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Choice of the Pirate

Enter the wildcard. Choice of the Pirate is a light-hearted interactive novel by Alana Joli Abbot and is part of the Choice of Games series of choose-your-own-adventure novels. It's entirely text based, weighing in at 165,000 words and as Choice of Games loves to say, it is "fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination". 

This isn't the first pirate-themed ChoiceScript interactive novel, but it's longer and more entertaining than the couple that I've read. As with most of their recent offerings, you can choose to play as a male, female, or non-binary character, as well as your sexual orientation, which doesn't make too much of an impact on the story, even if it's a nice touch.

Taking place in the tropical Lucayan Sea, you strive to rise in the ranks from lowly floor scrubber to trusted Navy Captain in service of the Crown. Not your cup of tea? How about joining the Pirate King and becoming a feared Pirate Captain in your own right? No? Not into sharing? Then challenge the Pirate King and attempt to overthrow him. With such a breadth of jaw-dropping opportunities, I was impressed to see just how much my path diverged from others' playthroughs.

I don't want to give too much away, but there's even the option to explore your magical abilities by controlling the weather, as well as more traditional pirate activities such as boarding enemy ships and searching for buried treasure. Make a change from your usual games and give this one a try.

Published Aug. 11th 2017

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