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Another day, another house to clean... but something is definitely wrong with this house.....
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ChooseYourStory (CYS) is a website that allows users to write simple choice-narratives. Most of these tend to take the form of linear "time caves" without variable-tracking nor text variation - much like the "Choose Your Own Adventure" branded physical books that were printed on physical pages and thus couldn't keep track of any world-state beyond asking the player "If you have seen what's in the closet, turn to page 23, otherwise turn to page 15..." I'm unsure if the CYS software allows these sorts of options that would make them work like RPG GameBooks with dice-rolls and light stat-keeping to maintain a world-state and inject randomness into the proceedings.
As with printed CYOA stories, you read a couple of pages and then flip to another page to continue based on given choices. 331 Oakmount Drive follows this format closely, allowing the reader to click on the next choice to move the story forward. This is perfectly legitimate type of IF and many people enjoy this format, but it tends to be more prose-heavy and there are frequent single game-over choices that really don't foreshadow in any way the reader can predict. Late game, I chose a direction and died by falling in a pit that wasn't predictable in any way, but that's a common CYOA and time-cave trope. Luckily CYS stories allow the reader to use the back button and choose again, similar to keeping your finger in a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book at the last choice page in case you need to "reverse time" to make a better decision.
This entry follows that format. The protagonist and a friend are cleaning a house and get locked inside, meeting the man of the house and his creepy maid(Spoiler - click to show)-who seem to be on a killing spree after murdering the wife? Much of the interaction boils down to "Go Left"/"Go Right"/"Enter the Lounge". Choosing the correct sequence results in (Spoiler - click to show)escaping the house and being set for life by selling the rights to the story as a book deal.
It's a simple and uncomplicated example of CYOA and, despite being in the horror genre, eschews any lurid descriptive violence. If you're interested in understanding the CYS format and play style and seeing what it has to offer, this is a good entry to sample.
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