Choice of Broadsides

Choice of Broadsides is part of the collection of interactive fiction books created by Choice of Games for the Kindle.  Others include Affairs of the Court and Choice of the Dragon.

Your character is a member of the navy.  You can start out at the top, or work your way up from the bottom.  You will use your leadership, sailing and battle expertise to protect your crew from the enemy ships  The outcome of the story depends on what options you pick.

My character was a young woman, with a crew of all women.  You have a choice of names that you can choose from.  I held my breath whenever I made a choice on what battle actions to take.  The results were not always what I expected them to be.

The setting is fictional.  Choice of Broadsides includes of fictional names and weapons as well.  That makes the adventure much more entertaining.

The game is quick.  It only takes you about thirty minutes to finish one if you move at a steady pace.  I am curious to see how widely the outcomes vary if you choose different characters and select different options.  The general plotline stays the same no matter what story you pick, however.  You can always restart the game by selecting that option from the menu.

When you first start the game, you get to customize your character’s traits.  You get to gauge how good they are at leadership, sailing, and in battle.  Remember the choices you made throughout the game so that you can shape your character’s decisions through them.

As far as graphics go, Choice of Broadsides is mostly text, so that makes it fairly easy to navigate.  When you have to answer questions, you can just select your answer with the 5-way toggle.  I wish the font size could be adjusted. that would be very helpful for anyone who has less than perfect vision.

Dang Lad

“Above the gaming and interactive portion of the book, I actually really enjoyed the writing. I know almost nothing about sailing and ranks, but the text almost forces you to role play. It’s also phenomenal being able to rely upon the Kindle dictionary when you see a word you’re not familiar with.”

Noetherian

“As other reviewers have commented, the story of your character is not particularly long. That is, your career can be completed in one sitting. However, if you play through the career of only one character you are missing a lot of what this medium has to offer. The re-playability provided by the interactive fiction makes Choice of Broadsides a great value for the price. ”

 

 

 

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.