Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Your Choices Really Do Matter

Way Walkers: University by J. Leigh
Summary: Which Way will you walk?
In a land were science and magic are the same, you are one of the few born with Extrasensory Abilities–and you dream of attending the most prestigious metaphysical university on the Continent. There, you can discover not only your potential and place amid the Twelve Ways of Spirit, but perhaps your ultimate destiny. Fight drakes, make friends or enemies, chase ghosts and argue with angels, be an upstanding student or a devious rebel–it’s all up to you.
Way Walkers: University is a truly interactive novel, set in a world where freewill is paramount. Every choice you make decides your fate, and defines your very soul. ‘For freewill shall choose between the paths fate has lain.’
Will you follow the Way of the Healer, or carve your reputation as a Warrior? Shall gossip and relationships fill your days, or shall you choose the Way of Truth and study? Will you seek fame along the Way of Creativity, or hone your Abilities under the Way of magic?
Will you choose a righteous path, or fall to the Way of Evil?
Buy the Game: Try out the first part for free and buy the game to play on Chrome, the iPhone and iPad, and Android
Review: An imaginative and fun interactive fantasy novel.
I always loved choose your own adventure books as a kid although I must admit to cheating many times after getting a bad ending. Way Walkers: University is my first interactive (aka virtual) fantasy novel. The choices you make in this book really do affect a number of aspects including conversation/action choices, stats, and even life and death. The create a character part of the book is done very well with questions that help to develop the personality of the character. There are many possible character combinations and many ways to play a character. 

Way Walkers: University is set in a rich, lush, and incredibly detailed fantasy world. I would love to read a standard novel set in this world. The writing is excellent and has plenty of humor. The premise, talented person being sent off to a magical school for training, is one that has been done before, but I personally love the idea of getting to go to a magic academy and I think a lot of people do too. I really enjoyed the classes (I think I like taking virtual classes too much) although I wish more had been done with them, but the author tells me that more will be done with the classes in the sequel. It is a bit hard to write a review for a choose your own adventure book, but I can certainly tell you that I raced through the book in a few hours and happily started all over again (with a new character of course). 


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those that enjoy rpgs and fantasy novels.

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