Between lockdowns and travel restrictions, our adventures over the past year have looked different. If you’ve toured your state and region and are looking for new worlds to explore, give Choose Your Own Adventure Games a try!
You might remember “Choose Your Own Adventure” books from childhood or Bandersnatch the choose your own adventure episode of Netflix’s “Black Mirror” series. If you’ve brand new to the idea, it is making choices that influence how the story, or game, progresses.
Whether you’re looking for new games for your teen, are a casual gamer looking for a story to get lost in, or a serious gamer wanting a new challenge, we’ll help you choose your own adventure.
15 of the Best Choose Your Own Adventure Games
Choose Your Own Adventure Romance Games
Do you love romance novels and wish you could enjoy an immersive romance novel experience? There are dozens of juicy romance games on the market, but we've narrowed it down to the top five to help you find the best game to get lost in!
Pixelberry Studios has created a series of incredibly addictive choose your own adventure games that center around your character’s love life. You can even customize your character’s appearance as the story progresses! Choices feature many different genres, storylines, and experiences, and they’re all told through gorgeous customized story art. Whether you want to relive high school romances, court a prince, or romance a werewolf, you’ll find the perfect adventure with Choices.
Lovestruck is similar to Choices. It’s an addictive romance choice-based story that allows you to explore your ideal romance, just like you’re reading a juice romance novel. Whether you’re looking for the high fantasy of attending a magical school or you want to live in the wilds of the woods with your myth-based clan of magical beings, you are bound to find the perfect story to get lost in. Some of the stories' art is reminiscent of Netflix’s Castlevania series, and there is a vampire storyline.
Chapters is Crazy Maple Studios’ hottest interactive story game. You can enjoy storylines created by the studio or dive into user-created content. Some of the most popular genres in the game are paranormal romance, thriller, and billionaire romances and these stories have over 5 million views! This will be a great choose your own adventure game if you’re looking to share a story with others.
While The Ratchelor is not as in-depth and addictive as the previous COYA games, The Ratchelor is a hilariously fun game that you won’t want to miss out on. You can customize your rat-persona, dress them up, and get them ready to meet the love of their life. Just like The Bachelor TV series, you will be met with a series of ratchelors (rat bachelors) that may or may not be your soulmate.
I Love You, Colonel Sanders
This game was all the rage in 2019, but that doesn’t mean it can’t become the hottest thing in your life. Do you love KFC? Do you love Colonel Sanders? Well, you can live out your own romantic fantasies with the swoony Colonel Sanders in this hilarious choose your own adventure romance simulation game. Try out I Love You, Colonel Sanders, and you won’t be sorry.
Choose Your Own Adventure Horror Games
If you aren't looking for romance, then perhaps a terrifying choose your own adventure horror game is right for you. While there are plenty of horror-genre video games on the market right now, these are five of our favorite games that turn horror into something you can choose for yourself.
The Town of Light
The Town of Light is a choose your own adventure game that is truly a psychological horror game, and you can play it on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. This game may be unsettling for some players. It centers around a young girl in an asylum in Italy dealing with abuses in the facility, and the outcome of her experience is rather grim. You may want to keep the lights on when you play.
Until Dawn is an interactive horror game that you can play on Playstation 4, set on Blackwood Mountain, you control eight different characters through nonlinear storylines as you try to uncover what happened and fight to survive. The game was quite popular when it was first released, and it later led to two subsequent games in the same universe. The virtual reality spin-off Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and a prequel The Inpatient.
The Wolf Among Us
The Wolf Among Us is an episodic graphic adventure that is available on several different gaming consoles. Players control the sheriff of Fabletown, Bigby Wolf. The town is a small community set within 1980s New York City, filled with fairy tales and folklore stories. Throughout the game, you must investigate a series of mysterious murders. This is a fun and addictive game and is set to have a follow-up game soon.
The Walking Dead
Made by the same developer as The Wolf Among Us, this episodic graphic adventure loosely follows the fan-favorite TV series The Walking Dead and comic books. There are four different seasons of the game to pick from, and each of them is just as fun as the one preceding it. What’s nice about choosing your own adventure games like The Walking Dead is that some areas of the game require timed responses that lead to significant decisions that impact the game's overall outcome. If you love zombies, this is the best game for you.
The Darkness Beneath was developed by The Mindflayer and is a unique and intense narrative-based adventure game. The game has four main outcomes you can reach, but how you get there is entirely up to you. You explore the pains of human existence and dive into a twisty horror-infused world as you play.
Choose Your Own Adventure Teen Games
Are you looking for a new game for the teenager in your life as a break from their screens? We've compiled a list of the five best on the market right now where they can control the story.
Monster Prom allows you to live out your wackiest highschool dreams as a monster! This chooses your own adventure game is more of a roleplay-style adventure that is presented in novel form. You are bound to fall in love with all of the characters in the game and what’s nice is that you can play with up to four friends! Become your own little monster and find a date for prom!
Reigns: Her Majesty
In Reigns: Her Majesty, you have to be good at strategically choosing your next move. The gameplay is super easy, as all you have to do is swipe left or right to make your just or unjust decisions as your royal subjects try to take down and depose of you and your husband. This is a game that’s not just fun, but it makes you think about your choices' potential outcomes! This is a great game for teens who want to play Choices but are too young to play just yet.
Undertale is a fun RPG-based choose your own adventure game that is entirely non-violent. Every enemy you encounter can be defeated without violence, you can dance with slime, and you can even pet a dog! You can ignore this choice and consider raining destruction down upon your foes in the game. This game is probably the simplest one on our list and is great for kids or players looking for easy fun.
Choice of Robots
The Choice of Robots game is an epic 300,000-word interactive sci-fi novel that allows you to play your choice of characters, romance different characters, discover four different chapters, and unlock different achievements as you move through the adventure. Choice of Games also features many different games you can explore once you have your fill of the Choice of Robots. Like our last choose your adventure game.
Creatures Such as We
Creatures Such as We is a very tame philosophical interactive, entirely text-based romance novel. Yes, that’s right — there are no illustrations involved with this choose your own adventure. This game has six different character paths that you can take based on your decisions as you read through the novel. This is the perfect game for someone looking to live out a moon-tourism fantasy.
Choose your own adventure video games like Cyberpunk 2077, Mass Effect, and Dragon Age are popular as well as players have a large influence on how the story unfolds. No matter the type of game you pick, epic adventures await!
Maggie Lovitt is a writer at Wealth of Geeks where she covers her favorite topics: Star Wars and pop culture nerdery.
In her free time, she is also a novelist, screenwriter, actor, and member of the Screen Actors Guild.