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Choose your own YouTube adventure (or die trying)

Call the "Hex Hotline." Your life depends on it.


Patrick Howell O'Neill


Posted on Oct 13, 2013   Updated on Jun 1, 2021, 4:19 am CDT

Call the “Hex Hotline.” Your life depends on it.

In a new YouTube choose-your-own-adventure game made as part of Indie Speed Run, Salty Lass takes a simple idea and executes it beautifully. You start at a picnic. You accidentally spill salt and then have to decide what to do from there—before all hell breaks loose.

I don’t want to worry you, but you’re going to die many gruesome deaths unless you lift the hex on you, you salt-spilling fool. Finding out how you die is half of the fun. Exploring the bizarre, magical San Francisco is the other.

A Salty Lass is already getting positive attention in the indie gaming community, and it’s not hard to see why. The actors in the sequences, which are strung together through navigable and hyperlinked annotation boxes, are superb throughout.

Choose your own adventure games aren’t new for YouTube, but they’re all-too rare and typically limited to 8-bit formats. A Time Machine and Fortune Teller are two very cool adventures that popularized the format years ago to the tune of a few million views.

Screengrab via YouTube

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*First Published: Oct 13, 2013, 6:33 pm CDT