Oh, how I used to love the ‘Choose your own adventure’ (CYOA) books as a child! I had a whole shelf full of them and spent hours on end reading then, scribbling notes for myself, throwing dice, getting frustrated when dying, cheating a bit… I still have a few of these books, but rarely do I pick them up nowadays, since modern gaming has brought us all them graphics and fancy things where I don’t even have to use my imagination anymore. So when I stumbled upon Magium in the play store, I was just about to go on a short trip away from the city and as the wave of nostalgia hit me, I figured I’d give it a shot. And boy, was it worth it!
I don’t really want to spoil anything for anyone, so I will not write anything about it’s content, but trust me on this one: This ‘game’ is amazing! The writing style is not too complicated, it fits the style of the CYOA genre well, since it doesn’t spent too much time on descriptions and keeps the story fast-paced and exciting. What makes Magium special though are the characters you get to know along the story. I fell in love with each and every one of them! Not to mention the story itself. I could barely stop playing it and whenever I stopped, I was craving more instantly. Also, this ‘game’ has an insanely high replay value, since some of your choices change the story entirely. This is one of the most addicting games since anything that Bioware made (okay, not anything, but we don’t talk about Dragon Age 2 and Mass Effect 3 – that ending still haunts me).
The ‘game’ consists of several books, not all of them actually written yet, so far I’ve finished the first one which you can access for free if you can tolerate all them ads popping up during your playthrough. You can also get the available parts of book 2 for free if you complete 25 out of 35 achievements, which I might do, since I am already curious what a different playthrough would be like. If I understand it correctly, the game is still sort of in the making with new chapters and books coming out as time passes, which can be a bit discouraging for an addict like me. Still, I will most likely end up buying the game, because it is more than worth its price (which is approximately 3 Euros currently).
I’d say this game is a must for every CYOA fan out there.