New release: Your Story
Joshua Auriemma writes in to announce the release of Your Story, an RPG / interactive fiction hybrid, which he describes as “a Choose Your Own Adventure where choices are modified by randomly generated (but upgradeable) stats. It’s not quite interactive fiction (I don’t think) and not quite an RPG (no inventory, for instance). But I think it’s something squarely in-between.”
Inspired by Robert Frost’s famous poem “The Road Not Taken,” Your Story
literally begins at the decision point between divergent paths in the woods. Depending on random chance and the player’s decisions, just about every player will experience a different piece of the story on his or her first playthrough.
Your character’s statistics are assigned at random at the start of the game, and are presented as descriptions of your character rather than as numbers visible up-front. Auriemma states that the game contains the equivalent of 80 pages of printed text, and that “scenes change quite a bit depending on the player — not just in terms of choices available, but in terms of what the player learns about the story.”
Your Story is available for $1.99 on the Apple app store; iOS only.