Interactive Stories

General

Date Warp

It seems like the interactive stories now have one other mini type game to play during your reading. Date Warp has a wire connecting game to make your many decisions in this play as an added bonus to their visual novel.

Janet Bhaskar is a college freshman on a blind date when her date’s car breaks down in an isolated area in the middle of a torrential downpour. Bradley Dalton and Janet see a huge house with all its lights on and proceed to get some help from the family. Upon entering the palatial mansion they find 4 people who may or may not be related living in the house. Rafael a boy, an unfriendly man, Alben, Nathaniel (possibly the owner of the house) and Linds who is good at fixing things are the people they find at the place. All of these guys seem a little strange and are hiding something.

Janet interacts with all the people mentioned and must make different decisions by playing a connect the wire to light up the bulb game to determine the outcome of the story. After each decision you can view how the people reacted to your choice.

The story continues with Janet and Bradley spending the night at the house due to the rainstorm and the telephones being out. The next morning proves to be a beautiful, sunny day and the unlikely couple try to venture out is stopped by an unusual barrier blocking their exit. Things come to a head when Bradley brandishing a handgun goes into a mad spiel about his missing sister. Janet realizes she was set up by him as decoy to find this house.

From this point on the demo is complete with many questions needing answers. Will Janet get out safely from the mansion and return to her college? Can she uncover the mystery behind the house? Will Bradley find closure to his missing sister? Will Janet find love? Try it out to see if you are the visual novel type and fan. The artwork is a colorful anime style with action scenes, the music a little hokey but goes with the story and the story is intriguing. I give it a 3.5 out of 5 for a different kind of addictive Mac play.

Planet Stronghold

Fly into Planet Stronghold as a new naïve recruit for the military amidst rampant rumors about trouble stirring there. Survive your mean sergeant while competing against over 300 other recruits for 8 openings for the elite Royal Guards. Being a soldier and living a happy personal life can be challenging for anyone, but throw in vicious alien attackers and turncoat robots, and you have an exciting rpg/sim game Planet Stronghold.

Begin your play by choosing your gender. You will play as either Lisa Nelson or Joshua Nelson. You will also choose your class in the military: Soldier, Guardian, Scout or Psionic. Each class has different characteristics. Some will be strong in fighting but have no mind influencing traits. The enemy will try to take out the strongest hero. There are other skills you can use to heal people, science to hack computers and repair to fix robots. You battle in a turn based combat form facing your enemies. The orange highlighted person or alien will be the current attacker.

The story will develop your relationships with the people around you. There are 6 romantic endings; 3 for each gender. There is a relationship meter where if you offend anyone, their meter will lower and if they like you or is impress with you the meter will rise. One of the early quests you will have is to find out why they stationed you on a post reserved for more advanced military personnel. Find the connection you may have to a famous military officer. Those are only a couple of quests you will be given but a more immediate concern is to get the king’s son back from the aliens. Travel throughout the planet by viewing the map and clicking on the location you wish to go. Areas will be off limits to you until they unlock through dialogue or quests. The quests to complete are listed at the lower right of the screen.

I find playing this game addictive and with 50 hours of game time, there are a lot of things to do and quests to complete. I also find these rpg games a little easier and more interesting to play than some other straight fighting rpg games in ugly, dirty dungeons. Casual gamers may find Planet Stronghold a good game to start your rpg experience. You won’t be bored with 40 unique enemies, story line that changes with your choices, great artwork and the turn based combats. I give this play a 4 out of 5 for an awesome time.