Here at Dealspwn we're all about getting the best games for the least amount of financial effort, and we often tend to forget that some of the most addictive offerings out there are completely free. With that in mind, welcome to Click To Play, a new weekly feature where we'll be hunting down the best browser-based games each week so you don't have to. Check in with us every Monday to spice up your coffee breaks for the week!
This week: Choice of Romance
It's not often that you see a game that pitches a text-based 'choose your own adventure' situated in a fantastical historical version of Spain with Life and Death Magi, entirely focused on political intrigue and courtly romance. But Choice of Romance is one of those games. Produced by the same group who did our C2P featured Choice of Broadsides and Choice of the Dragon, it puts you in the shoes of the eldest child of a penniless feudal family looking to climb their way up the social ziggurat through your marital fortunes.
I'm a big fan of narrative in games and I used to absolutely love Choose Your Own Adventure stories when I was younger and I absolutely loved the first two games so this was something of a no-brainer.
It certainly won't be to everyone's tastes, although the Choice of Games team is gradually amassing quite a diverse roster - become a dragon, become and admiral, sleep your way to the throne (or not as the case may be) of a feudal nation - but I love them all. Again, there are multiple endings and narrative paths and, although often they're pretty predictable and sometimes the template is all too easy to see and the characters a little too neat, it's still a fun little way to spent a quarter of an hour.
Gay, lesbian, straight, bi-curious, this game's open enough to be accessible to anyone, a claim few games can make these days. But it's in playing out all of the different scenariosand exploring all of the endings that it'll really come to life. It's longer and deeper than the previous two, and apparently only the first part (the second is on the way). Hopefully there'll be some kind of way to continue on depending on what ending you arrived at, but we'll have to wait and see.
If that's not your bag...I suggest you check out fun little kinetic puzzler e7 which is another little game I've been utterly spellbound by since returning from Gamescom.