As I mentioned in my interview with writer and producer Miellyn, Strange Loves: Vampire Boyfriends is a little different than the types of mobile games I normally review. In fact, its more like a choose your own adventure book. About really hot vampire dudes.
The game starts with you choosing your name. While traditional choose your own adventure games just assumed it was about you since they were written in the first person, an interactive game book can go the extra mile and insert your name where necessary. They also teach you how to use the bookmarking system that will because your lifeline in case you are eaten by a
grue, I mean vampire…
My one issue with this is that if you are like me and accumulate a bunch of bookmarks it can be difficult to keep track of which one is which since they are named for page numbers and the pages numbers are not in order. That said, I get the impression that most players are only keeping one bookmark at a time, so my confusion is likely just a result of my own OCD.
The story itself is fun and fluffy with tongue planted firmly in cheek. You are a happy-go-lucky college co-ed with two awesome flirty friends who drag you out for a wild night that changes your destiny forever. While I only got to experience a few of the many endings possible, I had to laugh out loud on my first play-through when, without even trying, I managed to unlock the “crazy cat-lady” ending.
Since the fun of a game book is, obviously, discovering the story and the many different directions it can go, I won’t divulge any more details on that front. The chapters are short enough to be enjoyed on the metro or the bus, but the story is long enough to sustain you for many hours. I also quite enjoyed the occasional black and white illustrations and badges that are unlocked as achievements. The opening theme does a great job of setting the tone and manages to be hella catchy as well.
All in all, Vampire Boyfriends is a fun and frothy romp with surprises and humour anyone can enjoy.