Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between a interactive story and an e-book.
That may sound strange, but consider the “visual novel” genre. Visual novels are technically books that you click through; but with images and sounds to accompany the words, they’re considered video games. American Angst is a choose-your-own adventure game that reads like an interactive novel. To distinguish itself, though, it gives you health, an inventory, and choices for you to make that may change the story. Despite this gamification, American Angst still feels very much like an interactive e-book. But when you get into the thick of the story, it simply no longer matters.
American Angst opens with you waking up in a dark room; you’ve no recollection of where you are or how you got there. Slowly, by clicking through many well-written pages, you’re able to piece together what happened during the memories that you lost. The more you play, the more you’ll regret some of your choices and beg to go back to make a different one.
A horror story at heart, American Angst is very well written. There’s just enough suspense and thrill that you’ll find yourself biting your nails as you play. It should be said that much of the clicking you’ll be doing during the game will simply be to move the story forward rather than change it in any way. It feels as though your choices sometimes make little difference to the outcome, but there are multiple endings so it’s worth playing through more than once.
American Angst might not be filled with action, but its excellent writing and gripping story make it well worth taking a look at. For £2.09/$2.99, it’s certainly worth every penny — especially if you turn down the lights for the perfect horror atmosphere.