Aug 20

2020

Kidnapped! A Royal Birthday–Escape your captors…endure your rescuers!

Posted by: Mary Duffy | Comments (2)

We’re proud to announce that Kidnapped! A Royal Birthday, the latest in our popular “Choice of Games” line of multiple-choice interactive-fiction games, is now available for Steam, Android, and on iOS in the “Choice of Games” app.

It’s 25% off until August 27th!

Escape your captors…and endure your rescuers, but don’t be late to the ball! When you are kidnapped, you must take charge of your rescue, and reclaim your rightful throne.

Kidnapped! A Royal Birthday is a 158,000-word interactive comedy by Charles Battersby, where your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects, and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Conspirators have imprisoned you in a tower, and are plotting to usurp your throne. And it’s your birthday! Take command of the inept but well-intended crew sent to rescue you from your tower–a brazen knight, a snarky amazon, a cursed enchantress, and a humble peasant. Work together to escape your captors, outwitting your foes to make it back to the castle and regain your power as royal Heir.

But first: fight the three-headed chimera, the two-eyed biclops, and a horde of insatiable gnomes! (They’re surprisingly dangerous after a few drinks.) Wield swords, magic, or fight with your wits and grace. If all else fails, pummel your enemies with a chamberpot tied to a stick.

• Play as male, female, or nonbinary, gay, straight, bisexual, or asexual
• Act like a damsel in distress (or an imperiled person) and let your rescuers do the work, or grab a sword and fight your own battles.
• Unravel the conspiracy behind your abduction and thwart your scheming siblings.
• Side with the aristocrats, or join a peasant rebellion.
• Gain stature to prove that you are the one true Heir.
• Harness fairy magic to bewilder and defeat your foes!
• Disguise yourself as an Elder Vampire, stare down a giant, and take a nap in a glass coffin!
• Find love with any of your rescuers…or marry a goblin. (You know you’re curious.)
• Bring peace to the kingdom, or revel in the chaos of civil war.

We hope you enjoy playing Kidnapped! A Royal Birthday. We encourage you to tell your friends about it, and recommend the game on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, 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.

2 Comments

  1. Orphanus says:

    A very delightful and fun game! It’s on the shorter side, but the writing is, to me, compelling, well-versed and my only complaint is i wish there had been more scenes with the companions, who were all nice characters, especially in regards to the romance aspect that feels a little shallow regarding the fact that choosing a potential royal mate.

    Not sure if this is the right place to ask that question, but i am (after multiple attempts) very confused how to break a certain curse. I noticed that there is a “can be broken” line in the game files that isn’t always set to “true” (not sure what influences that, tbh) but i failed to find the way to break it, even if it said “true”. After spending multiple hours trying just that it got a little frustrating to be honest and i decided to drop it for the time being (honestly most probably until someone finds the solution, i don’t feel like going through the whole game a 6th or 7th time just to get the feeling i have no control or clue at hand on how to break the curse).

  2. […] Kidnapped! A Royal Birthday is a 158,000-word interactive comedy by Charles Battersby, where your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based, without graphics or sound effects, and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.  Continue reading on the Choice of Games Blog. […]

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