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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.

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    List of Choices Stories 
  • The Freshman. (2016-2017). The second-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. (Completed with 1 book)
  • 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) While on a cruise, the members of a family have to complete specific tasks from their grandmother's will in order to get their inheritance, which is worth $100 million per cousin. (Completed with 3 books)
    • Newlyweds is a short, 5-chapter epilogue book.
  • Endless Summer. (2016-2018) A group of college friends have won an all-expense paid trip to a lovely resort island... but it's not long before they realize that things are terribly wrong. (Completed with 3 books)
  • #LoveHacks. (2016-2017) After arriving in San Francisco, a reporter meets new friends (and reconnects with one old friend) and faces dating and fun after getting a new job. (Completed with 2 books)
  • The Haunting of Braidwood Manor. (2017) After having a nightmare about her late brother, a young woman tries to find a way for him to find peace... by visiting a haunted mansion. (Completed with 1 book)
  • The Royal Romance. (2017-2018) The largest sub-franchise in Choices, surpassing The Freshman Series. 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. (2019-2020) Sequel series to the main series (Completed with 3 books)
    • The Royal Holiday. (2019) Winter-themed interquel set between The Royal Romance and The Royal Heir (Completed)
    • The Royal Finale. (2021) The Grand Finale of the series. (Completed)
  • Hero. (2017) After discovering that they have superpowers, our hero is on a mission to protect Northbridge from powerful supervillains. (Completed with 1 book)
  • High School Story. (2017-2018) Retool/Sequel of Pixelberry's app game High School Story. A new kid in school tries 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): A spinoff/sequel series focusing on the school's theatre department. (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): A series of strange events plagues the town of Westchester, Oregon, with a mysterious presence in the woods seemingly at the center of it all. (Completed)
    • It Lives Beneath. (2018-2019): The Power rises again, this time from beneath the waters of a lake in the town of Pine Springs... (Completed)
  • Home For The Holidays. (2017-2018) A junior editor returns home for the winter holidays and gets stuck with her grumpy boss after his helicopter breaks down. Can she convince him to enjoy the holidays? (Completed with 1 book)
  • Red Carpet Diaries. (2017-2019) A Spiritual Successor to Pixelberry's app game Hollywood U Rising Stars. (Completed with 3 books)
  • Perfect Match. (2018) The matchmaking service Eros promises to provide its customers true love, but is this what they actually deliver? (Completed with 2 books)
  • Bloodbound. (2018-2020) 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 the daughter of a lyrical singer learns that she is 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) Three siblings: two who are on opposite sides and one who is the new captain of a luxury ship try to keep the passengers safe in the middle of a civil war!! This romantic space opera is like nothing you've experienced! (Completed with 1 book)
  • Big Sky Country. (2018-2019) Stranded in rural Montana, an outsider finds work at a local ranch and experiences the ups and downs of country living. (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) After seeing her homeland conquered by the Roman forces and being sold into slavery, a woman plots revenge on one of history's most ruthless dictators. (Completed with 1 book)
  • The Heist: Monaco. (2018-2019) After being betrayed by a member of their crew, a master thief sees an opportunity to take down two enemies at once... in the form of the crown jewels of Monaco! (Completed with 1 book)
  • Ride or Die: A Bad Boy Romance. (2019) A teen girl meets a stranger who's part of a racing crew only to get tangled up with sinister forces involving her father's job in the police force. (Completed with 1 book)
  • Open Heart. (2019-2021) A medical intern rises to the top in this Medical Drama trilogy. (Completed with 3 books)
  • Passport to Romance. (2019) As a newly employed travel blogger touring Europe, you must ensure your blog is a success by making new friends and having fun adventures. (Completed with 1 book)
  • Wishful Thinking. (2019) An aspiring reporter struggles to get ahead... until a shocking turn of events changes her 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) An aspiring singer is discovered and now the doors are open to success for her! (Completed with 1 book)
  • Sunkissed. (2019) A widow and her two daughters arrive at their summer house to enjoy their vacation, but will grief threaten to tear the family apart? (Completed with 1 book)
  • Bachelorette Party. (2019) Four friends travel to Las Vegas for a bachelorette party. However, the relaxing weekend they anticipate turns out to be anything but... (Completed with 1 book)
  • Mother Of The Year. (2019) When her daughter is accepted into an elite private school, a struggling single mother has to protect her from the local Alpha Bitch... and her own ex-husband. (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) A Renaissance-themed interquel between The Crown and the Flame and The Royal Romance. (Completed with 1 book)
  • Baby Bump. (2019-2021) A one-night stand results in an unexpected pregnancy. How will you go through it while settling down in the town of Gracetown? (Completed with 2 books)
  • Blades of Light & Shadow. (2020-ongoing) Create your character and rally your party in this truly epic adventure! (Book 1 completed, Book 2 currently planned for release in 2023)
  • Witness: A Bodyguard Romance. (2020) 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? (Completed with 1 book)
  • Distant Shores. (2020) After accidentally traveling through time, our hero will live an adventure they will never forget when they join the crew of an 18th century pirate ship. (Completed with 1 book)
  • The Nanny Affair. (2020-ongoing) A babysitter, a sexy boss and two twins... Problems and fun await them. (2 books completed, Book 3 ongoing)
  • Queen B. (2020-2022) A new transfer student at a private university full of status-obsessed snobs sets out to conquer the ranks and dethrone the local queen bee. (Completed with 2 books)
  • My Two First Loves. (2020-2021) A high school senior finds herself torn between her Boy Next Door childhood friend and the misunderstood local bad boy... and possibly someone else as well. (Completed with 1 book)
  • Rising Tides. (2020) When you and your activist-minded sister try to raise awareness about climate change and end up going toe to toe with a large corporation whose practices are damaging the environment, you find yourself unintentionally cast as the face of an eco-activist movement. (Completed with 1 book)
  • Hot Couture. (VIP 2019-2020, general release 2020) A young stylist faces many challenges in the fashion world after being hired by a large company in the field. (Completed with 1 book)
  • Foreign Affairs. (2020-2021) A student at a special university for the children of world leaders attempts to stop their education from being derailed by scandal. (Completed with 1 book)
  • With Every Heartbeat. (VIP 2019-2020, general release 2021) A new girl in school finds herself caught up in a whirlwind romance with the spirited and charming Dakota Winchester, not realizing that Dakota is hiding a terrible secret. (Completed with 1 book)
  • Laws of Attraction. (2021-ongoing) As a new hire at a major law firm, a young lawyer will face new challenges involving a murder. (Book 1 completed, Book 2 to be released in Fall 2022)
  • A Very Scandalous Proposal. (VIP 2020, general release 2021) You set out for England determined to uncover one of the aristocracies' oldest family's secrets. But will you find romance instead? (Completed with 1 book)
  • The Unexpected Heiress. (VIP 2020, general release 2021) Travel back to the year 1913 as the daughter of an American, new money family. When you receive sudden news of your older sister's passing, you're whisked away to England to take her place in marriage. Will forbidden love catch you unawares... and will you be able to unravel the mystery of your sister's death? (Completed with 1 book)
  • Wolf Bride. (VIP 2020-2021, general release 2021-2022) When strange dreams lead you to your mother's childhood home, you find yourself oddly drawn to two mysterious strangers. But there's more to both of them than meets the eye. (Completed with 1 book)
  • Shipwrecked. (2021) A scientist and their guide are off to Moku Island for a scientific expedition, but with the boat destroyed in a shipwreck, how will they survive the island? (Completed with 1 book)
  • Wake The Dead. (2021-2022) PB's Zombie Apocalypse story. (Completed with 1 book)
  • Ms. Match. (VIP 2020, general release 2022) A bartender with a talent for setting up couples finds herself recruited by a professional matchmaking service and is almost immediately thrown into a competition to become the company's new CEO. (Completed with 1 book)
  • Surrender. (VIP 2021, general release 2022) PB's take on Fifty Shades of Grey. (Book 1 completed, Book 2 TBA)
  • Crimes Of Passion. (2021) A private detective and an exiled royal team up to solve a missing persons case that turns out to be much deadlier. A spiritual sequel to Most Wanted. (Book 1 VIP completed, general release ongoing, Book 2 TBA)
  • Untameable. (2022) Upon returning to the family ranch, a recent graduate of agricultural business encounters new challenges and their old crush. (Book 1 VIP completed, general release ongoing, Book 2 TBA)
  • The Princess Swap. (2022) After an accidental meeting, a university student and a princess notice they resemble one another and decide to change places. (ongoing)
  • The Cursed Heart. (2022) A young villager ventures into the Fae Kingdom and is claimed by the ruler of the Moon Court. (ongoing)

    VIP-exclusive books 
These books are available exclusively to users who purchase a monthly VIP subscription, though they will eventually be released to the entire public. So far, six VIP books (Hot Couture, With Every Heartbeat, A Very Scandalous Proposal, The Unexpected Heiress, Wolf Bride and Ms Match) have been publicly released in full.note . The exact general release date for the last VIP book (Slow Burn) has not yet been announced, although it is currently slated for release in Fall 2022.

Starting from the last third of 2021, all new books will go through a VIP phase before being publicly released halfway through, with Shipwrecked being the first book released under this plan. Currently, Crimes of Passion, Untameable, The Princess Swap and The Cursed Heart are being released weekly, with Immortal Desires scheduled for general release sometime in July 2022.

  • Slow Burn. (2021) An aspiring chef teams up with a world-famous chef to help struggling restaurants throughout the world. (Completed with 1 book)
  • Immortal Desires. (2022) When a high school senior moves to the town of Crimson Beech, they get tangled up with the local vampire community. (ongoing)

Current Rotation:

  • Wednesday:
    • Crimes of Passion (General release)
    • The Cursed Heart
    • Immortal Desires (VIP)

  • Friday:
    • Untameable (General release)
    • The Princess Swap
    • The Nanny Affair (Book 3)

Upcoming Stories:

  • Murder at Homecoming (July 2022 for VIP players)
  • The Phantom Agent (August 2022 for VIP players)
  • Guinevere (September 2022 for VIP players)
  • Kiss of Death (November 2022 for VIP players)


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.
  • Alpha Bitch: Many of the stories in Choices have a classic mean girl who rivals your character in either power, skills, or romance. This includes Poppy Min-Sinclair in Queen B, Michelle Nguyen in Endless Summer, Madeleine Amaranth in The Royal Romance, Cassandra Taylor in Baby Bump, and so on.
  • Bisexual Love Triangle: It can happen if the story has only two Love Interests that are of the opposite sex or both are customizable and the player chases both characters.
    • The Haunting of Braidwood Manor: Hannah with Victor and Eleanor Waverley.
    • Baby Bump: Jen Cassidy and Clint Covington and female Dixon.note 
    • Rising Tides: Harriet Thompson with Cassidy Carhart and Robin Toranote .
    • Wolf Bride: Selene Russet with Bastien and Morgan Sayre.
    • Slow Burn: Ainsley Addams with Flynt/Rampersad and Navarronote .
    • Laws of Attraction: Quinn Michaels with Gabe Ricci and Aislinn Tanaka.
    • Immortal Desires: Parker Reese with Gabe Adalhard and Cas Harlow note .
  • 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.
    • Blades of Light and Shadow lets you choose your gender and play as an elf, orc, or human, with different appearances available for each. Your choice of species has an impact on your abilities, and on certain interactions with other characters.
    • Foreign Affairs, Crimes of Passion, The Cursed Heart and Immortal Desires allow you to choose your pronouns (he/she/they) as well.
  • Coitus Ensues: In almost every story. All happen if you spend diamonds to see participating characters wearing underwear followed by text explaining the scenes.
  • 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.
  • Contrasting Sequel Main Character: Bailey, the player character in High School Story: Class Act, is shy, awkward, and uncertain of themselves, in contrast to the confident and outgoing Jordan from the original High School Story.
  • Cut Short: Originally, Most Wanted and Hero were supposed to have sequels, and It Lives was hinted to have a "Book 3". All of them have since been cancelled, leaving them with unresolved cliffhangers. Ride or Die (which did not end on a cliffhanger) also had a planned sequel scrapped.
  • 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 involves suicide and the death of children.
    • With Every Heartbeat, while not violent, focuses on The Topic of Cancer, is one of the very few Choices stories where a love interest irrevocably dies at the end, and is overall one of the biggest Tear Jerker stories Choices has ever done.
  • Deceased Parents Are the Best: Player characters are frequently orphans or have one deceased parent. The deceased parents are generally remembered very fondly, while the living parents range from Parents as People to Abusive Parents. Notably, only three books in the entire app feature main characters whose biological parents are both alive and present in the story: The Freshman, A Courtesan of Rome, and Rising Tides.
    • Marie and Todd Vance are beloved by their children, and Harper considers Todd as more of a father since their biological father left when they were little. The story begins with Harper and Elliot discovering that their parents have been brutally murdered.
    • Desire & Decorum opens with Clara's mother, Mary, on her deathbed, sending her to her father. Throughout the series, Clara thinks of how her mother is watching over her. Vincent truly loves Clara in spite of her illegitimacy, and he dies of yellow fever midway through the first book.
    • Harry Gibson has been grieving the loss of his wife and doesn't want to lose his daughter as well. This leads him to try to stop her from achieving her dream as a reporter because it is too risky.
    • Gayle Kersey refuses to talk about her deceased husband, which creates a rift between her and her daughters.
    • Maureen and Stephen are pretty decent parents, but they nearly get divorced in The Senior.
  • Developers' Desired Date: Very common.
    • In the first book of The Freshman, Chris has more scenes with the main character than James or Kaitlyn, and the narrative treats him as her love interest even if the player picks the option of not being interested in him.
    • In The Royal Romance, Prince (later King) Liam is obviously favoured by the story as the main character's love interest. Justified, since she is involved in the plot at all because she goes to compete in a selection of potential brides for him. Even if she doesn't marry him, her child (for a rather contrived reason) is declared his heir.
    • Endless Summer has Jake McKenzie, who is far easier to build up a relationship with compared to the other love interests purely due to the large number of choices affecting your status with him.
    • In #LoveHacks, the main love interest is Mark Collins, who is a playable character on top of being the main character's long time friend, while the other love interests, Ben and Leah, do not officially join the core group until Book 2.
    • Hero has Kenji Katsaros/Talos, with Grayson being Locked Out of the Loop and Eva/Minuet being a Sixth Ranger.
    • High School Story: Class Act greatly favours Rory Silva, as the main character 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.
    • Home for the Holidays has Nick Peralta, whom the player character accompanies throughout his stay in Winter Haven.
    • Perfect Match zig-zags this with Hayden Young. While he/she has the most free romantic interaction and scenes with the main character compared to Sloane Washington and Damien Nazario, he/she has less plot relevance than Damien until Hayden's Robotic Reveal.
    • Bloodbound favours Adrian Raines, not only because he is the main character's boss, but also because he 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 has Flynn O'Malley who, as Kate's brother, has a personal stake in the story and essentially makes him the main character's partner/sidekick in the investigation of Kate's disappearance even if you insist on him staying out of your way.
    • In America's Most Eligible, Adam is the easiest contestant 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 the player character'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 has Ernest Sinclaire, who already starts with a personal grudge against Duke Richards and is the kind of suitor Regency society would approve for the player character (male, white, British, high society), even though all the other love interests have significant amounts of free screen time and relevance to the story.
    • Big Sky Country greatly favours Sawyer Oakley, as the player character 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 has 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.
    • The Heist: Monaco zig-zags this 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 favours Logan, especially throughout the first half of the book because he introduces the main character 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 the main character.
    • Open Heart greatly favours Ethan Ramsey, who serves as the main character's attending, and the narrative focuses on him slowly warming up to the main character. In Books 2 and 3, he also has far more screen time and premium scenes than the other love interests.
    • Passport to Romance favours Elliot Langdon, as his 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).
    • Nightbound has Nik Ryder, who is a Nighthunter tasked to serve as the player character's bodyguard and the person who introduces them to the supernatural world.
    • In Wishful Thinking, the main love interest is Aubrey Watson, who is the main character's co-worker.
    • In Platinum, while Avery Wilshere gets strong focus due to being the player character'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.
    • In Sunkissed, the main love interest is Nate, who works as a lifeguard, which gives him more opportunities to hang out with the main character while Samson's an artist and Eliana's a marine biologist focusing on turtles.
    • Bachelorette Party favours Aisha Bhatt, as she is the main character'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.
    • In Mother of the Year, Thomas Mendez is the only love interest who confesses their feelings to you whether you romance them or not.
    • In Baby Bump, Clint Covington is the father of the player character's baby and has to resolve a love triangle between her and his fiancée, even if the player takes the option of not romancing him.
    • Distant Shores favours Edward Mortemer, the captain of the Poseidon's Revenge, not only because the plot revolves around the conflict between him and Admiral Cochrane, but also because his relationship with the player character is integral to the plot even if the player doesn't romance him.
    • Queen B greatly favours Professor Kingsley, as they have a premium scene in almost every chapter, not to mention the fact that almost all of their interactions with the main character have flirty undertones even if the player avoids the choices marked with hearts.
    • My Two First Loves has Mason Jennings, the main character's childhood crush, and Noah Harris, a former juvie inmate the main character quickly has feelings for upon meeting him.
    • Foreign Affairs has Blaine Hayes, whose rivalry with the player character makes up a huge portion of the plot.
    • Laws of Attraction has Gabe Ricci, the main character's boss, whose scenes tend to be written with undertones of sexual tension while the other love interest, Aislinn's are not, and there are also more opportunities to flirt with him, even though he has roughly the same amount of screen time as Aislinn.
    • The Unexpected Heiress favours John Somerset, who has more premium scenes than Gemma Montjoy or Hugh Crawford and shows up more often by virtue of living with the main character. His romance also gets additional lines of dialogue in conversation with other characters throughout the second half of the book that Gemma`s or Hugh`s does not, partly due to him being a viable replacement for Francis in the Hayes-Somerset marriage alliance.
    • Wolf Bride greatly favours Bastien, the alpha of the werewolf pack, as the player character is bonded to him, and also because he has more screen time than Morgan.
  • Developers' Foresight: Usually it's not there, but Endless Summer is a special case, specifically to do with players using knowledge from having played before. For example, if you ask Furball to blow on the grate before you've observed said grate, you will get a headache, because that is something you shouldn't know unless you have already played the chapter before. In a similar vein, when you name the Artificial Intelligence 'Iris' (its correct name), the others will wonder how you knew it, you will get a headache once again, and there's a message saying: 'You have died. Do not attempt to cheat the laws of time'. And also, if you enter the cheat code 1908 without obtaining it in-story, you get a headache again. The most notable example, however, is when you try to enter the password of Rourke's computer the first time you're asked, you get a nosebleed, your friends freak out, and you are then taken through several cut scenes (including a surprise encounter with John Tull in his trailer from Most Wanted) before being taken to the Time Guardian and being warned about the space-time continuum.
  • Everyone Is Bi: Downplayed — not quite everyone, but a lot of people. In particular, in gender-customizable stories, all love interests are available regardless of the player character's gender. In some cases, these love interests will have 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 sexual orientation is whatever fits the protagonist's gender); for example, Sean Gayle would be bi if the player plays as male and has a relationship with him, and Damien Nazario would be bi for any male player characternote , while Imogen Wescott would be bi if the player plays as female and has a relationship with her.
    • Player characters themselves can be this if the player so desires, since virtually every story has at least one male and one female love interest. In some stories (Perfect Match, High School Story: Class Act, etc.), the player can even choose the gender of one of the love interests.
    • In addition to situations directly relating to the protagonist's relationship, a handful of characters (including a few who are not love interests) are canonically bisexual regardless of the choices made by the player. Examples include Zig Ortega, Emma Hawkins, Clarence Coleman, Alexis Kersey, Lucas Thomas, and Lily Spencer.
    • Emma Price, the main character of My Two First Loves, is canonically bisexual, being attracted to Masonnote , Noahnote , and Avanote .
  • 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.
    • All of the main characters in Foreign Affairs are residents of different fictional countries, likely to ensure that the book does not become entangled in any controversy relating to real-life politics.
  • Follow the Plotted Line: The major arc of each story remains largely the same no matter what choices the player makes. Different choices will usually trigger different scenes and dialogue from other characters, but there are virtually no choices that will actually cause the main story to play out in a way that's substantially different. The only time you might see choices of real consequence is in the final chapter of a series, where the choices will merely determine the ending rather than leading to full-blown diverging arcs.
  • Forbidden Love: Later Choices stories feature at least one love interest (sometimes the only love interest) who the main character has to hide their potential relationship with:
    • Open Heart has Ethan Ramsey, who is the main character's boss.
    • Witness has Cassian, the main character's bodyguard (who would be fired by their superiors if they found out that Cassian was in a relationship with their protectee).
    • The Nanny Affair has Sam, the main character's boss (who is also engaged).
    • Queen B has Professor Kingsley, the main character's teacher. Despite them both being consenting adults, due to this story taking place in college, their relationship is still considered taboo.
    • In Ms. Match, you and your date both end up being hired by the same matchmaking company and can't date anymore, due to rules about co-workers dating. To drive this point home, two of your other co-workers are fired when it's discovered they've been seeing one another.
    • Foreign Affairs has three. Blaine is from a country that the main character has been sworn enemies with for centuries, Tatum is their bodyguard and Ayna is a teaching assistant.
  • 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 almost 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, Raine in Blades of Light and Shadow, Peyton in Distant Shores, Cassian in Witness: A Bodyguard Romance, Sam and Robin in The Nanny Affair, Dakota in With Every Heartbeat, Robin and Cassidy in Rising Tides, and Kennedy and Blaine in Foreign Affairs). 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. The exceptions are Mayor Dixon in Baby Bump (whose name is Myles if male and Myra if female), Professor Kingsley in Queen B (who is named Ian if male and Ina if female), Montjoy in A Very Scandalous Proposal (who is named Simon if male and Ava if female), and Monroe in Ms. Match (who is named Jack if male and Jacqueline if female).
  • 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 ten different charactersnote . 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: Over time, the writing for the Premium Choice sex 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 (and later, an orgy with all four love interests) in Bloodbound, a bondage scene with the player's chosen love interest in America's Most Eligible, an oral sex scene with Ethan in Open Heart and a sex scene involving sex toys in Queen B. Bachelorette Party flat-out says it will be this and warns players that this may not be their kind of story. From 2020 onward, most romance stories are given a 17+ rating for "mature sexual content", and Surrender will have a storyline based around BDSM.
  • 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.
  • Left Hanging: Thanks to Pixelberry announcing the cancelation of sequels, Most Wanted, Hero, It Lives, and Ride or Die officially ended on a Cliffhanger.
    • Most Wanted ended with a convenient murder case with the Big Bad as the latest victim just as Reyes and Massey begin to part ways.
    • Hero ended with Alex finding him/herself on another planet.
    • It Lives ended with a bonus scene where Connor Green is gathering a group of people from Westchester and Pine Springs to stop the Power once and for all.
    • Ride or Die ended with Ellie going to college, while the surviving members of the crew are still hiding from the authorities.
  • 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.
    • Averted more often in later books, a number of which include explicitly magical/fantasy elements. The most blatant aversion is The Elementalists, which is entirely centered around the practice of magic (or rather, "magick").
  • 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.
  • New Work, Recycled Graphics: Character models, music, and backgrounds are reused in other stories. In the case of the characters, the models of the Main Characters are reused in other stories, with the exception of The Freshman, It Lives in the Woods, Hero, High School Story, Across The Void and Endless Summer. Character models that were once villains are reused as minor or supporting characters.
    • The model of the female version of the protagonist of Open Heart is the most reused.
    • The models of the father of the Ride or Die protagonist were originally from four characters from different stories.
    • The same happens with the sister of the protagonist of Baby Bump.
    • The Royal Romance reuses almost the entire soundtrack of The Freshman.
  • 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 or a male character of color) has the fewest screen time as a result of Story Branch Favoritism towards one love interest (usually a white male or one whose race and gender are customizable).
    • 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. She does get more focus in Book 3, when the topic of her parents abusing her is finally addressed and explored.
    • 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. She becomes more prominent in Book 2, in which she plays an active role in stopping Gaius, but Lily Spencer then falls into this.
    • 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:
      • Nova: Zekei who, while being Nova’s Childhood Friend, isn’t technically part of the crew being a marshal. Oddly enough, Zekei is a love interest for Eos as well, and has a much more prominent role in his storyline.
      • Eos: Oberon, who isn't introduced until Chapter 13 and has less screen time and story importance than Eos's other love interests.
      • Pax: Zaniah, who appears far less often than Pax's other love interest, Holmes.
    • 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 becomes this instead.
    • 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 (whichever 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
    • Distant Shores: Oliver Cochrane, who is a Navy lieutenant and not part of the crew. He isn't even introduced until Chapter 7, and even after that has several chapters where he is completely absent or appears only briefly.
    • Queen B: Zoey Wade. While she is an important character in the story, being Bea's best friend, she's severely out of focus as a love interest since there are no premium choices to spend time with her romantically until chapter 10.
    • My Two First Loves: Ava Lawrence, who doesn’t become a love interest until Chapter 39, and even after that, her interactions are still fewer in number than Mason or Noah, and tend to be heavily paywalled.
    • Foreign Affairs: Ayna Seth, who gets far less screentime than Blaine or Tatum. Controversially, she also betrays the main character at one point, something the other two love interests do not do.
    • Laws of Attraction: Aislinn Tanaka. While she has roughly the same amount of screen time as the other love interest, Gabe, his scenes tend to be written with undertones of sexual tension while Aislinn's are not, and there are also more opportunities to flirt with him than Aislinn.
  • 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.
    • Mentioned in one of the The Freshman side stories, where Madison is allowed to enter a couples competition as a triad with both Tripp and Logan. She claims the professor in charge approved it because of something to do with "some girl named Polly Amori".
  • 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.
  • Romantic False Lead: Depending on the playstyle, a character may show an interest in a love interest, only to end up choosing another in the end.
  • 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 and My Two First Loves (which are 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 (until they end up at Penderghast instead). 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. Ana de Luca makes a reappearance as a famous fashion designer at a bridal expo in Save the Date.
    • 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.
    • Edward Mortemer from Distant Shores was raised in Grovershire, the same hometown as Clara Mills, the protagonist of Desire & Decorum.
    • A Courtesan of Rome seems to be the first book 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.
    • The bonus ending of Save the Date has two references to The Royal Romance. One couple traveled to Europe, and the wife says that her favorite memory was eating a Cordonian Ruby apple. Another couple excitedly mentions that thanks to their honeymoon travels, their zoo exhibit may feature baby pandas—a direct reference to The Royal Romance, Book 2.
    • Averted more often in later books (late 2019 and beyond), many of which seem to have largely forgone the kinds of in-references that were common in earlier books, though there are exceptions.
  • 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 and Sam Massey to each other, because they're co-protagonists and because of the degree to which their stories are linked.
    • Endless Summer: 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.
    • The Haunting Of Braidwood Manor: Eleanor Waverley, with the other love interest Victor barely having any screen time that isn't a Premium choice.
    • 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 interest-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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Save the Date: Justin Mercado, who is Lauren's boss overseeing her job as a wedding planner, particularly on his sister's wedding.
    • Queen B: Non-love interest-wise, the story seems to favor the "bad girl" route, especially in Book 2, as it feels more realistic than the "good girl" route, after all this story is about being a Queen Bee.
  • Vapor Wear: Many of the female characters' premium costumes are very revealing and show a lot of cleavage. However, in the premium sex scenes, they're seen still wearing lingerie after disrobing, and are often described as removing their bras when it's clear that they're bra-less.
  • 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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