Zombie warfare, diligent police work and time-traveling teens … here are the gaming counterparts to Netflix’s interactive special
Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror special Bandersnatch is Netflix’s first dive into interactive storytelling. Its success will inevitably pave the way for more ambitious creators, would-be auteurs and flagrant imitators who, just like Bandersnatch’s protagonist Stefan, are eager to explore what can happen when the outcome of their stories is decided by the viewer.
Of course, video games have been playing with the power of narrative decision-making since the 1980s. There’s now a huge catalogue of interactive stories spanning genres from anime-romance to horror, crime thriller to supernatural chiller. Here are five of the best.