Choice of the Vampire

Considering how popular the vampire genre is these days (Twilight anyone?), I think Choice of Games was smart to develop a Kindle gamebook that features a vampire as its main character. It is called Choice of the Vampire, and your character is a new vampire who is just getting the hang of his new life.  Choice of Games is also the creator of Choice of Broadsides, Affairs of the Court and more.  All of them are full of plot twists and turn that provide a lot of fun and entertainment.

The setting is 1815 New Orleans, so the major historical event of the time was the War of 1812.  You control your vampire’s relationships, and personality.  How much will your vampire traits take over your human traits, and what is your relationship with your fellow vampires?

Graphics wise, Choice of the Vampire is set up the same way as the other game books made by this company. You start out by setting up your character’s traits.  Then, you can read through the story and select different paths to take with the Kindle’s toggle button.  The navigation is pretty straightforward.  I wish the text was bigger, but more can fit on the page with the smaller font size.

One aspect of Choice of the Vampire that I really like is that you can choose between romance, redemption, or power.  There is an option for all preferences that way.  Not everyone likes cheesy love stories!

Out of all of the Choice of Games books, I like this one the best.  All of the books are historical, but I like the extra twist of putting a vampire into historical context.

Ingrid Orlow

“I have enjoyed all of the ‘choice of’ games, and this is an excellent one. Full of twists, complex characters, and the general aura of mysery and danger that surrounds vampires. I would not reccomend this game for anyone under the age of 12 though. 🙂 ”

Steffie C

“I purchased this because I love the vampire genre. This is a fun book/game to read. I want to stress that this is more like a book than a game. As you read through the page, you are given options as to how your “character” will continue. I love being able to make the story go in the direction I want, I hate reading a book and thinking, “they shouldn’t have done that!”. In this case, you are almost an author of your own story, and no two stories will be the same. “

Affairs of the Court

Affairs of the Court is a cross between a game and romance novel.  You get to write the story with guidance from the program.

Choice of Games has several of these interactive fiction titles available, including Choice of Broadsides, Choice of the Dragon, and Choice of the Vampire. Vampires are all the rage these days, so that one is a great fit.

Before you start, you’re given a run down of the basic storyline and how to answer the questions they ask.  I wasn’t very familiar with interactive fiction on the Kindle, so the instructions were very helpful in getting me started.

Your character is a young noble who may or may not have magical powers.  You can be male or female, you get to pick your name.  You have a choice of cool noble names, like Catalina.  You also get to choose your romantic interest.

The story’s ending depends on you.  The consequences are revealed after you make your choices.  Just hope it doesn’t end in disaster!

I think it is a neat idea to make these books reader controlled. If they were more kid friendly versions available, this would be a great way to get them interested in reading.

The graphics are decent.  Most of the story is text based, so that isn’t a problem.  You can go back and replay the story using different options.  I find the choices amusing.  Use your 5-way toggle to choose your answers.  It is all pretty self explanatory.

M. Morris

“Firstly, I did enjoy the story. It was interesting, it was exciting, and I felt invested in it the first time through. It was definitely a good read, and I would recommend it to people for the story alone.

However, I was a bit disappointed in how the choices were broken up. For one, the different gender combinations made no difference whatsoever on the story. I played as a man the first few times through, and then I decided to switch over to playing as a woman to see how it was different. Imagine my disappointment when there was no differences,besides different pronouns. Changing the sexual preference made no difference either: your suitors are basically the same characters, just with different genders.”

It looks like the most common complaint for Affairs of the Court is that the storyline does not get affected by the choices you make as much as they should.  I wish there were more exciting magic tricks and more imaginative twists.  Overall, though it is a good story, and it doesn’t break the bank.  It is definitely geared for the adult reader.