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.