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Gameplay is pretty much the only thing these stories have in common. (left to right: Dave from Most Wanted, Kenna from The Crown and the Flame, Chris from The Freshman)
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Choices: Stories You Play is a collection of Visual Novel Games released by Pixelberry Studios for iOS and Android. Pixelberry also created the games High School Story and Hollywood U Rising Stars. Additionally, the game shares some of the creators of Cause of Death and Surviving High School. The game was released on August 17, 2016 and is still releasing content to this day.

Choices is a collection of Visual Novel games. Each game is divided into volumes known as "books" - some games only compose one book, but some are multiple-book stories. Each book is divided into chapters, and chapters are released on a weekly basis (the day of the week varies), meaning that Choices is an Episodic Game. Book lengths can vary, but 15-17 chapters is the most common. One of Choices most defining aspects is the fact that it is a Genre Roulette at its heart; although the gameplay remains pretty much the same, the story, setting and theme change entirely from story to story (and some stories have different art styles than others), allowing each game to tell something different.

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The app itself is an interface from which you can access the stories. Two forms of in-app currency purchasable through Microtransactions (or even larger transactions if you're really invested) exist; these are Diamonds and Keys, and your balance for both are shared among all of the stories in the collection. Each story requires you to give up a Key to play a chapter, and in each story some special choices will require you to pay Diamonds to make them. Keys refill over time at one key every three hours, but you cannot hold more than two keys obtained for free at once. Players receive two diamonds upon completing a chapter for the first time. Replays don't automatically give free diamonds; however, users can earn one additional diamond by watching an ad after playing a chapter (even a previously played one). You can play through a whole story without paying anything, but on top of having very few Diamonds with which to access special choices that offer lots of depth and backstory, you'll also only be able to play through at most two chapters at a time, so you won't be able to blaze through a story quickly. This business model qualifies as both an Allegedly Free Game, and Freemium.

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The game was originally released in August 2016 with three titles: The Freshman, Most Wanted and The Crown and The Flame. All of these books debuted with all of their chapters available at once. Since then, many more books have been released.

    List of Choices Stories 
  • The Freshman (2016-2017). The largest sub-franchise in Choices, The Freshman contains four books in its main story arc, three bonus books, and three special character-central books which require diamonds to play. The story is Exactly What It Says on the Tin: you're a college freshman meeting all new people and you have to deal with the challenges of school life as you choose from multiple Love Interests while helping your friends with their problems. The Freshman is a spiritual sequel to Surviving High School. (Completed with 4 books plus three holiday special mini-books and three premium mini-books)
    • The Sophomore (2017-2018) (tropes listed under the page for The Freshman). Set in the same continuity for an all-new year at school. (Completed with 2 books plus one holiday special mini-book)
    • The Junior (2018) follows the Main Character's third year of college, and features a central plot revolving around a fratority and a campus prankster with malicious intent. (Completed with 1 book)
    • The Senior (2018) follows the Main Character's final year at Hartfeld. (Completed with 1 book)
  • Most Wanted. (2016) A no-nonsense, Cowboy Cop US Marshal from Texas partners up with a by-the-book LAPD Detective to hunt down a dangerous Ax-Crazy fugitive. Most Wanted is a spiritual sequel to Cause of Death. (Book 1 completed, Book 2 on indefinite hiatus)
  • The Crown & the Flame. (2016-2017) Drops the realism of the previous two books and is set in a Fantasy land. Your kingdom is under attack, and you must win it back. (Completed with 3 books)
  • Rules of Engagement. (2016-2017) You and your family are are on a cruise and have to complete specific tasks from your grandmother's will in order to get your inheritance, which is worth $100 million per cousin. (Completed with 3 books)
    • Newlyweds is a short, 5-chapter epilogue book.
  • Endless Summer. (2016-2018) You and your college friends have won an all-expense paid trip to a lovely resort island... but it's not long before you realize that things are terribly wrong. (Completed with 3 books)
  • #LoveHacks. (2016-2017) With a new city, new jobs and new friends, can you handle the dating world? (Completed with 2 books)
  • The Haunting of Braidwood Manor. (2017) Do you dare spend the night in Braidwood Manor? (Completed with 1 book)
  • The Royal Romance. (2017-2018) You're an ordinary waitress invited to a faraway kingdom as a potential suitor for the Crown Prince. (Completed with 3 books)
    • The Royal Heir. (2019-ongoing) Sequel series to the main series (Book 1 completed, Book 2 ongoing)
    • The Royal Holiday. (2019) Winter-themed interquel set between The Royal Romance and The Royal Heir (Completed)
  • Hero. (2017) Take to the skies! Make friends, find love and save the city in this action-packed adventure! (Book 1 completed, Book 2 on indefinite TBA)
  • High School Story. (2017-2018) Retool/Sequel of Pixelberry's app game High School Story. You are the new kid in school trying to make new friends and enjoy school activities while dealing with rivals, bullies, and an evil administrator. (Completed with 3 books)
    • High School Story: Class Act. (2018-2020): Friendship, fun, and romance await you in Berry High's theater class... if you can make it through your first day! A sequel/Soft Reboot of the main series. (Completed with 3 books)
  • It Lives. PB's horror series. While other series tend to be straightforward sequels, this series changed settings and main casts between each books. It is composed of two games, both of which have their tropes listed under the It Lives page:
    • It Lives In The Woods (2017-2018): Something old and powerful lives in the woods surrounding the small town of Westchester... something that knows your name. (Completed)
    • It Lives Beneath (2018-2019): Start your new life in the beautiful town of Pine Springs! Just be sure that all doors and windows are securely locked after dark... (Completed)
    • It Lives 3: TBA
  • Home For The Holidays. (2017-2018) Welcome to Winter Haven! Who will you kiss under the mistletoe... your workaholic boss, your high school sweetheart, or your childhood friend? (Completed with 1 book)
  • Red Carpet Diaries. (2017-2019) You've just arrived in Hollywood. Fame, fortune, and romance await! And... is that superstar Chris Winters over by the pool? A Spiritual Successor to Pixelberry's app game Hollywood U Rising Stars. (Completed with 3 books)
  • Perfect Match. (2018) An exclusive matchmaking service guarantees that they can find your perfect match. But is true love too good to be true? (Completed with 2 books)
  • Bloodbound (2018-2020). You're applying for a job with brilliant CEO billionaire Adrian Raines... but there's more to him than it seems. Urban fantasy meets romance in this sexy vampire thriller. (Completed with 3 books)
    • Bloodbound: Dark Solstice. (2019) Winter special/Interquel set between books 1 and 2. (Completed)
  • Veil of Secrets. (2018) Your best friend vanished without a trace on the day of her wedding! Search the beautiful seaside town of Birchport to solve the mystery, but be careful... everyone has a secret. (Completed with 1 book)
  • America's Most Eligible. (2018-2020) Battle it out in a reality TV show to determine who is most eligible! Create alliances, make enemies, even fall in love... the choice is up to you! (Completed with 3 books)
  • Desire & Decorum. (2018-2019) It's court or be courted when you learn you're one of the most eligible heiresses in England! Does true love await you at the grand Edgewater Estate? (Completed with 3 books)
    • Desire & Decorum: First Winter. (2019) A holiday-themed spin-off book. (Completed)
  • Across The Void. (2018-2019) You're the new captain of a luxury space liner, and it's your job to make sure your passengers cross the galaxy safely - in the middle of a galactic civil war! This romantic space opera is like nothing you've experienced! (Completed with 1 book)
  • Big Sky Country. (2018-2019) When your car breaks down in rural Montana, you're stranded on the roadside... until a certain cowboy comes riding up. (Completed with 2 books)
  • The Elementalists. (2018-2019) Magick. Mystery. Mayhem. Your adventure at Penderghast College is about to begin. (Completed with 2 books)
    • The Elementalists: Winters Past. (2019) A holiday-themed spin-off book. (Completed)
  • A Courtesan of Rome. (2018-2019) Make your debut as a courtesan in Ancient Rome and plot your vengeance against Julius Caesar for his conquest of your homeland. (Completed with 1 book)
  • The Heist: Monaco. (2018-2019) As the leader of a crew of thieves, your next job may get you the payday of a lifetime, payback on your enemies... and the crown jewels of Monaco! (Completed with 1 book)
  • Ride or Die: A Bad Boy Romance. (2019-ongoing) Logan isn't the type of boy you can bring home to Dad... Not when Dad's the detective tasked with taking down Logan's illegal street racing crew. (Book 1 completed, Book 2 TBA)
  • Open Heart. (2019-ongoing) You're the newest medical resident at Edenbrook Hospital, working under the brilliant and demanding Dr. Ethan Ramsey. Can you make the cut? (Book 1 completed, Book 2 ongoing)
  • Passport to Romance. (2019) You've just landed an opportunity to travel to Europe! What will be awaiting you there? (Completed with 1 book)
  • Wishful Thinking. (2019) You're an aspiring reporter, struggling to get ahead... until a shocking turn of events changes your life! (Completed with 1 book)
  • Nightbound. (2019) You always knew visiting New Orleans would be a life-changing experience... you had no idea how right you would be. (Completed with 1 book)
  • Platinum. (2019) When pop superstar Avery Wilshere discovers your singing talent, you're catapulted to instant fame! Are you ready to share your voice with the world? (Completed with 1 book)
  • Sunkissed. (2019) When you return to your dad's old beach town with your family, can you hope to find summer love? (Completed with 1 book)
  • Bachelorette Party. (2019) You're off with your girl crew to a Vegas bachelorette. But will you get lucky, or lose it all? (Completed with 1 book)
  • Mother Of The Year. (2019) When your daughter gets a scholarship to attend an elite private school, it looks like the perfect chance to start a new life... (Completed with 1 book)
  • Save the Date. (2019) Make wedding dreams come true as the ultimate wedding planner! Just don't forget to choose your plus one... (Completed with 1 book)
  • The Royal Masquerade. (2019-2020) It's the night of the Royal Masquerade, but will a lowly scribe like you get to attend? Choose your House, change your fate, and pursue love in this romantic epic! A Renaissance-themed interquel between The Crown and the Flame and The Royal Romance. (Completed with 1 book)
  • Baby Bump (2019-ongoing). You've just moved to a small town, when you get some unexpected news... (Book 1 completed. Book 2 TBA)
  • Blades of Light & Shadow. (2020-ongoing) Create your character and rally your party in this truly epic adventure! (Book 1 in progress)
  • Witness: A Bodyguard Romance. (2020-ongoing) After witnessing a murder, you're sent to Nantucket with a U.S. Marshal sworn to protect you at all costs... Will you survive the summer without risking your life or your heart? (Book 1 in progress)
  • Distant Shores. (2020-ongoing) When you're swept back to the 18th century, you embark on a swashbuckling adventure led by a sexy pirate captain. But will you ever make it home? (Book 1 in progress)

Coming Soon

  • With Every Heartbeat (2020)

Current Rotation:

  • Monday:
    • Witness: A Bodyguard Romance

  • Wednesday:
    • Blades of Light and Shadow (On hiatus until April 8)

  • Friday:
    • The Royal Heir (Book 2)
    • Distant Shores

  • Saturday:
    • Open Heart (Book 2)


Tropes that apply either to multiple stories, or that apply to the game itself:

  • Allegedly Free Game: Each game has special choices you'll need some in-game currency (shared among all Choices games in the form of Diamonds) to choose. Some important scenes and your capacity to get certain endings are dependent on those.
  • Bi the Way:
    • Almost all player-characters can date characters of either gender. This also applies to love interests in stories where the player can choose the character's gender, since they will always return the player's affections regardless of their respective genders.
    • In some cases, a love interest has canonical past relationships, making them explicitly bisexual if the character is the opposite gender of the previous partner (as opposed to the alternative interpretation that their sexuality changes to fit the protagonist's gender). For example, Sean Gayle or Damien Nazario would be this if the player plays as male and has a relationship with them, while Imogen Wescott would be this if the player plays as female and has a relationship with her.
    • A handful of characters are specifically stated to be bisexual, regardless of whether the player pursues them or not (in some cases, they're not even love interests). Examples include Zig Ortega, Emma Hawkins, Clarence Coleman, Alexis Kersey, Lucas Thomas and Lily Spencer.
  • Character Customization: Almost all of the stories allow players to customize the protagonist's appearance, with most sets consisting of Caucasian, African, East Asian, and Ambiguously Brown options. Some also allow players to choose the protagonist's gender between male and female.
    • Some stories also allow the player to customize the appearances of certain love interests, their gender, or both.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The characters' backgrounds during their lines match their emotions. Blue or gray is neutral, green or light blue is happy, orange is surprised, red is angry, and gray or black is sad.
  • Darker and Edgier:
    • So far, the books of the It Lives franchise are the darkest books Pixelberry has released - they definitely deserve the content warning you see at the beginning. On top of having realistic graphics (compared to the cartoonish graphics some other books have), these books deal with and explicitly depict some very serious real world issues as well as their Anyone Can Die nature.
      • The first book It Lives In the Woods has high-school bullying (which is depicted explicitly and frequently in the beginning of the game), mental health issues (namely PTSD), the death of a child, and a supernatural entity terrorizing a town. There are several moments in the game where corpses are explicitly shown in CG art, and there are other very freaky images such as the face of a demon in the very opening scene.
      • The second book It Lives Beneath has the Player Character's parents brutally murdered in the opening scene while having them and their half-brother struggling with their grief. The later chapters feature more disturbing and graphically-described deaths of various likable characters and a deadly cult implied to be worshiping the monster in the lake.
    • While nowhere near as dark as It Lives, Endless Summer, Perfect Match, Bloodbound and Veil of Secrets have significantly darker content than other Choices titles, particularly in regard to the number of deaths and the overall level of violence in them.
    • A Courtesan of Rome focuses on several mature themes such as violence, slavery, mistreatment of women, and animal sacrifices due to the time period.
    • The Haunting of Braidwood Manor features gruesome images (the sprite for the mother is particularly disturbing), and the backstory of the family is just depressing, involving suicide and the death of children.
  • Fictional Counterpart: Throughout the stories, there are products that are basically this trope.
  • Fictional Country: Cordonia is the main setting of The Royal Romance and The Royal Masquerade. It is also visited in Rules of Engagement and Red Carpet Diaries, and receives verbal mentions in High School Story, Desire & Decorum, and The Heist: Monaco.
  • Follow the Plotted Line: The degree to which your choices matter is variable. Different choices will usually trigger different scenes and dialogue from other characters, but only a handful will actually change the course of the overall plot.
  • Freemium: Each game will offer you some choices that you need to pay up Diamonds to use. Keys are also needed to play chapters. You can only hold up to two keys at one time for free... and those keys only arrive with time.
  • Game-Favored Gender/Purely Aesthetic Gender: In some of the games you can choose your gender, but the degree to which that matters (and therefore which trope that game would fall under) is variable.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Some choices have diamond requirements which make little sense in the context of the story. One prominent example is when a story forces you to spend diamonds in order to wear an outfit that is being presented to your character as a gift, or worse, one which your character supposedly already owns. (This also extends to non-clothing items as well, like some of the household decorations in The Junior.)
  • Gay Option: Most stories provide at least one. In stories where the main character's gender can be either male or female, all love interests can be romanced by both genders.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Characters whose gender is customizable always have an androgynous name as the default choice (Taylor in Endless Summer, Jordan in High School Story, Alex in Hero and Nightbound, Kai and Hayden in Perfect Match, Devon in It Lives in the Woods, Jesse in Veil of Secrets, Jamie in America's Most Eligible, Nova in Across the Void, Morgan in Big Sky Country, Bailey, Casey, and Rory in High School Story: Class Act, Harper in It Lives Beneath, Lee in The Heist: Monaco, Casey in Open Heart, Charlie in Passport to Romance, Avery and Raleigh in Platinum, Hunter and Kayden in The Royal Masquerade, and Raine in Blades of Light and Shadow). Eli from The Elementalists is a more unusual example; while the name Eli is typically thought of as masculine (short for Elijah), it can technically be short for Elizabeth as well.
  • Genre Roulette: Perhaps the most defining trait of Choices as a whole. There are so many different genres that the books cover since all of them tell different stories despite sharing the same gameplay.
  • Genre Shift: Several stories are introduced as being in the romance or slice of life genre before taking a turn and the protagonists often find themselves having to stop a criminal or other type of villain. Perfect Match, Bloodbound and Endless Summer are the most notable examples for having this shift after the first chapter.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: Most stories allow you to choose the main character's first name (the only exceptions are Dom and Kenna in The Crown and the Flame and Dave and Sam in Most Wanted). Many also allow you to choose their last name.
    • Some stories will also allow you to choose the names of secondary characters — The Royal Romance offers an option to pick the name of the prince, while Rules Of Engagement allows the player to choose the name of a whopping nine different characters. This is most common in older stories, and has mostly faded away in more recent releases (except those which are continuations of old series, like The Royal Heir, which follow the tradition of the original story so the reader can keep names consistent).
    • If the main character has a pet or other animal companion (or multiples, as in The Crown and The Flame), the reader will be offered a chance (usually free, occasionally premium) to choose the animal's name; some have suggestions or default names, while others do not. note 
  • Hotter and Sexier: Readers who have purchased Premium Sex Scenes have noticed that over time, the writing for these scenes has progressively become more detailed, leaving few details to the imagination. Prominent examples include a very graphic and detailed sex scene with Damien in Perfect Match, a threesome between Amy, Lily and Jax in Bloodbound, a bondage scene with the player's chosen love interest in America's Most Eligible, and an oral sex scene with Ethan in Open Heart. Bachelorette Party flat-out says it will be this and warns players that this may not be their kind of story.
  • Just Friends: Premium choices that allow you to be alone with any of the love interests do have friendlier options if you're not planning on romancing that particular character. Many stories also allow you to become part of an Official Couple with another character, but will also give you the option of just staying friends.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The stories tend to be very ambiguous about the presence of magic in the setting, with the events of The Crown and the Flame being said to be wildly exaggerated compared to the historical In-Universe event. It Lives In the Woods is the first book where a kind of magic is explicitly present in the universe. This is especially notable since sci-fi elements have been present as early as Endless Summer.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Ads for the game are incredibly inaccurate to the final product, with characters not from the same books appearing in scenes that never happened in any of the stories and with relationships and personalities out of context. This page compiles many of them.
    • Some ads also depict the game as actually fully playing out the stories visually, with the digital characters moving around and interacting in accordance with the events of the story. Actual Choices games are primarily formatted with a backdrop to suggest the setting and the characters as separate, portrait-like images that only appear when the character is speaking. Actual, full shots depicting the characters in the scene are used sparingly (in some books, not at all), are brief when they do happen, and don't offer player choices within those moments.
  • Old Save Bonus: Almost all subsequent books in each seriesnote  allow players to import the previous book's save, allowing players to play with the choices they've picked, including premium ones. This also applies to the holiday specials of various stories.
  • One Steve Limit: Generally played straight in each individual series, but massively averted in the franchise as a whole, as a number of names are reused across the different stories.
    • Enforced in-universe in The Freshman. It's revealed that Tripp's first name is Edgar, but the other Edgar insists he go by his last name because "there can be only one Edgar".
  • One-Word Title: The main title is "Choices", referring to the choice-based nature of the game. The subtitle is "Stories You Play".
  • Only One Name: Many main characters, particularly those from older books, have only their first names mentioned.
  • Out of Focus: In many stories, at least one love interest (usually female) has the fewest screen time as a result of Story Branch Favoritism towards one love interest (usually male).
    • The Freshman and its sequels: Kaitlyn Liao isn't revealed to be a love interest until the middle part of Book 1. In later books, James Ashton appears less because of his temporary work in L.A. and graduating earlier than the rest of the cast.
    • The Crown & The Flame: Tevan Drammir for Kenna, as he's the only love interest who can die in the first chapter and has to be saved by spending diamonds. Rose Blake for Dom, who disappears after Book 1. Will Jackson zigzags this trope in that while he is still an important character in the narrative, he showed no attraction to Dom until the penultimate chapter in Book 3, so he is severely Out of Focus as a Love Interest but not as a character.
    • Endless Summer: Estela Montoya in Book 1, though she appears more in the following two books while Sean Gayle has the lowest plot relevance and character development.
    • #LoveHacks: Leah Myers. Book 2 fixes this by having her join with Dani as a business partner.
    • The Haunting of Braidwood Manor: Victor, who only has about 3 non-Premium scenes.
    • The Royal Romance: Hana Lee. She is only Love Interest who doesn't really have a royal bloodline or connection to the Cordonian royal family and is only there as a suitor of Liam and later a suitor and/or a friend of Riley.
    • Hero: Eva, who isn't properly introduced until the last third of Book 1
    • High School Story: Aiden Zhou, unless Jordan's in the band. Emma Hawkins joins this fate in Book 2 because she took a part-time job.
    • High School Story: Class Act: Skye Crandall, especially in Book 2, where she is the only love interest not involved in the election.
    • It Lives in the Woods: Connor Green, as he didn't encounter Redfield as a child
    • Home for the Holidays: Holly Wright
    • Red Carpet Diaries: Victoria Fontaine, especially in Book 2, where she is the only Love Interest not to have a single plotline. In Book 3, Thomas Hunt ironically ends up with this fate despite the heavy focus on him during the last third of Book 2, with Seth Levine coming as a close second, as he’s the only one without a premium sex scene unique to him.
    • Perfect Match: Sloane Washington in the first half of Book 1. Thankfully, she became more prominent once her role as an Eros employee is revealed.
    • Bloodbound: Kamilah Sayeed in Book 1, who is notable in that she is the only Love Interest who only plays a supporting role in another love interest's (Adrian) storyline rather than having her own storyline. While Book 2 has her playing an active role in stopping Gaius, Lily Spencer ends up in this fate at the same time.
    • Veil of Secrets: Grant Emerson, who mostly stays on the sidelines while Flynn and Naomi take active roles in the investigation. Zig-zagged with Kate O'Malley, who doesn't become a love interest until the very end of the book, but the entire story revolves around her.
    • America's Most Eligible: Derek Taylor
    • Desire & Decorum: Prince Hamid
    • Across The Void: Zekei who, while being Nova’s Childhood Friend, isn’t technically part of the crew being a marshal.
    • Big Sky Country: Asha Roanhorse, who lives in Sweetridge instead of the ranches. While Book 2 finally gives her more prominence by having her run for the position of mayor of Sweetridge, Juliette Mendoza ends up with this fate at the same time.
    • The Elementalists: Aster D'Yew in Book 1, who is the only Love Interest who doesn't attend Penderghast University until her enrollment at the end of the Book. Book 2 thankfully fixes this by giving her a subplot involving her struggle for acceptance among wood nymphs.
    • A Courtesan of Rome: Sabina
    • The Heist: Monaco: Fabien Ahmad or Tillie Marshall, depending on who the player recruits as the driver. Neither of them were involved in Lee's previous heists (as with Rye and Eris), nor did the narrative give them much focus on their interactions with Lee (as with Sonia).
    • Ride or Die: A Bad Boy Romance: Mona
    • Open Heart: Rafael Aveiro, who works as a paramedic instead of a doctor or intern. In Book 2, he is removed as a love interest unless you've picked romantic interactions with him in Book 1.
    • Wishful Thinking: Anna Koishi, who only encounters Lydia in her role as a reporter. Of the other two love interests, Aubrey works at the station with Lydia while Jaime is a close friend who visits her house often.
    • Nightbound: Katherine
    • Platinum: Shane Parker, who's a film student instead of a musician.
    • Sunkissed: Eliana Flores
    • Bachelorette Party: Reed Hanson and Ash Tanaka, as they appear intermittently until the last third of the book
    • Mother of the Year: Eiko Matsunaga
    • Save the Date: Lindsay Basu
  • Polyamory: Several novels allow you to date more than one person at the same time.
    • Endless Summer and Love Hacks allow you to date any or all of the potential love interests simultaneously, though Love Hacks eventually forces you to pick one or stay single. (Endless Summer also pushes the player towards picking one for the handfasting, but the player can avoid this if they forego the handfasting, and the story also has the option to keep the protagonist single.)
    • Perfect Match, Red Carpet Diaries, and Mother of the Year have you choose one person to be your primary love interest, but give you the option of being exclusive with them or being in an open relationship.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Several characters are not love interests at the beginning of their respective stories, but eventually become so, often as a direct result of the character's popularity within the fandom.
    • Becca of The Freshman is an antagonist for the first two books before becoming a love interest in Book 3.
    • Maxwell in The Royal Romance is one of Riley's close friends but does not become a love interest until late in Book 2.
    • Thomas Hunt in Red Carpet Diaries becomes one of Jessica's love interests by the last third of Book 2, when she works on his movie after being fired from Tommy Phelps's.
    • In Veil of Secrets, the relationship between Kate and Jesse is never presented as anything more than best friends until the very end of the book when the player is given the option to have Jesse stay in Birchport and confess their feelings to Kate.
    • In America's Most Eligible, Jen is a friend and mentor to Jamie until a premium choice in Chapter 10 reveals she has a crush on them. The player finally gets a chance to be romantic with her in Chapter 18. Book 3 allows the player to reject their previously chosen love interest and marry Bianca or Slater instead.
  • Rainbow Speak: Sometimes, highlighted words appear in order to indicate important things that help players achieve a goal.
    • In The Heist: Monaco, if you choose Blackbird as your hacker, certain words in their dialogue will be in red. Unlike the general usage of this trope, there's no plot relevance to these red words; they seem to be just words with particular significance to Blackbird.
  • Really Gets Around: In many of the stories, the Player Character is able to, even encouraged to, have romantic time with all the Love Interests.
  • Rewatch Bonus: Large chunks of The Junior feel very different when you already know the truth about Alpha Theta Mu.
  • Sadistic Choice: Good choices requiring diamonds is standard fare for the game. There are, however, special cases of this trope, such as saving Prince Tevan's life in The Crown & The Flame and Nikolai Petrov's in Veil of Secrets.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in Across the Void, where over half of the major characters will die unless the player pays diamonds to save them.
  • Second-Person Narration: All the books apart from Save the Date (which is in first person) use this, in keeping with their Gamebook nature.
  • Shared Universe: The stories all appear to be set in the same universe. They can all be tied together through cameo appearances, shared relationships or settings, or verbal references to events in other books. (In particular, common recurring elements include Hartfeld University, Cordonia, and Dopey Cat.)
    • Hartfeld University is the main setting of The Freshman. Most of the cast of Endless Summer also attends school there, as well as Claire Pierce from Rules of Engagement (who would eventually join the cast of The Freshman), Hannah from The Haunting of Braidwood Manor, and Eli from The Elementalists. Charlie from Passport to Romance is a graduate of Hartfeld, and Isa from High School Story is a former employee.
    • Madison, Edgar, and Tripp from The Freshman are guests on the same ship in Rules of Engagement. Additionally, Edgar has made cameo appearances in #LoveHacks and America's Most Eligible.
    • Blaire Hall from Rules of Engagement is the mother of Grace Hall, a character in Endless Summer.
    • Leo from Rules of Engagement is the brother of Liam from The Royal Romance.
    • Princess Zenobia Nevrakis from The Crown and the Flame is an ancestor of Olivia Nevrakis from The Royal Romance.
    • Abbie and Tyler from The Freshman are fans of The Crown and the Flame, which is presented as a TV show in game. LoveHacks also makes reference to The Crown and the Flame as a fictional fandom.
    • Hero reveals that Silas Prescott and his wife did plenty of exploration in La Huerta, the setting of Endless Summer, along with helping Everett Rourke set up the Celestial.
    • Along with Hannah being a student of Hartfeld University (as noted above), The Haunting of Braidwood Manor reveals that the titular mansion is located a few miles outside the city of Northbridge, the setting for Hero.
    • Ryan, Cassandra, and Alyssa from Most Wanted have cameo appearances in both The Freshman and Rules of Engagement. Ryan and Cassandra also appear in Perfect Match, Red Carpet Diaries, and Wishful Thinking.
    • Officer Rebecca McKenzie of Most Wanted is the sister of Jake from Endless Summer. She’s also appeared in The Freshman and having been transferred to Cedar Cove, the setting of High School Story.
    • Donnie Brine and Ana De Luca from Most Wanted show up as tabloid reporters in The Royal Romance. Donnie Brine would appear again in Red Carpet Diaries as a paparazzo, along with Stacy De Luca, Ana's twin sister.
    • Principal Isa from High School Story is revealed to have worked for Clickit from #LoveHacks, Mansingh Transglobal from Rules of Engagement, and at Hartfeld University before working at Oliver M. Berry High.
    • In High School Story, Brian invites Myra to see Rosethorne Park, an in-universe movie from The Freshman.
    • In High School Story, Emma at one point refers to "that girl who became princess of Cordonia", referring to the events of The Royal Romance (described in-universe as "royal gossip").
    • Raj's ember vision in Book 3 of Endless Summer shows him receiving a phone call from Chris Winters from Red Carpet Diaries.
    • Diego's ember vision in Book 3 of Endless Summer has a student in his class bring up The Warmest Winter, an in-universe movie in Red Carpet Diaries.
    • Matt Rodriguez from Red Carpet Diaries is friends with Ryan Summers from Most Wanted. Meanwhile, Cassandra Leigh and Victoria Fontaine are co-stars in a movie titled The Warmest Winter.
    • Brock Sullivan from #LoveHacks appears in Perfect Match as a self-defense instructor if you choose the premium option to take self-defense classes.
    • In Bloodbound, a premium scene shows that Matt Rodriguez starred in a horrible zombie movie that was mercifully cancelled before production was completed.
    • In Veil of Secrets, Jesse and Kate were both students at Hartfeld, and the former interviewed a man who believed that New York is run by a cabal of vampires, referring to the vampire council in Bloodbound. Bloodbound is referenced again in the bonus epilogue when Grant considers running for Adam Vega's vacated Senate seat.
    • Even Desire & Decorum (which is set in 19th century England) gets in on the act when the Dowager Countess reveals that she is originally from Cordonia, the fictional nation which serves as the setting for The Royal Romance, and which was first mentioned in Rules of Engagement.
    • Book 2 of Red Carpet Diaries has Thomas Hunt's period drama being shot in Cordonia.
    • In Big Sky Country, if Morgan wants to become a writer, Sawyer suggests that they work for Clickit from #LoveHacks. At the State Fair, one of the prizes that can be won is Dopey Cat, also from #LoveHacks.
    • In Chapter 6 of The Senior, Samantha Winters from Veil of Secrets is the judge presiding over Becca's mock trial. Later in the same chapter, at a gaming convention, a poster can be seen featuring Dopey Cat from #LoveHacks.
    • Leila and Arjun from The Freshman series become interns at Eros in Book 2 of Perfect Match.
    • A premium scene in Perfect Match Book 2 Chapter 10 features cameos of Ryan Summers, Cassandra Leigh, and Alyssa Griffin of Most Wanted, Carson Stewart of America's Most Eligible, and Josh Morello of Red Carpet Diaries.
    • In Endless Summer, Taylor plays a Most Wanted arcade game to unlock a clue. It's mentioned to be Based on a True Story (presumably the events of Most Wanted) in-universe.
    • The second chapter of The Heist: Monaco features two references to #LoveHacks: Aiden (the stoned clubgoer) appears as a belligerent bar patron, while in another scene, Anton is seen playing Dopey Cat on his computer. The finale contains numerous potential cameos (depending on who the player chose for their crew, and which endings were unlocked), including Alana Kusuma from Perfect Match, Teppei, Mona, and Salazar from Ride or Die: A Bad Boy Romance, Chaz from Rules of Engagement, Tommy Phelps from Red Carpet Diaries, and Carson Stewart from America's Most Eligible.
    • The destruction of Vaanu's homeworld from Endless Summer plays a role in the evolution of various intelligent species in Across The Void. So same Multi-Verse.
    • Ryder, a contestant in America's Most Eligible, is a guest judge in Platinum.
    • In Bachelorette Party, Aisha Bhatt's former clients include Priya Lacroix and The Baron, two members of the Vampire council in Bloodbound.
    • A Courtesan of Rome seems to be the one book as yet that's not substantially connected to any other book in the franchise. Kamilah Sayeed from Bloodbound does mentions being the cousin of Cleopatra, who appears as a character in A Courtesan of Rome, but since Cleopatra is also a historical figure, it's unclear if this was intended as a reference or if it's a coincidence.
  • Show Within a Show: The Crown and the Flame is a multimedia franchise on the same line as Game of Thrones with novels and a TV series. In Book 3 of The Freshman, Emily not only has a chance to be an extra on the show, but get autographs from the actors playing Kenna and Dominic. Also, a Crown and the Flame poster can be seen in High School Story on Jordan's bedroom wall.
  • Sliding Scale of Realistic vs. Fantastic: Almost a meta-trope given this game's Genre Roulette nature, see Genre Roulette above. Series like The Freshman, Most Wanted, Veil of Secrets and High School Story are all grounded in realism; but there are fantasy/magic series that aren't, like Bloodbound, It Lives In The Woods, and Across the Void.
  • Spin-Off:
    • The Royal Romance is a spin-off of Rules Of Engagement, focusing on the Cordonian royal family.
    • Nightbound is a spin-off of Bloodbound, focusing on the non-vampire supernatural monsters.
  • Stock Footage: Many of the same backgrounds get reused over many books.
  • Story Branch Favoritism: While the writers did a good job of avoiding this trope in main storylines, the same cannot be said for love interests. Some of them (usually a male) have more screen time, are more relevant to their respective book's main plot, and have more Premium (or even free) interactions than the others.
    • The Freshman and its sequels: Chris Powell in The Freshman Book 1, to the point that the narrative treats you as if you're in a relationship with him even if you have no interest in dating him at all. However, the book does eventually start giving the other love interests some focus and things do become more balanced overall.
    • The Crown and the Flame: Dom Hunter/Kenna Rys, with both of them being co-protagonists. However, this is downplayed, as the other love interests have major roles in the story with completely free character arcs and interactions, with two of them (Raydan and Val) being playable for several chapters for free.
      • Non-love interest wise, the story clearly favors killing off Marco since it is not only locked behind a Prestige requirement, you have extra scenes with other characters (most notably Luther, Zenobia and Diavolos) discussing his death and the decision to spare him has virtually no impact on the plot.
    • Most Wanted: Dave Reyes because he's the co-protagonist and because his developing relationship with Sam is vital to the main plot.
    • Endless Summer: Jake McKenzie, because it's far easier to build up a relationship with him compared to the other love interests purely due to the large number of choices affecting your status with him.
      • Non-love interest-wise, the ending where you merge with Vaanu is generally considered to be the "correct" ending, as while it is certainly bittersweet, it provides the most logical and narratively appropriate resolution to the events of the story; the ending where you allow Rourke to win seems artificially constructed to be as harsh as possible (in addition to retconning the events of the story out of existence), and the ending where you and your friends stay on the island while the rest of the world is destroyed feels unsatisfying and hollow.
    • #LoveHacks: Mark Collins in Book 1, being Dani's long time friend and playable character; the other love interests, Ben and Leah, do not officially join the core group until Book 2.
    • The Haunting Of Braidwood Manor: Eleanor Waverley, with the other love interest Victor barely having any screen time that isn't a Premium choice.
    • The Royal Romance: Prince (later King) Liam, who is the entire reason you entered the plot in the first place. He is also the only character who is in love with you regardless of your choice for a Love Interest.
    • Hero: Kenji Katsaros/Talos, with Grayson being Locked Out of the Loop and Eva/Minuet being a Sixth Ranger.
    • High School Story: Maria Flores and Michael Harrison, who carry more of the plot, especially in the later books. However, Book 1 gives you a lot of time with Emma Hawkins and Caleb Mitchell in the beginning, though they are quickly reduced to almost background characters.
      • Non-love interests-wise, the football team gets special attention in Book 1 because the plot focuses on getting ready for the Homecoming match against Hearst after Brian's transfer to said school left the Berry team without a quarterback.
    • High School Story: Class Act: Rory Silva, as Bailey is hinted to have a crush on Rory since childhood, not to mention the excessive amount of Character Shilling that Rory gets. Rory also gets significantly more premium scenes than the other two love interests, even if the player is dating Ajay or Skye.
    • It Lives In The Woods: Non-love interest-wise, the game clearly favors the decision to let Noah take over as Redfield since it requires Noah to have high Nerve score, and because the ending where you make a Heroic Sacrifice draws very little reaction from the other characters. The sequel gives Tom three extra nerve points if you made the favored decision. The next chapter after that gives Tom +5 if Devon is alive and -5 if Noah is alive.
    • It Lives Beneath: Downplayed with Tom Sato, who is an Ensemble Dark Horse from It Lives In The Woods, because the other love interests also have significant amounts of screen time and plot relevance.
    • Home for the Holidays: Nick Peralta, whom Scarlett accompanies throughout his stay in Winter Haven.
    • Red Carpet Diaries: Matt Rodriguez, especially in Book 2, where he is the only Love Interest that is in the production of your new movie. By the last third of Book 2, Thomas Hunt receives the lion's share of screen time as soon as he is Promoted to Love Interest.
    • Perfect Match: Zig-zagged with Hayden Young. While he/she has the most free romantic interaction and scenes with Kai compared to Sloane Washington and Damien Nazario, he/she has less plot relevance than Damien until Hayden's Robotic Reveal.
    • Bloodbound: Adrian Raines, who serves as Amy's boss and also plays a role in the other love interests' (Jax Matsuo and Lily Spencer) storylines (except for Kamilah Sayeed, who is a supporting character in his storyline instead).
    • Veil of Secrets: Flynn O'Malley, who has a personal stake in the story (he's Kate's brother) and essentially makes him Jesse's partner/sidekick in the investigation of Kate's disappearance even if you insist on him staying out of your way.
    • America's Most Eligible: Adam, who is the easiest one to build up a relationship with, both in terms of having more chances in general to interact with him as well as there being a wider variety of dialogue options which earn you points with him. Additionally, paying the premium option to read his diary reveals that he is deeply in love with you. Book 2 places heavy focus on Jamie's relationship with Jen Espinoza to the point that Omar acts as if the two of you are an item, even if the player has never been romantic with her.
    • Desire & Decorum: Ernest Sinclaire. Even though all the other love interests have significant amounts of free screen time and relevance to the story, Ernest is the only one who already starts with a personal grudge against Duke Richards and is the kind of suitor Regency society would approve for Clara (male, white, British, high society).
    • Big Sky Country: Sawyer Oakley, as Morgan lives on his ranch and gets to know him fairly well for free while the others force the player to pay diamonds to get to know them better.
    • The Elementalists: Beckett Harrington, who appears in almost every chapter and has considerably more premium scenes than the other love interests even if the player took the option not to romance men.
    • A Courtesan Of Rome: Syphax, as much of the plot revolves around the relationship between himself and Arin, they share similar backgrounds as non-Romans forced into Rome's service, he serves as her bodyguard for eight years, and he fully supports her vendetta against those responsible for destroying her village and selling her into slavery. The dialogue also implies that the two of them have been intimate even if the player isn't romancing him. Later chapters shift the focus to Cassius Longinus and Marc Antony because they're both important figures in Republican Roman politics.
    • The Heist: Monaco: Zig-zagged with Sonia Alves, who is the only Love Interest not in the crew due to being Ansel's employee, yet her romance route is the only one integrated into the plot.
    • Ride or Die: A Bad Boy Romance: Logan, especially throughout the first half of the book because he introduces Ellie to the world of street racing. A lot of characters assume they are in a relationship and he is the only love interest with premium scenes for the first five chapters. The second half shifts some of the focus to Colt Kaneko because of the similarities between him and Ellie.
    • Open Heart: Ethan Ramsey, who serves as Casey's attending, and the narrative focuses on him slowly warming up to Casey.
    • Passport to Romance: Elliot Langdon, whose subplot spans the entire book while the other three either have no subplot (Ahmed Khabbaz and Sumire Nagasawa) or have one that's resolved before the end (Marisa Pires).
    • Wishful Thinking: Aubrey Watson, who is Lydia's co-worker.
    • Nightbound: Nik Ryder, who is a Nighthunter tasked to serve as Alex's bodyguard and the person who introduces them to the supernatural world.
    • Platinum: While Avery Wilshere gets strong focus due to being Cadence's mentor, the narrative ultimately favors Raleigh Carrera, whom Cadence temporarily pretends to date as a publicity stunt. Romancing Raleigh is mandatory if the player is going for the maximum number of fans, as Raleigh's romance route provides more opportunities to gain fans than those for Avery and Shane.
    • Sunkissed: Nate, who works as a lifeguard, giving him more opportunities to hang out with Aria while Samson's an artist and Eliana's a marine biologist focusing on turtles.
    • Bachelorette Party: Aisha Bhatt, who is Mandy's long time friend, and a key plot point is getting her stolen case back to avoid conflict with the Norwegian mafia. Additionally, she is present in the story almost the entire time, while Reed and Ash appear only intermittently.
    • Save the Date: Justin Mercado, who is Lauren's boss overseeing her job as a wedding planner, particularly on his sister's wedding.
    • Baby Bump: Clint Covington. He is the father of Jen's child, not to mention the fact that the Love Triangle between him, Jen, and Cassandra is a huge part of the story even if the player has no interest in romancing him.
  • Video Game Perversity Potential: Anything that allows you to input text can be abused, especially nicknames. The baseball bat from It Lives in the Woods, the beverage from High School Story, and your customizable wedding vows from The Royal Romance are just a few of the innocuous ones. The customizable insult in The Royal Masquerade practically goads you into typing the most vulgar words you can think of.
  • Visual Novel: All of the games.
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