Price: FREE ($1.99 to unlock full game)
Version Reviewed: 1.0.2
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Interactive fiction has enjoyed a renaissance of late, with much of that thanks to the sublime work by Tin Man Games and Inkle. Choice of Games’ Yeti’s Parole Officer isn’t quite as strong an entry, but it does offer some interesting storytelling.
You play an officer of pan-galactic law, traveling around the world in order to wipe out the memory of alien activity on Earth. Along the way you come across many surreal situations, leaving you with plenty of decisions to make. It even offers up a few laughs.
Yeti’s Parole Officer starts out by getting you to create your character in whatever vision you wish. Even sexuality plays a part here with relationships almost certain to blossom as you plod along. A stats side of the game regularly shows how things are developing for you and proves quite interesting reading. There’s a fair amount of reason to return too, with there being sufficiently enough varied options to feel that there are numerous different paths to take.
The problem with Yeti’s Parole Officer is that it all looks so dated. The game is solely text-based, without any images to spruce things up. There’s no combat, with the focus squarely on decision making like the Choose Your Own Adventure books of old. Options are divided up according to radio buttons, giving the appearance of a outdated form on a website. They’re far from attractive to look at. Further muddying the look are the banners that remain at the bottom of the screen if you stick with the free version. Then again, that’s only if you stick with the first three chapters, rather than unlocking the full game for $1.99. You get to see a fair chunk of the game for free, easily giving you insight into whether this is your kind of thing.
Fortunately for Yeti’s Parole Officer, the story is interesting enough to be worth that asking price. Its visuals are a world away from the likes of 80 Days, but it’s the story that’ll keep you going.