I love my romance columnist gig for BookPage because once a month I get a box of treats like this one…an advance copy of Nora Roberts latest book in her Bride Quartet (comes out in May). But more than the luscious cake caught my eye when I looked it over…the back cover talked about a VISION IN WHITE (Book 1) video game.
For you–not because the Daylight Savings change turned me sooo lazy–I had to check it out. For free, you can download an hour-long demo. How would a romance novel translate into a video game?
Let me tell you how it works. There are 20 “chapters.” As each opens, a few sentences of the story are set up in Mac’s (the heroine) voice. Then a scene is displayed chock-full of items and you’re given a list of them to find before moving onto the next scene. You can play in either timed or carefree mode. There are bonus games to play also. I decorated a cake and also took some photos to earn extra points.
This is nothing like reading a book, though I enjoyed the pretty scenes set about the Brown estate that were much like I imagined. However, Mac and her hero, Carter, are cartoon-type drawings, which didn’t exactly fit my mental image. As to the finding-the-item games themselves…I’m not that good at them. I had to call Son2 in to help me a couple of times (needless to say, he was excellent at this). I did, however, really like decorating the cake.
You do get a sense of the story, too. I didn’t make it far before my hour ran out (yeah, that’s how good I am at the finding-items games), but I could see playing it again instead of yet another round of solitaire. It looked as if you could replay it too–I imagine it gives you new lists of items to find in each scene if you do a chapter over.
Are you interested in a romance novel as a video game? Do you play something like Solitaire on your computer like me?