The future of reading is in ancient Rome. Blood & Laurels is an interactive storybook written by Emily Short that uses the Versu platform, which allows it to go far beyond the branching decision tree of Choose Your Own Adventure books. Play as Marcus, patron poet of Artus. Move through an immense world by making constant dynamic choices, which allow you to exchange dialogue, shoot subtle body language cues at other characters, observe the settings around you, and even eat the olives laid out on a banquet table. It's an incredibly rich experience, and I'm told a single playthrough will result in less than 20% of the available storyline being revealed.
Outstanding features include icons of each character at play on the bottom of the screen complete with how they're feeling about the situation, plus long-term badges to unlock based on what kind of person you craft yourself to be (power-hungry? romantic? a damn dirty traitor?). There's also a save option absolutely any time you need it.
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by Janel , Appszoom
Jun 13, 2014
It's the eight hundred and twenty first year of the city of Rome, a year of bad omens and unrest under a bloodthirsty Emperor.
Marcus is concerned with two things: his poetry, and keeping his patron Artus happy. But when Artus sends him to ask a secret question of an oracle, Marcus is forced to get involved -- with conspiracies, politics, and a woman he is trying to forget.
-- Guide Marcus through conspiracies and prophecies. Determine whether he lives or dies, whom he loves, and what his motives are
-- Interact with AI-supported characters who remember past events and respond dynamically to the player, becoming friends, enemies, or romantic partners
-- Discover your own outcome in a highly replayable story with many available endings, in which a single reading encounters less than 20% of the possible text
-- Unlock different relationships with other characters and experiment with how they change the story experience