How To Play A Game

Player Rating5.39/8

"#136 overall, #6 for 2001"
based on 550 ratings since 12/14/2004
played 2,752 times (finished 609)

Story Difficulty2/8

"walk in the park"

Play Length1/8

"Make sure not to blink"

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.


This is the How-To-Play-A-Game Game. It's a must-play for every first time player!

What your reading right now is the Game Description. This isn't actually part of the game, but describes what the game is like.

If you look above the this text, you'll see two folder tabs. Clicking on Player Comments will show you all the comments people have made about the game. Go ahead and take a look at the comments!

Also, below this text you will see, in small type, "Maturity Level: 1 - appropriate for all ages." The Maturity Level varies in each game and can go from 1 to 8. We'll talk about this more once you play the game.

And talking about playing the game ... to play the game (or any game) from this window, go ahead and click on the big button that says "Play This Game!"

Clicking on Choose Another Game will take you to the Select-A-Game window.

Click "Play This Game!" to begin!

Player Comments

I've decided to write a longer comment because I want to make sure people see a few details. First, This was cute. It was funny and showed what the basics used to be, and for the most part holds up. This story is a relic and should be treasured. It also answers the long asked question of "where is Killa_Robot's toaster?"

More importantly though, this needs an overhaul to serve its original purpose. Currently its an oddity of a bygone age.

Choices are hyperlinks now. There are no Treasure Chests,
There are no Folder Tabs, The game start button no longer says, "Play This Game!" So on,

It does a great job still, of showing cute features like unclickable LINKS, in game items, and pictures, including animated ones.
-- ugilick on 5/22/2018 12:00:10 AM with a score of 0
This is by far the most incredible story I've seen so far. For the first time in all my 40 years as a renowned CYOA critic, a career that's rightfully led to my nickname in the business- "The Cynical Bastard"- I have no criticism to give. As for my praise, well...

The setting was perfect, picking sophisticated elements from a wide variety of genres to be all inclusive for all readers and obviously represent the value of multifaceted society. I personally was thrilled to find aspects of Fantasy and, among my all time favourites, hints of Taiwanese history and non-fictional cooking recipes. How such a diverse range of intrinsically vital commentary on human life has been covered in an impressive 943 words, I have no idea.

The characters were all excellently fleshed out and really made this story for me. Each and every one felt like a real person, leaping to life with their very actions without having to even say a word, testimonious to your unadulterated familiarity with anthropology. Not only did I form a profoundly close attachment to the toaster, but the French baker was the perfect metaphor for the excessive consumerist society we live in. Bravo.

Moving on from the characters, development of the latter was undeniably rife throughout the whole thing, punctuating each choice the reader makes to emphasise the importance of choice, a quintessential foundation of the CYOA genre, and beautifully painting the whole story in flecks of stark realism amid the fundamentally surreal je ne sais quoi perspective it begins with.

Furthermore, the plot had me on the edge of my seat and kept me entertained for hours as I desperately searched for every possible route, paling the comparatively petty works of modern raconteurs in its complex, yet easily followed, nuances. Truly, this story speaks of both a masterful grasp on the English lexicon and a thorough comprehension of how to tell a tale that really touches on every aspect of modern human condition, culture, politics, philanthropy, sociological constructions, and philosophy. I was stunned.

Simply... astounding.
-- AzBaz on 7/1/2017 12:48:21 PM with a score of 0
Thx for the 15 xp you gave me for my birthday. This will help me make my storygame.
-- Games4u on 4/24/2020 2:16:29 PM with a score of 0
this is helpful
-- Mintwhisker on 4/13/2020 5:16:32 AM with a score of 0
This was one of the first games I played and it gave me a more beneficial analysis of this website! Thanks!
-- AestheticLlama on 12/4/2019 6:36:45 AM with a score of 0
A perfect tutorial for a first-time CYOA player.
-- Plover on 11/2/2019 2:40:00 PM with a score of 0
-- AMuggleNerd on 9/12/2019 6:19:38 PM with a score of 0
Well, this game was fun! ... If only to see how outdated it is. Where do I even start?

There are no check boxes. There are no circles. There are no treasure chest icons. There is no inventory button. There is no look button. I can see the goddam toaster... And what the hell is :p

That said, it's great playing this game a whole 18 years after it was made and feeling very relieved by how much it's been improved from the needlessly complicated piece of ancient technology that it was back then ^_^
-- Avery_Moore on 4/20/2019 5:52:39 PM with a score of 0
I give zee my bread. Now EAT IT!!
-- Unkindcrab on 2/24/2019 1:29:22 PM with a score of 0
Cool game, I like it! :). It explains alot to me.
-- Anastasia on 1/23/2019 3:26:42 PM with a score of 0
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