I’ve played about 7 CoG games so far, and have found 2 that I really love and have replayed repeatedly, namely ‘Life of a Wizard’ and ‘Way Walkers University’. I was wondering if anyone could recommend more games like these. The particular things that I like are
a) having a lot of reactivity – many of your choices have an unexpected impact later on (not just by fiddling with a statistic, but by changing plot details) – and especially
b) having different scenes turn up on different playthroughs depending on those choices. This includes both branching (if you attend X, you miss Y) and scenes you only see under certain circumstances
c) Having a lot of different statistics you can try to min/max on later playthroughs, and goals that depend on doing this well (e.g. the Golden Age in Life of a Wizard and a certain late tough fight in Way Walkers University).
By contrast, the other games I’ve tried (Metahuman Inc., The Lost Heir, Mecha Ace and Choice of the Star Captain) seem much more linear. I haven’t replayed all of them, but they all seem as if you are likely to be taking a very similar path and seeing mostly the same scenes on a second playthrough. (The text in the scenes might well change a bit, but I find that’s relatively hard to notice because I am generally skimming the text at that point.) I find having a lot of text in between meaningful choices is also a minus for replayability.
Anyway, I’d be grateful for recommendations!
Edit: Gah – didn’t mean CHoice of Robots! Deleted it from the list. I think I was muddling it with something.