Choose an interactive story from the huge digital library of stories of varying genres
Make impactful decisions and change the path of your narrative to get different endings
Create your own interactive stories and share them for the world to enjoy
Featuring a digital library full of interactive stories of varying genres, Episode - Choose Your Story is a game where your every decision will change the path of the narrative, resulting in very different endings. You can even create your own stories using the game’s easy-to-use story editor. If you enjoy a good interactive story, you can definitely have your fill simply by downloading Episode - Choose Your Story!
To begin, you’ll have to choose one of the many interactive stories displayed on the game’s (if you can even call it that) virtual shelves. You’ll quickly notice that there are tons of stories on offer, with the most popular being placed first and foremost. There are also filters that are accessible via the menu to help you quickly find the type of stories you like, but if you already know what you want to search for (vampire stories, for example), you can just use the search option to look for the relevant keyword (vampire) and save yourself some time.
The stories in this game are usually consisted of several episodes (hence, the title of the game) and you’ll get to play the first episode for free. Each subsequent episodes will cost you a pass to play. Passes can be obtained for free on a daily basis, but if you can’t wait, there are special challenges that you can complete to get a free pass.
Now, when it comes to the stories themselves, I find them rather awkward and at times, cringy. Don’t get me wrong – the idea behind this gamebook-like interactive story is great, but the animations look stiff and limited at times, and well, most stories have decisions that revolve around dressing up your avatar in the most appropriate outfit.
As mentioned, your decisions will make an impact in the narrative and it still does, but most stories lock away the decision that guarantees a positive outcome behind a premium paywall. Dubbed as the “premium choice”, unless you want to play a story with a neutral or negative ending, you will likely want to spend what premium gems you have on these special choices, which, at the end of the day, can amount to quite a sum.
That being said, the game does give the free-to-play players a few opportunities to earn gems for free. Some stories (those with a gift icon) will grant you 1 gem or 2 if you play them. It’s a tedious grind to be honest, but of course, players can always buy more gems or even passes using real money and skip all the hassle.
However, the best part about this game is that you can actually create your own stories and try to get them published for other players to enjoy. The tools in the story editor are incredibly easy to use, and you can even choose suitable emotions for your characters as their dialogues pop out. In fact, if you’ve already got the story written down, you can easily visualize it by adding in suitable backgrounds and characters (custom ones even!), and publish a chapter or two within a couple of hours.
The game also has a nice forum where budding writers can exchange ideas and share their stories to a wider readership. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to add in choices and try to earn some gems from your readers.
The cartoonish graphics in this game is quite well-done for both the characters and the backgrounds. The animations, although awkward-looking, do bring a new form of immersion to the game as well. Being a primarily text-and-graphics-based game, there isn’t any sound or music in this game
In many ways, Episode – Choose Your Story can be considered as a digitized graphic novel where not only the stories are further enhanced with animated characters and beautiful backgrounds; the stories are also modified to change based on your every decision. For players who are looking to write some stories of their own, they can do so using the easy-to-use story editor in this game as well. So, whether you are playing the game to consume content or to create content, you’ll definitely have a fun time!