This is a game I encountered in the Google Play Store by chance. It’s not technically bl but you can make it bl. 😏 As the title already suggests: It’s a choice of romance so you can decide if this is straight, bl or gl.
How does it work?
The „game“ (if you want to call it that) is entirely text-based. In fact, it’s more like reading a novel. The special thing about it is that you have the opportunity to influence this novel. For example, you can decide the gender of the protagonist and you can decide what kind of talents he has and, naturally, who he’ll fall in love with.
First of all: I love the idea behind Affairs Of The Court! The only problem is that I don’t really like the way this idea was implemented. 😑
The choices you get influence next to nothing. For example, more or less at the beginning there is a scene of a ball where you can decide if you could decide to gossip or dance. I played the thing two times and decided on dancing in the first run and gossiping in the second. The great influence this had was … one different sentence. Afterwards, the novel played out exactly the same as before. I didn’t get any new information in the second try since the protagonist was interrupted before he could even get to the people gossiping. It was exactly the same as what happened with the dance.
The same thing happened with lots of other decisions. If you only play it once you wouldn’t notice, so I guess it’s alright. But if you play it for a second time, you won’t see much differences depending on your decisions. It just stays the same. I only found one instance where I got a slightly different scene after my decision but this, too, had no lasting effect on the story. After that scene everything else still played out just like before. It’s a little disenchanting.
As for the romance … Well, it was a little lacking, imo. A naturally played the gay route where you get three choices. (It seems to be the same regardless of which route you take. They probably just changed the names and some details.) You can either romance the king, some kind of minister or a merchant.
Unfortunately, you don’t really have a chance to get to know any of these characters before you have to choose how to approach this.
In both of my runs, I decided to go for the king because … well, he was described as handsome and I guess I just like kings 😁 Unfortunately, even though I was able to get him both times (I actually doubt you can mess it up but who knows?) uh, yeah, ‚Romance‘ is something else.
There was next to no interaction between the protagonist and the king, instead I got large time skips and even I myself was somehow surprised that the king fell in love. He’s probably just really superficial and was seduced by the protagonists nice face 😁
This is a game you can pass a bit of time with. It is not much, though, especially since the story isn’t really finished at the end. No, there are other parts. And while „Affairs Of The Court: Choice Of Romance“ is free of charge, you’ll have to pay for those. If I saw correctly, they’re even priced at over 4$. A little too much for the not so optimal-implementation in my opinion.
For a free-to-play game/novel I don’t really mind that your choices don’t have any big effect on the story and the lackluster attempt at romance doesn’t help the impression either. I wouldn’t buy the other parts, though, since I doubt they will be better. More than 4$ for this kind of implementation is just too much, imo.
I’d recommend giving the game a try, though. If you really like the first part, you’ll probably like the following parts, too.