The Underground Railroad

Player Rating3.04/8

"#621 overall, #67 for 2012"
based on 206 ratings since 05/30/2012
played 2,769 times (finished 237)

Story Difficulty3/8

"trek through the forest"

Play Length1/8

"Make sure not to blink"

Maturity Level4/8

"need to be accompanied by an adult"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 13. If this were a movie, it would probably be PG.

A game meant for education only. You are a slave and try to escape your cruel master. Thanks to awjones for testing the game. If any facts are wrong let me know with the comments.

Player Comments

I see the game is made for education only. Apparently part of that education is not spelling and grammar: the first letter of the first page isn’t even capitalized. And you really went all out with effort on this one with a fancy title for the first page of, “The First Page.” Would it really have taken that much more work to name is something like, “The Mansion?”

I appreciate the options, but when you’re looking back, you should keep track of things the reader has done. For example, if I don’t rob the wagon, later on I get back to a page to talk to the people in the wagon and it says, “If you stole their stuff…” This wouldn’t be too hard to track with a variable so you don’t have to show this line at all if the reader didn’t steal their stuff.

Of course, with a story this short, there really wasn’t much of a story and not really much in the way of options, either. It was a nice idea to attempt to use the matches, but there really wasn’t any point there. That seemed more like an experiment to see how to include items, but then you weren’t actually even allowed to use them.

Overall, this was a nice idea and attempt. It really could use a lot more detail and content and could be much more educational with more facts, more descriptions, and maybe even more historical facts, real situations, and maybe even historical figures to help round out the story.
-- Ogre11 on 7/17/2018 4:42:24 PM with a score of 0
Ah, finally, I’m moving into newer, edgier territory! Now only HALF of the authors in the storygame I’m reviewing are dormant and never coming back. Historical gamebooks, particularly ones about the Underground Railroad, have always held a special place in my heart, because when I was a wee lad in fifth grade, we often read little Choose-Your-Own-Adventure books as a fun way to “Set the mood” during history lessons, and get an idea of what it was like to be-

“you are slave in the civil war you have been traped in a mansion. As you watch your freinds and family get sold at the slave market you have an idea.You will escape. Do you.”


Okay, I’ll be honest here, this is really not shaping up to be my favorite out of Betaband’s repetoire.

Jokes aside, this story actually holds up surprisingly well in bits, through even some very awkward first impressions. You get more than a fair bit of branching, even though grammar can be tough and the narration is overall very blunt, brief, and detached. You’re still getting your time’s worth in the ambitious level of choices there are. I was only able to get about 3 distinct paths down before realizing a full and specific review was more than I could handle.

Pretty good job, considering the stage of youth this was probably made in. I’m excited to see what Betaband does in the futu-... Wait, it’s already here. Oh, the joy of retro-reviewing!
-- ISentinelPenguinI on 1/17/2017 2:22:55 PM with a score of 0
It was kinda fun
-- Roqeeb on 4/10/2019 9:13:56 AM with a score of 0
Thank you for letting me play. I won the game the first round playing!
-- Malaia Hamilton on 4/5/2019 12:12:34 PM with a score of 0
i lost. it is not fun!
-- BETTY RAVIOLI on 2/20/2019 2:28:02 PM with a score of 0
i hate this! IT SUCKS!!11!! :(
-- CARLITO on 2/20/2019 2:25:25 PM with a score of 0
It was fun
-- naveena on 2/19/2019 3:38:15 PM with a score of 0
i hate it.
-- Abby on 2/19/2019 12:13:01 PM with a score of 0
It is a cool game.
-- Abby on 2/19/2019 10:52:36 AM with a score of 0
It should be longer but I like it.
-- Alison V on 2/13/2019 11:57:24 AM with a score of 0
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