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Affairs of the Court

3.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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Affairs of the Court is an interactive romance novel where you control the main character. In each chapter, you choose how the story proceeds, unlocking different endings.

Play the role of a young noble who comes to court in search of love and power. Plunge into court politics and change the course of history, or pursue a love affair that rocks the kingdom to its foundations. Match wits with the schemers of the court, or play your suitors off each other.

This edition for Kindle contains both Choice of Romance and its sequel, Choice of Intrigues. The mobile app review website AppSafari called Romance "... a wonderfully fascinating and addictive experience that will leave you playing it over and over again."

If you like gamebooks, you'll love Affairs of the Court. Its unique approach to interactive fiction allows larger, deeper, and richer stories than traditional gamebooks. Will you find true love? Gain a crown? Lose your head? The choice is yours.

Note: May not be appropriate for children.

Product Details

  • Version: 1.3 (What's new in version 1.3)
  • Release Date: January 3, 2012
  • File Size: 1.0 MB
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Choice of Games
  • Sold by: Choice of Games
  • ASIN: B005727M3E
  • Publisher License: Read
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #449,268 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Ed Pegg Jr VINE VOICE on July 6, 2011
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I've played the online version of the game multiple times, and a few more times now on the Kindle. It's quite a good romance for all tastes, due to some clever programming. For example, you can be male or female, and you can pursue males or females in this romance. There are Life and Death mages in the story, which allows for any coupling to have a child.

So.. do you joust?
Do you take the advice of your aunt, or your uncle?
Do you go after someone rich, someone fun, or someone powerful?
Do you study, or carouse?
Do you eliminate threats?

There are many routes you can take in the story, and they are interesting and replayable. But not all is well. At various points, you are asked to save your game -- but there is no obvious way to reload these games. Once you've made a choice, you can't go Back and choose another.

Also, the story ends abruptly, with the promise of more chapters. You've definitely reached some state of affairs by then, but it doesn't feel like a proper ending.

It has the same tone as Choice of Broadsides or Choice of the Vampire, by the same company. I've liked these, too. But those feel more tied-up at the end.

I generally enjoy the more satire-heavy choose your own books, such as Zombocalypse Now or Adventures of Whatley Tupper.
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I will preface this by saying this was the first choose your own adventure story I read for the Kindle. I'm not sure if what I have to say is typical of this series or not.

Firstly, I did enjoy the story. It was interesting, it was exciting, and I felt invested in it the first time through. It was definitely a good read, and I would recommend it to people for the story alone.

However, I was a bit disappointed in how the choices were broken up. For one, the different gender combinations made no difference whatsoever on the story. I played as a man the first few times through, and then I decided to switch over to playing as a woman to see how it was different. Imagine my disappointment when there was no differences,besides different pronouns. Changing the sexual preference made no difference either: your suitors are basically the same characters, just with different genders.

I was also disappointed with many of the choices the book offered. Some had an impact on the story, but many did very little in terms of actual gameplay. I specialized as a mage my first time through, thinking the character would get to do magic things. When I specialized in knowledge on my next playthrough, almost nothing was different story-wise. It was disheartening.

What I would like to see is actual gameplay changes related to the choices you make. Instead of changing 'he' to 'she' and 'king' to 'queen' to reflect your personal choices, I would like to see the characters remain the same and have the story itself change based on your gender and the gender of the people you woo. I would also like to see how the choices I make reflect on the story more often. It happened a handful of times, but with how many choices you make you would think it would happen more.
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Having been a fan of Choice Of Games since their release of Choice of Broadsides, naturally I was overjoyed to see a court intrigue game. I played through the predecessor, Choice of Romance, in a single sitting, wondering where the hour or so in which I worked my way through a dizzying variety of plot twists and influences had gone. When I found that both it and its sequel, Choice of Intrigue, had been released for the Kindle, I picked it up immediately, wanting to play through the story I'd enjoyed when I'd first played it, but with a definite end to the story.

And I loved it. From beginning to end, the story I created made me out to be a magnificent bastard of the type many a fantasy story is written about, and even my failures held the seeds of further triumphs. And I enjoyed it immensely, the story is written very well and fits well to the Kindle, and on top of all of that, it actually feels like one's efforts are being rewarded-- a must in such games, as otherwise the player might as well be reading a book. So, to sum up: Good intrigue plot, real-feeling romance, easy-to-use interface, and the feeling that all your manipulations do actually have a place in the plotline and make sense.

So why only three stars? Because it's incomplete. I'll say that again for emphasis. It's unfinished, and asks the player to look for the next adventure in the series, which will be coming out on the iron-clad release date of "soon". The second section, Choice of Intrigue, ends on another cliffhanger, making Affairs of the Court a game that is still not finished to anyone's satisfaction. And while this is fine-- after all, there are probably several more "books" to the story of the court and the various noble houses therein-- I feel kind of cheated.
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