American Outlaws: The Dillinger Gang

a Edutainment by Will11

Commended by BerkaZerka on 3/3/2017 8:51:24 AM

Player Rating6.74/8

"#47 overall, #2 for 2017"
based on 159 ratings since 02/28/2017
played 1,891 times (finished 180)

Story Difficulty4/8

"march in the swamp"

Play Length5/8

"Not going to lose any sleep"

Maturity Level3/8

"must be at least this tall to play"
Contains content that may not be suitable for persons under age 10. If this were a movie, it would probably be between G and PG.
It is 1933 and America is in its fourth year of Depression. There is widespread anger at the banks and at the forces of justice. Against this backdrop the charismatic and carefree John Dillinger has emerged to lead a gang of hardened bank robbers and killers in challenging the American Government and the newly-formed FBI. You are one of his gang who rob the wealthiest banks in the country to buy the best life has to offer. The forces of justice will relentlessly pursue you and it is only by surviving deadly gunfights and high-speed chases that you will be able to stay ahead of them... Author's Note: Though the next story in this series should be Butch Cassidy's Hole in the Wall Gang I decided to skip forward a bit and write about a smaller group operating in a different time than my previous two stories which were set in the Old West. Dillinger was one of the closest examples of a Robin Hood type criminal that America has yet produced and I hope the reader enjoys reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Player Comments

Public enemy number one
-- Boris Saxewtha on 3/3/2021 10:57:05 AM with a score of 156700
This was certainly an enjoyable game.

The great depression was a fascinating moment in American history and the gangsters that emerged from that time period have always fascinated me. Being part of one of those notorious gangs is a fantastic concept and I feel like Will11 pulled it off nicely.

The robberies are intense and exciting, the choices are unpredictable but fair and the endings are well thought out and satisfying. The dialogue and atmosphere reflects the time period well, and the action scenes pack enough weight to be entertaining.

While this was indeed an interesting read, the fascinating real life characters are never fleshed out as well as they could be and end up seeming like little more than famous names that will inevitably die throughout the story. John Dillinger was an extremely interesting figure and it is a shame the gamebook only gleams the surface of his personality. This was well written, only let down by a few stilted sentences and awkward grammar.

American Outlaws: The Dillinger Gang was a worthwhile read and an enjoyable experience. 6/8
-- Candelirium on 9/17/2020 2:05:55 AM with a score of 162000
Dope great read
-- M091847 on 3/18/2020 5:34:56 PM with a score of 142900
Another End To An Amazing Outlaw Carrer
-- Dan on 7/25/2019 10:47:36 PM with a score of 164200
Though I've read it once already, along with some of your other CYOA write-ups, this one always amuses and keeps my mind occupied on receiving the best Edutaiment. Well done.
-- JonathantheEthereal on 6/5/2019 2:20:19 AM with a score of 164200
It was a fun Choose Your Path story! Very entertaining and educational. I would not say it brings you enlightenment but it comes close! 7/8
-- JOJOG on 4/2/2019 6:56:54 PM with a score of 149500
score 111800
-- 06MWeigman on 3/19/2019 8:56:32 AM with a score of 111800
Great story, probably bested only by your james gang story
-- Marc on 1/13/2019 9:08:05 PM with a score of 130300
the james gang story was better
-- jo on 9/6/2018 1:36:34 AM with a score of 149300
This was very well written! Awesome job!
-- Rattler on 8/25/2018 12:48:49 AM with a score of 132900
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