The Sons of the Cherry

by Alex Livingston

2010

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Some promise, but ultimately flawed, November 27, 2010
by Kevin Jackson-Mead (Boston)
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This game uses ChoiceScript, a choice-based programming language (think Choose Your Own Adventure books with stat-tracking). I was not feeling very hopeful after the first decision I had to make was what color shirt I was wearing. It asks you a number of questions at the beginning to determine your various statistics. Not all of them are as bad as the shirt one, but it just wasnít very motivational. But OK, I thought Iíd give the story a chance. And itís got some promise, but youíre very much railroaded along. Youíre allowed to choose to refuse to go along with what the main NPC wants you to do, but then youíre told that you do it anyway, except that youíre not as powerful, so you end up dying early. (Spoiler - click to show)Of course, the reason I didnít go along with what the main NPC wanted was that it was obvious to me that he was a bad guy, responsible for my troubles. I decided to replay the game, going along with what he wanted (and what the author obviously wanted) just to prove to myself that the main NPC was in fact a bad guy. And guess what? I was right.

Unless youíre a big fan of choice-based narrative and want to see an example of how not to structure the narrative, you should probably give this one a pass.