Jun 01


Zoo-pocalypse—Will you be predator or prey?

Posted by: K L | Comments (25)

Hosted Games has a new game for you to play!

If you’re surrounded by animals, are you truly alone?

Play as a survivor of the apocalypse in this interactive fiction story. In this game, you make your post-apocalyptic home in a unique venue: a local zoo.

Zoo-pocalypse is a 50,000 word interactive fiction novella written by Tyler S. Harris. The story is broken up into 3-4 chapters depending on how it is played. It is completely text-based, with no sound effects or graphics. Vastly different endings can occur based on the decisions you make.

  • Play as any gender! There are no references to your gender, so play as yourself or anyone else. You do get to pick your name.
  • Explore the many exhibits at the zoo, and even the gift shop.
  • The end of the story depends on the choices you make, even early decisions can lead to completely different endings.
  • Different endings lead to the discovery of animals (achievements). Can you find all of them?

Will you reign over this animal kingdom, or will you find yourself at the bottom of the food chain?

Content Warning: Dark themes throughout, even for a post-apocalypse story. Heavy violence: humans and animals may die, sometimes violently.

Tyler developed this game 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 Hosted Games will publish it for you, giving you a share of the revenue your game produces.

Notable Replies

  1. Congrats! A zoo as a base seems like a unique setting for an apocalypse survival game.

  2. But… how? Are there no pronouns? How is that even possible?

  3. It’s not that difficult. There are some CoG games much longer than this that do the same. In this one, there’s only one major character in addition to the PC, so no, third-person pronouns don’t ever come up.

  4. So you’d basically have to make it so no one ever talks about you? Curious. I suppose it helps that it’s just the two of you, but if I’m being honest, I would be talking to the animals about the other person all the time. :sweat_smile:

    “Can you believe what so-and-so did? I know! He actually thought that was a good idea, the idiot.” Animal stares at me “Why are you looking at me like that? Okay… I probably would have done the same thing, but I didn’t!” Animal continues staring unimpressed “Ya ya, shut your face.”

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