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Episode Interactive by PocketGems (Review)

Damn, my eyes hurt right now from having stared at the laptop screen for too long a period.

Here’s why.

If you’ve used Tumblr or game apps, you’ll probably have come across ads that depict a woman in a towel wondering if she should jump into the shower with her ‘bae’, or a couple wondering if they should kiss, or perhaps a couple who find out they’re pregnant. (I would include a picture here if I actually knew how) Because, what could be more attention-grabbing, am I right?

Episode Interactive by PocketGems is an interactive storytelling adventure game. I’ve always been a huge fan of games like this (which is why I love Surviving High School, but more on that later), so I didn’t miss the chance to check it out the first time I saw some of its early, not-so-explicit ads. The interface wasn’t so great back then (though I didn’t think that at that time, until I saw the new version), but it was still pretty cool in the sense that the characters are actually animated and they walk around onscreen while conversing.

Several stories were written by the Episode team, but the others are created entirely by users. This was a feature I appreciated – that we have the opportunity to write our own stories and animate our own characters. You’ll need tickets to play – you get 3 every three hours, and each one unlocks one chapter of any story, except the first episodes. And of course, as per Game Laws, you have to purchase more, or use a referral code.

Recently, Episode has revamped their design with the introduction of a new style called Episode Ink, where the animations are smoother and the character design are definitely more appealing. No offense to PocketGems, but the old version made the female characters look bratty and annoying while the male characters all seem dumb and passive. They’ve also teamed up with Demi Lovato and… Paramount Pictures? As in, they’re also featuring Mean Girls stories (that movie with Lindsay Lohan?)

So what has this got to do with my eyes hurting? Well, I’ve only spent like the couple of days or so working on a story. Of course, no one’s going to read it (just like this blog post/review/junk), but hey, I can indulge. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at scriptwriting anyway. Just so I can find out I suck at it before any midlife crises.

Should people play this game? If you like RPGs and stories and reading, sure, do try it out. But who am I to tell you what to do? Is there even anyone on this blog?

Oh well. I’ll just put an action for my non-existent character here, in Episode Interactive script syntax:

@LINDY is wave_extreme
LINDY (talk_sad_timid)
There’s no one here.
@LINDY is idle_sad

[Image src: Episode’s Facebook page]
[Link to game: http://www.episodeinteractive.com // https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/episode-choose-your-story/id656971078?mt=8 //
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.episodeinteractive.android.catalog&hl=en%5D