Two New Hosted Games! "Dinosaur Island Escape" and "Pirates of Donkey Island"

Hosted Games has two new games for you to play!

Dinosaur Island Escape by Chris Viola

Dinosaur Island Esape

Dinosaur Island Escape (DIE) is a 84,000 word interactive puzzle based-open world novel written by Chris Viola, where you attempt to escape the deadliest place on Earth. It’s entirely text based, and powered by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

Explore an uncharted island filled with prehistoric predators that see you as nothing more than a free meal. Solve mysteries, uncover secrets, and explore this open world in a unique way. The sandbox style of the game, combined with the chance to build your own statline and dozens of different items to find and invent gives you the chance to have a new experience every time you play.

  • Play as a male, female or non-binary; gay, straight, lesbian or bi.
  • Find multiple ways off the island, allowing for a different adventure each play through.
  • Be the center of a love triangle while your current partner and an attractive stranger fight over you.
  • Fight dinosaurs with a katana, run from them with your blazing speed, fight them in hand to hand combat, shoot them with a rifle or sneak by them with unmatched stealth.
  • Explore an abandoned city, a vast castle, a mountain range, and a vast beach. Survive jumping off a waterfall, sinking in quicksand and a facing a giant crocodile.
  • Save civilians in a race against the clock to stop pterosaurs from destroying your home town.
Will you die a violent death, survive by the skin of your teeth, or uncover lost secrets and bring them back for the world to see?

Pirates of Donkey Island by Gilbert Gallo

Pirates of Donkey Island

A terrible curse ruined your royal wedding, placing your soul into your pirate grandfather’s body. To lift it, you must lead a crazy crew through countless hilarious challenges in this adventure inspired by Monkey Island and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Pirates of Donkey Island is a funny, 79,000 word interactive swashbuckling novel by Gilbert Gallo, where your choices control the story. It’s entirely text-based—without graphics or sound effects—and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

A gorilla gentleman, an undead rocker, a fast-aging Voodoo crone, and a ridiculous spokesman. These will be your only companions in the most incredible journey of your life. Every member has a peculiar story, and their experiences/interactions will help you determine your final, authentic self.

After dozens of insult-sword fighting duels, grog contests, and rigged wheels of fortunes, you will eventually look at life from an entirely different perspective.

With your crew’s help, you’ll discover the truth about your hated pirate grandfather. Will you then embrace your cursed condition or fight against your doom?

  • Decide your main character's body and orientation during the game. Will you end up being male, female, or non-binary? Gay, straight, or asexual? It's up to you to decide.
  • Live the cursed swashbuckler's life! Will you look for a way to lift your curse or enjoy your damned existence until the afterlife?
  • Find romance with a hairy, mighty gorilla or spend your life together with a zombie. Or will you prefer to date a venerable, wrinkly, and toothless lady?
  • Lead a motley crew of cursed people and use their incredible powers to uncover the Cursed Caribbean's mysteries.
  • Engage your opponents in hilarious insult-sword-fighting duels!
  • Will you cherish your crew members as a respected leader, or will you betray them for gold, selling their souls to Davy Jones?
Stop waving your sword like a feather duster and sail the Cursed Caribbeans to discover the ultimate treasure: your true self!
Chris and Gilbert developed their games using ChoiceScript, a simple programming language for writing multiple-choice interactive novels like these. Writing games with ChoiceScript is easy and fun, even for authors with no programming experience. Write your own game and Hosted Games will publish it for you, giving you a share of the revenue your game produces.

Congrats, guys! :slight_smile:


Congrats on the release!


Congratulations on the release


So, the description for Pirates Of Donkey Island says “choose your body and orientation during the game,” but in the beginning it seems to force me to be a straight female no matter what I do, stating I always wanted to be a princess and marry a specific prince. This seems like a bug to me.

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it’s not a bug, its a feature. There’s a body swap thing where the female mc is put into a ‘male’ body and player has a the option for the mc to discover that they are trans ( so in essence if you play that then you are playing a male mc from the start).


Kinda weird that the hosted games thread on the forum hasn’t been updated


It is good to see how the talent to express what lives in our imagination flourishes to share it with others. :slightly_smiling_face:



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In my opinion, that counts as a genderlocked game and should be stated so.


it literally says it in the description

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technically not, since you are able to decide your gender during the game. The female MC at the beginning of the story seems more of a scene-setter?

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Congratulations to Chris and Gilbert! These are perfect adventures for summer. :sun_with_face: :sunglasses:

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I can’t get past the wheel of fortune numbers puzzle

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WOW! Congratulations @AgentV :gift_heart:

I am so happy to see my very first Hosted Games published :heart_eyes: It’s a crazy, swashbuckling game that has a lot of “crazy” features. One of them is: you can decide your final gender and orientation during the game, instead of choosing it at the beginning, as usually happens.

Thank you, everybody, for your support. I’d love to hear your feedback.

@Milkwithhoney try a different approach and think outside the box. If you like, mp me and I’ll tell you more :blush: (by the way, when I played LeChuck’s revenge, it took me 6 days to figure that puzzle out).


By the saints! Amazing game

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So I’ve been playing the dinosaur game, just got off the island by way of helicopter (that I guess I found at some point?), only to discover that my dumbass partner went and got themselves purposely stranded on the same island, just because they wanted to be stranded on an island full of dinosaurs, too.


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Yeah, It’s basically The Room Of interactive fiction.
To quote my Discord rant.
I played Dinosaur Island Escaped. Beat it in a day. It had some good puzzles and comedy… at least when it was trying to be funny, when it wasn’t it was hilarious.

Your spouse is easily the dumbest RO in all of COG history. She saw that you got PTSD from Dinosaur Island, and decided to go there so you two could have something to do for the weekend. You then only take 6 bullets over there, I know that ammo prices are high, BUT ONLY 6? And then then this other lady, Lisa shows up from somewhere and immediately starts flirting with you infant of your wife, who doesn’t say anything even if you flirt back. This is because she’s from somewhere that’s never mentioned. All because the military was taking too long, so it was faster to track you down and put the fate of the world in the hands of 3 people, one was the before-mentioned idiot. Who asked you to marry you even though you were married even before the story began, with a kid who’s never mentioned except in character creation. During this time there is not ONE police officer, national guard, or even gun owner this whole time.

On top of that, the pictures look generic and are in completely different styles. Almost like they were stolen.

I can’t say for sure where they’re from, but I doubt the creators were paid.


The different styles are most likely a result of the author utilizing public domain, commercial licensed, or otherwise free-to-use/manipulate images. There’s really no need to go around accusing people of art theft when we have a simpler, less insidious explanation.


Yeah, hell, I figured they snagged a few assets from Getty Images and put those to work, myself. I honestly wasn’t bothered by it, not everyone is a visual artist, some of us… You know… write instead.