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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful:A high point for Russian Choose Your Own Adventure books, and for absurd writing, February 22, 2013
The shtick of You Will Select A Decision is that the English translations of a pair of Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) knockoff books originally written by Russian computer scientists in the 80s have just now become widely available. The real author of this work is Brendan Patrick Hennessy, and he has created one of the funniest and best written absurd text games I have ever played. The two self-contained adventures demonstrate a deep understanding of all the methods of the original CYOA books, and so are able to mobilise and make fun of the lot of them over their course. Perhaps the most faithful feature is the way every passage of text in the games is tied to a real page number, allowing for the classic CYOA 'turn to' parlance to be in place.
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Victor Gijsbers, May 28, 2020 - Reply
Massively late to comment on this, but I just want to point out that the books are supposedly Kyrgyz, not Russian. (Both Russia and Kyrgyzstan were of course part of the USSR, but that does not make them identical.)
Andrew Schultz, February 20, 2013 - ReplyPrevious | << 1 >> | Next
Twine seems particularly good for this, because I know I have had the temptation to check with physical versions of CYoAs--and that extends to stuff I can check out from openlibrary. So given how munged the book text is in the source code, the game also keeps me honest. But I think the key is that there's a good blend of (Spoiler - click to show)weird long tangents and choices that are very similar--like which gun you pick leading to 2 of 3 choices. So a quick play through gets most of the game, but completionists have to struggle a bit.
I'm looking forward to It Is Very Good To Be The World Skateboard Champion. If the "about" section on the website is serious that it is coming.