Interactive movies have been around since 1967, but they’ve come a long way from their humble beginnings. So much so that there has been a resurgence in recent years. Now, there are lots of great interactive movies worth checking out online.
Interactive movies are a special type of movie that blend the interactivity of games with the narrative experience of films. And in this article we list some of the best interactive movies that you can watch and control online in your web browser.
Possibilia bills itself as an interactive love story set in the multiverse. It’s directed by the duo behind Swiss Army Man, that barmy film where Daniel Radcliffe plays a corpse.
In Possibilia, a young couple are thinking of breaking up. That simple premise plays out in an incredible format, where you can switch between up to 16 different interpretations of the same script. The unique thing is that they are all playing out at the same time and cross over with one another.
2. Five Minutes
Five Minutes is set in a zombie apocalypse. The film opens with a man holding a gun to his head, his daughter in the next room, and a bunch of zombies trying to break down the door.
The name of the film comes from how long it takes for someone to become a zombie after being infected. Five Minutes flicks between the past and present as you must interact and draw shapes in order to carry out actions. It’s nail-biting (albeit violent) fun.
Netflix brought interactive movies back into the spotlight with its 2018 release of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. In typical Black Mirror fashion, the film blends science fiction and horror.
You control a programmer who is turning a choose-your-own-adventure book into a video game. You make his decisions for him as he begins to question his reality and things begin spiraling out of control.
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Chatterbox puts you in the shoes of a man in an asylum. You can hear all of the voices inside his head, pushing him one way and pulling him another. You get to decide which route he takes.
The driving force of the story is the man’s desire to escape the asylum, but first he’ll have to deal with the other inmates and his own sanity. While the portrayal of mental illness is clichéd, it’s still a decent experience.
Milly is a former child prodigy who has found herself in a life going nowhere, needing a raise in a job she hates. She turns to self-help books to try to guide her decisions.
You get to choose which book advice Milly follows at certain points, like how she replies to her landlord’s request for rent or how she copes when bumping into her childhood crush. This is a charming story that is elevated by Milly’s awareness of being in an interactive movie.
Solace is an interactive movie built within the browser. Via voice-over, you hear two friends talking to one another about an addictive fruit drink from their childhood. It’s set in the near-future and is all about the connection of marketing and addiction.
The narrative is portrayed with abstract color shapes swirling around the screen, which you can interact with—-poking, pushing, popping, and more. Not only do the visuals react to your movement, but so does the audio.
Solace was produced as part of the Experiments with Google project, so you’ll need to watch it in Google Chrome.
7. Dead Lonely
Aardman is known as the creator of the excellent Wallace and Gromit series. The company produced this interactive movie in partnership with Rapt Media. In Dead Lonely, a man called Fred is looking for his lost love in a post-apocalyptic world.
You must choose options that determine the path Fred takes, like whether you enter the hairdressers or what gift you buy from the shop. Be careful though, as many decisions lead to death. The interactive elements are enjoyable, but Aardman’s style and wit take this to the next level.
YouTube teamed up with the popular YouTuber for this interactive movie called A Heist With Markiplier . It’s filmed from a first-person perspective, with Markiplier playing a cat burglar trying to break out of the facility he robbed.
Markiplier makes a great lead character, adding some needed silliness to the story. There are 31 different endings to experience and it’s possible to get “Game Over” during it, so be careful with what you choose.
Hopefully YouTube experiments more with this kind of storytelling in the future, since its platform is the perfect home for it.
Minecraft: Story Mode is an interactive Netflix version of Telltale Games’ episodic video game adventure. Of course, it’s based upon the hugely popular block builder game, Minecraft.
The story is a simple Good vs. Evil affair, but it’s a rollicking journey that is sure to be a hit with kids as they get to forge their own path in the Minecraft world.
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You can’t go wrong with a bit of magic. Wizard School Dropout follows the story of Andy, a wizard who is struggling with the normal stresses and strains of life, like being unable to afford rent or putting up with overbearing parents.
Split across different episodes, this is not a story that takes itself too seriously, with an over-the-top style and modern humor. You get to control Andy’s life and how she uses her magic. Some of your decisions build elemental powers, which then impact how effective your magic is.
Play More Interactive Stories on Amazon Echo
Hopefully you’ve found something enjoyable in this selection of interactive movies, whether thanks to the intensity of zombies or the fun of Minecraft. And remember, these interactive movies can all be played online and in your browser, so you don’t need any special hardware.
However, if you own an Echo device then you can experience some more interactive narratives using Alexa. So, check out these interactive stories to play on your Amazon Echo .