When you're watching a TV show or movie, do you ever find yourself berating characters for making stupid choices or wishing the story had taken a different direction? With Netflix Interactive Adventures, you're in the director's chair.
Last week, Netflix launched its first branching narratives, interactive episodes that let you decide how the story should unravel, giving you control of how the story will end — pretty much like the Choose Your Own Adventure book series of yore. Better yet, you can watch the same movie all over and choose new twists at different points in the movie, allowing you to watch a new story unfold in a different way from the previous one.
The pilot episodes are ones for the kids and the kids at heart — Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale (already available), Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile (for release in mid-July) and Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout (for release in 2018). With summer just starting, these interactive animated stories are a great way to keep your young ones thinking while they're watching, especially among families who have decided to cut the cord in favor of on-demand movies.
Netflix has partnered with DreamWorks Animation Television, American Greetings Entertainment and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios to produce these initial episodes and more new content that departs from conventional storytelling and the way people interact with stories.
How to get Netflix interactive stories
You can get Netflix’s new interactive content can be accessed via the latest Netflix app on many newer smart TVs, streaming media players, game consoles and iOS devices. Movie interactivity is not yet supported on Android, Chromecast, Apple TV and the Netflix website. The movies may still be accessed through these, but only the linear version that does not include interactive choices will be shown.
Get a taste for Netflix interactive stories in the official trailer below:
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