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You Will Select a Decision

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- TheBoxThinker, January 25, 2021

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
You Will Select A Decision: an unWinnable State review, May 18, 2020
by unWinnable State (unWinnableState.com)
Related reviews: unWinnable State, Twine, The List!
I have selected many decisions. I have met many Victory Ends and many Death Ends. Yet there are still many decisions to select and ends to meet.

With You Will Select A Decision, Brendan Patrick Hennessy has created a fun and funny romp Soviet era mortality tale for children, translated poorly into English.

I laughed, I cried… out with laughter, I felt something deep inside, when my stomach hurt from laughing. Most of that is hyperbole, but I did laugh.

You Will Select A Decision‘s first decision is to choose which story to play, “Small Child in Woods” or “Cow Farming Activities on the Former West.” The homepage does tease (taunt) you with “Other Books in This Series,” particularly “It Is Very Good To Be The World Skateboard Champion,” which sadly does not exist.

I played through “Small Child in Woods” with my very pregnant wife. I mention that she is very pregnant not as a humble brag, but to show that You Will Select A Decision is safe for all, even those in my wife’s condition, which is very pregnant. We had a very much amount of enjoyable time with playing. (These are the kinds of sentences I want to write in this review but that would surely annoy the reader and is an entirely inappropriate style for a review.)

My very pregnant wife and I reached a number of endings in our play through. The best feature of You Will Select A Decision is the way the game makes it easy to backtrack and try different paths and discover new endings.

“Cow Farming Activities on the Former West” I played through myself and more thoroughly explored the options. The large number of endings is impressive. More impressive is the quality and entertainment value of all these endings.

Often, Interactive Fiction is a solitary experience, but with You Will Select A Decision I would recommend playing with a partner or even in a group. You can all take turns selecting a decision and laughing with your very pregnant wife.

You can find the SPOILER-Y portion of unWinnable State's review of You Will Select a Decision here.

- Virix, April 19, 2020

- Sitri Salmacis (Atlanta), April 9, 2020

- antperson, February 27, 2020

- Chiktabba, January 30, 2020

- _firexe, December 10, 2019

- Ry (Philippines), September 30, 2019

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
I Will Write a Glowing Review, June 16, 2019
You Will Select a Decision is an extremely well-written piece that uses Soviet-era tropes and language quirks to full effect, creating a world that draws the reader in with atmosphere, charm, and stellar humour. It's a pity there are still only two adventures within, since the titles of the others teased in the beginning seemed ripe for potential. Nevertheless, I highly recommend these stories, and if you're a big fan of word play, choose-your-own-adventure books, or whimsical Soviet references (or better yet, all three), you're sure to get a big kick out of it. Five Orders of Lenin.

- suchamazingdoge (Austin, Texas), May 16, 2019

- Accatitippi (Italy), August 27, 2018

- Ophelia, February 15, 2018

- prog_frog, January 20, 2018

- Dominia, December 23, 2017

- M. C. DeMarco (Boston), October 18, 2017

- Wanderlust, August 3, 2017

- Ivanr, August 1, 2017

- Laney Berry, May 18, 2017

- IFforL2 (Chiayi, Taiwan), April 3, 2017

- Sobol (Russia), November 23, 2016

- hoopla, November 2, 2016

- Catalina, March 16, 2016

- Lanternpaw, March 11, 2016

- Kevin Snow, February 15, 2016

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
A humorous pair of CYOA games that lets you back up at any point, February 3, 2016
by MathBrush
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This is a pair of hilarious games which claim to be translations of old Russian CYOA games. This leads to some of the funniest writing I have ever seen in an Interactive Fiction game. The game is enormous, with a large number of branches, some of which converge again later.

What really makes this game stand out to me is the option to undo any number of your choices and explore more branches. So many Twine games have interesting options that you cannot explore without redoing large portions of the game. This alone made You Will Select a Decision stand out.

There was strong profanity at one point, but as you are penalized for using it, it wasn't especially disruptive.

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