African Safari

Player Rating3.98/8

"#332 overall, #45 for 2013"
based on 100 ratings since 10/04/2013
played 1,174 times (finished 119)

Story Difficulty4/8

"march in the swamp"

Play Length5/8

"Not going to lose any sleep"

Maturity Level1/8

"appropriate for all ages"
Stories with this maturity level will not, by design, have any potentially objectionable content. An example of a type story with this rating would be a quiz on mathematics.

Tags

Hunt for dangerous animals in the African savanna.

Player Comments

I really liked this story. I liked the premise and there was was some decent scene setting. Ultimately, this story is sort of a jack of all trades, master of none. Eddie's character is fleshed out a little, as the mischievous one and I can think of a couple moments where I was glad Eddie was around. However, there isn't enough content and I found myself wondering if he was mischievous, deranged, or just stupid. There was a lot of promise and room for his character to develop into a quirky and trusty sidekick, he just didn't get there all the way.

Then there are the settings, the description is good at setting the scene and describing the moving parts, but a lot of the action happens really quickly. That's not to say that action shouldn't be fast, but there isn't a lot of room to build that anticipation and dramatic tension like you had started to in the first scene. As a hunter, part of the world building would be diving deep into the scenery and slowing the world down with this hyperawareness. Really immerse yourself in your role as a hunter and in the unforgiving world of the Savanah.

I got the impression that the character was a regular hunter even if he hadn't visited the Savannah. If not, I would have liked to see the hunter make rookie mistakes and then have to learn from them while trying to survive. So Africa turns into the crucible that makes a hunter.

I really liked that you touched on how hard the world of the Savannah is. At the risk of divulging too much, I like how you were able to predict behaviors to set traps for prey.

I especially liked how it made sense when your character dies. I've lost count of how many CYOAs I've read where a character chooses wrong and reaches a death screen through a series of highly improbable events as if the only reason that choice was bad was that it wasn't the "right" one. When your character is punished with something like death, it's because they made a decision that I can look back and think "That was stupid". Even if it has to be in retrospect.

I wish the paths had been a bit longer because ultimately it felt like I just stumbled through the safari and lucked onto my goal in nearly every scenario. Getting the good endings didn't *feel* rewarding because I sort of fell into them.

The main character wasn't very well developed, but in this case I think that works to the story's advantage. You clearly communicated the character's goals in the beginning of the story and put those goals within arms reach of the reader at every moment. This is a case where I became invested not through the development of the protagonist, but through the development of the story.

Overall, this was a great story. If my cardinal complaint is "Not enough, need more of the same" then that's a good sign from me. Great story, I look forward to seeing more from you. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

-- Tyrannosaurusrex on 1/24/2019 7:13:29 PM
hey man what the hell? I kept dieing ober and ober again wtf is wrong with you ?? Needs more better endings then it'll be even more lsightlty funner than homework! and then you'll be the new Stephen King lol!

sincerley, your buddy, and fellow reader,

Zak Halstingtingtingtingworth VI
West Islip, NY
-- guy from your stupid face ffff on 1/28/2019 6:03:17 AM
I randomly died?
-- Davefaster on 1/27/2019 6:28:16 PM
Overall enjoyable, though endings feel abrupt and unsatisfying. Well-written, with only a few grammar mistakes. Would have enjoyed more depth with the characters, but I did like the descriptions of the safari. 5/8
-- anon on 1/23/2019 3:29:06 PM
This was an interesting game.
-- Faervel on 1/22/2019 5:12:07 PM
A solid story, but it doesn't really make sense. If you decide not to torment the giraffes, you get a bad ending with snakes, but if you DO torment the giraffes then everything continues as normal?
-- Saika on 8/14/2017 9:25:29 AM
intrueging, i got the fastest ending, but even then it was nice.
-- jackson eutsler on 12/14/2016 10:09:12 AM
Very good game, I really appreciated the detail, although it could have been longer.
-- jster02 on 7/31/2016 8:53:48 PM
You deserve a 4/8.
-- Creature on 3/31/2015 11:31:53 AM
I like the part with different choices if you shoot the male or female lion! I like it!
-- CheetahPelt on 7/6/2014 1:39:57 PM
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