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Free Games I Like: Choice of Broadsides

Posted on 28th May 2010 at 11:02 by Joe Martin with 40 comments

Joe Martin
You can do a lot with the written word and I find it endlessly interesting that even the most beautiful and graphically demanding games are often judged on the quality of the script. GTA IV was praised for its serious story before anyone remarked on how big the world was, while Crysis is often slammed for the way the experience is wounded by awful dialogue.

With that in mind, please don’t be put off that my latest favourite freebie is a text-only adventure, because if you dismiss it out of hand then you’d be missing out on a great little title. A word can make a thousand pictures and all that.

Essentially a multiple choice adventure, Choice of Broadsides casts you as a young officer in the navy of Albion, a fictional country which is basically a stand-in for England. At the start of the game you’re but a junior shipmate, but through your actions you get the chance to woo eligible ladies, orchestrate naval battles, deal with mutinies and do all the other stuff that an 18th Century naval officer would do.

The game proceeds pretty much as you might expect of a multiple choice adventure; you click links to choose your actions and then read the consequences until you’re either killed or reach the end of the tale. It’s essentially linear, though the limitations on your interactions enable the authors to create specific paths through the game that can differ from one another quite drastically, and there’s a stats system which keeps track of your skills. It’s basically a Choose Your Own Adventure game.


What makes Choice of Broadsides a little bit special is the type of action you usually find yourself in, which tends toward more moral and tactical dilemmas more than simple ‘Do you go North?’ type questions. It’s been the stated aim of the development team to try and make players question why they are making their decisions, which is mostly done by attaching motives to your available options.

When a mutiny starts to rise on your ship, for example, you’re asked to choose both your responses and your attitudes – are you obeying allying with the officers because you’re dutiful or are you reluctant? Do you side with the crew out of sympathy, or because they outnumber the commanders? It adds a nice little twist to the usual, straightforward gameplay.

Underlying all that of course is the simple fact that Choice of Broadsides is a well-written and fairly long classic adventure. It makes an excellent lunchtime distraction or, if you’ve fancy downloading the iPhone or Android version for free, then a brilliant way to occupy yourself on your next boat trip. I’d suggest checking out Choice of the Dragon too, a similar game by the same developers.

Oh, and if you have a go then let us know how you finished the game below, naturally!

40 Comments

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Rotcrack 28th May 2010, 12:59 Quote
Greenie 28th May 2010, 14:38 Quote
Name Sir William Brown
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
60
Gunnery
75
Leadership
77
Fighting
70
Patronage
46
Tact
50
Likeability
42
Honor
82
Courage
72
Bloodthirst
47
Intelligence
49
Wealth
64
Azmat 28th May 2010, 15:11 Quote
Name Sir Trevor Gaunt
Rank Rear Admiral
Made Post-Captain 32 years old
Sailing
66
Gunnery
83
Leadership
52
Fighting
80
Patronage
27
Tact
37
Likeability
45
Honor
41
Courage
50
Bloodthirst
59
Intelligence
67
Wealth
51

I quite liked it!
CardJoe 28th May 2010, 15:18 Quote
I like how all three of you have very low likeability :p
Rotcrack 28th May 2010, 15:22 Quote
Mines the lowest.. :| I believe playing this game and giving the results should be mandatory for Bit-tech sign up. Personality profile. ;)
Hardware150 28th May 2010, 15:40 Quote
Name Sir Henry Sailor
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing 65
Gunnery 86
Leadership 67
Fighting 81
Patronage 50
Tact 46
Likeability 38
Honor 50
Courage 60
Bloodthirst 67
Intelligence 67
Wealth 62
CardJoe 28th May 2010, 15:44 Quote
A new low.

I'm starting to think this should become a competition - whoever gets the lowest likeability but still completes the game as Post-Captain can have a prize?
Rotcrack 28th May 2010, 15:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
A new low.

I'm starting to think this should become a competition - whoever gets the lowest likeability but still completes the game as Post-Captain can have a prize?

So Im winning? *Confuzzled*
CardJoe 28th May 2010, 15:50 Quote
Yes, lets make this a quick competition. Random prize.

Whoever gets the LOWEST likeability while still completing the game as Post-Captain will be sent a secret, random prize by me. Just post your end-game stats in here. Competition closes on Wednesday.
hooray290 28th May 2010, 15:51 Quote
Name Sir Andrew Bater
Rank Rear Admiral
Made Post-Captain 35 years old
Sailing
52
Gunnery
71
Leadership
59
Fighting
70
Patronage
30
Tact
50
Likeability
42
Honor
76
Courage
70
Bloodthirst
52
Intelligence
57
Wealth
51
Rotcrack 28th May 2010, 15:59 Quote
Admins - Delete Please
Hardware150 28th May 2010, 16:04 Quote
aww and i just completed with as much likability as i could get

Name Sir Horatio Baker
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing 62
Gunnery 78
Leadership 63
Fighting 70
Patronage 40
Tact 44
Likeability 57
Honor 48
Courage 65
Bloodthirst 40
Intelligence 58
Wealth 64
Centy-face 28th May 2010, 16:25 Quote
Apparently im quite likeable so I loose the game

Name Sir Awesome McStudfield
Rank Admiral
Seniority 7 years
Age 32
Sailing 71
Gunnery 75
Leadership 41
Fighting 73
Patronage 46
Tact 20
Likeability 54
Honor 28
Courage 63
Bloodthirst 63
Intelligence 48
Wealth 64
zebby2k 28th May 2010, 16:44 Quote
Arrrrrrrr, I be the most likable Capt'n....

Name Sir Richard Brown
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing 56
Gunnery 77
Leadership 61
Fighting 81
Patronage 37
Tact 48
Likeability 86
Honor 50
Courage 70
Bloodthirst 45
Intelligence 40
Wealth 64
Da_Rude_Baboon 28th May 2010, 17:17 Quote
I started off with 20 but it rose to 28 despite my best efforts!

Your final statistics are:

Name Sir Horatio Humperdink
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
65
Gunnery
79
Leadership
66
Fighting
72
Patronage
60
Tact
44
Likeability
28
Honor
71
Courage
73
Bloodthirst
64
Intelligence
66
Wealth
66
hooray290 29th May 2010, 00:46 Quote
I had a likeability of 14, but I died :-( I will try again tomorrow
hooray290 29th May 2010, 01:11 Quote
Couldn't resist another go, and got 10 likeability - that's more popular than I am in real life :-o

I didn't get knighted, but I got post captain

Name Mr. Edward Brown
Rank Post-captain
Seniority 2 years
Age 27
Sailing
75
Gunnery
87
Leadership
34
Fighting
80
Patronage
68
Tact
41
Likeability
10
Honor
54
Courage
63
Bloodthirst
81
Intelligence
75
Wealth
54
mycopia 29th May 2010, 04:38 Quote
Name Mr. Edward Villiers
Rank Post-captain
Seniority 0 years
Age 35
Sailing 54
Gunnery 84
Leadership 46
Fighting 81
Patronage 71
Tact 63
Likeability 44
Honor 58
Courage 62
Bloodthirst 59
Intelligence 82
Wealth 62

:|

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Your final statistics are:

Name Sir Edward Villiers
Rank Rear Admiral
Made Post-Captain 35 years old
Sailing 54
Gunnery 84
Leadership 46
Fighting 81
Patronage 73
Tact 63
Likeability 44
Honor 65
Courage 64
Bloodthirst 65
Intelligence 75
Wealth 73
Kris 29th May 2010, 14:17 Quote
Quite a fun little adventure :) good find Joe!

Your final statistics are:
Name Sir Edward Smythe
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing 60
Gunnery 69
Leadership 50
Fighting 80
Patronage 50
Tact 47
Likeability 41
Honor 74
Courage 69
Bloodthirst 46
Intelligence 57
Wealth 62
barndoor101 29th May 2010, 14:36 Quote
Name Sir Richard Brown
Rank Rear Admiral
Made Post-Captain 34 years old
Sailing
76
Gunnery
54
Leadership
48
Fighting
52
Patronage
30
Tact
44
Likeability
62
Honor
72
Courage
69
Bloodthirst
27
Intelligence
59
Wealth
51

i think having a higher patronage is key
Rotcrack 29th May 2010, 18:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by barndoor101
Name Sir Richard Brown
Rank Rear Admiral
Made Post-Captain 34 years old
Sailing
76
Gunnery
54
Leadership
48
Fighting
52
Patronage
30
Tact
44
Likeability
62
Honor
72
Courage
69
Bloodthirst
27
Intelligence
59
Wealth
51

i think having a higher patronage is key

Marrying the Admirals daughter helps. ;)
barndoor101 29th May 2010, 19:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rotcrack
Marrying the Admirals daughter helps. ;)

i tried. i got chucked out of the house.
Helz 29th May 2010, 21:05 Quote
Name Sir Davie Helzreign
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
77
Gunnery
85
Leadership
71
Fighting
80
Patronage
40
Tact
35
Likeability
38
Honor
36
Courage
65
Bloodthirst
59
Intelligence
71
Wealth
55

I ended up marrying the shy girl after I pissed off the other two.
bigsharn 29th May 2010, 21:47 Quote
Name Sir Big Sharn
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
37
Gunnery
77
Leadership
27
Fighting
70
Patronage
84
Tact
71
Likeability
13
Honor
19
Courage
47
Bloodthirst
73
Intelligence
86
Wealth
83


I'm determined to better it XD
Elton 30th May 2010, 10:22 Quote
I'm doing okay, perhaps time to try to get as much patronage as possible?
blackadda15 30th May 2010, 12:21 Quote
Name Sir Henry Smythe
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
81
Gunnery
87
Leadership
22
Fighting
83
Patronage
46
Tact
28
Likeability
12
Honor
12
Courage
48
Bloodthirst
79
Intelligence
70
Wealth
64
hooray290 30th May 2010, 17:10 Quote
Have tried again and got likeability down to 9. Can anyone beat that?

http://i50.tinypic.com/o0nm6q.jpg

Your final statistics are:

Name Sir Edward Villiers
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 26 years old
Sailing
58
Gunnery
83
Leadership
26
Fighting
80
Patronage
79
Tact
73
Likeability
9
Honor
64
Courage
73
Bloodthirst
68
Intelligence
67
Wealth
75
Rotcrack 30th May 2010, 18:28 Quote
Me...
deadlyavenger 30th May 2010, 21:37 Quote
Your final statistics are:

Name Sir Edward Sharp
Rank Rear Admiral
Made Post-Captain 34 years old
Sailing
52
Gunnery
71
Leadership
77
Fighting
70
Patronage
40
Tact
39
Likeability
40
Honor
75
Courage
76
Bloodthirst
56
Intelligence
64
Wealth
58


Heh - that was surprisingly fun :D
cyrilthefish 30th May 2010, 23:47 Quote
Your final statistics are:

Name Sir Edward Villiers
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 26 years old
Sailing
75
Gunnery
51
Leadership
45
Fighting
52
Patronage
73
Tact
75
Likeability
54
Honor
51
Courage
63
Bloodthirst
57
Intelligence
68
Wealth
74

First time i failed :D This was my second try :p
cjmUK 30th May 2010, 23:55 Quote
Your final statistics are:

Name Sir Edward Villiers
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing
33
Gunnery
83
Leadership
63
Fighting
81
Patronage
71
Tact
73
Likeability
67
Honor
71
Courage
62
Bloodthirst
55
Intelligence
60
Wealth
75
paisa666 1st June 2010, 00:53 Quote
til now :)

Name Mr. Shipmaster Cannonshot
Rank Post-captain
Seniority 0 years
Age 25
Sailing 63
Gunnery 84
Leadership 26
Fighting 80
Patronage 68
Tact 45
Likeability 17
Honor 35
Courage 57
Bloodthirst 63
Intelligence 67
Wealth 68

Fun game btw :D
paisa666 1st June 2010, 00:55 Quote
one question, can i continue where i left if i close the window or something?
paisa666 1st June 2010, 01:07 Quote
Ok, final statistics :D

Name Sir Shipmaster Cannonshot
Rank Admiral
Made Post-Captain 25 years old
Sailing 65
Gunnery 86
Leadership 26
Fighting 80
Patronage 68
Tact 41
Likeability 15
Honor 37
Courage 66
Bloodthirst 71
Intelligence 74
Wealth 79

I've got to make 15 likeability, LOL at my leadership :|
CardJoe 1st June 2010, 10:56 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by paisa666
one question, can i continue where i left if i close the window or something?

Yes, I think so - as long as it's on the same browser etc. If you download the App then you can save the game for as long as possible.

Comp ends tomorrow.
Rotcrack 1st June 2010, 11:20 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Yes, I think so - as long as it's on the same browser etc. If you download the App then you can save the game for as long as possible.

Comp ends tomorrow.

Cookies...
CardJoe 2nd June 2010, 12:19 Quote
This competition is now finished

The winner, by a single point, is Rotcrack, so congratulations to him.

Rotcrack, I'm going to PM you - reply with your address and I'll have a package of misc goodies off our desks sent out to you ASAP!

Prizes were randomly chosen, but included a copy of Metro 2033, Red Faction: Guerilla, some Custom PC case badges, lanyard, badge, woolly hat and some other bits and bobs.
Kris 2nd June 2010, 22:52 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by CardJoe
This competition is now finished

The winner, by a single point, is Rotcrack, so congratulations to him.

Rotcrack, I'm going to PM you - reply with your address and I'll have a package of misc goodies off our desks sent out to you ASAP!

Prizes were randomly chosen, but included a copy of Metro 2033, Red Faction: Guerilla, some Custom PC case badges, lanyard, badge, woolly hat and some other bits and boobs.

For Rotcrack's sake, I hope my 'fix' was correct :D
(congratulations Rotcrack! :))
Rotcrack 2nd June 2010, 23:14 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kris
For Rotcrack's sake, I hope my 'fix' was correct :D
(congratulations Rotcrack! :))

Thanks.... I hope the boobs arrive in good condition, are they substitues for a real mother? ;)

EDIT: Metro 2033 - I am 14; so it would be well recieved!
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