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Choices: Stories You Play is a mobile game designed and released by Pixelberry Studios. They also created successful games such as High School Story and Hollywood U.

~ Fall in love, solve crimes or embark on epic fantasy adventures in immersive visual stories where YOU control what happens next ! ~

Series

Originally, Choices: Stories You Play counted only three series, as well as three main genres, romance, fantasy and mystery. Since then, over a dozen more series have been released as the game has evolved and expanded.

The following are the current in-game series:

About The Books

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The Freshman, Book 1

Welcome to Hartfeld University! You'll make friends for life, maybe even find true love. Will you date bookish James, party girl Kaitlyn, football hero Chris ... or all three at once?

  • Dress to Impress with fashion forward outfits.
  • Choose a date for the elegant and romantic Winter Formal.
  • Support new friends as you tackle freshman adventures together!
The Crown & The Flame, Book 1

The Crown & The Flame, Book 1

Your enemies stole your kingdom, but now the time has come for you to raise an army, master magic, and reclaim your crown!

  • Form alliances to build your army.
  • Master unique weapons.
  • Choose between elegant ball gowns and powerful armor.
  • Crush your enemies in an epic battle.
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Most Wanted, Book 1

The heat is on when a no-nonsense Texas Marshal and a Hollywood detective are thrown together to stop a deranged hitman. Can you catch the killer?

  • Play as Detective Dave Reyes and U.S. Marshal Sam Massey.
  • Investigate a mystery with twists you won't see coming.
  • Examine evidence at crime scenes.
  • Stop the killer before he can claim another victim!


Rules of Engagement, Book 1

Rules of Engagement, Book 1

Your summer on a luxurious tour of Europe takes a wild turn when you learn you're in line for a multi-million dollar inheritance! There's only one catch... you need to get married by the end of the summer!




Endless Summer, Book 1

Endless Summer, Book 1

Adventure and romance await in the tropical paradise of La Huerta. Can you solve the island's mysteries?



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LoveHacks, Book 1

New city, new job, new friends... Can you navigate the hilarious ups and downs of dating in the modern world?


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The Haunting of Braidwood Manor

Do you dare spend the night in Braidwood Manor?




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The Royal Romance, Book 1

Love awaits in the royal court of Cordonia. Travel to the beautiful kingdom of Cordonia with the Crown Prince. Will you accept his royal proposal, or will another suitor command your affections?


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The Sophomore, Book 1

You return to Hartfeld for your sophomore year, but things get off to a rocky start when you meet your new roommate.


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Hero, Vol. 1

Take to the skies! Make friends, find love, and save your city in this action-packed adventure!



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High School Story, Book 1

Welcome to high school! Will you study hard, or hardly study? Don't get too busy... Homecoming is right around the corner!


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It Lives In The Woods

Something old and powerful lives in the woods surrounding the small town of Westchester... something that knows your name.


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Home for the Holidays

Welcome to Winter Haven! Who will you kiss under the mistletoe... your workaholic boss, your high school sweetheart, or your childhood friend?



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Red Carpet Diaries, Book 1

You've just arrived in Hollywood. Fame, fortune, and romance await! And... is that superstar Chris Winters over by the pool?



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Perfect Match, Book 1

An exclusive matchmaking service guarantees that they can find your perfect match. But is true love too good to be true?


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Bloodbound, Book 1

You're applying for a job with brilliant CEO billionaire Adrian Raines... but there's more to him than it seems. Urban fantasy meets romance in this sexy vampire thriller.



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The Junior, Book 1

While dealing with the events of last spring, you prepare to begin your junior year.



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Veil of Secrets

Your best friend vanished without a trace on the day of her wedding! Search the town of Birchport to solve the mysteries, but be careful... everyone has a secret.


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America's Most Eligible Season 10

Battle it out in a reality TV show to determine who is most eligible! Create allies, make enemies, even fall in love... the choice is up to you!



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Desire & Decorum Book 1

It's court or be courted when you learn you're one of the most eligible heiresses in England! Does true love await you at the grand Edgewater Estate?


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Across the Void, Book 1

You're the new captain of a luxury space liner, and it's your job to make sure your passengers cross the galaxy safely -- in the middle of a galactic civil war! This romantic space opera is like nothing you've experienced.


Big Sky Country

When your car breaks down in rural Montana, you're stranded on the roadside... until a certain cowboy comes riding up.

Soundtracks

For Choices soundtrack click here.

Gallery

Timeline

  • August 17, 2016 - Choices was launched. [1]
  • August 17-19, 2016 - Players received 50 diamonds instead of 25 to reward the first players.
  • April 14, 2017 - The Royal Romance, Book 1 is the first book to be released on Fridays and started the trend to release books on Fridays as well.
  • August 11-September 1, 2017 - Celebrate Choices' one year anniversary with four rounds of giveaways throughout Pixelberry's social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr).[2]
  • September 5, 2017 - Announcement that a high school-themed book was in the works: High School Story.
  • October 13, 2017 - Announcement that a horror-themed book was in the works: It Lives in the Woods.
  • October 17, 2017 - James's appearance gets a redesign.
  • October 26, 2017 - Release of the soundtrack of the "It Lives in the Woods" book.[3]
  • November 8, 2017 - Release of the "My Books" section, where you can add/remove books to it.
  • November 10, 2017 - Announcement of Pixelberry's partnership with Nexon, another game company.
  • November 16, 2017 - Release of the soundtrack of the "High School Story" series.[4]
  • November 22, 2017 - Pixelberry's 100th drop of Choices chapters.
  • December 7, 2017 - Release of the soundtrack of the "Endless Summer" series.[5]
  • December 11, 2017 - A new story called Home For The Holidays was in the works.
  • December 12, 2017 - Ms. TwomblySebastianEvanBill and Keo's appearances get redesigns.
  • December 13-18, 2017 - Choices Holiday Giveaway throughout Pixelberry's social media. Limited only to the residents of the United States.
  • January 16, 2018 - Announcement that Perfect Match (an upcoming sci-fi romance book) and Bloodbound (an upcoming vampire romance-thriller book) were in the works was stated.
  • February 26, 2018 - Release of the soundtrack of "The Royal Romance" series.[6]
  • March 22, 2018Red Carpet Diaries and Bloodbound were announced to be book series instead of standalones.
  • April 9, 2018 -  The Junior, Book 1 is the first book to be released on Mondays and started the trend to release books on Mondays as well.
  • April 13, 2018 - Announcement that Veil of Secrets (a new romance-mystery story) will be released soon.
  • April 29, 2018 - Through an Instagram live session at the Bay Area Book Festival, some of the writers confirmed that several of their new books fall under the historical fiction, fantasy and urban genres.
  • May 14, 2018 - Terms of Service and Privacy Policy were updated in order to comply with recent changes to European Union law. [7] [8] [9]
  • June 1, 2018 - Announcement that a historical fiction story was in the works.[10]
  • June 14, 2018 - Announcement that America's Most Eligible will be released on June 27th.[11]
  • June 21, 2018 - The Historical Fiction book that was teased earlier in the month was confirmed via the summary for the Choices' App latest update with the title being Desire & Decorum, Book 1.
  • July 9, 2018 - Release of the soundtrack of the "Perfect Match" series.
  • July 18, 2018 - Announcement that Desire & Decorum will be released on Monday, July 30, 2018; making the second book to premiere and release chapters on Mondays after The Junior. [12]
  • July 25, 2018 - Desire & Decorum is confirmed to be a series, rather than a standalone when a sneak peek for Chapter 1 reveals the Book 1 as part of its title. [13]
  • July 30, 2018 - Announcement of two new books coming out at a later date; these being a Western called Big Sky Country, and Sci-Fi Space Opera Across the Void.
  • July 31-August 9, 2018 - A one time only summer special diamond package became available only to Android users. In a response to a player, a similar feature for IOS users might be available in the future.
  • August 7, 2018 - Announcement that Across the Void will be released on Monday, August 20th, 2018.[14]
  • August 10, 2018 - Announcement that Perfect Match, Book 2 will be coming back in September of this year. [15]
  • August 15, 2018 - Across the Void is confirmed to be a series, rather than a standalone when a sneak peek for Chapter 1 reveals the Book 1 as part of its title.
  • August 17, 2018 - Pixelberry celebrates Choices' Two Year Anniversary since it launched in 2016. [16]

Simple Gameplay Features

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  • The majority of playable characters' ages range from their late teens to their early thirties.
  • There is at least one premium choice per chapter, although the regular rate is 2. Each scene ranges from 7 to 50 diamonds.
  • Once a premium choice is bought, it will be free the next time you replay the chapter.
  • Colored choices are important.
  • Completing a chapter for the first time will earn the player a diamond.
  • Books can be restarted at any time by clicking on the "restart arrow" once on the book's cover.
  • Occasionally, some series will give the player the ability to play different characters, introducing different point of views to a book.
  • Occasionally, the choices proposed to you will be based on previous scenes, actions and conversations you had.

Trivia

  • Many series have spanned for a total of three books to create trilogies, examples including The Crown & The Flame, and Rules of Engagement (not including Newlyweds). Series that are set to conclude with a third book include Endless Summer. Some series do actually span for more than three books, including The Freshman, and Rules of Engagement (including Newlyweds).
  • Despite the above fact, some series do not receive trilogies, and instead are confined to two books, LoveHacks being the best example of this. However, there are some stories that are contained within a single book, such as The Haunting of Braidwood Manor and Home for the Holidays. Most Wanted isn't listed as it is set to have a sequel but is on an indefinite hiatus, as is Hero.
  • Some books allow the player to make their character either male or female. The first instance of this was Endless Summer, Book 1. During the process of creating one's character, the game suggests gender neutral names such as Jordan, Alex and Taylor.
  • The game is noted for its frequent inclusion of LGBT+ characters. Currently, of the 397 total characters seen throughout the game so far, 73 characters are members of the LGBT+ community. With some games letting your character be male or female, some are unconfirmed. The first character to be revealed as gay was Zack. The first character revealed to be lesbian was Kaitlyn. The first character revealed to be bisexual depends on player choices, and can range from Your Character in The Freshman series, to Kenna Rys. The first character currently revealed as transgender was Andy and Cameron as the first non-binary character.
  • Pixelberry maintains Choices at a PG-14 rating. The words "b*tch and *b**tard are the worst insults that are stated throughout the series, but in recent times, more explicit language has been used throughout chapters. The first use of strong language occurred in Book 2, Chapter 9 of The Royal Romance.
  • The chapter titles of several books follow specific themes such as "The Sophomore" books naming their titles after popular songs, the "#LoveHacks" series mimicking typical "Buzzfeed" clickbait article titles and the "Endless Summer" series naming their titles after specific quotes in the chapters.
  • The idea that all of Choices' series take place in one common universe is strengthened many times in the series through locations / characters appearing in different series than their own, as well as confirmed family bonds between characters of different series and eras. Such as Kaitlyn appearing in "The Haunting of Braidwood Manor".
  • The genre titles have been updated to Choose Romance, Choose Mystery, Choose Reality, Choose Fantasy and Choose Horror.
  • As of June 2017 Stories are now updated on both Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Partnering with Nexon will hope to add new ways for players to earn diamonds and add new genres to Choices.
  • In Pixelberry's "What's Next" blog, a statement that several genres such as "Sci-Fi", "Fantasy", "Historical Fiction" and "Horror" and many other genres will be expanded in the future was issued.
  • On February 1, 2018 Pixelberry shared the playlists of the It Lives team that inspires the writing and characters of It Lives in the Woods in Spotify.[17] [18]
    • Link to the Spotify playlist is found in the Reference section.[19]
  • On February 16, 2018 Pixelberry shared the Endless Summer themed playlists in Spotify.[20]
  • Due to backlash received by a large part of the fandom, on March 25, 2018 it was revealed that if one is to play Red Carpet Diaries now, PB has changed the altercation between Your Character and Victoria. She no longer pulls your hair. Thus the situations is no longer seen as physical.
  • Book 1 was added in the title in Veil of Secrets, confirming to be a Book series instead of a standalone. It was later removed from the title when the book was launched in June 1, 2018.
  • As of May 2018, stories are now updated on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • During an Instagram Live session on June 8, 2018, Pixelberry announced that book two of Hero is in the works and will be released later this year. They just don't know exactly when at this time.
  • On June 22, 2018 Pixelberry stated that as of now they don't have any news regarding upcoming mini-books such as The Freshman and The Sophomore Holiday specials. [21]
  • In response to a player, Pixelberry confirmed that Myra and Nishan are both Indian American.
  • Pixelberry messes up with their chapter title reveal cards for the second time. Instead of displaying the actual Chapter 14 title: Welcome, One and All, they accidentally used the title for Chapter 13. The first time was a chapter title in High School Story, Book 2. [22]
  • On July 16, 2018, some player trying to make purchases via Google Play were unable to do so. However, Pixelberry made sure to tell players that Google Play is working on resolving the issue. [23]
  • On July 19, 2018 Pixelberry revealed that a Royal Romance filter is available to use on the social media platform Snapchat. [24]
  • As of Friday July, 27, 2018 Veil of Secrets finally has a poster up in the Pixelberry Headquarters. [25]
    • Additionally, on this same day Pixelberry Headquarters in Mountain View, California got a new sign showing the PB logo.
  • On July 30, 2018 a sneak peak of the book covers for Across the Void, Book 1 and Big Sky Country were revealed, alongside a summary of the books as well. [26]
    • On this same day it was confirmed that you can play as Male or Female in both of these books. [27]
  • In a live stream that Pixelberry did on July 31, 2018 via their official instagram, they confirmed that Hero, Vol. 2 is definitely still in the works. They reiterated that it will come out and thank people for being patient.
    • They assured us that we will love what they have planned.
  • On August 6, 2018 Pixelberry teased via instagram story that there be more sneaks peeks of Across the Void coming soon.
  • On August 14,2018 Kara Loo, one of the head writers for The Royal Romance Series tweeted out that she is currently hard at work writing the finale for The Royal Romance, Book 3.
    • Additionally, she mentioned that Cascada's "Every Time We Touch" alternated with "Time to be Awesome" from the MLP movie are currently her soundtrack.[28]
  • On August 15, 2018 Andrew Shvarts, one of the writers for Veil of Secrets tweeted out that he just finished putting the finishing touches on the last chapter for this book.[29]
  • On August 17, 2018 released a PSA where they stated that there's a code bug in today's chapter of The Royal Romance regarding your marriage title choice from Chapter 17, which may have resulted in the incorrect title being pronounced. [30]

Websites

Official Website

Social Media

Other Websites

References

  1. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1030163217358569472
  2. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1030163656959356928
  3. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrSmYLVCiKRpAIW1Zg3s1wSNREJLqXrkw
  4. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrSmYLVCiKRpTCr0lic9HeALU_QvDUETw
  5. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrSmYLVCiKRrWwUfmjZYrziwqIaV3J-aA
  6. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrSmYLVCiKRoPfjCtvxI2-264sM5Q3bjj
  7. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/996153180898574336
  8. http://www.pixelberrystudios.com/terms-of-service
  9. http://www.pixelberrystudios.com/privacy-policy
  10. http://www.pixelberrystudios.com/blog/2018/6/1/veil-of-secrets
  11. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1007401526124429312
  12. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1019693518023897088
  13. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1022269467277942784
  14. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1026934343699034116
  15. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1028009029392424961
  16. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1030534369444655104
  17. https://playchoices.tumblr.com/post/170473137102/playchoices-it-lives-will-return-cue-ominous
  18. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/959202203708764160
  19. https://open.spotify.com/user/se9492q8wjb505zvjd6x249r5
  20. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/964598047379415040
  21. https://twitter.com/JAZZ200000/status/1010276983530348544
  22. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1017839664453992448
  23. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1019269378578243584
  24. https://www.instagram.com/p/BlbPP1kh4lN/?hl=en&taken-by=choicesgame
  25. https://twitter.com/ninjaribbon/status/1022913856383770624
  26. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1024072892164624384
  27. https://twitter.com/ImRealFrosty/status/1024073649148424193
  28. https://twitter.com/ninjaribbon/status/1029530947811594241
  29. https://twitter.com/Shvartacus/status/1029803663395454977
  30. https://twitter.com/PlayChoices/status/1030524162966601728
Books
The Freshman The Freshman, Book 1 · The Freshman, Book 2 · The Freshman, Book 3 · The Freshman, Book 4 · The Freshman: Love Bites · The Freshman: Game of Love · The Freshman: Snowed In · Chris: Luxury Getaway · James: Masquerade Ball · Kaitlyn: The Perfect Date
The Crown & The Flame The Crown & The Flame, Book 1 · The Crown & The Flame, Book 2 · The Crown & The Flame, Book 3
Most Wanted Most Wanted, Book 1 · Most Wanted, Book 2
Rules of Engagement Rules of Engagement, Book 1 · Rules of Engagement, Book 2 · Rules of Engagement, Book 3 · Rules of Engagement: Newlyweds
Endless Summer Endless Summer, Book 1 · Endless Summer, Book 2 · Endless Summer, Book 3
#LoveHacks #LoveHacks, Book 1 · #LoveHacks, Book 2
The Haunting of Braidwood Manor The Haunting of Braidwood Manor
The Royal Romance The Royal Romance, Book 1 · The Royal Romance, Book 2 · The Royal Romance, Book 3
The Sophomore The Sophomore, Book 1 · The Sophomore, Book 2 · The Sophomore: Hartfeld Horror Story
Hero Hero, Vol. 1 · Hero, Vol. 2
High School Story High School Story, Book 1 · High School Story, Book 2 · High School Story, Book 3
It Lives It Lives In The Woods . It Lives - Untitled Sequel
Home for the Holidays Home for the Holidays
Red Carpet Diaries Red Carpet Diaries, Book 1 · Red Carpet Diaries, Book 2
Perfect Match Perfect Match, Book 1 · Perfect Match, Book 2
Bloodbound Bloodbound, Book 1 · Bloodbound, Book 2
The Junior The Junior, Book 1
Veil of Secrets Veil of Secrets
America's Most Eligible America's Most Eligible Season 10
Desire & Decorum Desire & Decorum, Book 1
Across the Void Across the Void, Book 1
The Senior The Senior
Big Sky Country Big Sky Country