Change the course of history! Can your scientific discoveries save the ancient Library of Alexandria? Will you defend the empire's legacy, or your own?
"Choice of Alexandria" is an interactive novella by Kevin Gold, author of "Choice of Robots." Your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based--90,000 words, without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.
The year is 245 BCE; you’re a heroic polymath librarian, invited to Alexandria to tutor prince Ptolemy IV. The real Ptolemy IV fell under the sway of his evil advisor Sosibius, and brought the empire to ruin--but perhaps under your tutelage, things will turn out differently.
Or disregard your responsibilities to focus on inventions instead! With the help of Archimedes and Euclid, you can discover the steam engine, the germ theory of disease, or even robotic automata, thousands of years ahead of schedule.
Will you deplete the libraries of other cities to enrich your own? Achieve popularity for your scientific inventions, or protect the legacy of the empire? Will Ptolemy IV grow up hedonistic and selfish, or wise and just? Will you be ransomed by the pirate queen Nefertari, or can you win her over with your silver tongue?
The fate of the city of wonders is in your hands!
• Play as a brilliant inventor, a gifted speaker, or a life-saving doctor
• Make great discoveries while protecting Prince Ptolemy IV from manipulators at court
• Save famed mathematicians Archimedes and Euclid from untimely deaths
• Based on the real life of Eratosthenes, ancient genius who calculated the size of the Earth
• Save the Great Library and invent the steam engine two thousand years early!
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Ratings and Reviews
Pretty good so far
At the moment, though I have only gotten through the first chapter, this story seems to be great and well put together and I eagerly look forward to reading more. Though there does seem to be some disappointment that this story cannot be read for free, I honestly cannot see any issue with that. It is not unreasonable to expect payment for a story, there are plenty of free stories out there and there is no reason to rate a story poorly on the basis of it not being free. At the moment, I look forward to reading more and seeing where this goes. Hopefully, there will be other reasonable readers that understand that it takes a lot time and skill to craft an original story, and it's not wrong to charge money for a service.
Well Worth It
I played the first chapter online, and after falling in love I decided to buy the full game. Honestly, it was so well worth it. It's a short, but very complex story. One little choice and your whole ending is changed. As I played through the first time I wondered why I was enjoying it so much. I came to the end and realized that the author, Kevin Gold, also wrote another one of my personal favorite COGs- Choice of Robots. If you liked Gold's style in COR; you'll really enjoy this novel. I've played COR multiple times and still haven't unlocked all of the Achievements. I played this one for roughly two weeks, lightly I may add, and was able to unlock every achievement. I still like to replay it though, because I enjoy the over all story.
A surreal experience
When I read the summary for this game, I believed that it would just be another game that I played as long as it was free, but I ended up buying it for $2.99. The story makes you feel like you are the character much better than any other choice game I've played. It combined real history, fictional speculation, and a bit of well timed humor beautifully! I've played the game 4 times over, and I still want to explore more paths and branches. Overall, I would say that for the price, it was worth the 3 bucks for such an excellent experience! 6 stars!
- Choice of Games LLC
- 51.2 MB
- Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
- © 2016 Kevin Gold
- In-App Purchases
- Rest of the Game $2.99
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