I’m not sure if this goes in Fan Community or not because it’s more about Episode’s rival apps, but also how they are relative to Episode so…
Anyways, as some people might have noticed, there are a lot of apps that are interactive visual storytelling based, which seem to rival Episode’s format. Not all of them are necessarily “ripoffs”. Choices was based off of Surviving High School & Cause of Death (made by the same people), which came out long before Episode. One can even argue features such as Episode’s Spotlight was based on the games’ format. And in addition, visual novel games have existed for a long time. But Episode’s (and Choices) surging popularity ignited the trend of visual/interactive storytelling, more so making apps containing a catalogue of interactive stories.
Launched August 2016 by Pixelberry
My Story: Choose Your Own Path
Launched January 2017 by Nanobit
Chapters: Interactive Stories
Launched October 2017 by Crazy Maple Studios
What’s Your Story
Launched January 2018 by Ludia
Launched February 2018 by NTT Solmare
Moments: Choose Your Story
Launched April 2018 by Stardust Works
Most similar to Visual Novel Style, though characters always have animations
I was going to write observations of all the apps, but halfway through I realized I didn’t want to sift through all of them as most of them aren’t appealing to me.
Which app do you like the most and why? Do you think the user-creation aspect of Episode has worked as an asset or a hindrance? You can argue both ways (i.e. more content? but also more questionable quality.) I ask this because of this excerpt from pocketgamer.biz on the What’s Your Story app:
“We’re not doing user generated content,” Thabet says, in reference to Episodes’ more platform-focused approach. “We believe our quality will drive value.”
Leave any and all thoughts below.
Also, can we talk about how the app layouts all look copy & pasted lol? Who decided this was the standard? (Whats Your Story also follows this format, though I can’t open it right now.)
Do you know of any other apps that weren’t listed? Apps that only consist of one story or are typical Japanese visual novels don’t count!