There are plenty of different choose your own adventure game books on the Play Store, ranging from stories about modern love to zombie-filled dice-rattling battles to the death. But which are the best?
That’s the question we’re trying to answer with this list. We probably haven’t answered it correctly, but we’ve done our utmost. If you’ve got your own suggestions of games that should have been included, do let us know in the comments.
You can click on the names of the games below to swoop away and download them from the Play Store.
Tin Man Games is one of the developers who brought about the renaissance in digital game book. This app collects a whole bunch of different digitized versions of the classic Fighting Fantasy games. It’s free with IAP, and you’ll get one gamebook for downloading it.
Choice of Games have loads of awesome gamebooks to, well, choose from, and quite frankly they’re all worth checking out. This one is set in the Vampire: The Masquerade universe so you can expect vampiric encounters, role-playing and loads more.
Another one from Tin Man Games. This is an adaptation of Ryan North’s take on Shakespearer’s Hamlet. It’s a less gloomy affair than the play, though, and it’ll make you laugh more than once.
Inkle took the shape of the gamebook and then built upon it, creating something magical along the way. This is a re-telling of Around the World in 80 Days from the perspective of Fogg’s valet Passepartout, and set in an alternate steampunk reality.
Alongside its adaptations, Tin Man Games also does excellent work on its own original titles. This app collects the first three Gamebook Adventures books. There’s assassins, necromancers and more dice rolls than you can roll a dice at.
Cubus Games has done some excellent work at the grittier end of the gamebook spectrum. Its sci-fi adventures are worth checking out, but this Napoleonic era mix of horror, action and and time-sensitive goals is the cream of the crop.
The second entry on this list from Inkle. This one sees you trying to get away with a murder on a cruise ship. It’s got some really smart ideas, and though it’s short, you’re going to replay it a bunch of times to find the different endings.
The Reigns games throw in some interesting, swipey changes to the gamebook template, as well as hurling in a deep vein of replayability. You’re trying to lead your country to prosperity, while trying not to die along the way. When you do perish, it’s time to lead the next generation.
Florence might not be the longest game in the world, but it’s a deeply affecting exploration of modern loss and love. It’s more like an interactive comic than a true CYOA game, but it’s well worth checking out all the same.
Another example of just how much Inkle can do with the framework of the gamebook. This one is a little more traditional than the other Inkle games on the list, with swords and magic and monsters, but it’s still absolutely brilliant.