What if you could live your life over again?
In this text-based interactive fiction, you choose what happens next. It's in the style of pick-a-path gamebooks, but with over a thousand multiple-choice questions, it's much longer and deeper than traditional gamebooks. Alter Ego starts at birth and ends at death, including two substantially different versions, depending on whether you choose to be male or female.
Will you grow up to be confident and happy? Will you fight with bullies, or befriend them? Will you find a date to the senior prom? Will you marry and have kids, or start your own business and become a millionaire? The choice is yours.
This game will change your life.
(Alter Ego was originally published in 1986 for the Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Apple II, and Macintosh. The current edition of the Alter Ego game is a production of Choose Multiple LLC. This edition includes an updated interface and fixes bugs in the original version of the game, but the content of the game hasn't changed from the original 1986 version of the game.)
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Ratings and Reviews
This game is good, but you can definitely tell that it’s dated. It doesn’t age well. This isn’t the developers fault, they simply added an already existing game into their collection.
Still I’ll admit there is one thing that really bothers me. Everything is so stereo typically female or male. I consider myself to be quite the tomboy, Exploring with my grandfather in the woods and playing Games that involve lots of explosions! Not being able to play as one seriously irks me. This doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy feminine things to, for example I like to get my haircut at the beauty shop. Still like I said before, you can tell this game is dated.
Amazing, even heartwarming game.
I’ve had this game on my devices since around 2011 and find myself still coming back to it seven years later, so it feels criminal to not leave a review. Basically, it’s a fantastic life sim with a *lot* of replayability, thanks to its RPG-like stats system and its huge branching stories. It’s almost entirely text-based, which is no problem at all since it’s so well written. The comedy scenes are hilariously cheesy (this is a port of a 1986 game, after all!), and it successfully builds on stories of relatable growing pains to deliver compelling scenarios for your alter ego to navigate. The childhood sections of the game feels bittersweet and nostalgic every time I go through them, and the older adult/elder sections hit hard and make me feel more empathy for real-life folks in their twilight years. Your character will face emotional yet realistic tribulations, like mental health crises and affairs and near-death experiences (or maybe just a horrible, crushing premature death). I could gush for ages about the unexpected engagement and entertainment this text-based adventure has given me all these years.
I seriously recommend Alter Ego to anyone who likes the idea of everything I’ve talked about and thinks it sounds even slightly fun. I guarantee you it’s even better than that once you dip below the surface. It is worth every penny you’ll spend on it.
LOVE this game, but...
Okay, so I’ve played this game about a dozen times. I’d say it’s less “addictive” than well written enough to give you room to explore different lives while retaining its replay value. It’s a solid game and I personally love a good life simulator like this one.
One thing that stood out to me from the start was the lack of LGBT options. As a lesbian, this pulls me out of the gameplay experience every time. Do I choose an entire lifetime of male experiences in order to have a love life that includes women? Or do I choose a life of female experiences and accept that the entire romantic dimension of the game will center around men? More than once I’ve ended the game a spinster.
I don’t think the game needs a “modern LGBT twist”. I think it would be vastly improved even if it remained nearly the same, but with options down the road to choose partners of different genders, choose pronouns, come out as a specific sexuality, change names, and options to come out as transgender (with the gameplay literally switching from “Male script” to “Female script”, or vice versa), with specific characters responding accordingly.
Adding LGBT options just means more immersive gameplay for more people than you might think, and I feel it would vastly improve the game for players like me!
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- Choose Multiple LLC
- 22.2 MB
- Requires iOS 7.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 7.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 7.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- © 2010-2015 Choose Multiple LLC
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