchadnezzar Stone, you’ll depose a fallen god, find romance, and maybe even make partner, if you don’t lose your own soul first.

Our beta testers are giving it rave reviews; I have a very good feeling about this one.

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Dec 15

2013

Spring Thing 2014 — Deadline Approaching

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It’s almost time for the annual Spring Thing interactive-fiction competition!

The Thing is designed to create a place for longer, more polished games (which means it has often featured a more select set of entrants than the IF Comp) but is open to any new, completed interactive fiction. You need to pay a $7 fee to enter, but there are cool prizes. In some years there have been over $1000 of prizes!

To enter, you’ll need to submit an “intent to enter” by March 1, and submit your entry fee and your finished game by April 9. Be sure to read the rules carefully, especially rule 8, that “All entries must be previously unreleased at the time of voting—that is, they must never have been publicly downloadable or otherwise publicly available. Obviously, this does not prevent you from having your game beta-tested, which is much encouraged.”

Start thinking about it now if you’ve got a work in progress!

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Dec 06

2013

Announcing: “Reckless Space Pirates” and “Zombie Exodus Part V”

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Reckless Space Pirates

Choice of Games has two announcements to make. First, Reckless Space Pirates, the latest in our popular “Choice of Games” line of multiple-choice interactive-fiction games, is now available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and, via the Chrome Web Store, Windows, OS X, and Linux.

Second, we’re announcing that Zombie Exodus Part V: Resolution is now available under our “Hosted Games” program as a $0.99 in-app purchase for iOS and Android, and Kindle Fire. This special sale price will only last until December 20th, when the price will increase to $1.99 for Part III, Part IV, and Part V (each). The full saga is also available for $5.99 in the Chrome Web Store.

Reckless Space Pirates: Plunder an Alien Colony or Defend It from Space Pirates!

You have a choice: join a crew of space pirates to steal priceless slime from a nest of mushroom-like aliens–or hoodwink the pirates and team up with the mushroom colony to prevent an interstellar war!

“Reckless Space Pirates” is a thrilling interactive science-fiction novel where your choices control the story. The game is entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–and powered by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Will you survive the infamous space-slime pits? Will you earn the respect of the crew, or even start a romance with a space pirate? Can you negotiate with the fungoid aliens, despite linguistic and cultural barriers? Or will you blast their rubbery guts, plunder the slime pits, and retire in luxury?

Note: With “Reckless,” we’re experimenting with “try before you buy” on Android, where the first two chapters are available for free. iOS and Chrome users can try the first two chapters for free on the web. You can buy the rest of the game for $2.99–the same price on iOS, Android, and Chrome.

The Thrilling Conclusion to the Zombie Exodus Saga

Patient fans have long awaited the final chapter of Zombie Exodus. Part V continues your story as you rebuild after the massive zombie attack on the cathedral, and assume the leadership role of the survivors. It includes nine distinct endings, and brings the total word count of this story to 750,000 words, more than enough to keep you entertained for months of replaying and rereading.

We hope you enjoy playing Reckless Space Pirates and Zombie Exodus. We encourage you to tell your friends about it, and recommend the game on StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites. Don’t forget: our initial download rate determines our ranking on the App Store. The more times you download in the first week, the better our games will rank.

Nov 18

2013

Fundraiser for Typhoon Relief

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Paolo Chikiamco, author of Slammed! and resident of Manila, is participating in Authors for the Philippines to raise money for the relief effort after the typhoon. Support a good cause, and you could get your name featured in Slammed!

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Nov 15

2013

Defend the town from outlaws and city slickers in “Showdown at Willow Creek”

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Showdown at Willow Creek

We’re proud to announce that Showdown at Willow Creek, the latest in our popular “Choice of Games” line of multiple-choice interactive-fiction games, is now available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and, via the Chrome Web Store, Windows, OS X, and Linux.

Saddle up and defend the town of Willow Creek from nefarious outlaws and city slickers! It all starts when a rancher’s daughter goes missing, and it ends at the showdown at Willow Creek, where greed, lust, science, and Mother Nature will face off at high noon.

“Showdown at Willow Creek” is the interactive western mystery novel by Alana Joli Abbott where your choices control the story. The game is entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–and driven by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Gamble, seduce, brawl, or shoot your way through Willow Creek, where gunslingers make the laws and everybody has secrets. Will you romance the gambler or the soiled dove (or both)? Will you side with the scientists bringing electricity to the Old West, or with a tribe of Native American Utes? Will you unravel the conspiracy that threatens to tear the town apart, or will you light the fuse to blow it all sky high?

Note: With “Showdown,” we’re experimenting with “try before you buy” on iOS, where the first three chapters are available for free. Android and Chrome users can try the first three chapters for free on the web. You can buy the rest of the game for $1.99–the same price on iOS, Android, and Chrome.

We hope you enjoy playing Showdown at Willow Creek. We encourage you to tell your friends about it, and recommend the game on StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites. Don’t forget: our initial download rate determines our ranking on the App Store. Basically, the more times you download in the first week, the better our games will rank.

Nov 01

2013

In November, Write an Interactive Novel with Us!

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Have you ever wanted to write an interactive novel? November is National Novel Writing Month or “NaNoWriMo” for short. This year, thousands of authors will write 50,000 words of fiction between November 1st and November 30th.

Of course, most NaNoWriMo authors will write traditional linear novels this year, but we’d like to invite you use ChoiceScript to write an interactive NaNoWriMo novel. ChoiceScript is a simple programming language for writing multiple-choice games (MCGs) like ours. Writing games with ChoiceScript is easy and fun, even for authors with no programming experience.

And you won’t be alone! A number of authors on our forum are going to work on their novels this month together, reporting their progress and encouraging each other to finish.

When you’re finished, you can even submit your finished ChoiceScript game to us; we’ll host it for you publicly and give you a share of the revenue your game produces.

Choice of Games wishes all participants of NaNoWriMo the best of luck. Happy writing!

Oct 25

2013

Choice of Games Presents “The ORPHEUS Ruse” — Leap from Mind to Mind to Find Your Missing Body

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The ORPHEUS Ruse

We’re proud to announce that The ORPHEUS Ruse, the latest in our popular “Choice of Games” line of multiple-choice interactive-fiction games, is now available for iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, and, via the Chrome Web Store, Windows, OS X, and Linux.

Infiltrate the enemy as a psychic spy, leaping from body to body by touch! But when your own body is stolen, you’ll race against time to find it before your mind disintegrates.

“The ORPHEUS Ruse” is the thrilling interactive spy novel by Paul Gresty, where your choices determine how the story proceeds. The game is entirely text-based–without graphics or sound effects–but driven by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

What secrets have your mentors been keeping from you? Can you trust your friends when you don’t know whose face they’re wearing? What will you sacrifice to hide your powers from the world?

We hope you enjoy playing The ORPHEUS Ruse. We encourage you to tell your friends about it, and recommend the game on StumbleUpon, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites. Don’t forget: our initial download rate determines our ranking on the App Store. Basically, the more times you download in the first week, the better our games will rank.

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